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Star-spangled singers needed for national anthem auditions

July 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Oh say, can you see yourself singing the national anthem at a GCU home athletics games this year? If so, come out to the national anthem open auditions Sept. 15 in GCU Arena and try to earn a spot. The anthem can be sung or played on an instrument, and remember to dress professionally and memorize the lyrics (if singing). To register, email your full name, phone number and what instrument you’ll play (if applicable) to taylor.griffin@gcu.edu. While you wait for auditions, gargle salt water, sing scales to warm up your vocal cords and read more here.

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Honors College mirrors GCU’s academic success

July 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Like nearly everything on campus, Grand Canyon University’s Honors College is growing fast. The college, which changed from the Honors Institute to Honors College in June, will have a total enrollment of more than 700 students this fall, 11 times its size at inception three years ago, including 467 incoming freshmen with an average GPA of 4.16. Also new this year, Camelback Hall will be the first dedicated housing for Honors students on campus. The rapid growth has brought added benefits to students and increased GCU’s status as a quality academic institution.

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Spirits of Arizona vets lifted during annual visit

July 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dozens of Grand Canyon University employees, primarily from the Military Division, engaged veterans at the Arizona State Veterans Home in games, a drum circle and military hymns, and also prayed alongside them as part of a regularly scheduled church service, during today’s annual Salute Our Troops event. GCU Today has a slideshow from the visit.

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Shakespeare to Seuss: Ethington shows its range

June 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Productions, Bill Symington, assistant dean and stage designer, and Michael Kary, assistant professor and play director, have put GCU on the map for collegiate theatre in the West Valley, but Pensis et. al. may have outdone themselves with this year’s Ethington Theatre lineup, which has something everyone can enjoy. From Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss, every play in the 2015-16 series is a must-see according to Pensis. And with a stage and costume design plan that is expected to be one of the biggest in University history, we couldn’t agree more. “We’re going to have fun with the plays. It’s going to be an adventure for the actors, directors and the audiences,” Pensis said.

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Campus Love: Church partnership creates jobs

June 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s five-point plan to improve the local neighborhood was a Godsend to John Ramos, executive pastor of Love International Ministries, a primarily Hispanic congregation with 3,500 members just a mile east of campus next to the 27th Avenue Office Complex. For years, Ramos and his father Juan, the head pastor, had wanted to partner with GCU to help the church’s mission of ministering in the surrounding neighborhood and trying to reduce poverty and crime. The elder Ramos moved the bilingual church that had operated in the family’s home to its current location in 1992 to better reach the Hispanic community. Love made an immediate impact, and is now one of the largest Hispanic churches in the country. GCU was an ideal partner to make additional positive changes. GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller launched his five-point plan last year, which included working to lower crime in the Canyon Corridor and partnering with neighborhood churches to employ local residents in University jobs. The first three employees in that partnership have started working at GCU. John Ramos said the missions and Christian values of GCU and Love are a good marriage. “Grand Canyon is a world-class organization and has become not only a partner to us but a friend,” said Ramos, who grew up […]

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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

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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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