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How Jesse Dalla Riva became a guiding light

April 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Of all the commencement stories to come out of GCU in recent years, the metamorphosis of Jesse Dalla Riva probably is the most remarkable. Five years ago, he walked into a detox center determined to get off the streets — and off heroin. Now he’s a husband and father, is a supervisor at the Phoenix Rescue Mission and is about to get his degree. “He’s just worked so hard for it,” said his wife, Blake, fighting back tears. Reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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The Force is strong with Frew, the new Mr. GCU

April 12, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

At last Lopes have found the Jedi Master that will restore peace to the galaxy. Thursday night, students flocked to GCU Arena to witness one of the biggest events of the year on campus, the Mr. GCU contest. Contestants danced, sang and made the crowd go wild with talents that showcased what the contestants had to offer. It was a tough competition but at last, after bringing the crowd to tears of both laughter and emotion with his song about being parked by a lake, senior Brock Frew was crowned the 2019 Mr. GCU. “I feel, one, I’m kind of shaken, two, I’m really tired,” Frew said after being crowned.

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New ASGCU leadership excited to implement ideas

April 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Students and faculty made their way to the Colangelo College of Business lobby Friday to watch the inauguration of ASGCU’s new leadership, led by President Samuel Yonan and Executive Vice President Bret Malkin, and bid farewell to 2018-19 President Noah Wolfe. “I’m excited for what they’re going to do. They’re going to do a great job,” Wolfe said. “We’ve had a great run and got a lot of stuff done, so I feel confident to hand the baton off to some wonderful people. I’m looking forward to what’s in the future.”

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Latino Student Union attracts big-name guest speaker

April 05, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A large gathering turned out Thursday night for the Latino Student Union’s meeting, which featured a talk by award-winning journalist Mary Rabago and a performance Costa Rican accordion player Tatiano Crespo, whose appearance at TEDxGrandCanyonUniversity was such a hit. It was just another sign of the success the Latino Student Union is having with its inclusive approach.

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Children’s faith inspires students on mission trip

April 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A mission trip designed to connect the people in Cape Town, South Africa, to their local churches instead transformed the faith of 15 GCU students. By spending their spring break in the township of Khayelitsha, they were able to gain a new perspective on how God’s love is found in faith rather than worldly things. Students participated in prayer walks and home visits and assisted with the Vacation Bible School program. “We encountered people who literally had nothing and had some of the strongest faith in God that I’ve ever seen in my life,” said one of the leaders on the trip, Sydney Wastradowski.

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Mental health awareness just in time for finals

March 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Got stress? Crumple it up and throw it away at the Mental Health Awareness Week table today. Students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have put together activities to help promote self-appreciation and calmness, just in time for finals, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Thursday on the Promenade. For a little extra unwinding, there will be a “Blast from the Past” event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday on the Quad featuring Giant Jenga, freeze dancing and crafts. “People can enjoy themselves and relax, especially before they hit finals,” said the event’s coordinator, counseling program manager Kathy Britton.

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GCU students bring their A game to the ballpark

March 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Walk just about anywhere in the Milwaukee Brewers’ complex in Maryvale and you’re going to see purple-shirted GCU students working in the concession stands — they make up about 80 percent of the staff. Many of them are hospitality management majors, but they come from programs all over the University and have two things in common: They like to serve, and they’re getting great experience while also enjoying the opportunity to be at a ballpark every day.

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Slideshow: Run to Fight Children’s Cancer

March 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso and Elizabeth Tinajero GCU News Bureau The ninth annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer brought out another big crowd Saturday for the 10K, 5K and Cancer Survivors Walk.       

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Lopes Leap to Teach — and lead — in schools

March 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Lopes Leap to Teach always draws a lot of school district representatives eager to hire GCU students. The vibe at Thursday’s event centered on the importance of creating teachers who are leaders and can fit into a faculty well — a specialty for GCU’s College of Education. Howard Paley of the Isaac School District said he has found that GCU students are “much more willing to accept a broad variety of colleagues. … They’re looking for a good team.”

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Keep your faith in business, executive tells students

March 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Mark Snyder, President of Snyder Nationwide Real Estate, spoke to graduate and Hospitality Management students Thursday about he injects his faith into the business world. “I’m going to do what’s right every time,” he said. “I pursue God daily. God’s the kingmaker, not your talents.”

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