Archive for September, 2014

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Globetrotting for God: GCU students find spiritual purpose during mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder GCU Today Magazine “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The words of the resurrected Jesus to his disciples, recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 Christ’s Great Commission is being heard loud and clear by His followers at Grand Canyon University. This spring and summer, 233 GCU students and 24 staff members visited 16 countries on five continents to show God’s love, preach the Gospel, experience other cultures and find their global, spiritual purposes. The students signed up and were trained for mission trips organized by the University’s Office of Spiritual Life. GCU’s Global Outreach Ministry began five years when a total of 13 students made two trips, to Germany and the Dominican Republic. This year, 21 trips were made possible through partnerships with global mission organizations such as Students International, CURE and Back2Back. The students’ experiences were nothing short of life-changing. “We say, ‘Short-term trip, lifetime impact,’ and that goes both ways,” said Liz Martin, GCU’s […]

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GO Week gives students a taste of mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Global Connect Team designed this year’s Global Outreach (GO) Week to better prepare students to serve others during global mission trips through hands-on events. Students who are interested in attending a mission trip should contact the Office of Spiritual Life.

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‘Lunch and Learn’ gives faculty food for thought

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau It was the first meeting of the “Lunch and Learn” Series, sponsored by the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University, but it still brought back memories for the guest speaker, Cindy Seminoff. The first time she taught on that same stage, in Howerton Hall, she was pregnant with her daughter, Cassandra. Cassandra will turn 13 on Tuesday. Her mother has been at GCU for 18 years. So when the associate professor in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology addressed a large group of faculty members Friday on “Knowing God and Self,” part of the University’s Integrating Faith, Learning and Work (IFLW) program, she came at it with considerable knowledge of GCU’s recent history. Judging from the lively question-and-answer session, her knowledge of integrating her faith into her teaching methods was considerably appreciated, too. A year ago, Seminoff said she introduced a “Scripture of the Week” and other forms of prayer into her exercise science and nutrition classes. The response, she said, was “overwhelmingly positive.” Of the 48 students who responded to an end-of-year survey, 45 said they liked her use of Bible verses in communications to them and her practice of leading them in prayer […]

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GCU brightens day for children battling cancer

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Thunder and GCU’s cheerleading squad did what they do best — bringing cheer — during an event last week at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which was co-hosted by the hospital and Children’s Cancer Network. To commemorate September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, GCU Community Outreach Manager Sussely Morales organized a time for young patients in the oncology unit to make crafts, including gold superhero capes and wishing wands, and to have fun. GCU will host its annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on Saturday, March 7.  

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Counseling program evolving with dedicated students, new club

September 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau After the 2002 accident in which he lost the use of his legs, Jared Monroe felt he had hit rock bottom. The frame of a new house on which Monroe had been working at a Gilbert construction site had fallen, crushing his shoulder, breaking his back and leaving him in the hospital for a month. He was learning to use his wheelchair. But just in his mid-20s, Monroe no longer was able to work as a framer, his life seemed too much of a struggle, and he thought his future was limited because he wasn’t in college. As a result, he turned to drugs and alcohol. But eventually, through substance-abuse recovery and counseling that helped him deal with his repressed emotions of the traumatic event, Monroe decided to dedicate the rest of his life to helping people who are experiencing similar substance-abuse challenges. Today, Monroe is working on a bachelor’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in addiction, chemical dependency and substance abuse from Grand Canyon University. The 38-year-old senior also is president of GCU’s new Canyon Counselors club. “I love all my teachers,” he said. “They’re very professional, they have a lot of knowledge in their fields, they have good teaching skills and they’re available. They try to help us get […]

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Antelope Intro: Jennifer McMorrow

September 12, 2014 / by / 2 Comments

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features the amazing story of Peoria enrollment counselor Jennifer McMorrow, who survived a harrowing hospital stay earlier this year. Her path to GCU is a study in survival and determination that is worth sharing with everyone.

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Former NYPD cop, GCU campus feel 9/11 impact

September 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The Grand Canyon University campus commemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a memorial on campus Thursday as GCU public safety officer Joe Frosch, a former New York police officer who volunteered at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center, spent the day reflecting on those who died.

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9-11 memorial on campus

September 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a ceremony that began early Thursday morning and continued well into the day. There were 2,977 flags — one for each victim — in the shape of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on the lawn of the Quad and flags arranged in the shape of Arizona and representing the number of veterans from the state killed in the line of duty during the war on terror. Dr. Randy Gibb, dean of the College of Business and a former U.S. Air Force colonel, was the main speaker at the event.        

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GCU library to dedicate first permanent donation

September 11, 2014 / by / 2 Comments

GCU has received a collection of more than 700 print and digital books and publications from national education spokesman Dr. Paul D. Houston and from WestEd, a noted research organization. The collection, which is on display in the GCU Library and will be dedicated by University officials Monday, is an interesting historical look at the changes in education and educational leadership over the past century. And, there are a few surprises in the stacks, too.

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GCU at Experience Conference

September 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The 5th annual Experience Conference, a national gathering of worship leaders and worship industry leaders that was held Sept. 3-5 at Walt Disney World in Florida, was the optimal place for Grand Canyon University to promote its new Center for Worship Arts. GCU was the conference’s presenting sponsor and the College of Theology was well represented in the list of speakers, including Dr. Jason Hiles, the college’s dean, John Frederick, assistant professor and worship leader, and Bart Millard, founder of MercyMe and director of the Center for Worship Arts. GCU’s faith-based marketing department shared these photos. Check out the purple ponchos!

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