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Back to School and Safety Fair draws 5,550 to GCU

July 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

An estimated 5,500 GCU community members received health screenings and supplies at the 11th Annual Canyon Cares and Ninos Seguros Back to School & Safety Fair Saturday in Antelope Gym. The group also enjoyed entertainment, collected safety resources from various local organizations and listened to welcoming remarks from Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela. Photographer Jak Keyser was there to capture the fun.  

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Alhambra STEM Scholars finish first college course

July 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

A group of science-minded Alhambra High School students completed a biology course on campus this week, marking the launch of Grand Canyon University STEM Scholars.

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Ducey, volunteers help kids prep for school

July 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The 21st annual Back to School Clothing Drive will wrap up Thursday at GCU as more than 5,000 underprivileged Valley elementary school students received free clothes and school supplies through the nonprofits massive volunteer operation. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey joined the event this morning, helping kids to pick out some fresh threads that suit them for the upcoming school year. GCU Today has more about the governor’s visit and the event’s impact on helping children see what higher education looks like.

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Arena event clothes, preps kids for school

July 08, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University Arena will be buzzing with more than 5,000 Valley children on campus July 13-16 for the 21st annual Back to School Clothing Drive. The event pairs underprivileged K-6 students with volunteers who help them pick out new, donated clothes and school supplies for the fall. If you haven’t seen it yet, imagine the Arena converted into a giant store for kids that otherwise might not have access to new shirts, shoes, backpacks and other essentials for the new school year.

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Honors College mirrors GCU’s academic success

July 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Like nearly everything on campus, Grand Canyon University’s Honors College is growing fast. The college, which changed from the Honors Institute to Honors College in June, will have a total enrollment of more than 700 students this fall, 11 times its size at inception three years ago, including 467 incoming freshmen with an average GPA of 4.16. Also new this year, Camelback Hall will be the first dedicated housing for Honors students on campus. The rapid growth has brought added benefits to students and increased GCU’s status as a quality academic institution.

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STEM campers learn to bake brownies in solar ovens

June 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

More than 20 middle school and high school girls in Grand Canyon University’s all-female STEM academic camp braved the searing hot weather Wednesday as they cooked brownies in solar ovens on the Promenade by the Student Union.

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‘Believe and Achieve’ draws 900 from Alhambra High

June 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Jak Keyser More than 900 students from nearby Alhambra High School recently came to GCU’s campus for the 3rd annual “Believe and Achieve,” a motivational day that enabled them to see what college looks like and how it might be possible for them.

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Happy campers hoop it up for the love of the game

June 08, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Signups are way up for the summer basketball camps at GCU, but it’s not too late to enroll your kids if they’d like to participate. The camps are filled with all sorts of fun exercises and activities.

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Campus Love: Church partnership creates jobs

June 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s five-point plan to improve the local neighborhood was a Godsend to John Ramos, executive pastor of Love International Ministries, a primarily Hispanic congregation with 3,500 members just a mile east of campus next to the 27th Avenue Office Complex. For years, Ramos and his father Juan, the head pastor, had wanted to partner with GCU to help the church’s mission of ministering in the surrounding neighborhood and trying to reduce poverty and crime. The elder Ramos moved the bilingual church that had operated in the family’s home to its current location in 1992 to better reach the Hispanic community. Love made an immediate impact, and is now one of the largest Hispanic churches in the country. GCU was an ideal partner to make additional positive changes. GCU President/CEO Brian Mueller launched his five-point plan last year, which included working to lower crime in the Canyon Corridor and partnering with neighborhood churches to employ local residents in University jobs. The first three employees in that partnership have started working at GCU. John Ramos said the missions and Christian values of GCU and Love are a good marriage. “Grand Canyon is a world-class organization and has become not only a partner to us but a friend,” said Ramos, who grew up […]

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STEM summer camps could be career-builders

June 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

After hosting its STEM Saturdays events this school year, GCU is hosting local students on campus beginning Monday for a series of STEM summer camps designed to expose science-minded young people to the essentials of computer programming, engineering, robotics and other STEM areas. GCU Today has more about the intimate, hands-on, four-day events and their potential impact in the lives of students.

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