Archive for June, 2018

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Construction projects cooking, including Taco Bell

June 29, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Campus construction projects are barreling forward this summer, from the addition of 1,000 field-level seats at GCU Ballpark that will put spectators right in the action, to a new Lope Shop, two new residence halls, a soon-to-be-completed parking garage, a new Colangelo College of Business building, a new Canyon Activities Center, and perhaps the most exciting addition for students — a long-anticipated Taco Bell. The projects are on track, many of them expected to be completed by the time students arrive for the fall semester.

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Lopetrotters: exploring Blarney Castle in the Republic of Ireland

June 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

  Grand Canyon University employee Wacey Ray Hancock shows his Lopes spirit on a trip to the famous Blarney Castle in the Republic of Ireland, near the city of Cork.  Hancock traveled there with his wife, Jenny. Hancock lived in Ireland from 2008-10 on a mission for his church, so he was eager to revisit friends and see new sites. Traveling around the United States or to a distant land? Wear purple, pose in front of a famous site and email the photo to GCU Today.  Contact Theresa Smith at (602) 639-7457 or theresa.smith@gcu.edu.

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Lopes pets show school spirit

June 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU fans love their pets and adorn them in Lopes spirit wear.

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Encourage one another, though it might get messy

June 27, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) Pastor Jim Miller GCU Corporate Chaplain I’ve lived out of the snow now for 20 years, and I’d be overjoyed if God never gives me the pleasure of shoveling it again. But having grown up in Pennsylvania and having spent the bulk of my life in winter wonderlands, I’ve had lots of chances to help people whose cars were stuck in the snow. The secret is to rock the car. If you don’t, the tires just spin and you don’t go anywhere. In one case, I was pushing from the rear fender of a car, the driver gunned the engine, and the tire I was behind spun through the snow into the mud underneath, spewing a ton of mud behind the car where I was pushing — cold, wet mud. Talk about fun. At chapel last week, I said that the word the New Testament writers use for “encourage” actually means “to come alongside someone in their need.” It is in fact the same word Jesus uses to describe the Holy Spirit — the “one who comes alongside us.” When you push a […]

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Summer sweat pays off for Student Engagement

June 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

It might appear to be time for summer chill instead of summer sweat, yet with hundreds of events and activities to plan the mode is busy for the 14-member staff of GCU’s Office of Student Engagement. Nearly 600 activities were planned and executed under the umbrella of Student Engagement last school year, not including hundreds of events managed by the 126 clubs. “It’s not the volume [of events] but the engagement,’’ said Jeremy Mack, director of Student Engagement. “We want to make students feel welcome on campus while making friends.’’

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Hotel an at-home sanctuary for doctoral learners

June 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The quality of the GCU Hotel’s pool has doctoral learners cracking jokes about skipping class to take a dip. The learners stay at the hotel for residency, giving them a sanctuary just steps away from the classroom. “On Monday, I thought I might just stay in the pool,” one of the learners joked. “It’s just been really nice. Everything is here. I would hate to think that I’d be clear across town.” http://bit.ly/2MsZwyX

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Talking communication

June 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

By Dr. Deb Wade GCU Vice President, Counseling and Psychological Services “Honey, we need to talk.”  Yikes! Those are some of the most dreaded words in the English language. That statement might just be as ominous as, “Do these pants make me look fat?” I’m not trying to be sexist here, but both of those statements can make men want to run for the hills — and for good reason. Communication is a worn-out, overly discussed, sometimes boring topic that can make the most tolerant among us roll our eyes.  Nevertheless, let’s dive in and talk about communication. What makes for great communication? Be a good listener. The most important part of communicating is listening. When one person is a good listener, the other will be a good communicator. Great listening is about the whole body, by the way. We hear with our ears, but we LISTEN with our whole bodies. Lean in, give great eye contact, make appropriate facial expressions that prove you are tuned in, nod occasionally to show you are following every word, and offer verbal probes. Check in with yourself right now. You are probably somewhat aware of sounds around you that you are hearing — an air conditioner […]

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Fitness Facts: Fourth of July safety tips

June 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

By Connie Colbert Director, Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic With the Fourth of July just a week away, here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe — including a few fire tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency: Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries. If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire. If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Do soak them with water then throw them away. Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially one that is glass or metal. Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs. Open your gas grill before lighting. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill so it cannot be ignited. Declare a 3-foot “kid- and pet-free zone” around the grill to keep them safe. Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill. Here are some additional […]

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GCU students show they’re suited to top internships

June 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU students are doing great things in internships again this summer. Two of the standouts, Kadin Breeze and Angela Bratt, have duties that go far beyond what an intern typically is allowed to do. “When people get exposure to our students, they see the ‘it’ factor,” said Marquis Scott, Director of Internships.

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Student teaches recycling at St. Vincent de Paul

June 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Senior Bre L’Estrange will compete in July in the Miss Earth United States contest after being selected as Colorado’s delegate for the pageant. But in her down time, she volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul’s Dream Center to teach children about recycling. The center plays many roles for Phoenix families, especially their children, who are in need of a helping hand.

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