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Children’s faith inspires students on mission trip

April 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A mission trip designed to connect the people in Cape Town, South Africa, to their local churches instead transformed the faith of 15 GCU students. By spending their spring break in the township of Khayelitsha, they were able to gain a new perspective on how God’s love is found in faith rather than worldly things. Students participated in prayer walks and home visits and assisted with the Vacation Bible School program. “We encountered people who literally had nothing and had some of the strongest faith in God that I’ve ever seen in my life,” said one of the leaders on the trip, Sydney Wastradowski.

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How CCOB’s ‘Lopes First’ culture benefits students

April 03, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

As the Colangelo College of Business Building wraps up its first academic year, it’s interesting to look back at how the 150,000-square-foot structure has centralized everything the college is doing. But one thing hasn’t changed: It’s “Lopes First” commitment.

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Students in driver’s seat in race car build

April 03, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Since January, GCU students have been busy in the engineering labs building a scaled-down version of a Formula 1 vehicle, though even before cutting one tube of steel, they spent about eight months designing the vehicle on a program called Solidworks. “This is really, really exciting for the University and the engineering program,” said Dr. Kevin Williams, who teaches mechanical engineering and is the faculty adviser for the 30-plus-member GCU Formula SAE Team. “It is the first time ever we at GCU are going to have a Formula vehicle built for competition.” The first-year team will see how their vehicle fares when they head to Nebraska in June for the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series competition, going up against 79 other teams.

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Brown, Russell bid farewell at Songwriters Showcase

April 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Monday night marked the final Canyon Worship Songwriters Showcase for Katie Brown and Harrison Russell, and the two stars of the Worship Arts program went out with a crescendo — they performed side by side for two songs. The way one of those songs came together is an interesting story, and so are their thoughts about their experiences in the program and where it’s headed.

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Unger brings musical message of unity to Chapel

April 02, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

The final Chapel talk of the spring semester was more than just a talk. Justin Unger of Likewise Worship Collective performed songs before discussing the importance of using music to bring people together at church services — not have separate services for different age groups.

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Youngsters love messing around at STEM Bonanza

April 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It was a science Saturday for fourth- through eighth-graders, who spent their Saturday morning making oobleck — an odd substance that acts like a liquid and a solid — building simple motors powered by batteries, deciphering code and programming robots. The workshop was organized by GCU’s Robotics Club in collaboration with K-12 Educational Development. About two dozen Thunderbots volunteered to work with the young students and foster their appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math at the club’s STEM Bonanza.

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CSET, Honors College showcase student research

April 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the Honors College joined forces in 2018 to present the first CSET Research Symposium and Honors College Showcase “so that the audience can get a feel for a broader scope of research that goes on at GCU,” said Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Galyna Kufryk. This year’s event featured hundreds of students across disciplines presenting their work — everything from augmented reality projects to the impact of college weight gain, the implications of curcumin in Alzheimer’s disease and a humanitarian project to help homeless women.

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GCU, Coyotes team up on new rink, and students win

March 29, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The new roller hockey rink in the Canyon Activities Complex opened Thursday, and it didn’t take long for members of the club hockey teams to feel right at home. They figure to soon be joined by lots of other students enjoying the facility, built and funded by the Arizona Coyotes. It’s another sign of the hockey team’s growing relationship with the University.

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Oobleck on deck at Thunderbots’ STEM Bonanza

March 29, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Robotics Club overcame a lot of challenges in the 2018-19 competition season — challenges that haven’t slowed down the club one bit. The Thunderbots are gearing up for their STEM Bonanza workshop on Saturday for fourth- through eighth-graders. They’ll be making oobleck, a slime-type substance that somehow acts as a liquid and a solid, and they’ll be unraveling codes with wheel cyphers. The Thunderbots are also getting ready to volunteer at the big FIRST Robotics regional competition at GCU Arena April 5-6.

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O’Rea does the job, wins Canyon Challenge

March 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Areahna O’Rea spent more than two years preparing her startup idea, Ninjobi, for the Canyon Challenge, and it paid off Wednesday morning when she took home the $5,000 awarded the winner of the competition. Not only was her presentation well done — one of the judges, Dan Schultz, described her job-placement application as “something unique.”

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