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TEDxGCU preview shows off students’ innovations

January 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

TEDxGCU, scheduled for Feb. 22 in Ethington Theatre, was previewed Friday night in ways that showed off the creativity of the students producing it. With a set styled after “The Tonight Show” to the addition of Caleb Duarte as emcee, the event had the look and feel of work done by professionals. Moving the preview to GCBC also proved to be a wise decision.

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Students learn business end of starting a startup

January 11, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The Colangelo College of Business Dean’s Speaker Series kicked off for the spring semester Thursday, and first up was someone who has first-hand experience of what it’s like to go from the corporate world to a startup. Rachel Mertensmeyer explained to students what it takes to succeed besides the guts to take a chance.

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Student-teachers go the distance(s) to learn

January 11, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Four flights and a four-hour taxi ride, covering more than 9,000 miles to reach her student-teaching assignment, proved to be a minor inconvenience for Ashley Olander, whose desire to experience a different culture led her to a remote mountaintop in southern India where she led seventh grade physical education classes. Olander is one of nine Grand Canyon University students who have embraced international student-teaching. “It is a beautiful opportunity to learn about our world, but most importantly that they see God’s hand at work in our children, no matter if it is in a classroom in America or India or Japan,” said Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, Dean of the College of Education.

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A grand new cornerstone of Colangelo’s GCU legacy

January 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When GCU celebrated the grand opening of the Colangelo College of Business Building on Wednesday morning, it was an opportunity to reflect on just how much Jerry Colangelo has brought to the University — and to the entire Valley. As Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey put it, “It’s been said, ‘What’s the difference between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona?’ And I would say this: Jerry Colangelo.”

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Kenyan orphan crisis hits home for GCU alumna

January 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Allison Fassinger wanted to help people, but she wasn’t exactly sure how — until the GCU alumna took a trip to Kenya. It’s where she now lives and works, helping Kenya’s children at Naomi’s Village.

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Mueller challenges us to do God’s work full-time

January 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Being a part-time Christian isn’t nearly enough, GCU President Brian Mueller told Chapel on Monday. We all are full-timers, he said, and then he explained what that means. “We’ve got to get that word ‘part-time’ out of our vocabulary,” he added.

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New food, fun options on campus are almost here

January 07, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

It’s another big year of construction at GCU: Pita Jungle … Taco Bell … Canyon Activities Center … Student Advising Center … three more apartment buildings plus a pool … another parking garage … which will include a new Mail Center. All are on the docket for this year, and the grand openings of the first three are imminent.

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Sports Business students get in the game(s)

January 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Sports Business students were busy last month volunteering at several major events, but that’s nothing new — GCU’s alliance with Position Sports makes those types of opportunities possible regularly. But what’s really interesting is what happens when students fully utilize their chances to participate and learn. “GCU is the place to be if you want to have any sort of experience in the sports world at all,” said Darby O’Leary, who worked events on opposite sides of the country within a week.

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Lone Star Lopes: Texas family devoted to GCU

January 03, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

It’s a legacy as big as the state of Texas: Kelly Taylor and five other members of her family have been online students at GCU since 2011. “I think the support system with GCU makes working on a degree much easier,” said Tammy Jones, one family member, who encouraged her mother, then 75 years old, and daughter to also become Lopes.

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Unger eager to add to sights, sounds of Chapel

January 03, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The spring semester schedule for Chapel includes five first-time speakers, including one who has close ties to the University. Justin Unger, who will sing and speak at Chapel on April 1, has placed numerous GCU students in worship arts positions across Arizona through his Likewise Worship Collective.

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