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Online education fueling student’s IndyCar dream

May 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU online student T.J. Fischer might be the perfect example of the type of student the University’s online program is designed for. Fischer grew up racing go-karts in Vacaville, Calif., and earned a spot in one of the United Kingdom’s tops open-wheel Mazda Car circuits last March after tearing up California tracks. The move to the UK forced him to choose between a traditional education at Pacific Lutheran University or racing. He found GCU through a friend and used the flexibility of online learning to climb the ladder and join the 2015 Renault series across Europe this year. Read more about Fischer’s racing career in this GCU Today story.

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Employee seeking aid for victims of Nepal earthquake

April 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal caused more than 5,000 casualties and left nearly 11,000 injured. GCU’s Muney Shrestha, a facilities application administrator, is collecting donations for her parents and siblings, who are among the thousands of survivors seeking aid after the devastating tragedy. GCU has donated $5,000 to relief efforts and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute through monetary donations and prayer.

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Commencement Day 3: Non-traditional students

April 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau  

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GCU sponsors Valley teens at world robotics competition

April 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

After earning a $500 Grand Canyon University STEM grant to help fuel their passion for robot, a team of four Valley boys known as the “Phoenix Lights” team received some additional support from the University to fund their travels to Louisville, Ky., this week for the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championships. GCU Today has a story about how the University’s Alliance Program for Homeschool Achievement (ALPHA) has stepped up to help foster STEM passion with the Phoenix Lights boys and others.

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No. 1 GCU men’s lacrosse team to face Arizona State

April 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The No. 1-ranked GCU men’s lacrosse team plays No. 3 Arizona State April 4 for control of the conference. GCU has a chance to win a national championship in 2015. Senior leadership and knowledgeable coaches have propelled the Lopes to the top program in the country in GCU’s fourth year as an MCLA club sport.

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Business students volunteer at Feed My Starving Children

March 31, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Students from the Colangelo College of Business volunteered last week to pack food at Feed My Starving Children.  

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Mission Possible: Koetter named Mr. GCU

March 27, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University President and CEO Brian Mueller had one quest for students Thursday night at the 13th annual Mr. GCU, a male beauty pageant that was themed, “Mission Possible.” Said Mueller, “Find ‘Bae.’” To kick off the popular event in GCU Arena, Mueller was depicted in a black and white video, filmed like the popular Tom Cruise movie “Mission Impossible” from which the pageant got its theme. In the video, Mueller, after deliberating with members of the University’s executive staff, tasks Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin with helping students finding the missing bae. (Before we reveal who won the prestigious title of Mr. GCU, we probably should start by defining the object of the mission. Unless you were one of the nearly 3,500 students at the event, you may not know what a “bae” is. We’ll let emcee Julia Bates, GCU’s student activities coordinator, have the honor.) “To find the definition of ‘bae,’ you have to look in the dictionary … unfortunately, it’s not in the dictionary,” Bates said. “So I had to ask a student, and the true definition is your babe or significant other.” After the 12 contestants performed in a talent competition and a “Baewatch” swimsuit fashion […]

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‘Social NOTworking’ week encourages students to ‘disconnect to reconnect’

March 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU will host “Social NOTworking,” an weeklong initiative to encourage college students to stop visiting social media sites for a week to reconnect with peers. Social events are scheduled for each day this week.

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Masterworks Concert II inspired by Bible passage

February 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Each year, as Dr. Juan Hernandez, director of Grand Canyon University’s music department and assistant dean of its College of Fine Arts and Production, is planning the kind of music that vocalists and instrumentalists should perform at major concerts, he goes straight to the Bible. This year, in Philippians 4:8, Hernandez found his inspiration from the Apostle Paul: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” Music that exists to do just that, in the praise and worship of God, will be performed at GCU’s Masterworks Concert II, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, 3100 W. Camelback Road, on the southeast side of campus. The free event will feature about 100 student performers in the Canyon Chorale, Canyon Singers and Critical Mass, in addition to faculty and student soloists, performing traditional choral repertory. They will be led by Hernandez and GCU vocal instructor Dr. Sheila Corley and accompanied by veteran pianist Mark Fearey. The feature work is English composer Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice […]

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Stellar student film program to host expanded festival

February 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Film Festival will include screenings of student films at Ethington Theatre from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An award ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be given out for six categories (animation, comedy, documentary, drama, faith and music video), in addition to an award for best overall film and a fan-favorite award students can vote on. The festival will be hosted by Associated Students of GCU president Cody Dumas and Lopes basketball player Daniel Alexander. Both are film majors.

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