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Her ministry keeps homeless people in the picture

February 16, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

When Sydney Grover got to Grand Canyon University, she saw a perfect opportunity to follow her passion: telling the stories of homeless people. Thus was born Can You Spare a Story.

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Serve the City is a dream in action at Garcia

February 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

About 300 GCU students and 50 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity converged on Garcia Elementary School for the semiannual Serve the City. Volunteers woke up early Saturday to paint exterior walls, shovel sand into playground areas and turn other areas into splashes of color.

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It’s personal: They helped others when cancer hit home

February 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Steve and Patti Luttrell refused to sit idly when their son, Jeff, got cancer at a young age. To help other families who were fighting the disease, they started the Children’s Cancer Network, which has raised more than $3 million since 2004.

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‘Major’ coup: Ethington cast’s performances spot-on

February 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s “Major Barbara” cast commands the elegant language of playwright George Bernard Shaw in a finely acted production that also includes an industrial-chic set. The play, which was previewed on press night Wednesday, will open 7:30 p.m. Friday and will continue its run for two weekends.

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Students kick off college journey at Thunder Vision

February 07, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

GCU News Bureau Strategic Educational Alliances’ Thunder Vision Summit is designed to get seventh- and eight-grade students excited about going to college. The 2,500 attendees from 10 schools toured the campus Tuesday and listened to speakers who talked about the importance of their grade point average and getting involved in the community, looking out for scholarships, and the advantages of getting a degree.  

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Students get a life reboot at coding camp

February 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Scott Bromander has told stories about a baker and a brewery employee who discovered they had knack for coding and rewrote the code in their own lives. Now nine students are hoping to add to their resumes as part of an immersive, 15-week pilot Java coding boot camp, taught by Bromander, that started recently on the GCU campus. The University is looking to add more such coding certificate boot camps to its offerings this year.

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Turning point: GCU aids struggling school district

February 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Editor’s note: This story is reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine. To view the digital version of the magazine, click here. By Jeannette Cruz GCU Magazine The final lesson of the semester – never, ever stop trying to make a positive difference in people’s lives – came in the form of a parable. The young students were told of a little boy who was grabbing sand-stranded starfish at the beach and tossing them back into the sea when an old man said, “Do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can’t possibly make a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, saying, “It made a difference for that one!” “What you do will make a ripple effect. Think about where you are now and multiply that by at least 25 years and 30 kids per year,” Professor Jena Akard told the 50 Grand Canyon University early childhood students and aspiring teachers seated inside a classroom at Alfred F. Garcia Elementary School, where they had spent the fall semester in a GCU pilot program designed to make a difference in one […]

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Going to Garcia changed his life — in a good way

February 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Editor’s note: This story is reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine. To view the digital version of the magazine, click here. By Jeannette Cruz GCU Magazine Tim Jones’ parents owned a home in Peoria, a middle-class suburb of Phoenix, but they taught in the Murphy School District and had him go to school there to gain a different perspective.  “My mom, Pam Jones, was a curriculum developer for 20 years, and she wanted me to understand that everybody deserved a chance,” Jones said. “She always did things so liberally – she was a child of the ’60s who had a black husband and a mixed kid at a time when it wasn’t fashionable. Her family wasn’t on board with her having a black husband or her working in an inner city when there were ‘good’ schools.”  Now Grand Canyon University’s Co-Director of Diversity, Jones was left in the hands of a caretaker, Maria Guerrero, whom he called Nana. She taught him how to read and write and cared for him after school.  “A lot of my story is about community,” he said. “My mom trusted this little, tiny Mexican lady in the neighborhood who became my grandma immediately. […]

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Hooked: Employees quickly catch on to cyber wars

January 31, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Not everyone knows what goes on at the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range-Metro Phoenix. But GCU employees got a chance to learn about the cybersecurity training center and do a little password cracking, network forensics and more during the Cyberfest open house on Tuesday.

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Speech and Debate to showcase what all the talk is about

January 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Speech and Debate team invites the community to “Current Hot Topics Discussions,” a town hall-style debate scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in Ethington Theatre. Competitors will assume the role of political leaders as they discuss the hottest topics of the day.

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