Emma Kerr, left, with her parents, Ildi and James, are excited about  the 2016 GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children's Cancer on March 12. Emma is the honorary race starter for the 6th annual event, which raises money for Phoenix Children's Hospital and Children's Cancer Network.
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Race starter braves the elements of cancer fight

January 26, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Emma Kerr is the picture of true grit. Not the boot-wearin’, horse-ridin’, gun-totin’ kind you see in old Westerns, but the quiet brand of courage and determination that has a large community of family and friends, including a Grammy-winning artist, rootin’ as she fights for her life. Emma was diagnosed 14 months ago with leukemia, and it’s been a rough road. The 11-year-old Phoenix girl missed 81 days of fifth grade last year for cancer treatments and resulting infections. Last Thursday, she was released from Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) after spending 55 days there, including 11 days in intensive care when a persistent fever spiked to almost 105 degrees. Besides pneumonia, Emma also had contracted Valley fever, which had settled in her shoulder, hips and knees and required surgery to remove an abscess and fix the fever. 6th Annual GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer What: A 10K run, 5K run and cancer survivors walk to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Network. When: 7 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 12 Where: On and around GCU’s main campus, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix […]

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Green light for golf in GCU Today Magazine

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine tees up a cover story on the newly renovated Grand Canyon University Golf Course and what it means to west Phoenix and to the University. See why it’s such a big victory, and watch a video that shows off the transformation from Maryvale Golf Course. The December magazine also features an inside look at how GCU students are being the hands and feet of Jesus in the community, introduces you to five recent graduates of the College of Fine Arts and Production who are having lots of success in the working world, traces the University’s origins as the Antelopes and the evolution of its popular mascot, Thunder, and offers a behind-the scenes look at our own Thunder Dan Majerle.   

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18 ways GCU golf course will provide key links

December 01, 2015 / by / 3 Comments

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Good decisions are a win-win. Great ones are a win-win-win. So what do you call one with 18 wins? You call it Grand Canyon University Golf Course. The oasis at 59th Avenue and Indian School Road is scheduled to reopen Jan. 1 after an 11-month transformation that has rejuvenated venerable but no longer viable Maryvale Golf Course. Just like that, a 54-year-old facility is far more than a nice, little “muni” — it’s now a championship layout that’s challenging for the best players and yet playable for the less skilled. “The course had gotten tired and really needed an update,” said Rick Navratil, president of the Maryvale Men’s Club. “I’m not sure how long it would have survived if GCU hadn’t come in.” The University came in as more than just a $10 million investor to renovate and manage the course — it came in with a plan. President Brian Mueller is an avid golfer who turned all four of his children into excellent players, and he was passionate about making much more than minor adjustments. “That’s a 130-acre piece of property with mature trees, lakes — a total parkland course,” […]

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Graduate transitioning from custodian to teacher with degree

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU online alum Zenon Castro plans to swap his cleaning supplies for textbooks and become a special education teacher, fulfilling a lifelong dream. Castro began working as a night custodian at Mountain Vista Elementary in Indio, Calif., while earning student teaching hours toward his master’s degree, which he completed in June. He plans to take over a special education classroom at Mountain Vista this fall.

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Erica Wadas graduated from GCU with a bachelor's degree in biology, with an emphasis in pre-medicine in 2011.
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Alumna digs in at Dartmouth for medical residency

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU alumna Erica Wadas has followed in her father’s footsteps by graduating from medical school, and has landed a residency at a New England medical center that is part of a prestigious Ivy League school.

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These smiling faces belong to some of the incoming freshmen at GCU, the Class of 2019.
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Hello, my name is: GCU Class of 2019

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is planning the biggest welcome for the biggest entering class in its history next week, as thousands of freshmen move onto campus into seven residence halls, four of them brand new. Meet 10 members of the Class of 2019 who bring a grand diversity of skills, interests, plans, passions, backgrounds and geography to GCU and will surely make their mark on the world.

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Goal-oriented: Hyndman kicks off exciting era in GCU soccer

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Schellas Hyndman has done a lot of impressive things as a soccer coach, but his goals for his Grand Canyon University men’s program are even more far-reaching. The sixth-winningest coach in NCAA history certainly has the attention of his players.

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Beach social brings Lope life to Cali freshmen

August 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 100 incoming Grand Canyon University students had the opportunity to meet other fellow Lopes and get a taste of GCU life before moving to campus in the fall during a July beach nurturing event in Los Angeles.

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Komi Lokossou a shining light on campus

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University public safety officer and online master’s student Komi Lokossou is known around campus for his endearing personality and infectious smile. He overcame two brushes with death and seven years as a refuge before coming to America. He considers GCU the “promise land” and feels called by God to serve others.

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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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