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Just like that, Canyon Activity Center is big hit

February 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Wow … as in wow, it’s big and wow, it’s nice. That has been the typical reaction this week as students got their first look at the Canyon Activity Center, which features 10 sparkling new basketball courts, plenty of places to sit and a full-service Lopes Mart. But along with those conveniences comes a versatility that quickly made it a great place to hang out. “That’s the biggest thing – just the magnitude of the number of things we can do,” Campus Recreation Director Matt Lamb said.

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‘The Host’ at GCU chases his new dream

February 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Standing alone on the stage, the young man in the tuxedo is anything but unnerved by the spotlight nor the GCU Arena crowd of his peers, 7,000 strong. Caleb Duarte’s suave emcee performances at all major entertainment events on campus have led to the creation of “Canyon Night Show.’’ As he hosts his Valentine’s Day-themed fourth taping of CNS before a live audience at 7 p.m. today at Thunderground, Duarte’s dream of hosting a nationally televised talk show is being sown.

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Herrrrrrre’s Caleb! How Duarte became ‘The Host’

February 14, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

In a first-person “My LopeLife” account, Caleb Duarte tells what being “The Host” at GCU has meant to him, personally and spiritually. Reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine.

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Stampede grows: GCBC unveils larger energy drink

February 13, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCBC welcomes a new 16-oz. Stampede can to the campus for students who need that extra boost. It is the first of many plans to expand the Stampede brand.

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Lopes paint the town purple for Serve the City

February 11, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The sun wasn’t even up and the temperature was a frigid 40-something degrees. But that didn’t dissuade more than 200 Lopes from showing up, ready to paint and landscape, for the semiannual Serve the City. And for just the second time, Parent Council members, along with other parent volunteers, served alongside their children to make a difference in the Canyon Corridor, helping move GCU and partner Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona closer to their 700-homes-renovated goal.

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Colangelo sculpture unveiled on GCU campus

February 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Arena has a stately new feature right outside its doors. The Jerry Colangelo sculpture was unveiled Saturday, but the man who has had such a positive influence on the state — and on GCU — was far more concerned about whether it “can serve as some kind of inspiration for the students here, that anything is possible in life.” GCU Today has the details on how the sculpture came to be.

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One GCU student’s journey with autism

February 08, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

College life has been difficult for Austin Forney, yet wonderful. The junior has soared with feelings of inclusion and ached with the pain of isolation. Through it all, he has relied on the support of his mother, Melissa Pullon, and a mix of students and adults on campus who have lent a helping hand. In turn, Forney has helped out, sending hearts soaring with his musical selections for The Gathering in 2017-18 and as disc jockey for athletics events in 2018-19. This is the final part of a three-part series.

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GCU theatre brings dark era of Holocaust to light

February 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Theatre Department’s moving play, “Who Will Carry the Word?,” brings the somber truths of what happened in Auschwitz to a group of French Resistance fighters to the Ethington Theatre stage. Claude Pensis and a powerful female cast showcase Charlotte Delbo’s haunting story.

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Collaborating for students on autism spectrum

February 07, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When students identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle to fit in socially, GCU leaders collaborate with solutions. In Part 2 of GCU Today’s series, Dr. Tim Griffin, Pastor and Dean of Students, Dr. Sherman Elliott, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the father of a son on the spectrum and Student Disability Services director Beth Jamison discuss their experiences supporting students on the spectrum.

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How campus culture embraces students with autism

February 07, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

As Grand Canyon University grows, more students arriving on campus are identified with autism spectrum disorders. Efforts to welcome and include these students occur naturally on a campus where students look out for each other. Intentional efforts are expanding all across campus, from faculty members to Student Disability Services staffers who have implemented a new program, ASD Connection, to boost social and academic support. Part 1 of GCU Today’s series on the University’s approach to students on the spectrum includes the viewpoint of Austin Forney, a GCU junior who shared the highs and lows of navigating college life.

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