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Failed property tax bill won’t deter GCU

April 16, 2014 / by / 3 Comments

Senate Bill 1303 would have reduced the school’s property tax assessment ratio from 18.5 to 5 percent. However, the total amount the University pays in the future – even at the reduced rate – would continue to increase because of investment in infrastructure on the Phoenix campus.

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One grand story: How GCU began rewriting its destiny 10 years ago

April 16, 2014 / by / 6 Comments

Story by Doug Carroll Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau As the students, faculty and staff of Grand Canyon University adjourned for Christmas break near the end of 2003, few of them had much knowledge of the financial health of the sleepy, west Phoenix campus where they studied, taught and worked. They were in the dark, and that was not a bad place to be. Like many private institutions of higher education, Grand Canyon had endured its share of struggles since its humble beginnings in 1949, after three Baptist pastors each had plunked down a silver dollar to start Grand Canyon College in Prescott. Lacking either the taxpayer support of public universities or the substantial donor base of successful private colleges, the school depended primarily on tuition-paying students, of whom there were about 1,500 on campus and a similar number taking classes online in 2003. Budgetary surgery was a way of life. “Every few years, there was a financial crisis,” recalls Dr. Charles Maxson, then in his 20th year on the faculty at Grand Canyon. “That’s how it was, and how most small colleges still are.” In 1997, the University’s lenders had pressured the governing board for a change […]

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GCU supports city’s budget-challenged programs

April 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The University has made a $125,000 contribution to the City of Phoenix to help offset city budget shortfalls in community education around drowning prevention and graffiti abatement. The announcement is the latest in the University’s partnerships to augment Phoenix public programs.

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Annual children’s cancer run raises $100,000

April 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The fourth Phoenix edition of the Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, held on March 8, pushed total proceeds to nearly $300,000.

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Youth leadership institute honors University

March 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Brian Mueller says GCU’s commitment to west Phoenix has been reinforced by the successes of its students.

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Cheers and tears at Run to Fight Children’s Cancer

March 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The fourth running of the event on the GCU campus drew more than 3,000 participants, along with a host of family members and supporters, on a glorious spring Saturday.

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Cancer’s cutting edge: Molecular medicine could help customize treatment for children

March 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau A thief lives in the home of every child with cancer. It steals play dates from the little girl too drained to go outside, favorite ice cream from the teenager too nauseous to keep it down and carefree days from siblings whose parents are barely surviving the cruel journey thrust on their family. It holds hostage happiness, promotes job loss, wrecks marriages and wipes out bank accounts. All this, and yet the ultimate crime of cancer is even more unjust. At its worst, cancer robs a child of nearly 70 years of life. “I think cancer is pretty lousy no matter what age you are,” said Dr. Robert Arceci, medical director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a beneficiary of the March 8 GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. “But children’s cancer is a horrible thing. The profound trauma and tragedy of cancer in the very young is that it reverses the age progression. It cuts people short.” Childhood cancer must be caught earlier, treated better and, ultimately, eradicated, and the way to do that is to understand it. Arceci and other prominent oncologists are working to unlock […]

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Cancer run aims to draw 3,000, raise $100,000

March 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 3,000 people, running or walking, in strollers or wheelchairs, are expected to attend the fourth GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on campus. The goal is to elevate awareness of childhood cancer, the leading cause of death by disease among children ages 14 and younger, and to raise $100,000 for two charities that support childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families.

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GCU nursing site ends heart month on healthy note

February 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Banner Boswell nursing site in Sun City rolled out the purple carpet for its community on Thursday, offering tours, student presentations and healthful food as February, known as National Heart Month, came to a close. The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions facility at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea will hold a similar event on Wednesday.

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HopeFest to get GCU donation, seeks volunteers

February 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

HopeFest Phoenix, which benefits the needy and expects to have 25,000 attendees this year, is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

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