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GCU Golf Course changes view of west Phoenix

May 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

It didn’t take long for the newly renovated Grand Canyon University Championship Golf Course to catch on with golfers — or even with drivers just passing by. Local residents say they are so enthralled with the facility, it makes them feel good just to see it.

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Inspirational night at ‘Students Inspiring Students’

May 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Thursday night was the first time the 100 “Students Inspiring Students” scholarship recipients all were in the same place at one time, and you already could see the value of a program that promises to be a game-changer in inner-city schools. “It acknowledges our students in urban education in a way that’s incredibly meaningful,” said Claudio Coria, principal at Alhambra High School. There were emotional speeches and lots of happy faces.

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Match made in Lope heaven: Grandy Glaze, GCU

April 29, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

When Grandy Glaze came to GCU for the 2015-16 season, he and head coach Dan Majerle made a deal: Glaze would bring the energy, and Majerle would give him a chance to score. It worked out better than anyone could have imagined.

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Learning Lounge cited for contribution to public education

April 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

  Story and photo by Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau It takes a lot of work, dedication and collaboration to make a difference in a community, and Grand Canyon University’s Learning Lounge is all for it. Wednesday, the Learning Lounge received an Award of Excellence in Individual, Business, Foundation or Civic/Community Organization for Contributions to Public Education, presented by the Arizona School Public Relations Association, during the ASPRA*tions Awards at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria. The Learning Lounge was developed in partnership with nearby Alhambra High School in 2012 as part of GCU’s Strategic Educational Alliances Department and the University’s five-point plan to revitalize west Phoenix. The program provides free academic assistance and meals to students of any grade level and pairs them with GCU student mentors for one-on-one and small-group learning sessions. The results thus far have been remarkable. Alhambra, a D-rated school by the Arizona Department of Education three years ago, is now nine points away from being a “B” school. The number of high school graduates at Alhambra increased from 417 in 2013-14 to 536 in 2014-15 Alhambra seniors earned $2.7 million in college scholarships in 2014-15, up from $1.2 million in 2013-14 And the number of students taking advanced placement exams […]

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Spring Dance Concert gives voice to value of silence

April 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly three dozen dancers will bring the Spring Dance Concert, “Giving Voice,” to life in performances Friday and Saturday at Ethington Theatre. Tickets are still available for the energetic, beautiful moving symphony created by GCU’s talented dancers and their faculty choreographers.

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No lid on creativity for Canyon Challenge finalists

April 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The five finalists in the fifth annual Canyon Challenge entrepreneurial competition are an interesting array of ideas — everything from the outline of your favorite state on a hat to creating your own adventure story in gaming. There also are business plans for new ways to connect electronically, to feature digital ads on trucks and to organize raffles.

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McDonald’s marketer gives students meaty advice

March 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Master’s students in the Colangelo College of Business heard from another authoritative speaker Thursday: Dean Barrett, the former global marketing officer for McDonald’s. Barrett gave them valuable advice on how to put together marketing plans and the importance of working with people.

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From start to finish, Brown’s Chapel talk is direct

March 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The opening was long but captivating. The ending was succinct and direct. And throughout his 30-minute talk Monday morning, Chris Brown of North Coast Church in Vista, Calif., once again showed his Chapel audience why he’s such an effective communicator.

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GCU nursing college hosts Kenyan guests

March 15, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Margaret Kigen bustles into Grand Canyon University’s Health and Wellness Center at exactly 7:30 a.m. and looks at her schedule. She has dreamed for years of being a nurse practitioner, and she considers her presence at the university God-given. However, her job at the Center is only a portion of her vision. Kigen has spent four years establishing a relationship with government officials and educational institutions in Kenya focusing on ways to improve conditions and access to health care in her home county of Uasin Gishu — which is why Kigen walked with an optimistic smile Monday as she led a handful of Kenyan tourists through the University. Kigen was 33 when she arrived at GCU from Kenya to pursue an education in nursing. Having studied at GCU and having earned her degree in 2010, Kigen said she saw what it meant to have and provide well-rounded care. “When you look at the campus as a whole, there is intellect, there is physical demand, there is rigorous training and in between all of that, there is also room for spirituality,” Kigen said. “GCU has made me the caring and community-focused person that I am today […]

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How one girl is trying to tune out cancer

March 09, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The story of Liana Gold, a 9-year-old who has leukemia, is gut-wrenching: Her diagnosis was sudden, and the treatment has been extremely difficult for both her and her family. The GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, scheduled for Saturday, seeks to help Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Cancer Network continue to fight this insidious disease by building awareness, raising money for research and helping the families affected by it.

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