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Chapel: Get serious about church commitment

October 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau If the subject of Dustin Tappan’s talk on Monday morning at Grand Canyon University Arena sounded new to the Chapel crowd, it’s because it was. Tappan, lead Next Generation pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley, was emphatic and direct: It is not enough to just follow Jesus on your own. Pointing to Ephesians 5:25-32, Tappan said that just as Christ gave his life for the church, you must be an active, regular participant in a church to truly be committed to God. GCU’s Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin said it was the first time in his four-plus years at the University that he could recall a Chapel speaker delivering that message. “That’s why we have pastors speak — to raise the identity of the local churches,” he said. “It’s important that students hear this and get connected with a local church.” Tappan quoted from a March 2014 survey conducted by Barna Group, which found that only two of 10 Millennials (age 30 and younger) consider church attendance important, 35 percent said they are anti-church and 59 percent who grew up in a church said they have dropped out at some point. You […]

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Students get proof-positive look at Seed Spot

October 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

A group of GCU students got a first-hand look at the what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur when they visited the Seed Spot office in downtown Phoenix for “Venture Friday.” The Colangelo College of Business has created a partnership with Seed Spot, a Phoenix business incubator that helps entrepreneurs turn their ideas into thriving businesses. GCU Today has the story.

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GCU students dive into community at Dream Center

October 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly two dozen GCU nursing and counseling students spent Friday afternoon and evening at the Phoenix Dream Center, offering free health screenings, education and mental-health assistance to center residents and those living on the streets.

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A many splendored Chapel talk about love

September 30, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Love makes the world go ’round. Love will find a way. There are so many ways to look at love, one website has exactly 34,279 quotes about it. But as Tyler Johnson of Redemption Church told the Chapel gathering Monday morning, the Bible tells us to look at love as something that comes from God. GCU Today has the story and video transcript of Johnson’s talk.

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Colangelo College of Business unveiled

September 25, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jerry Colangelo, long a positive influence at GCU in general and the College of Business in particular, now has an even bigger role. The University announced this morning that the COB is being renamed the Colangelo College of Business. GCU Today has the story on the announcement and a video the way students revere the Valley’s biggest business and community icon.

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Chapel: Don’t let faith wither on the vine

September 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jeremy Jernigan of Central Christian Church of the East Valley used an orange tree Monday to show another big Chapel turnout what our relationship with God should be like. We constantly should be looking to prune our branch, and we should always be mindful of staying connected to God, he said. GCU Today has a slideshow, and you also can view a replay of Jernigan’s talk by clicking here.

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Five Virginia pals bring all-star potential to rugby team

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University freshmen rugby players Ethan Hall, Darien Pickett, Kris Sheckels, Joshua Ransom and Austin LaGow became friends at an all-star football camp in the eighth grade. As five of the best football players in Virginia, they each decided to attend West Potomac High in Alexandria – a city six miles south of Washington – to help create a “football dynasty.” Injuries derailed their freshman season, so LaGow and Pickett, who grew up playing rugby, helped start the Fort Hunt Warriors, a rugby club team associated with their high school. They won a state championship as sophomores and encouraged Ransom, Sheckels and Hall to join the team their junior year. After advancing to three consecutive state playoff appearances and winning a second state championship last year, Pickett, Sheckels and Ransom wanted to play rugby together in college. The trio met GCU rugby coach Ryan Kelly at last summer’s all-star camp and committed to GCU. The three standouts hoped to bring the same “dynasty” they created in eighth grade to GCU and approached LaGow, a rugby Stars and Stripes All-American, and Hall, who missed being an All-American due to injury, to join the team. […]

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GCU inks med school partnership with Midwestern

September 18, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Through a series of articulation agreements, Grand Canyon University has developed a system to place as many as 66 graduates each year into Midwestern University medical school and other health care programs.

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GO Week gives students a taste of mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Global Connect Team designed this year’s Global Outreach (GO) Week to better prepare students to serve others during global mission trips through hands-on events. Students who are interested in attending a mission trip should contact the Office of Spiritual Life.

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Former NYPD cop, GCU campus feel 9/11 impact

September 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The Grand Canyon University campus commemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a memorial on campus Thursday as GCU public safety officer Joe Frosch, a former New York police officer who volunteered at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center, spent the day reflecting on those who died.

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