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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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More than a roar: Havocs bring good cheer to community

December 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Members of the Havocs student cheering section made their final trip of the semester into the community Wednesday, bringing their spirit — and pizza and other goodies to six local shelters. By all accounts, “Havocs with Heart” paid huge bonuses for both the students and the people they helped.

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Green light for golf in GCU Today Magazine

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine tees up a cover story on the newly renovated Grand Canyon University Golf Course and what it means to west Phoenix and to the University. See why it’s such a big victory, and watch a video that shows off the transformation from Maryvale Golf Course. The December magazine also features an inside look at how GCU students are being the hands and feet of Jesus in the community, introduces you to five recent graduates of the College of Fine Arts and Production who are having lots of success in the working world, traces the University’s origins as the Antelopes and the evolution of its popular mascot, Thunder, and offers a behind-the scenes look at our own Thunder Dan Majerle.   

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18 ways GCU Golf Course provides key links

December 01, 2015 / by / 3 Comments

Story by Rick Vacek Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Good decisions are a win-win. Great ones are a win-win-win. So what do you call one with 18 wins? You call it Grand Canyon University Golf Course. The oasis at 59th Avenue and Indian School Road is scheduled to reopen Jan. 1 after an 11-month transformation that has rejuvenated venerable but no longer viable Maryvale Golf Course. Just like that, a 54-year-old facility is far more than a nice, little “muni” — it’s now a championship layout that’s challenging for the best players and yet playable for the less skilled. “The course had gotten tired and really needed an update,” said Rick Navratil, president of the Maryvale Men’s Club. “I’m not sure how long it would have survived if GCU hadn’t come in.” The University came in as more than just a $10 million investor to renovate and manage the course — it came in with a plan. President Brian Mueller is an avid golfer who turned all four of his children into excellent players, and he was passionate about making much more than minor adjustments. “That’s a 130-acre piece of property with mature trees, lakes — a total parkland course,” […]

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Community zest: Love unites GCU students and those in need

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Generally speaking, Millennials are self-absorbed, wasteful, even greedy, and not terribly responsible, compassionate or willing to sacrifice. Or so people in that generation (ages 13 to 33) told the Pew Research Group in a 2015 study. The surveyors must have skipped over Grand Canyon University. Here, a growing number of students rise before the sun to feed the homeless, wedge into their schedules babysitting time for neighborhood moms learning English and consistently make friends with 6-year-olds and septuagenarians alike. The students do it for no pay or school credit. They get much more — the joy of being able to give back to the community. They are part of GCU’s mushrooming Local Outreach, which has twice as many student-led ministries this year as last that have attracted 1,500 volunteers in the first 10 weeks of fall semester. Chris Cunningham, Local Outreach coordinator, said the students’ commitment to and love for the populations they serve debunk stereotypes about Millennials. “People say we are lazy, we don’t work hard, that we’re always talking about helping the world, that we’re attracted to big ideas and dreams, but they want to know when […]

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