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Architecture of GCU: The past meets the future

August 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU doesn’t quite look like other universities. Instead of Georgian colonial- or Greek revival-inspired structures, the University’s buildings are more futuristic, with their rectangular shapes that jut in and out, spans of glass, and touches of color, such as warm yellows, oranges and greens. But those designs also incorporate a nod to the University’s past with their brick bases. “The campus is rooted in its history. That’s why you see this (brick) block, which is really the strong foundation of the Christian values that ground the campus,” said suoLL architect Caroline Lobo.

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Innovation Center has vibrant director, direction

August 07, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The new GCU Innovation Center now has a director (Robert Vera), a home (Building 66 at 27th Avenue), a slogan (“Create your purpose”) and a GCU-oriented goal — to provide opportunities for both GCU students and local start-ups. Dr. Randy Gibb, Dean of the Colangelo College of Business, calls it “a different way to approach this start-up world.” Vera certainly knows how to approach that world as well as a lot of other ventures. He’s even a best-selling author.

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Health clinic additions include new dietitian

August 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Liz Cook says that most students come to campus after years of their parents worrying for them about what they are — or aren’t — eating. The new dietitian of the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic is here to help. After all, her favorite dish is vegetable stir fry. That’s a hint. Foods that are closest to looking like something you need to pick out of a field are good for you. Cook will bring much more good advice to her new role, as part of the expanded clinic that aims to satisfy even more student health needs in the coming year. Another hint from Cook: “The unhealthiest choice is the easiest choice.”

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Chapel schedule this fall features familiar faces

August 05, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The Chapel schedule for the fall semester features a lot of speakers who have brought strong messages to campus before. From Beth Guckenberger to Ron Merrell to Riccardo Stewart and many more, here’s a look at who’s speaking when and what they’ve said before.

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Family bond is at the root of nurse’s DAISY Award

August 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

John Catania was close to completing his engineering degree, even landing an internship. But the deeper he dug into the program, the more he knew he didn’t feel a connection to what he was studying. He had no passion for it. So he switched his career track to nursing — a decision he hasn’t regretted. One moment comes to mind when he knew he was meant to be a nurse. It was when a patient suffered a heart attack while he was making rounds at the hospital, and he helped save the man’s life. Catania, a GCU online student from Port Charlotte, Fla., who is pursuing his master’s degree to become an acute care nurse practitioner, received the national DAISY Award this summer. The award recognizes exceptional nurses for the work they do.

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Honors College welcomes 15-year-old freshman

August 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that a university accepts the incoming application of a 15-year-old applicant, but Shreya Muthu isn’t your everyday student. Muthu skipped both eighth grade and her sophomore year of high school and will attend GCU for the fall semester. “I’m super excited, I love the atmosphere here and I’m excited to see the opportunities that it brings me,” she said.

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Saving money, making friends on commute to work

July 31, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

More and more GCU students and employees are saving money on their daily commute to work. They find a carpool buddy through ShareTheRide.com, hop on a bicycle or take public transportation. In just the last six months, Eden Adams, who runs the GCU Trip Reduction Program, has seen participation rise 12.5%, to 581 commuters. They are not only eligible for monthly prizes and can take advantage of free bus passes, last year Lopes in the program prevented the emission of 48 tons of pollution. One more benefit, says Andre Anderson, a university counselor who takes the bus and light rail: “There’s so many interesting people you see every day, and conversations develop.”

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Learning Lounge wins Governor’s Tourism Award

July 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Milwaukee Brewers and Grand Canyon University are already teaming up for big wins. The GCU Learning Lounge that opened in April at the Brewers’ training complex in Maryvale created a unique partnership between a Major League Baseball team and university that garnered the Governor’s Tourism Award for an urban partnership last week in Tucson. “It’s such a unique and forward-thinking program, and it shows a commitment by both GCU and the Brewers to the neighborhood they share,” said Debbie Johnson, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.

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Colorful Niños Seguros builds culture, community

July 29, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It was after a rash of drownings in the early 2000s that GCU basketball great Ray Arvizu and the late Robert Ortiz came up with an idea to organize Niños Seguros, with the focus being on keeping children safe. That back-to-school and safety fair, now in its 15th year, returned to GCU on Saturday. About 1,500 to 2,000 west Phoenix students picked up backpacks and school supplies, received basic health screenings, including from the University’s nursing students and staff, and joined in the community celebration that also featured vocalists and ballet folklórico dancers. “We have great Hispanic families and great entrepreneurs. We’re proud of our Hispanic heritage. We’re proud of our schools. … At the end of the day, we’re just trying to make it better,” Arvizu said of the community-building and culture-rich event.

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Alums receive master’s from British theatre school

July 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

College of Fine Arts and Production graduates Klay Wandelear and Brenna Warren both earned a master’s degree this summer from East 15, a branch of Essex University, and enjoyed the experience so much, they’re staying in England for the time being. They said their time at GCU prepared them well. “I think I would have had a really hard time if I hadn’t spent so much time in Ethington Theatre,” Warren said. “How it worked set me up to be a dedicated and respectful actor.”

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