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GCU, Alhambra benefit from growing partnership

September 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s student teacher partnership with neighboring Alhambra High School started small in 2012, when professor Jim Mostofo sent a handful of College of Education math students there to earn practicum and student teaching hours toward their degrees. The partnership has grown dramatically since with 70 GCU practicum students and five student teachers there this fall and 90 more practicum students expected for the spring semester. Alhambra had its largest summer school ever this year with the help of GCU, and two alumni now teach there as a result of the program. Read more about the partnership here.

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And the award goes to … Pensis earns special honor

September 21, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Whether he is behind the scenes or seated in the audience, Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, is the visionary leader of the University’s programs in theatre, music, dance, digital film and digital design programs. His three decades of service to GCU and the Valley’s theatre community will be lauded tonight when he is presented with the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Outstanding Contribution Award at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

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High-spirited ‘Dr. Deb’ sets minds at ease

September 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Deb Wade, GCU’s first vice president for counseling and psychological services, brings to the University a special spirit and an expertise in the burgeoning field of sports psychology. But her arrival benefits everyone on campus, which will be apparent Monday when she speaks at Chapel. GCU Today has the story on what she’s done, what she’s all about and what she will doing at GCU.

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GCU safety initiative bringing positive changes

September 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau Parents pushing strollers. Early morning joggers. Homeowners tending their yards. Students eager for school. These are some of the changes taking place in the west Phoenix neighborhood surrounding Grand Canyon University. Thanks in part to GCU’s 3-year-old Neighborhood Safety Initiative, crime prevention in the Canyon Corridor, an area between Interstate 17 and 43rd Avenue and from Bethany Home to Indian School roads, is gaining momentum. Those scenes are anecdotal evidence the initiative is working. FBI crime figures offer further statistical proof. Violent crime decreased 24 percent and property crimes dipped 20 percent during the first six months of 2015 compared to last year. To put that in some context, during the same period, violent crime across Phoenix rose 7 percent and property crime decreased slightly, by 3 percent, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. The crime drop in the Canyon Corridor coincides with the launch of a collaboration between the University and the city. “Every single crime area in our community is down … and some are down as much as 50 percent,” said GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller. “Our campus is a very safe place for students. With this initiative, our goal is to […]

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GCU student flees Iraq for Arizona ‘heaven’

September 08, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

One of the many bright new freshmen who started classes three weeks ago is Yousif Al Dulaimi, a pre-med biology major who grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, amid Saddam Hussein’s ouster and his country’s war. Yousif arrived in Chandler with his family about 14 months ago, enrolled in and graduated from Hamilton High and now is taking five courses and working two jobs.

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Lope Shop’s new era fits it to a T — and more

September 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

From baby bibs to iPad bags, more than 1,200 items of Lopes merchandise will be on sale when the new GCU Lope Shop opens for business this week on Lopes Way. About 99 percent of the merchandise is new, including a pet wall filled with leashes, bandanas and portable purple pet bowls. Sweatshirts and T-shirts abound in cool colors and bearing the sleek Lopes logo.

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Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin addresses Chapel
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Griffin: One thing we can expect — God’s love

August 31, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin used a funny story about his sixth-grade class trip to Disneyland to get into a message for students that everyone needs to hear: Expectations can drag us away from God if we aren’t careful. Keep Jesus as the centerpiece of your life, Griffin said, and remember that God is faithful and always forgives.

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"As You Like It" in Ethington Theatre
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Lots to love in Ethington opener, ‘As You Like It’

August 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The 2015-16 Ethington Theatre Series at GCU gets off to a hilarious start with “As You Like It,” a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare that will be performed by the College of Fine Arts and Production Aug. 28-30 and Sept. 4-6. The GCU version includes a video that was collaborated upon by students in GCU’s theatre and digital film programs, four weddings, bluegrass music, yoga and plenty more to like.

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Unity is world’s missing link, Mueller tells Chapel

August 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

President/CEO Brian Mueller kicked off the 2015-16 Chapel sessions with an emotional talk about what he sees as one of the most critical things in the world today — finding ways to unite people behind common, positive goals. The University would not be where it is today without unity, Mueller said, and he wants GCU to continue to be a leader in bringing students, staff and the community together.

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‘You’re welcome!’ was motto of busiest Move-In

August 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s longest and most ambitious Welcome Week was memorable for a lot of people, especially for arriving students and their parents. To put it in perspective, GCU Today looks back in this wrapup at what made it so special. Here’s an idea: That was so much fun, let’s do it again next year.

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