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Techies with tender hearts give computers, skills to community

February 17, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Innovative Computing Club is about a year old, but this month club members are completing a compassion mission they began almost as soon as the club was formed. They acquired and assembled 100 fully equipped desktops — complete with monitors, keyboards and mice — to four Arizona organizations that help disadvantaged community members.

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Tempe staffer puts heart into cancer fundraiser

February 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Simple, handmade valentines can go a long way toward generating joy, especially among young cancer patients who are hospitalized and may miss out on exchanging cards with their friends and classmates. That’s what crossed Marissa Rutherford’s mind as she and her young daughters started talking about ways to raise money to help children fighting cancer. Rutherford, an enrollment counselor in the Tempe office of Grand Canyon University, came up with Cupids for Kids!, which will benefit the sixth annual GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. Scheduled for Saturday, March 12, on the Phoenix campus, the run raises money to support Arizona-based Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “We were sitting around the table brainstorming holidays between January and March, and Valentine’s Day was the only holiday in between before Run to Fight,” said Rutherford, a member of the run’s planning committee. “At first we thought about selling roses and chocolates, and then we decided that if we bought all our materials, we could make our own cards.” After learning that other children their ages are battling cancer, Rutherford’s daughters had a bigger idea – they would ask their classmates at Pomeroy Elementary […]

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Momentum, interest build in Year 2 of Habitat union

January 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Patricia Brazil and her daughter Michelle had lived together in a house on Camelback Road for 45 years, from the day mother brought daughter home from the hospital as a newborn. Their aging home needed a paint job and new windows to improve its insulation from summer’s sear and winter’s chill and to block noisy street traffic. So it was nothing short of a blessing when, in the fall of 2014, a team from Habitat for Humanity and Grand Canyon University dropped by the Brazils’ home to discuss a new neighborhood revitalization program that would assist homeowners in gussying up their property. The women loved meeting the friendly, purple T-shirted students who attended classes right across the street and decided right then to take advantage of the offer of help. They would use their income tax refund to pay their share of the project and pitch in on the sweat equity, too. Patricia, who died two months later, never got to see the shiny new windows or the warm sandstone paint her daughter chose. But Michelle, who lives in the three-bedroom house with her 6-year-old son, Nathaniel, feels that her mother would approve. “I hope she’s […]

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Pay-it-forward scholarships to inspire future grads

January 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

What would happen if, on the heels of a neighborhood transformation that has seen a dramatic drop in crimes, a rise in property values and a concerted effort to expand employment and business opportunities, hundreds of west Phoenix high school students were able to get a free college education. And pay it forward to future college students as they went along? GCU has a new initiative, Students Inspiring Students, that aims to do just that.

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Sun shines on bright future for GCU Golf Course

January 06, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

As if specially ordered, the rain stopped Wednesday morning and clear skies greeted the crowd at the grand opening of Grand Canyon University Golf Course. The event went off perfectly, right down to a funny surprise at the finish.

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Mueller named Journal’s Business Person of the Year

January 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau Brian Mueller is taking his Christian beliefs to new heights, according to an article in the Phoenix Business Journal which named him its Business Person of the Year for 2015. In its Jan. 1 issue, the Journal cited the GCU president’s upbringing in Christian education, the University’s commitment to its neighborhood with home improvement projects and free tutoring for surrounding schools, Mueller’s pledge to keep higher education affordable, and his efforts to revitalize west Phoenix both socially and economically as reasons behind the award. When Mueller makes business decisions for the University, the Journal’s Angela Gonzales wrote, he does it with his Christian beliefs at the forefront. “We would like to be an example of — not a church — but a university that professes to believe what’s in the Bible in the Christian world view, but we want people first to see us living it out,” Mueller told the Journal. “Living it out in this neighborhood is really, really satisfying.” The article, available only to subscribers, can be read in its entirety here.  

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Biggest stories of 2015 mirror GCU’s mission

December 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau No matter how you slice it, the most talked-about stories at Grand Canyon University in 2015 had something to do with students and creating for them the best possible academic, spiritual and social experiences. With a record number of students matriculating on campus this year, new programs, new faculty and staff and — especially — new buildings were needed to help facilitate their learning. Additional residence halls and eateries were required for the students’ care and feeding, as were fields for their recreation and structures for their vehicles. The University did not disappoint. In what has become a year-end tradition at GCU Today, here are our top 10 stories of 2015, in no particular order of importance. (We do think you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the first entry, however.) Our list is by no means etched in stone, nor all-inclusive, but is merely meant to prompt water-cooler debates or a bit of reflection. Thanks for the memories, GCU. Up, up, up: student enrollment. If not for the 15,500 traditional students (a 21.6 percent jump over 2014’s ground enrollment) and the 59,200 online students (up 7.5 percent from last year) […]

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The GCU year in pictures for 2015

December 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Talk about a year with a lot going on: Big things were happening on the GCU campus and well beyond its borders throughout 2015. Here are the year’s best photos:    

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Great year for GCU, and the best is yet to come

December 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

On the heels of a staff Christmas party earlier in the week that included the best barbecue in Phoenix and a rousing good time at the men’s basketball game, GCU President Brian Mueller put a bow on the University’s 2015 accomplishments during the all-employee meeting Thursday in GCU Arena. Moving testimony from current and future students, a prayer for the family of two employees who recently passed away and a slew of statistics about growth in buildings, academics and student quality were all part of the package.

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GCU is well-represented in Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade

December 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The Lopes were out in force Saturday morning at the Glendale Hometown Christmas Parade 2015. President Brian Mueller and his wife, Paula, were in a convertible, followed by the Thundering Heard Pep Band, the Havocs and members of the cheer and dance teams. And don’t forget Thunder, resplendent in his Santa hat.  

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