Archive for September, 2014

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Casting Crowns concert

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The Casting Crowns concert drew a crowd of almost 6,000 to the Arena on Saturday night. Cathey Moses, GCU’s vice president of event planning and marketing said the turnout was one of the largest on the group’s 2014 Thrive tour. Here’s a slideshow of the event.    

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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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Guest artist to link issues, movement in dance residency

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

If you’ve thought about tapping your inner dancer, but never dared to, now’s your chance. The Dance Department in GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production next week is hosting a Tucson artist who will work with both the University’s dance students to help choreograph a piece for their winter dance concert and with staff and other students who just want to learn more about the art form. Free master classes and an informal performance are planned. GCU Today has the story and details here.

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University updates emergency management plans

September 19, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University is in the process of updating how its Public Safety force responds to emergencies and how the campus community is alerted to potential threats.

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Antelope Intros: Tara Scibona, Steve Strozewski and Stacey Elsasser

September 19, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature three employees who love to help people, both at the University and elsewhere. But they also have some other interesting goals and hobbies.

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GCU inks med school partnership with Midwestern

September 18, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Through a series of articulation agreements, Grand Canyon University has developed a system to place as many as 66 graduates each year into Midwestern University medical school and other health care programs.

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Doctoral learner is candidate for busiest schedule

September 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Tracie Happel is working on her doctorate, which for most people would be like a full-time job, but wait until you hear what else she has on her plate. Talk about a four-course meal.

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Group pushes on with missions to Muslims

September 16, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Trying to bring Christianity to Muslim countries can be risky business, but the speaker at the first College of Theology Ministry Forum said it’s a mission that can be accomplished. Bob Blincoe, U.S. director of Frontiers USA, believes it’s one of the most important challenges facing Christians.

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Dedication of the Paul Houston Literary Collection

September 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The Paul Houston Literary Collection dedication on Tuesday drew education officials from around the metro Phoenix area and Arizona to the GCU Library. Dr. Glen Harvey, CEO of WestEd, which bolstered the collection with about 450 print and digital titles on education research, policy and practice, called GCU a “hub in the community” for equity and learning. Harvey praised the University for making the materials available not only to faculty and students, but to its more than 1,700 participant schools, free of charge. “WestEd believes very strongly that all children, despite the circumstances they’re born into should have the ability to be successful.” Dr. Paul D. Houston, former executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, delighted the audience with stories of his non-bookish beginnings, his  global travels, from Antarctica to Vietnam, and his teachers who planted the seeds of learning. Regarding GCU’s “Find Your Purpose” campus signs, he said, “That’s about a perfect thought to plant in your students’ heads. Finding your purpose is to understand who you are and what you can become.”      

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Chapel speaker shows verve in ‘serve’ message

September 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Monday’s Chapel speaker, Chad Moore of Sun Valley Community Church, used humor and real-life examples to get across his message about serving. Rather than ask what God can do for us, he said, we should focus on doing things for each other.

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