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Grads from last decade still feel GCU’s influence

March 27, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Six GCU graduates from the last decade have one thing in common: They see the value of their time at the University. Several still are getting value in other ways. Maya Hinojos struck a deal with GCU to sell more than 6,300 beds from her family’s mattress company, and three are employed by the University. Reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine.

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Doctoral degree had major impact on her career

March 11, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Charlotte Wheeless’s journey to receiving her doctoral degree had it’s fair share of obstacles, one of which included the unexpected loss of her husband Gene just three months after her first residency. Yet she decided to persevere and since graduating in October has advanced in her career at Williams Baptist University from assistant professor to associate professor and was granted endowment for her chair position as well.

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New Homecoming events bring out historic memories

March 09, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

It was a year of firsts for GCU’s 2020 Homecoming Celebration, and based on Alumni responses, may not be one of lasts. Along with the beloved homecoming traditions such as the Derby car races, the homecoming tailgate and the Hall of Fame ceremony, alumni also got to participate in a Campfire and Cocktails social event at Canyon 49, an Alumni Reunion Mixer at GCU Arena Hall and a Golden Lopes Ceremony at the tailgate. “We’re really trying to build out some lasting traditions at the university and a reunion is something that I think resonates with a lot of people,” Alumni Relation Specialist Brianna Bell said.

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Slideshow: Homecoming 2020

March 09, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Photos By David Kadlubowski, Garrett Ohrenberg, Gillian Rae, Melissa Papulski, Katie Severns and John Spooner  GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s Homecoming Weekend was full of tradition as well as some new events to help build connections between different generations of alumni. This year welcomed Campfire and Cocktails, a Reunion Mixer and the Golden Lope Ceremony to the list of events, which regularly includes the Derby kart races and Brunch with Thunder.    

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Hall of Famers strive to impact future generations

March 04, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The Homecoming festivities wouldn’t be complete without the induction of some very special Lopes into the GCU Hall of Fame, scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in the GCU Arena Hall. Making a difference in the lives of future generations was a common theme for this year’s group of inductees, professionals who have spent their careers doing just that.

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Student films blow away audience at Film Fest

March 02, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Film Festival brought a multitude of different emotions to an audience of eager film viewers Friday night. Within the eight categories, film students highlighted the talent emerging from COFAP’s film department. The top three films within each category, with the exception of music videos with four, competed for the trophy. “It’s a huge honor and there’s a lot of really talented film makers so I’m really blessed just to be able to come away with any win,” Matthew Wagner said about his film’s win in the comedy category.

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Homecoming to feature new events for alumni

February 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Homecoming is scheduled for next weekend, and there will be several new attractions for GCU alumni to go with old favorites, such as the derby kart races (pictured). One other important change: The Hall of Fame induction ceremony has been moved up to Friday afternoon.

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Dancers’ feats celebrated in Black History Month

February 26, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Black History Month in February celebrates the impact African Americans have had on history, and the Dance Department in the College of Fine Arts and Production also views it as a time to recognize the accomplishments of students and alumni of color. Whether they are participating in productions celebrating black history or paving the way for others, there’s no shortage of talented dancers.

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GCU grad goes from infected ship to infected plane

February 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

By Mike Kilen GCU News Bureau The harrowing ordeal of Grand Canyon University graduate Spencer Fehrenbacher continued this week. Just when he thought he had put a three-week quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship behind him and stepped foot in the United States on Sunday, he learned troubling news. The person who sat behind him on the plane ride home tested positive for the coronavirus. “Realizing I spent the last 12 hours right in front of her was concerning, to say the least,” Fehrenbacher said. In his new 14-day quarantine digs – a hotel room on Travis Air Force Base in California – he asked for sanitary wipes to diligently scrub “every nook and cranny” of his carry-on bag, Fehrenbacher said Wednesday via telephone. Minutes before, he learned that the Centers for Disease Control will test other passengers Thursday morning because 14 on board the plane were found to have the virus. He should find out results in three days. He was relieved to be tested. His biggest worry was taking the virus back to his family in Canada, so he wants to make sure he is free of it. Some passengers he has known had no noticeable symptoms […]

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GCU grad keeps the faith aboard virus-infected ship

February 12, 2020 / by / 4 Comments

GCU graduate Spencer Fehrenbacher is trapped inside the Diamond Princess, fearing a knock on the door but unable to leave his room because of a quarantine on the cruise ship where the coronavirus has spread. He shares his terrifying tale and how his faith, nurtured at GCU, is helping him. “Sitting there, every time I have to clear my throat, every time I have a tickle in my throat or feel like I have to cough the slightest, it is the ultimate fear.”

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