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Shirer is right on point at packed GCU appearance

October 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Priscilla Shirer drew a huge crowd to her appearance Saturday at GCU Arena, and it’s no wonder: Her down-to-earth talk shows why so many women have tuned into her work. “I love her transparency. I love how she’s a normal mom. She’s folding her own clothes,” one attendee said.

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The cost-free impact of allocating tax dollars

October 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Let’s put this myth to bed: Donate to Elevate in no way is a cost to employees. It’s a way to take control — to allocate — how your tax dollars are being spent. All of us have to pay taxes, but Donate to Elevate gives GCU and GCE employees the power to tell the state government how their tax dollars should be used — for Habitat for Humanity, private Christian schools, public Arizona schools or all three. Employees allocated $2.7 million last year, and the goal for the 2019 campaign is $2.8 million. The process of enrolling is a no-brainer. It literally takes a couple of mouse clicks to compete. And if 90 percent of the employees in a department enroll, they’ll be rewarded with a half-day off work.

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ROTC program has record membership, new leader

October 12, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

GCU’s ROTC program has more students than ever and a new leader who is focused on getting the cadets more involved in University events. “ROTC is a development program that trains people to be adaptive leaders of character,” said Capt. Mia Odom, who started at GCU this fall. “There are a lot of opportunities within ROTC. It’s a place for people who want to learn and grow and become leaders and critical thinkers.”

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GCU theatre delivers thoroughly modern ‘Macbeth’

October 11, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Classic Shakespeare tragedy “Macbeth” gets a re-do in GCU Theatre’s production of the classic. Director Claude Pensis has taken the play, rife with themes of ambition, greed and murder, out of its 11th century setting and into a contemporary setting with celebrity-like, privileged, young crowd. The play opens on Friday, during Family Weekend, on the Ethington Theatre stage for a two-weekend run, though tickets are going fast. The first weekend of shows already is sold out, though a few tickets remain for the final weekend.

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Campus gears up for largest Family Weekend

October 10, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The largest Family Weekend in GCU history runs Friday through Sunday and is chock full of activities. Here is a partial list: Chapel, performances of Macbeth, competitive and casual golf at the GCU Golf Course, Parent Hospitality in Thunder Alley, a showing of “Incredibles2” on the Grove Lawn, performances by students from the College of Fine Arts and Production, performances by Spirit teams, competitive games or matches by the softball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming teams, a Thunder Bolt shopping spree, family sand volleyball and a family service project.

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Kruckenberg delivers life-defining Chapel talk

October 09, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Though he has spoken at Chapel each of the last five years, New City Church Lead Pastor Brian Kruckenberg always brings a fresh message. Monday, he asked his audience, “How do you define your life?” There’s only one proper way to answer that, he said: “We live from Jesus, through Jesus, for Jesus, period. Because … to live is Christ.”

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GCU debate pair makes history with tournament title

October 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Speech and Debate team finished in second-place on Sunday at the Aztec Invitational tournament at San Diego State University. Seniors Tommee Gleason, Xanthia Clow, and Keliann Nash won their respective events for speech competition, while the rest of the speech team placed in the top 6 in 13 out of 18 events. In Debate, seniors Grace Laidlaw and Matthew Calderwood won the varsity division and Ben Kuykendall and Joseph Madere finished second in the novice division

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Girl Powered event: Sugar, spice, everything STEM

October 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

They programmed robots, made battery motors, concocted some gooey gak and, more importantly, got in touch with their inner scientist. Fourth- through eighth-grade girls were all about science, technology, engineering and math at the Girl Powered STEM Workshop on Saturday in the Engineering Building. The event, a partnership between the GCU Robotics Club and Strategic Educational Alliances, was inspired by VEX Robotics’ Girl Powered Initiative, which aims to redefine the face of STEM.

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Community rules at record-setting Camp Elliott

October 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

A record 846 students camped out in 168 tents in preparation for Midnight Madness and for the opportunity to create a unique college experience. “I wanted to be part of the crowd,” said freshman Trent Bowman. “I wanted to be part of the community.”

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Want a forever career? Cybersecurity is IT

October 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Cybersecurity expert Mark Pribish said that retired Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA, told an international cyber audience in 2017 that when it comes to cyber threats: “Here’s a fact. You can’t stop it,” at least not 100 percent. With the news of data breaches, identity theft and the like always making headlines, the possibilities of building a career in the cybersecurity industry are strong. He was the first speaker in the Dean’s Speaker Series in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, talking this week to technology students about “Cybersecurity Career Opportunities Outside of IT.”

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