Archive for April, 2017

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Run to Fight banquet blooms into a ‘thankfest’

April 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer honored and celebrated the cancer-fighting superheros — from the littlest cancer survivors to the largest corporate donors — at a heart-felt banquet Thursday at the Canyon 49 Grill. Race Director Debbie Accomazzo thanked everyone who contributed to the raising $90,000, and the recipients, Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, returned the gratitude.

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Slideshow: GCU Run to Fight Children’s Cancer awards celebration

April 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer held a celebration Thursday night at Canyon 49 Grill for the cancer-fighting superheroes whose heartfelt love, devotion and dedication are so essential in the ongoing battle for a cure for pediatric cancer. Race Director Debbie Accomazzo graciously extended her gratitude to everyone who ran, helped, cheered on or otherwise participated in making the race possible. More than $90,000 was raised, and those proceeds in turn were given to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Chidren’s Cancer Network. 

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Antelope Intros: Rechelle Nettles and Sandy Ross

April 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features two out of state university development counselors. One is from the Bay Area with a passion for cooking. The other is a proud grandfather who lives at his local ice rink.

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Students Inspiring Students celebrates another 100 full-tuition scholarships

April 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau If given a chance, K-12 students are west Phoenix’s best hope for becoming an education-minded community.  The Students Inspiring Students initiative at Grand Canyon University, which celebrated its second 100 recipients Wednesday night, told that story – a story of 100 local achievers who have studied their hearts out, despite their less than ideal circumstances, to conceive a brighter future. Matthew Casian of Alhambra High School stepped onto the stage to share an emotional story about how hope was a metaphorical seed planted by his late grandmother, Nena. That seed sprouted into the full-tuition scholarship he received to study engineering at GCU. “Her motto was always, ‘Why step so low when you are destined to go so high?’” Casian said. “She called me her ‘chiquito’ (little one) and bragged about how I would be the one to find a cure for cancer. “She always saw the potential in me and believed in me when I didn’t, and on the day I called her to tell her I was awarded the Students Inspiring Students scholarship, she said, ‘I told you so.’” It was the last conversation Casian and Nena had. She passed away Saturday. […]

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Tickets going fast for Ballet to Broadway

April 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Ballet to Broadway, GCU’s Spring Dance Concert, features 14 pieces that range — as the title suggests — from classical ballet to foot-stomping Broadway. Most of the works are original dances choreographed by faculty and guest artists. Tickets are sold out for Friday night and selling fast for Saturday night.

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First responders receive a heartfelt thank you

April 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This one ranks high on the too-good-to-be-true scale: When Perry Harris had a heart attack and collapsed at the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer last month, he just happened to have nearby a doctor, a certified athletic trainer, students from the Sports Medicine Club and members of the GCU Police Department. Together, they saved his life, and Wednesday everyone got together to celebrate a job well done — and a life that can continue to be well-lived.

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GCU Magazine focuses on vast academic support

April 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Students who need academic support can find it in a lot of places on campus, starting with the eight Learning Lounges. The May issue of GCU Magazine explains what’s available and how it differentiates the University. There also are stories about other GCU successes, both academic (support for online students, the Honors College) and extracurricular (Speech and Debate, track and field), plus the GCU Year in Review.

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Kaiser wins national championship in speech event

April 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU senior Tatum Kaiser had never participated in speech until she joined the Speech and Debate Team this year, but it’s an understatement to say she caught on quickly. This week, she was named national champion in Impromptu Speaking at the National Forensics Association National Championship Tournament. “We have a national champion on our hands,” said team director Barry Regan.

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Words of honor: Goodman makes American Writers

April 18, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

Dr. Diane Goodman, a College of Humanities and Social Sciences full-time faculty member, will be included in the next “American Writers Supplements,” part of the “American Writers Series” that includes hundreds of most notable writers from the 17th century to the present day. Author, cook, professor and club adviser, Goodman’s three short story collections are stories about women and use food and cooking as metaphors.

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