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New band, local churches highlight spring Chapel/theGathering

December 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University will continue its fall Chapel/theGathering theme, “Making a Difference,” in the spring semester with a new crop of pastors from West Valley churches scheduled to speak at the popular Monday morning service in GCU Arena. Chapel will remain at 11:15 a.m., with message-board announcements beginning at 11. Students and staff will hear messages from pastors from Fellowship Church, Catalyst Church, New City Church and Bethany Bible Church of Phoenix, along with Faith Bible Church and Church of the Cross of Glendale and Gateway Church of Scottsdale.  Pastors from East Valley parishes, including The Grove Church and Redemption Church, also will be on campus next semester. GCU’s Director of Spiritual Life Danielle Rinnier said a conscious effort was made to bring in pastors from churches near campus to encourage students to join local church communities and expand their worship habits. “We know Chapel isn’t a church service and we really want students to get involved with local churches,” Rinnier said. “We really want to allow students to hear the message from pastors of great local churches so they will hopefully reach out and try these churches and find a good fit.” Jared Ulrich, worship coordinator, held freshman-only auditions in […]

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Peoria wins annual turkey drive for The Salvation Army, keeps trophy

December 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Peoria office raised $1,281.35 during November’s Big Give Turkey Drive for The Salvation Army, besting the other University locations and earning the right to keep the coveted trophy for one more year.

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Chariot races in history class

December 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Jeff Dykhuizen GCU News Bureau As he has in semesters past, professor Dr. David Dean on Tuesday hosted a Roman chariot race game simulation for students in his history class, HIS-318 (Near-Eastern History). Members of the History Club, which Dean advises, also enjoyed the races and watched “Ben Hur” to get in the spirit. Dean is a proponent of showing history to make lessons come to life, and has led students on field trips to Civil War reenactments and other events.  

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Five Virginia pals bring all-star potential to rugby team

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University freshmen rugby players Ethan Hall, Darien Pickett, Kris Sheckels, Joshua Ransom and Austin LaGow became friends at an all-star football camp in the eighth grade. As five of the best football players in Virginia, they each decided to attend West Potomac High in Alexandria – a city six miles south of Washington – to help create a “football dynasty.” Injuries derailed their freshman season, so LaGow and Pickett, who grew up playing rugby, helped start the Fort Hunt Warriors, a rugby club team associated with their high school. They won a state championship as sophomores and encouraged Ransom, Sheckels and Hall to join the team their junior year. After advancing to three consecutive state playoff appearances and winning a second state championship last year, Pickett, Sheckels and Ransom wanted to play rugby together in college. The trio met GCU rugby coach Ryan Kelly at last summer’s all-star camp and committed to GCU. The three standouts hoped to bring the same “dynasty” they created in eighth grade to GCU and approached LaGow, a rugby Stars and Stripes All-American, and Hall, who missed being an All-American due to injury, to join the team. […]

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GO Week gives students a taste of mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Global Connect Team designed this year’s Global Outreach (GO) Week to better prepare students to serve others during global mission trips through hands-on events. Students who are interested in attending a mission trip should contact the Office of Spiritual Life.

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Baptisms, water fun highlight Saddleback’s visit

July 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

More than 860 high students from southern California’s Saddleback Church arrived on campus Sunday for a weeklong summer camp. Camps attractions included a sub-50 degree “Chill Zone,” a private concert by Christian artist Phil Wickham and a water park dubbed “Winter Waterland,” to keep campers cool temperatures reaching up to 115 degrees.

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Quimba named Phoenix ‘40 Under 40’ leader

May 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Assistant dean Maria Quimba, who oversees academic programs taught by nearly 450 faculty at the College of Nursing and Healthcare Professions, was honored as one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ community business leaders.

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‘Forbes’ Names GCU Second-best Small Company in U.S.

October 10, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University has been named the No. 2 small company in the nation for the second straight year by Forbes magazine.

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‘oLipics’ theme designed to pack Arena for Thursday’s Lip Sync event

September 30, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Lip Sync is back, this year with an Olympics theme. The Grand Canyon University student event is expected to pack GCU Arena and showcase the flair, color, and wild dance moves that make the event so popular.

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