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Duarte returns to campus to host ‘GCU Lope Show’

May 13, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Caleb Duarte was growing a beard, playing video games and petting his dog in California during the pandemic quarantine when GCU called the new graduate. Campus leaders ask the popular emcee of major GCU events to come back and do his own GCU talk show. He shaved. He filmed. And every Friday, a new episode of “The GCU Lope Show with Caleb Duarte” drops on YouTube.

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Student workers grateful to keep their GCU jobs

May 12, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

For some GCU students, the prospect of losing income during the pandemic was stressful. But the University made big efforts to keep many student workers employed, retaining nearly half in their jobs with GCU and GCE. Most could work remotely. Junior Jamie Bettis had a desktop set up right at the foot of her bed in a Phoenix apartment.

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Doctoral faculty host virtual celebration for grads

May 11, 2020 / by / 3 Comments

The postponement of Commencement wasn’t going to stop the College of Doctoral Studies from celebrating its spring 2020 graduates — it just had to get creative. Friday morning, it hosted a virtual celebration of its graduates.

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It’s safety first as GCU Hotel, Canyon 49 Grill reopen

May 11, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University Hotel and Canyon 49 Grill both reopened Monday, and General Manager Brett Cortright and his staff have spent the last few weeks refining safety precautions as well as improvements. What they’re learning also will be taught by Dr. Jennifer Elfenbein in her hospitality management classes.

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Alumni chapter distributes food to alums in need

May 11, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When an opportunity to help alumni presents itself, GCU’s Alumni Relations Department and its Phoenix chapter jump on it. Friday afternoon, with the help of Canyon 49 Grill, they handed out meals to 56 alumni who are suffering financially because of the pandemic.

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Student’s work in African school is labor of love

May 07, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Many people want to make a huge impact on the world, said GCU junior Lidia Botia, but “I would say it is one kid at a time.” Botia has helped start a preschool in Tanzania, where she lived before coming to GCU, and wants to someday take back the lessons learned here.

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Costume department assists in mask production

May 07, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s effort to produce cloth face masks has been joined by College of Fine Arts and Production costume designer Nola Yergen, who has recruited several GCU Hotel employees to add pleating. It makes the coverings fit more like traditional hospital masks, but it’s important for an even bigger reason. “This is about teamwork,” Yergen said.

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These ties bind GCU students, ‘Shark Tank’ team

May 07, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

They were six GCU students, all women, and they had a project to do in Mindy Weinstein’s marketing class: Help a startup called Tough Apparel. They helped so much, the company founders couldn’t stop raving about their GCU experience, and Friday night the students can watch them compete on “Shark Tank.”

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COVID halts auditions, not drive, for theatre grad

May 06, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Mykhal Polite was at the starting line to the rest of his life when COVID-19 halted life as we knew it. Not long before he was slated to start a job as a gold rush re-enactor for Alaskan Cruise Lines, the pandemic put the theatre student’s plans on hold. Polite has used the stay-at-home time to work on casting letters and is video auditioning for productions such as a “Power Rangers” reboot.

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GCU, GCE employees nearly double fundraising goal

May 06, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU and GCE employees came through in a big way when they were given the opportunity to donate money for the University’s production of personal protective equipment (PPE). The goal, with GCU and GCE matching each donation dollar for dollar, was $100,000, but the final total was nearly twice that. Employees also are jumping in to help with PPE production.

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