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TEDx speaker lineup provides fresh connections

February 20, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

TEDx, a series of talks designed to be thought-provoking and inspirational, is coming to Grand Canyon University for the second time on Friday night, with a group of speakers who instantly connected when they met for the first time at the preview event last month. That synergy should be evident during their presentations.

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Picturesque GCU Ballpark opens to shining reviews

February 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark elicited a ton of positive reaction — even from members of the visiting TCU team — when it officially opened Friday night. Though the Lopes lost in excruciating fashion, the stadium most definitely was deemed a winner.

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Speech and Debate team continues string of success

February 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Speech and Debate Team is continuing to excel at competition, this time at the Sunset Cliff Classic recently at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. The combined speech and debate team received second place overall at the tournament, beating out schools such as Northern Arizona University and the University of Southern California. This marks the third Top 3 placement in a row for the GCU team.

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Carnegie-bound choirs to inject faith into concert

February 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

At the core of what GCU’s music department does is integrate faith and music, said assistant dean, Dr. Juan de Dios Hernandez. Expect the same at the GCU Choirs’ Masterworks Concert on Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church. The hourlong performance will include everything from a well-known Reformation hymn, to African-American spirituals such as “Ride the Chariot,” to works by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo based on a poem by St. John of the Cross.

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Students get a life reboot at coding camp

February 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Scott Bromander has told stories about a baker and a brewery employee who discovered they had knack for coding and rewrote the code in their own lives. Now nine students are hoping to add to their resumes as part of an immersive, 15-week pilot Java coding boot camp, taught by Bromander, that started recently on the GCU campus. The University is looking to add more such coding certificate boot camps to its offerings this year.

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Turn life’s exiles into exultations, Griffin tells Chapel

February 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

It’s great to have dreams, Dr. Tim Griffin told students at Chapel on Monday morning, but what’s important is how we handle it when things don’t go our way. Turning life’s lemons into lemonade isn’t just a saying. The Pastor and Dean of Students said that flourishing in difficult circumstances is a way of honoring and trusting God.

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Battle is on for salvation in ‘Major Barbara’

February 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Is salvation achieved through faith and good deeds or through money and power? It is one of the big questions characters wrestle with in “Major Barbara,” opening on the Ethington Theatre stage on Friday. The classic George Bernard Shaw satire will run for the next two weekends.

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Turning point: GCU aids struggling school district

February 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Editor’s note: This story is reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine. To view the digital version of the magazine, click here. By Jeannette Cruz GCU Magazine The final lesson of the semester – never, ever stop trying to make a positive difference in people’s lives – came in the form of a parable. The young students were told of a little boy who was grabbing sand-stranded starfish at the beach and tossing them back into the sea when an old man said, “Do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can’t possibly make a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, saying, “It made a difference for that one!” “What you do will make a ripple effect. Think about where you are now and multiply that by at least 25 years and 30 kids per year,” Professor Jena Akard told the 50 Grand Canyon University early childhood students and aspiring teachers seated inside a classroom at Alfred F. Garcia Elementary School, where they had spent the fall semester in a GCU pilot program designed to make a difference in one […]

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University lifts ’em up, and GCU Magazine tells how

February 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The February issue of GCU Magazine contains a story that is heartbreaking and at the same time heartwarming — the details of a Grand Canyon University pilot program that is coming to the aid of the struggling Murphy Elementary School District. In a similar vein, the issue also features two other uplifting stories: what GCU’s crime-smashing partnership with the Phoenix Police Department has meant to local residents, and former basketball player Jerome Garrison’s quest to get a gymnasium built at his Avondale charter school. And there’s more: the impact of international athletes at the University, GCU’s continuing emphasis on cybersecurity education, its leadership in the online education community and the story behind the organization that’s now running Right to Fight Children’s Cancer. To view the digital version of the magazine, click here.

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ASGCU debate illuminates initiatives, inclusiveness

January 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Associated Students of Grand Canyon University held its 2018-2019 debate Monday night. Candidates for president and vice president were given the opportunity to highlight their platforms and discuss important issues on campus in front of hundreds of students, staff and faculty at GCBC on the second floor of the Student Union.

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