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Lopetrotters: exploring Blarney Castle in the Republic of Ireland

June 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

  Grand Canyon University employee Wacey Ray Hancock shows his Lopes spirit on a trip to the famous Blarney Castle in the Republic of Ireland, near the city of Cork.  Hancock traveled there with his wife, Jenny. Hancock lived in Ireland from 2008-10 on a mission for his church, so he was eager to revisit friends and see new sites. Traveling around the United States or to a distant land? Wear purple, pose in front of a famous site and email the photo to GCU Today.  Contact Theresa Smith at (602) 639-7457 or theresa.smith@gcu.edu.

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Lopes pets show school spirit

June 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU fans love their pets and adorn them in Lopes spirit wear.

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Collegiate Scholars chapter grows to largest in U.S.

June 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The story of Grand Canyon University’s growth and accomplishments added a new chapter this week when its chapter in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars earned Platinum Star Status and was deemed the largest in the country. Here’s the catch: The chapter was formed only four years ago.

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Youth basketball campers love the game

June 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Theresa Smith Photos by David Kadlubowski  GCU News Bureau The ball is hoisted by the 6-year-old to the sure-handed 6-foot-7 athlete who playfully dekes the duo of pint-sized campers earnestly trying to guard him. It is a moment among millions at the individual youth session of the Dan Majerle boy’s basketball camp, and it symbolizes the cycle of the Grand Canyon University men’s basketball program. The hustling youngsters improve their skills, connect with the coaches — student-athletes and coaching staff of the 2018-19 men’s basketball team — develop an interest in and love for Lopes basketball, and become fans of the program, if not future members of the team. Exhibit A: the five friends, including two sets of brothers laughing and learning on Tuesday morning at the Lopes Performance Center. Lesson No. 1, according to Ashton Hollenberg, “Do not be a ball hog. Do not shoot if you’re not open.’’ His friend, Evan Engstrom, expressed a similar sentiment. “I’ve learned how to be a good teammate,’’ said Engstrom. “Coach is basically teaching everyone how to be a good teammate and how to share the ball.’’ Brothers T.J. Lyons and Connor Lyons are digging the shooting drills. “It feels […]

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Summertime drill: Youth hoop camps begin

June 01, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dan Majerle remembers his first basketball camp: “I want to pass that same valuable experience along to more kids who love the game like me.” Youth will get that experience at the Dan Majerle Boys Basketball Camps, the first of which begins Monday.

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Survey: GCU’s Christian foundation is far-reaching

May 31, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

A survey on Grand Canyon University’s distinct Christian worldview and integration of faith showed that more than 80 percent of campus, online and evening students identified as Christians. Almost 85 percent of campus students had a positive perception of faith integration and almost 87 percent of online students had a positive one.

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GCU Volunteer Fair a ‘matchmaking opportunity’

May 17, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

“I wanted to pay it back,” GCU Enrollment supervisor Michael Rodriguez said at the GCU Volunteer Fair on Wednesday at the 27th Avenue office building as he signed up at the Big Brothers Big Sisters booth. Rodriguez himself was paired with a Big Brother when he was a kid. BBBS was just one of the 20 GCU-supported nonprofits employees were able to connect with at the fair, an event GCU Community Outreach Manager Debbie Accomazzo calls a “matchmaking opportunity.”

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Nike store, tech area, boutique part of new Lope Shop

May 16, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Lope Shop will have a lot of space to fill as it moves into its new home in the old College of Doctoral Studies. The campus retail store will be going from 1,800 to 9,500 square feet and will include a Nike concept store, boutique, women’s fashion area, technology department and much more. The 12-week build is getting underway this summer with plans to reopen the store in its new home a week before students return for Welcome Week.

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Worship Team strikes a chord at Chapel

May 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Not many college students get to perform in a venue as big as the 7,000-capacity Grand Canyon University Arena. But that’s not the only boon of performing with the University’s three eight-member Worship Team bands. The student musicians and vocalists also refine their craft, connect with students during Chapel and The Gathering, become family with the close-knit group of Worship Team musicians and, of course, inspire those who listen with messages of faith.

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Student shows how inspiration can hit home

May 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Jose Monarrez is a Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipient. He also came out of the Murphy Elementary School District. So when Grand Canyon University needed learning advocates (LEADs) to help Murphy students, Monarrez was more than happy to do so. He writes about his experience in My LopeLife, reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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