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For GCU officer, saving lives is second nature

October 08, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Public Safety Officer Matthew Grupe risked his own life in an Aug. 7 fire to save a man who had been asleep. This morning, he was awarded a medal for using quick actions and putting aside his own safety to save the life of another. “He disregarded his own safety,” said GCU Public Safety Commander Kirk Fitch, who awarded Grupe the rare medal during a brief ceremony.

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GCU strengthens ties to breast cancer fight

October 05, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Among the thousands of people who plan to participate a walk to benefit breast cancer patients, families and research later this month are GCU employees Woody and Allison Mason, who have been on a long cancer journey of their own. Woody’s identical twin, Dilon, is a three-time cancer survivor who got a new lease on life, thanks to his brother’s donation of stem cells, and Allison has been there every step of the way. GCU Today has a story about them that includes GCU’s heart for the walk and how you can sign up.

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‘This is a human being,’ STEM Scholars told in lab

September 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This year for the first time, high school students enrolled as GCU STEM Scholars are experimenting with human cadavers as part of their curriculum. On Friday, Peoria’s Medical Engineering and Technology Professional Academy students, many of whom are considering enrolling at GCU for its medical program, were at first squeamish but then enthralled by the unusual activity. GCU Today has the story.

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Parents to learn science + math = better than electronics

September 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Parents who want to switch their children’s attention from video games, TVs and cell phones to science, math and engineering can take free classes at GCU. The two-hour Everyday STEM Workshops begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8. They are intended to teach parents how to engage children from preschool to 8th grade in activities that are fun as well as educational. The sessions are divided by age group and child care is provided. GCU Today has the story.

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GCU, Alhambra benefit from growing partnership

September 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s student teacher partnership with neighboring Alhambra High School started small in 2012, when professor Jim Mostofo sent a handful of College of Education math students there to earn practicum and student teaching hours toward their degrees. The partnership has grown dramatically since with 70 GCU practicum students and five student teachers there this fall and 90 more practicum students expected for the spring semester. Alhambra had its largest summer school ever this year with the help of GCU, and two alumni now teach there as a result of the program. Read more about the partnership here.

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GCU volunteers helping sex-trade victims reach their dreams

September 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Every Tuesday for eight weeks, GCU faculty members and students voluntarily teach a different skill-building session to one group of shelter residents, women who survived the sex-traffic trade. The goal is to provide life tools for the victims while providing work experience for counseling students, said Kathy Britton, GCU Counseling Program Manager. “We call the group, the ‘Mariposa Group,’ the Spanish word for butterflies,” said Britton, referring to the women attending the classes. “They are trying to metamorphosize into a new life.”

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GCU employee, student honored at Hispanic leadership celebration

September 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU continued its outreach into the Phoenix Hispanic community Friday, honoring employee Angela Mejia and awarding a $2,500 scholarship to incoming freshman Anahi Ramos of Youngker High at the 25th annual Valle del Sol Profile of Success 2015 Luncheon and Hispanic Leadership Awards Celebration. The award was especially humbling to Mejia, who grew up in poverty in Honduras and is using her position at GCU to help local youth attend college. Read more in this GCU Today story.

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GCU safety initiative bringing positive changes

September 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau Parents pushing strollers. Early morning joggers. Homeowners tending their yards. Students eager for school. These are some of the changes taking place in the west Phoenix neighborhood surrounding Grand Canyon University. Thanks in part to GCU’s 3-year-old Neighborhood Safety Initiative, crime prevention in the Canyon Corridor, an area between Interstate 17 and 43rd Avenue and from Bethany Home to Indian School roads, is gaining momentum. Those scenes are anecdotal evidence the initiative is working. FBI crime figures offer further statistical proof. Violent crime decreased 24 percent and property crimes dipped 20 percent during the first six months of 2015 compared to last year. To put that in some context, during the same period, violent crime across Phoenix rose 7 percent and property crime decreased slightly, by 3 percent, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. The crime drop in the Canyon Corridor coincides with the launch of a collaboration between the University and the city. “Every single crime area in our community is down … and some are down as much as 50 percent,” said GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller. “Our campus is a very safe place for students. With this initiative, our goal is to […]

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Take a hike: Outdoor recreation program encourages students to explore Arizona

September 09, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau From the desert mountains of Phoenix and the caves of Tucson to the glistening blue natural pools of Sedona and snowy regions of Flagstaff, Arizona is home to some of the nation’s best natural destinations  and is ideal for those who love to hike, swim, explore and be active. Chad Schlundt, outdoor recreation coordinator at Grand Canyon University, wants to make sure the University’s nearly 15,000 traditional students, especially those from out of state, get to see firsthand the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon State. Schlundt joined GCU this summer and has organized several information classes and training sessions in addition to hiking, backpacking, skiing, swimming and other trips across the state as part of the University’s new outdoor recreation program. Future trips will include hiking Camelback Mountain in Phoenix and snowboarding in Flagstaff this winter and possibly surfing in San Diego over spring break. The trips are designed to foster relationships, create memories, explore Arizona and grow their faith. Most are free and first-come, first-served, and sign-ups will be capped. A list of classes and trips are available at imleagues.com/GCU under the “Outdoor Recreation” tab. Schlundt said the program is a way for students who may prefer exploring nature in addition to […]

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Unity is world’s missing link, Mueller tells Chapel

August 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

President/CEO Brian Mueller kicked off the 2015-16 Chapel sessions with an emotional talk about what he sees as one of the most critical things in the world today — finding ways to unite people behind common, positive goals. The University would not be where it is today without unity, Mueller said, and he wants GCU to continue to be a leader in bringing students, staff and the community together.

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