Archive for August, 2015

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Class of 2019 gathers to worship, receive a blessing at Ignite

August 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Nearly 3,000 students gathered on the Quad outside GCU Arena on a warm, muggy Tuesday evening to be commissioned by University leaders during a solemn ceremony called Ignite. The candlelit event followed a 45-minute worship service in the Arena led by one of GCU’s Chapel bands playing music that had everyone on their feet the entire time.

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Freshmen participate in the Ignite ceremony Tuesday on the Quad.
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Freshmen flock to inspirational gathering

August 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In GCU Today’s third day of 2015 Move-In coverage, we recap two special events, one brand new, that took place on campus Tuesday evening. For the first time, the University held a worship service in the Arena during Welcome Week to bring together some of the 8,500 students who, by the end of the week, will be living on campus. It was followed up by the always-inspirational, candlelit Ignite ceremony on the Quad. Click here for a story, slideshow and video.

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Move-In, Day 2

August 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Digest The second day of a record five-day Move-In at GCU was highlighted by more smiles, ice, fans and water and fewer lines and waiting. Students moving into Willow and Juniper halls in The Grove had lots of help from enthusiastic volunteers, many dressed in purple and all happily displaying their Lopes Up.  

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Move-In, Day 2: The happiness is a joy to behold

August 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau Happiness is contagious, studies show. But whoever did those studies could have saved a lot of money — all they had to do was spend a couple of hours observing what goes on at Grand Canyon University’s Move-In. Martin Soto of Bakersfield, Calif., had never seen GCU before Tuesday morning. Asked his first impression, he replied, “All the happy people, especially for so early in the morning.” Happy students is a given, considering that they actually volunteered to get up at the crack of dawn and unload cars for hours in the summer heat. But the contagion happily spreads to the parents. “I’m very impressed with the way this went. Nice job. Thank you,” Bill Martin of Vancouver, Wash., said after watching the parade of students get his son Harrison moved into Willow Hall. “Everybody here is very friendly, very helpful. You’re just walking around and they ask, ‘Do you know where you’re going?’” Where Harrison was going was quite a process before he chose GCU. He’s a lacrosse player and considered 10 schools, including Notre Dame and the major universities in Washington and Oregon. Harrison’s older brother, Nelson, goes to another university, and Bill […]

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After hot day of moving in, the water feels fine at Canyon Cool Down

August 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau After a busy, sweaty day of moving into two new residence halls in The Grove, GCU students splashed around in the Papago II pool and enjoyed frozen treats from Culver’s. A zip line and water inflatables added to the fun.  

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Move-In, Day 1: ‘Unbelievable’ Welcome Week start

August 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Compiled by the GCU News Bureau There was something in the air early Monday morning at Grand Canyon University on the first day of Welcome Week, and it wasn’t just the heat (91 degrees at 7 a.m.) and wringing-wet humidity. It was more than GCU’s trademark uplifting music, more than the mouth-watering aroma of Qdoba, more than summer’s signature scent of grass being mowed on the Quad in front of GCU Arena. It was the feeling that this — on a day when 1,960 students were to move into Acacia and Ironwood residence halls in the brand new freshmen housing complex known as The Grove — was bigger than all of us. A feeling that this was blessed. “God definitely has his hand on this place,” said GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller who was beaming as his eyes scanned the hundreds of volunteers gleefully welcoming thousands of new students, parents and friends and, just as enthusiastically, unloading their vehicles. “You don’t get people working together and this kind of unity without having the Spirit working. It’s a total community undertaking — deans, associate deans, staff and returning students — and people are happy to do it.” Mueller was especially complimentary of returning students who showed up at […]

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Move-In, Day 1

August 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Thunder and the Havocs were out in force, and so were (of course) hundreds of student helpers Monday morning for the opening of Welcome Week. Move-In is one of those got-to-experience-it-to-believe-it scenes, as the arriving students and their parents discovered.      

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Mueller showcases GCU’s stunning transformation

August 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Record-breaking high temperatures Friday in Phoenix couldn’t hold a candle to the enthusiasm of President/CEO Brian Mueller and other GCU leaders during the all-employee meeting in the Arena. Mueller delivered his own take on a “State of the University” address by hosting a Q-and-A with more than a dozen representatives of the faculty, colleges, programs, enrollment, student body, community outreach and staff.

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Antelope Intros: Steve Lent and Patsy Root

August 13, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Antelope Intros, two Peoria enrollment counselors share their stories about fun activities with the kids and grandkids and how a popular cheer at sports stadiums got going 34 years ago.

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Welcome Week questions? Here are answers

August 13, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s longest and no doubt best Welcome Week is almost here, and with all the changes on campus people figure to have more than a few questions. Here are the answers to the most important ones.

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