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GCU hoops champion readies children for school

July 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In 1978, Ray Arvizu led the Lopes to an NAIA basketball national championship. His impact on the community easily could have stopped there. But Arvizu dove into charity work in his hometown of Phoenix and for the past 14 years has run an event at GCU called Ninos Seguros. The back-to-school giveaway has a mission of teaching childhood safety and brings together the diverse community of Phoenix for a day of fun.

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Clothing drive at GCU opens doors to foster children

July 26, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The best of the community is hiding in plain sight in GCU Arena, where by the end of the day the Back-to-School Clothing Drive will have provided shirts, pants, shoes, wallets, hair clips, school supplies and dental screenings to about 5,000 children, with 1,500 of those being foster kids. The event partnered with Arizona’s foster community this year to expand its reach, which means the world to foster parents. “They’ve been through a lot more than we’ll probably ever understand,” Josh Rice said

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GCU Arena transforms into back-to-school paradise

July 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

One thousand kids served, 4,000 to go: The Back-to-School Clothing Drive’s New Clothes, New Beginnings kicked off Monday with GCU Day. Lopes were out in full support of the weeklong event, which donates new clothes and other school supplies to local children. It’s in its fifth year of turning GCU Arena into a seven-department shopping center where children walk through and pick out fresh attire.

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Slideshow: GCU cheers on UMOM back-to-school event

July 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau America’s Favorite Mascot, along with his entourage of GCU cheerleaders in tow, spent some quality time preparing families at UMOM for the new school year. The charity specializes in helping transform the lives of homeless families around the Valley, and this event was no exception. They decorated cookies and painted faces, and each child also received a backpack full of supplies and a gift card to purchase new shoes for school! UMOM Volunteer Manager Robin Telle praised GCU, saying, “The Spirit Team was amazing! They brought their game — lots of energy and fun. The kids loved them, and the parents did, too!”

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DNA gets A-OK from GCU STEM campers

July 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

DNA necklaces and DNA code bead bracelets just might be the unlikeliest type of jewelry. But they were a couple of the academic jewels made by seventh- and eighth- graders Monday at the Thunder Vision Biovision STEM Day Camp. It’s just one of four such camps — the others are Cybervision, Robovision and Technovision — unfurling this week on the GCU campus, courtesy of Strategic Educational Alliances. The camps serve SEA’s mission to support kindergarten- through 12th-grade students and educators while fostering a college culture.

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Student, staff, faculty reflect on Independence Day

July 03, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Members of the GCU community — a student, a faculty member, an online staff member, a campus staff member and an academic leader — reflect on the meaning of Independence Day and describe how they will celebrate with family and friends.

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GCU nonprofit transaction completed

July 02, 2018 / by / 3 Comments

Under the terms of a transaction that closed on July 1, 2018, Grand Canyon Education sold Grand Canyon University to a nonprofit entity that will retain the GCU name. The transaction returns GCU to its historical roots as a nonprofit university and ensures the long-term legacy of both GCU and GCE.

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Lopetrotters: exploring Blarney Castle in the Republic of Ireland

June 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

  Grand Canyon University employee Wacey Ray Hancock shows his Lopes spirit on a trip to the famous Blarney Castle in the Republic of Ireland, near the city of Cork.  Hancock traveled there with his wife, Jenny. Hancock lived in Ireland from 2008-10 on a mission for his church, so he was eager to revisit friends and see new sites. Traveling around the United States or to a distant land? Wear purple, pose in front of a famous site and email the photo to GCU Today.  Contact Theresa Smith at (602) 639-7457 or theresa.smith@gcu.edu.

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Lopes pets show school spirit

June 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU fans love their pets and adorn them in Lopes spirit wear.

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GCU students show they’re suited to top internships

June 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU students are doing great things in internships again this summer. Two of the standouts, Kadin Breeze and Angela Bratt, have duties that go far beyond what an intern typically is allowed to do. “When people get exposure to our students, they see the ‘it’ factor,” said Marquis Scott, Director of Internships.

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