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‘We’re here for hope:’ Run to Fight begins 9th season

October 01, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Time stood still Friday night at GCU Stadium for a group of families battling cancer. For those few hours, it was OK to take a break from the fight. The ninth annual Run to Fight Children’s Cancer event kicked off it’s season at the men’s soccer game, with children donning gold superhero capes getting the chance to walk out and be introduced with the Lopes’ soccer team. Run to Fight has raised nearly $600,000 for families battling the disease since its inception in 2011. This year’s race is scheduled for March 16.

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He’s taking Canyon Worship to the community

September 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Randall Downs, the new coordinator of the Center for Worship Arts, had an idea after he heard the Canyon Worship 2018 album: Why not have the student artists perform their songs out in the community? They’ll do exactly that on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Harvest Bible Chapel West Valley in Peoria. “With all the talent these students have, we love seeing that displayed,” he said.

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GCU employees answer call for Habitat projects

September 21, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University employees are top of the class. Community Outreach Manager Debbie Accomazzo knows this, and it’s why she didn’t panic when Habitat volunteering was low a couple of weeks ago. All she had to do was put out one call, and nearly 60 volunteers answered. On Friday, 25 of those trustworthy employees were at a house on 43rd Avenue. It was GCU’s second trip to the home, where employees helped with putting a new roof on the first time and painted this time.

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A celebration of the sanctity of life

September 18, 2018 / by / 3 Comments

A mixture of logical debate strategies for pro-life arguments and anecdotes about the sanctity of human life highlighted GCU’s second annual Bioethics Conference, Human Dignity: Clash of World Views. One speaker refused to abort her daughter and refused to use stem cells from fetuses to aid her brain damaged son. Another speaker shared heartfelt steps to ease grief from the loss of a newborn.

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Canyon 49 Grill revamps menus, entertainment

September 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Canyon 49 Grill has released new menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has expanded its entertainment options. The new menus have a southwest twang and 90 percent of the dishes are made from scratch, including Executive Chef Marcus Maggiore’s special New York strip steak with a house chipotle honey butter and chorizo potato hash. “We upped our game completely and tried to make food you would get in any high-end restaurant approachable to the student body and to our local guests,” Maggiore said. “It’s a chance for us to kind of show off what we can do as chefs, a chance to make the best food we can.” Both student and employees receive a 10 percent discount to the grill. There’s also a free shuttle that runs from campus to Canyon 49 every 20 minutes until 10 p.m.

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Student Success Center innovates way to award

September 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Academic Web Services Department has developed an an award-winning online resource that’s a one-stop shop for GCU students. In the year since its inception, the Student Success Center’s propietary search of more than 1,000 resources already has been used nearly 1 million times. Department Director Miranda Hildebrand says the website is useful to the point where her son’s high school teacher has been using it at the high school level.

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Human dignity headlines Bioethics Conference

September 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The second annual Bioethics Conference, titled “Human Dignity: Clash of World Views,” is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20, at GCU Arena and the First Southern Baptist Church.

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John McCain leaves a legacy at GCU, too

August 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday, was a frequent visitor to Grand Canyon University and was greatly admired by GCU executives, staff and students. He truly loved going to GCU basketball games.

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TV news crew gets full scope of Lopes’ tireless spirit

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Story and photos by Ryan Kryska GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University took center stage Friday morning on local news as AZFamily 3TV visited campus for multiple live segments. 3TV reporters Javier Soto and Olivia Fierro arrived at 7 a.m., in time to witness the relentless Welcome Crew volunteers move in the last of GCU’s record-breaking enrollment. “I got to tell you, I’ve been to universities, I’ve been to move-in days,” Soto said. “The excitement here, you can feel it, and I think that’s what’s awesome about GCU.” The Thundering Heard Pep Band, Dance team, Cheer team and the Havocs — a tireless bunch of Lopes — followed the live segments into the heat all morning. Soto and Fierro interviewed President Brian Mueller, Phoenix business icon Jerry Colangelo, men’s soccer coach Schellas Hyndman, students and various others, and they even tried some white pizza and Baja shrimp ceviche from Canyon 49 Grill’s new menu. “These kids are on a whole other level,” Soto said, “and I think that has a lot do with the curriculum and the faculty getting them to buy into it where they have their own thought process. They are thinking beyond the information that they are […]

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Move-In volunteers bring a welcoming warmth

August 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Professors, staff and fellow students all lend a hand for GCU’s unique Move-In. It is part of the culture of the University for employees as well as students to lend a hand at the start of the academic year. While many volunteers would rise early and haul boxes for nothing, the Welcome Week organizers show their appreciation with stylish T-shirts, colorful bandanas and fanny packs for all and a dinner, movie night and pool party for the student volunteers.

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