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Alumnus hits the heights with passion for climbing

August 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Tim Campbell, a Grand Canyon University nursing graduate who works at a hospital in Yakima, Wash., has an interesting hobby: He climbs mountains. Really, really big ones — including Denali, the tallest peak in North America.

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Swim star’s business feats reach uncharted waters

August 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Ivan Nechunaev, a former All-American swimmer, reached another milestone when he became the first GCU graduate to be accepted into The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. But what he plans to do with that prestigious degree is even more significant.

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New Speech and Debate director walks the talk

August 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Speech and Debate team will hit the tournament season running this year with 11 returnees and a new director, Michael Dvorak, who has coached GCU speech competitors for two years. Dvorak, a College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty member, brings 10 years of expertise and a history of winning to GCU’s four-year-old team.

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GCU named one of top 10 college campuses in U.S.

August 11, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

By Jeannette Cruz and Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau The student leaders gathered at Grand Canyon University Arena on Friday morning probably weren’t surprised to hear that GCU has been named one of the 10 best college campuses in the United States. After all, their appreciation for life at GCU is one of the reasons they were willing to cut short their summer vacation and begin training for the new academic year. Student opinions were part of why Niche, which specializes in data on educational institutions, put GCU on a prestigious list that includes Stanford, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Yale University. But for many people at GCU, the news was both affirming and exciting. Among the many big moments and initiatives they’ve experienced in recent years, this is a big one. “GCU has grown so fast, a lot of people don’t know what’s happened here,” said Dr. Tim Griffin, Pastor and Dean of Students. “The fact that people are starting to notice is pretty flattering, and I think students will be excited to hear that. “But the students already know how great this campus is. For the staff to get this kind of recognition will give them a great sense […]

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User’s guide to Welcome Week: All hands on deck

August 09, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Welcome Week 2017 promises to be another busy and festive time for students as they return to campus. But it’s extremely important, too. “The week says to all, ‘You belong here,’” said Charity Norman, manager of GCU’s Student and Family Program.

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In Nepal or the classroom, he’s in tune with his faith

August 08, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Richard Busby, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, has worked in the medical field for 40 years and has traveled to 28 countries to aid those with limited access to medical care and to serve struggling communities. He shared stories about his recent experience in Kathmandu, Nepal, and his passionate view on integrating faith into the classroom.

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This family has found its (dual) purpose at GCU

August 07, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Here’s a family that has taken devotion to Grand Canyon University to a new level: Not only does Renee Taillon work and study at GCU, so do her three children — twins Christian and Jared and daughter Kirie. “We really do bleed purple in our family,” Renee said.

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Don’t think of him as blind – ‘Big Dog’ is a cowboy

July 31, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Michael ‘‘Big Dog’’ Abell wasn’t always blind, but he started losing his sight at age 9 as the result of a firecracker accident. It took nearly three decades for him to lose his vision completely. Heeding a calling from God, Abell completed his master’s degree in Professional Counseling from GCU this month and now leads the “Visionaries” support group for the visually impaired.

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Majerle, GCU will feel at home in St. John’s game

July 27, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

When GCU plays St. John’s on Dec. 5 in the Valley of the Sun Shootout at Talking Stick Resort Arena, it might be a sign of things to come. As the basketball program keeps growing in stature, occasional games at the downtown Phoenix arena could be a way to attract big-name teams – and Coach Dan Majerle said at a press conference Wednesday that he certainly is open to the idea.

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They’re learning how to dodge freshman miscues

July 25, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The next class of Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipients is on campus this week for a new orientation session called LEAD In. “When classes start, it’s a bit like drinking out of a fire hose. We want them to be prepared for the challenges they will face before their first class,” said Shari Stagner, GCU’s Program Manager for K-12 Student Development and Outreach.

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