Archive for August, 2014

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Students say `si,’ ‘ya’ and ‘sim’ to summer studies

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Story by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University junior Jenna Stovall spent her summer in school. Don’t feel too bad for her though — her classroom view was the Italian countryside. Stovall, 19, was one of four GCU students participating this summer in the University’s study abroad program to earn degree credits at international universities. The program, which started in January, is part of GCU’s growing Global Studies Portfolio and offers students the option to earn elective or degree program credits through academic-year mission trips or semesterlong summer programs while studying abroad. Other students went to Germany, Brazil and England, and 10 students are planning to study abroad during mission trips this academic year. The experience opened Stovall’s eyes to the way international students learn. She encourages other students to pursue the option to study abroad during college before post-graduate jobs and financial issues get in the way. “It was great because I was able to take painting and photography courses in Italy — a place that is known for its art — that went toward my major and it was totally affordable,” said Stovall, who earned credits toward a graphic design degree while at Tuscia University in Viterbo, Italy, near Rome. “I like taking classes on campus, but […]

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Move-In Day 1: This is how we do it

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Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Cool temperatures and a warm welcome descended on the first of about 6,200 students who moved onto GCU’s campus on Wednesday during the first of four days of Move-In.  

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China trip precedes teaching challenge for alumnus

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College of Education alumnus Anthony Perez taught English to ESL students in China before starting a new job as a second grade teacher in Phoenix.

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Peet’s coming to campus

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea, the premier specialty coffee and tea company in the U.S., is coming to Grand Canyon University with multiple locations on campus. Peet’s will move into the second floor of the Student Union, replacing Starbucks after the contract with that vendor was not renewed. Another Peet’s location is planned for GCU Arena in the concession area of the first floor. “We are excited about making Peet’s our coffee provider with multiple locations on campus and to offer students and employees lower prices — about 10 percent less, on average,” said Kristen Fraley, GCU’s food services manager. “Multiple locations mean shorter lines and the ability to grab coffee at convenient locations across our growing campus.” Both GCU locations are expected to open Monday, Aug. 25, for the first day of classes. The Student Union location initially will offer brewed coffee and tea while the space is being renovated, and is expected to be full-service by Monday, Sept. 8. The Arena location will carry the majority of Peet’s hand-crafted beverages, including hand-roasted coffee, espresso, tea and specialty blended drinks. Between now and Monday, employees and students can stop by any of the Simply to Go stores on campus or […]

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New tech programs drive workforce development

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With an increased focus on STEM academics, GCU is equipping students with the skills to serve in high-tech jobs in the future.

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Chapel returns with ‘Make a Difference’ theme

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The fall Chapel series with the theme “Make a Difference” will return to GCU Arena after a brief stint in Antelope Gym during Arena expansion.

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Summer mission trips: Jesus said GO!!

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GO (Global Outreach) Week will offer myriad experiences and opportunities for students to find out more about 2015 summer mission trips. Events are scheduled Sept. 15-19 on campus.

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How a lecture was an Rx for passion

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Dr. Stuart Harris came to GCU mainly to play baseball but became a serious student determined to make a difference in the world. He has aided thousands in the Philippines.

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Star Tech: The Next Generation of GCU Grads

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As a Grand Canyon University undergraduate, Jared Stauffer laid out his vision for a new technology company, and he followed through on his dream. Now his Phoenix-based cloud-service company, Brinkster, is thriving.

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Site for more eyes: Arena is ready to rock

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By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine Cathey Moses’ day planner for newly expanded Grand Canyon University Arena already lists events in 2018. In other words, while incoming freshmen are still trying to figure out which building is which, she already is mapping out the Arena schedule for their senior year. Of course, that’s what GCU’s vice president of event planning and marketing does for a living. For her, it’s all Arena, all the time. For most students, it likely will be all Arena at least some of the time. And just in time for the 2014-15 school year, the biggest meeting place on campus is bigger and better than ever. In a project that began in early March, a five-row upper deck was installed to increase the Arena’s capacity from nearly 5,000 to about 7,000. What would Moses tell newcomers about the Arena? “The fact that they have access to a building like this – all the basketball, all the other sporting events, all the Chapel services, all the concerts,” she said. “Not every university has a building like this and one’s that so accessible like this.” The centerpiece is Antelopes basketball, GCU’s No. 1 sport. The men’s team will […]

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