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Injury, illness couldn’t stop these two alumni

May 31, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University alumni Bo Hall and Matt Cavallo both have had some challenges, some bigger than others — Cavallo, for example, is fighting multiple sclerosis. But both have come through their travails like champions. “Pity and self-wallowing can last forever if you let them,” Cavallo said.

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GCU employees show giving spirit at volunteer fair

May 25, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University employees typically have big hearts and a desire to help others, and the Volunteer with a Purpose Fair held Wednesday gave them a chance to do just that. More than 200 attended the event and signed up to support some of the charities that help the young, the poor and the ill. “We want to be a Kingdom of God, both as a University and individually, and as followers of Jesus Christ we want to help bring justice and hope,” said Jim Miller, GCU’s new corporate chaplain.

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Irving’s sports camps create spheres of influence

May 23, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Cassandra Irving, a former Grand Canyon University basketball player who graduated in 1999, felt a calling to create sports camps for disadvantaged children in India and Ukraine, and she hopes to bring kids from the U.S. and Canada to those countries to build global relationships. “This is my way of giving back,” she said.

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Alumnus had key role in Marines’ historic raid

May 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Jackie Schiller II, who was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Alumni Hall of Fame in February, is a former major in the Marine Corps, and nearly seven years ago he led the first raid of a ship controlled by Somali pirates. “There was definitely tension,” he said. “But the Marines — we are famous for going strong.”

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Passion for children motivates teaching graduates

May 01, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Hundreds of College of Education students attended commencement Saturday afternoon to accept degrees that for them mean far more than a paycheck. Their degrees let them make the world a better place one child at a time. “It’s up to us to put in their minds positive thoughts. I want to be part of that,” said Leleatha Mitchell. “Each one, teach one.”

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Run to Fight banquet blooms into a ‘thankfest’

April 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer honored and celebrated the cancer-fighting superheros — from the littlest cancer survivors to the largest corporate donors — at a heart-felt banquet Thursday at the Canyon 49 Grill. Race Director Debbie Accomazzo thanked everyone who contributed to the raising $90,000, and the recipients, Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, returned the gratitude.

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Alumni Spotlight: Christina Wagner and Mike Munoz

April 04, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Christina Wagner and Mike Munoz are two GCU alumni who continue to make a significant impact on the University. Wagner is director of arena marketing and sponsorship fulfillment, and Munoz teaches online philosophy, ethics and spirituality in nursing at GCU.

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GCU degree is one of Burgett’s badges of honor

March 23, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Phoenix Police Commander Lori Burgett counts her 2002 GCU degree in Public Safety as one of her most proudest achievements. “Getting a bachelor’s degree was something I wanted to accomplish, and it was something I needed to move ahead,” said Burgett, a 29-year police veteran who oversees 175 officers in the Community Relations Bureau. She was one of few women in the Phoenix department when she joined in 1987.

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Take GCU grad Ramirez out to the ballgame and …

March 21, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

If you’ve been to an Arizona Diamondbacks home game, you’ve seen Vanessa Ramirez at work. Turn on Channel 12 in the morning, and there she is. Tune your radio to 104.3 FM in the middle of the day, and you hear her voice. There’s more, but she loves what she does — all of it. “I am the Energizer Bunny,” says the 2003 Grand Canyon University graduate.

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Slideshow: Homecoming weekend

February 27, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Brandon Sullivan GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University alumni returned to campus Saturday for a day that included a brunch, a golf tournament, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the Kick-Off Party and a tailgate before the basketball game that evening. There even were go-kart races.  

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