Community Outreach

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Good Neighbor Club Takes Christmas to Serrano Village

December 08, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The Good Neighbor Club, along with GCU’s refugee outreach workers, hosted a Christmas party on Wednesday night for the University’s neighbors at Serrano Village. Students provided an apartment full of party food and hit the pavement to sing Christmas carols to residents. The Good Neighbor Club, formed in the fall of 2010, has become a fixture at Serrano Village, where the residents include more than 550 refugees from at least a dozen countries, including Iraq, Tanzania, Kenya and Bhutan. The complex is about a half-mile east of campus on Camelback Road.

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Slideshow: Inaugural Children’s Cancer Run a Big Success

October 17, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The much-anticipated Run to Fight Children’s Cancer 5K/10K took place Saturday at GCU, and the outcome couldn’t have been better. Thanks to sponsors, volunteers, walkers, runners and countless supporters, GCU was able to present a check worth $20,000 to the Children’s Cancer Network, the event’s beneficiary. “With over 900 runners registered and 1,500 people on campus, it’s safe to say this was a huge success,” said Community Outreach Manager Jose Moreno.

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Cancer Run Not Just a Race, It’s a Big-Time Event

October 12, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Maybe you can run in a race, but can you run a race? Jose Moreno, GCU’s community outreach manager, insists he’s not a good candidate to run five or 10 kilometers, as hundreds will do on Saturday morning in the inaugural Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on campus. “This is not just a race,” says Moreno, who has been with the University since January. “It’s a family event that supports a great cause. And we get to utilize our brand-new Arena.”

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Praise God and Pass the Sunscreen: A Summer on the Road

September 21, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

After 58 nights, 14,000 miles and thousands of GCU-branded coconut sunscreen bottles, Trevor Roberts and Spencer Fehrenbacher claim they have seen it all. The duo returned to GCU in mid-August after a summer of touring the country promoting the University, handing out scholarships and checking out some of the hot Christian bands that will be performing at GCU Arena in its first year. “It was a lot of fun,” said Roberts, who is already back out on the road for 30 dates of the Third Day tour, which comes to campus on Nov. 20. “We were able to speak in front of thousands of people at a time, sharing our campus with them and getting people interested in attending GCU.”

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Two Students Lead Interfaith Series on World Religions

September 15, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

A 10-week series of discussions, “Building Bridges Between Faiths,” began Wednesday at a Jewish senior living community not far from campus, led by junior Ty Kieser and senior Micah Briscoe. The series is aimed at exploring Buddhism and its similarities with Judaism and Christianity.

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GCU Delivers ‘Pray for Japan’ Funds to Food for the Hungry

July 22, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University Campus Pastor Tim Griffin and Community Outreach Manager Jose Moreno visited the Phoenix office of Food for the Hungry to present a check for $8,000 – funds raised by the “Pray for Japan” campaign.

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Amid Its Losses, Joplin Teaches a Powerful Lesson

June 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

When I first volunteered to go on the trip to Joplin, Mo., to document the experience for everyone at GCU, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I know people say that kind of thing all the time, but it’s the truth.

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GCU Came Through in a Big Way for Joplin

June 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

One thing I learned is something I kind of knew all along: GCU truly cares! I was blessed to see and experience it. I’ll never forget it, and neither will the people of Joplin.

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Slideshow: Photos from Joplin

June 07, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Russ Pennell, GCU’s head coach for men’s basketball, grew up 20 miles from Joplin. Mo., and describes the May 22 tornado as “a little surreal.” Troy Hill, his best friend from their high school days in Pittsburg, Kan., is an accountant in Joplin and lives less than two miles from the worst destruction. Although his house was not damaged, Hill was without power for eight days. “He says it looks like a war zone,” Pennell says. Tornado warnings are commonplace for residents of southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas. “People live with that,” says Pennell, who played in games at Joplin High School and visited people at St. John’s Hospital, both of which were obliterated by the savage storm. With its population of 50,000, Joplin was the “big city” to those who lived in smaller Pittsburg. “It was where you went when you wanted to get out of town,” Pennell says. The GCU relief team of Aaron Johnson, Jose Moreno and Jennifer Willis made it back to campus shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. Over the weekend, they personally delivered clothing and supplies to four families displaced by the tornado.

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The Drive to Joplin: A Traveler’s Diary

June 03, 2011 / by / 4 Comments

“GCU’s Drive to Joplin,” a clothing and supplies drive to assist four families devastated by the recent tornado in Joplin, Mo., was conducted over a three-day period at the University’s main campus and Tempe and Peoria sites. Joplin is the hometown of Enrollment Counselor Aaron Johnson, who is personally delivering the donations along with GCU’s community outreach manager, Jose Moreno.
Jennifer Willis of our Communications staff is along for the ride and blogging from the trip.

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