Archive for July, 2019

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Back to School Clothing Drive the right fit for GCU

July 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

An estimated 5,000 Title I elementary schoolchildren are weaving their way this week through the Lopes Performance Center, which has been turned into a unique department store. It’s where those kindergarten through sixth graders, all preselected and preregistered by their schools, are loading up on polo shirts, shoes, socks, belts, books, school supplies and more as part of the four-day Back to School Clothing Drive’s New Clothes, New Beginnings distribution event. GCU was there in full force on Monday for Lopes Day at the LPC. “We just love to be a part of these kinds of events,” said GCU Provost Dr. Hank Radda, “especially ones that focus on youth and K-12 education, because that’s very much a part of our Five-Point Plan.”

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Special delivery: New Mail Center opens on campus

July 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A new Grand Canyon University mail center opened Monday to meet the needs of a growing student population and its consumer habits of shopping online. Stephanie Salas said the center will process more than 1,500 packages every day. Inside the complex located across the bridge of the Little Canyon Trail in Building 44 is a huge warehouse filled with shelves that will be holding everything from shipped bicycles to lamps and refrigerators. After all, Salas said, it is a “click-and-shop generation.”

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GCU statement regarding Arizona Republic, lawsuit

July 19, 2019 / by / 10 Comments

Grand Canyon University is providing this statement to shed some light regarding a frivolous lawsuit filed in Georgia on Thursday, July 18, that the Arizona Republic has chosen to cover in great detail, continuing a pattern of disparaging articles by the newspaper related to GCU. The lawsuit was filed by an Atlanta law firm that has a history of soliciting plaintiffs in order to create class-action lawsuits. This firm has now filed three baseless suits against GCU and created a website designed to publicize these efforts specifically against GCU. That in itself is a red flag for any journalist evaluating the motivations of such a lawsuit and whether it has merit or is newsworthy. The lawsuit was filed at 12:46 p.m. Arizona time on Thursday and GCU was served, for the first time, with a copy of the complaint by Arizona Republic reporter Rachel Leingang nearly two hours later at 2:20 p.m. Typically lawsuits are served by the attorney that filed the complaint and not by a newspaper, so the University was surprised to find that the Arizona Republic was working collaboratively with these plaintiffs’ firm to attempt to act as a process server and surprise the University with a […]

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Graduate’s journey becomes full ride to law school

July 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

David Salgado knew it was a tough road to take. The Grand Canyon University graduate and IT employee wanted to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), be accepted into a law school and earn a scholarship to pay for it. There were a lot of twists and turns along the way. But he managed a rarity — a full scholarship to law school. His west Phoenix parents jumped for joy. None of the extended family had ever been to college, much less law school. They had canceled vacation to plan on helping to pay for it. Salgado will go to Gonzaga School of Law on the Thomas More Scholarship.

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Honors College senior wins award during internship

July 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When Luke Elliott started his internship with Avnet this summer, his main interest was strategy. But then the Honors College senior and a co-worker competed at an event where they had to brainstorm, design and create an app, and they won the Salesforce Most Innovative Team award. “It’s definitely a good reinforcement and kind of solidification that I’m doing well, and this is where I belong,” he said.

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Thunder is the national champion … of anime

July 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

We already knew this, but now the rest of the country knows it, too: Thunder is the best. His likeness was the winner of the Toykodachi Mascot Madness contest, and the angry-faced Japanese-anime Thunder soon will be on T-shirts, socks and other items at the Lope Shops. And here’s the best part about wearing this new Thunder: He beat Wilbur The Wildcat of the University of Arizona in the fan voting in the finals.

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Grill cooks up all-day menu, Food Blogger Night

July 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The usual lunchtime burger-and-fries fare is getting an upgrade at Canyon 49 Grill, which rolled out its new all-day menu. That means foodies can not only get their fill of their favorite lunchtime sandwich-driven items but also can try some of the Grill’s dinnertime offerings, such as an herbed chicken breast atop calabrese pesto (a type of broccoli), roasted caulilini (baby cauliflower) and goat cheese grits. The Grill also rolled out some new menu items, such as Country Nachos and the Sriracha Burger, which it introduced to about a dozen food bloggers on Tuesday evening as part of the first Food Blogger Night. It’s a reminder, Executive Chef Marcus Maggiore said, that “We want to make sure we have a place on campus where people can get a dining experience instead of just a meal.”

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Fitness Facts: A cloud of uncertainty – the e-cigarette paradox

July 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Fitness Facts, guest writer Lily Limon writes about an extremely important topic — the dangers of vaping. Don’t think for a second that this is a safe alternative. Its effects already are being seen as more and more young people with respiratory issues visit emergency rooms around the country.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: How to cool summer depression

July 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In this week’s Mental Health Vitamin, Dr. Deb Wade shares some ways to ward off depression in the heat of summer. All those pool parties and barbecues tend to make people expect everyone to be in a good mood, but that’s not always the case.

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Shopping spree: Clothing drive seeks volunteers

July 16, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The first day of school: new clothes, new shoes, new backpack. But the same scenario doesn’t play out for every schoolchild, which is why the nonprofit Back to School Clothing Drive has made it its mission to provide new clothing, backpacks, school supplies and more to 5,000 students whose families live at or below the poverty level. Those students will be arriving on the Grand Canyon University campus Monday through July 25 for the Back to School Clothing Drive’s New Clothes, New Beginnings distribution event, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to help hand out shoes, clothing, backpacks and more. “It takes 300 volunteers to pull off one day, and I’d like to have 301,” Accomazzo said of Lopes volunteers.

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