Archive for December, 2021

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Slideshow: Employee Holiday Party

December 31, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The Employee Holiday Party on Thursday included a free dinner and lots of activities for the children before everyone went inside GCU Arena to watch the men’s basketball team defeat Chicago State. These photos capture what it was like before the game.    

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Ready, set, go: GCU poised to spring into new year

December 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Let’s be done with 2021 and look ahead to 2022. The calendar is brimming with events, from the return of Forensic Science Day on Feb. 15 to men’s basketball going up against rival New Mexico State on Feb. 19, to the big Mr. GCU competition on March 1 and TEDxGCU on April 8. GCU Today picked a dozen highlights from the spring 2022 calendar for your consideration.

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Top stories, photos depict an emotional GCU year

December 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Nine months later, the Oscar Frayer bulletin still is shocking. “What? How could that happen? Not now!” was a typical response to the news that the GCU basketball star, his sister and a friend had been killed in an auto accident just days after he played in the NCAA tournament. Thankfully, 2021 was filled with happier moments, in particular the opening of the GCU CityServe warehouse, the awarding of more Students Inspiring Students scholarships, the energy of Lip Sync and other major events, and the inspiration of so many students and staff. Here are our favorite stories. They might be yours, too.

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Survey says: Campus food menu is made to order

December 28, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU keeps adding new dining options for students, such as Panera Bread and Kaminari Poke Bar. Also coming soon is Nekter Juice Bar, and Lopes Training Table offers a chance to earn free items from the Lope Shop while also getting a healthy meal. But all those options mean students have to find creative ways to decide where to eat.

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Chapel schedule for spring semester announced

December 28, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The Chapel schedule for the spring semester includes two returning speakers, Brian Kruckenberg and Beth Guckenberger, and four first-timers with a variety of ministries. GCU President Brian Mueller and Dr. Tim Griffin, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and University Pastor, have their usual spots in the lineup and will be joined by Director of Spiritual Life Erik Nelsen, who delivered a talk for an online session last fall and will be onstage at GCU Arena this time.

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Grad mixes neighborly advice with faith formation

December 28, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Apartment Life aims to fill a major void in American life: Most people don’t have meaningful relationships with their neighbors. But the nonprofit also seeks to build faith in apartment communities, and GCU graduate Josh Miller sees the spirituality of his work as a program director. “Our ultimate goal is to know Jesus, but the doorway to Jesus is us loving our neighbors in such a way that it allows them to love one another,” he said.

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GCU reaches 2,000 signed doctoral dissertations

December 22, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a productive 10 years for the College of Doctoral Studies. What started as eight graduates a year in 2011 to nearly 500 graduates in 2021, the college has just crossed off its next big milestone — reaching 2,000 signed dissertations once the college’s dean, Dr. Michael Berger, signed Dr. Kortney Song’s. The best part — Song’s chair, Dr. Nicholas Markette, was the college’s first graduate. “Doctoral degrees change lives,” Berger said. “Going through it changes your life, getting it changes your life, it changes the way you think, it changes the opportunities that are available to you, and that’s a lot of lives that have been impacted by Grand Canyon.”

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She left school to aid sister, returned to set example

December 21, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Aliyah Stanford always knew a college education was a ticket out of her circumstances. But she had to quit. Her younger sister was struggling and needed help. Stanford told her sister to come to Phoenix, where she would get her enrolled in high school and even drive her to basketball games. But it gnawed on Aliyah to return to her studies, and last Friday with her sister cheering her on, she graduated from GCU. “I just wanted to make a difference and be there for her,” Aliyah said. “I didn’t know if I’d ever go back to school. But I didn’t give up.”

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Day of Giving served GCU’s sense of community well

December 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s 1st Day of Giving took place exactly two months ago, but its effects will be felt for far beyond today. More than $200,000 was raised for various campus and community causes. “We’re excited to bring philanthropy to GCU and the opportunity for Lope Nation to support what they love most,” said Cherylann Galdi, Director of Annual Giving. Reprinted from the November issue of GCU Magazine.

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Start of this grad’s career is already a done deal

December 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Alison Smith graduated on Friday, she took with her the knowledge she was taught at the Colangelo College of Business — knowledge she already has applied. Smith earned an internship with Morgan Stanley last summer, and that’s where she’ll start her career. “All this knowledge is only as good as what you do with it,” she said. “It’s more about the character of how you’re bringing it into the world as opposed to just the fact that you know it.”

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