Archive for August, 2018

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First day of class makes the grade

August 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is always evolving, with new buildings rising up and offices and colleges moving to new spaces. All the change makes for an interesting first-day of class. The GCU News team fanned out on Monday to talk to students, professors and even the Success Patrol and Academic Career Excellence Centers, who there there to make sure students found their classrooms.

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Welcome Week just kept making memories

August 27, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Watching the Grand Canyon University campus come alive for Welcome Week is always fascinating, but this year’s version was especially memorable. GCU Today took a light-hearted look at some moments that stood out to us — starting with a wacky giraffe game.

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John McCain leaves a legacy at GCU, too

August 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday, was a frequent visitor to Grand Canyon University and was greatly admired by GCU executives, staff and students. He truly loved going to GCU basketball games.

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Antelope Intros: Mickele Kunselman and Zac Harris

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros introduces us to a mother who has two sons — three years apart — with the same birthday. Try explaining that. We also feature a sports performance specialist who says he could use your suggestions for the Valley’s best places to visit.

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Slideshow: Lope-A-Palooza, Walker Hayes concert

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso and Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau It was a memorable night of fun for Grand Canyon University students Thursday as Lope-A-Palooza was followed by a Walker Hayes concert.  

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TV news crew gets full scope of Lopes’ tireless spirit

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Story and photos by Ryan Kryska GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University took center stage Friday morning on local news as AZFamily 3TV visited campus for multiple live segments. 3TV reporters Javier Soto and Olivia Fierro arrived at 7 a.m., in time to witness the relentless Welcome Crew volunteers move in the last of GCU’s record-breaking enrollment. “I got to tell you, I’ve been to universities, I’ve been to move-in days,” Soto said. “The excitement here, you can feel it, and I think that’s what’s awesome about GCU.” The Thundering Heard Pep Band, Dance team, Cheer team and the Havocs — a tireless bunch of Lopes — followed the live segments into the heat all morning. Soto and Fierro interviewed President Brian Mueller, Phoenix business icon Jerry Colangelo, men’s soccer coach Schellas Hyndman, students and various others, and they even tried some white pizza and Baja shrimp ceviche from Canyon 49 Grill’s new menu. “These kids are on a whole other level,” Soto said, “and I think that has a lot do with the curriculum and the faculty getting them to buy into it where they have their own thought process. They are thinking beyond the information that they are […]

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Slideshow: ‘Ring Round the Moon’

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s theatre department opened its 2018-19 season with “Ring Round the Moon.”

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Storm, power outage can’t stop Lope-A-Palooza

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

An early pre-event start and a power outage sent a frenzied crowd of over 7,000 students into an even higher energy level of dancing, clapping, singing and cheering at Thursday night’s Lope-A-Palooza at GCU Arena. The Thundering Heard Band, Cheer team, Dance team, Thunder and the Havocs leaders put on an unforgettable show to kick off the academic school year and pump up new and returning members of the Havocs to support athletics, including the men’s and women’s soccer teams who made an appearance prior to their home opening matches tonight.

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‘Moon’ is match(making) made in heaven

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU theatre department’s “Ring Round the Moon” rings true with sumptuous excess. Set in the Belle Epoque, with its the aristocratic French chateau setting and dazzling haute couture gowns, the fairy tale romance easily conveys one of its themes: beauty. But the play is more than that. It’s also a parody, and it deals with different societal classes and how cruel they can be. For some of those reasons, director Michael Kary said this is one of his favorite plays. Eighteen years ago, he said, “I saw it and I thought, that was wonderful.”

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GCU Nursing’s new home filled with facility upgrades

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions hosted an open house Thursday to showcase the well-planned upgrades in the college’s new home, the Natural Sciences Building. The second floor features a simulation lab with nine clinical rooms for use by the college’s family nurse practitioner students, while the third floor holds an immersive simulation lab and a skills lab for pre-licensure and acute-care nurse practitioner students.

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