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Slideshow: Welcome Back at the CAC

September 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The many options in Campus Recreation were on display Friday at the Canyon Activity Center in Welcome Back at the CAC. GCU students could participate in various events and sign up for future ones.  

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Campus Recreation event shows Lopes play hard

September 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

By Mike Kilen GCU News Bureau Amanda Alfaro just touched down from the climbing wall at the Canyon Activity Center. “It tests muscles I don’t use on a regular basis,” said the Grand Canyon University student. “You don’t climb walls every day.” She does now. The junior justice studies major discovered the wall last year because it was something she could do during the pandemic when other events and activities where restricted. She loves it so much she joined a climbing gym over the summer in Los Angeles. “I love the community here,” she said of the climbers at GCU. “They are all really encouraging you: ‘Try it this way. You can do it!’” That spirit was evident at Friday’s Welcome Back at the CAC, part of Welcome Week. The event introduced students to Campus Recreation programs, including Outdoor Recreation, Intramurals and Fitness. (See photographer Ralph Freso‘s slideshow here.) The enthusiasm for the year of recreation is off the charts. Outdoor Recreation has hundreds of adventure trips planned, and the three on Labor Day Weekend were filled in 15 minutes on myrec.gcu.edu. Not long after, the whole month of trips was filled. “It seems overwhelmingly that everyone is excited to […]

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The Welcome Week that was, via social media

September 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU promised a full-force Welcome Week, and it was just that, complete with more than 12,650 students moving into the residence halls this week and students eager to socialize and dive into events ranging from orientation to Canyon Cool Down, the Project L barbecue and Silent Disco, to name a few. We wanted to put a cherry on top of the week, one amazing week, by compiling just a few social media posts we found of students in their newly decorated rooms to parents dropping off their new Lopes and wishing them well.

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Slideshow: Silent Disco

September 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau A big crowd turned out Thursday night for Silent Disco in GCU Arena. Students danced the night away to music only they could hear.     

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GCU family embraces first-generation students

September 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Bazwell Mwale arrived at GCU during Welcome Week as a southeast Africa native who didn’t have college-educated parents to tell him how to navigate the challenges. So he joined around 50 first-gen students Thursday in the Student Union in a social hosted by Associated Students of GCU to learn from each other and from those who had been through the initial stages. Mwale wants to be a doctor one day. Many at the social have goals their parents could only dream to attain.

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Campus returns to full schedule of worship services

September 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The pandemic forced changes in worship services on campus during the 2020-21 academic year, but Chapel and The Gathering are ready to get back to normal this fall. First up is the Ignite Worship Service on Tuesday night in GCU Arena, and the first Chapel of the semester is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13.

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Slideshow: Spirit of Welcome Week

September 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau It was quite a scene — and sound — when GCU’s Spirit teams visited President Brian Mueller and other employees Thursday on the fourth floor of the Student Life Building. The Thundering Heard Pep Band, Cheer and Dance teams and Thunder did several numbers, and afterward Mueller thanked them for the positive way they represent the University.     

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Project L: Welcome Week’s love letter to diversity

September 02, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Hundreds of students descended on the Grove lawn Wednesday night for Project L, the Diversity and Inclusion Department’s Welcome Week icebreaker, which featured not only free barbecue but games, live entertainment, student vendors and a bubble machine. But the high-energy event, filled with students ready to return to full social calendars, also was designed to connect students to the department and the campus’ various multicultural and diversity groups.

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Sophomores carry high hopes for an eventful year

September 01, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

You couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces. Sophomores who missed out on the full energy of GCU’s campus because of pandemic restrictions last year said they are raring to go this fall, and they like what they are seeing during Welcome Week. “I’m just really excited to see our community coming back, because it’s really what pulled me to the school,” said sophomore Jac Trboyevich.

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Students are eager to get in the Club Sports game

September 01, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Club Sports have been big at GCU in recent years, but this year they figure to be gargantuan. With so many students looking for new activities, they have been signing up at a record pace this week at the Club Sports Experience, which continues Wednesday and Thursday. “This thing is just a steamroller – it grows and grows and grows,” said Dan Nichols, Director of Club Sports.

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