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Employee seeking aid for victims of Nepal earthquake

April 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal caused more than 5,000 casualties and left nearly 11,000 injured. GCU’s Muney Shrestha, a facilities application administrator, is collecting donations for her parents and siblings, who are among the thousands of survivors seeking aid after the devastating tragedy. GCU has donated $5,000 to relief efforts and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute through monetary donations and prayer.

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A year to remember: GCU’s Top 10 stories of 2014-15

April 22, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

GCU Today Magazine  Photos by Darryl Webb There was no shortage of news at Grand Canyon University during the 2014-15 academic year. And it was no easy decision picking the Top 10 stories from the dozens that were produced by GCU Today. But those that emphasized community, growth and reputation quickly rose to the top. Here they are: 1. GCU revs economic engine in west Phoenix The University announced a five-point plan to revitalize the neighborhood, continued expanding its campus along the Canyon Corridor, agreed to operate and began renovating Maryvale Golf Course, and opened a hotel to train students in hospitality management and employ local residents. A study credited GCU with an annual economic impact of $1.1 billion that generates 10,490 jobs, with wages approaching $500 million per year. 2. What’s in a name? A lot, when it’s Colangelo GCU’s business school was renamed for Phoenix icon Jerry Colangelo, whose principles of servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurship became as ingrained into campus life as he did in just a few short months. As part of the hospitality curriculum, the college also announced plans for golf course and tennis management programs. 3. It’s full STEM ahead as 8th college opens Determined to fill high-tech […]

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Childhood cancer community, GCU team up at run

March 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Childhood cancer is on the run from scientists working round-the-clock to crack its insidious code, but there was no place for the devastating disease to hide Saturday on Grand Canyon University’s Phoenix campus. The fifth annual GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer drew nearly 3,500 people, hundreds of whom donned T-shirts proclaiming love and support for individual kids battling cancer and proudly wore them in the 10K, 5K and cancer survivors’ walk. It was all about kicking cancer to the curb. But sadly, there was no shortage of teams named for the wee warriors: Team Ashton — Team Jonah — Team Yasmeen — Team Olivia — Team Jared — Team Colin — Team Mia — Team Hailey Madison — Team Turtle And on and on. “We have to finish this job that we started a number of years ago,” Dr. Robert Arceci, medical director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, said to a buoyant crowd at the event. “As we always say, ‘Cancer sucks,’ and we’ve got to fix it.” The run raises awareness of pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease among children ages 14 and younger, […]

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Tiny starter for GCU cancer run a comeback kid

March 07, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Cancer delivered a punch in the gut last spring to Mia Bryant and her family. But the 7-year-old is fighting back, dutifully taking her treatments and medications and looking forward to the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on March 7, where she will be the official race starter. GCU Today has a story about the second-grader and her family and information about how you can sign up to participate in or otherwise support the run, an inspirational event that raises money for cancer research and support of children and their families.

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Healing from the heartbreak of childhood cancer

March 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Life was too short for McKenzie Monks. A born performer, youngest child of Denise and Richard Monks and part of a mutual admiration society with her two  older siblings, McKenzie was diagnosed with kidney cancer at age 3. Despite aggressive treatments, she died before she  could get to kindergarten. “She went through so much and her life was taken far too soon,” said sister Mandy Monks, a student at Grand Canyon University. “The lessons she taught us — to always be grateful for your blessings and tell the people you love — changed our entire outlook on life. We wanted to do something to have her name live on.” Ten years ago, the family started the McKenzie Monks Foundation, which has donated $1 million to open the Kenzie Center in Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s (PCH) Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and has given 2,000 wheeled suitcases filled with age- and gender-appropriate toys and comfort items to children diagnosed with cancer there. Called Kenzie Kases, the suitcases are patterned after McKenzie’s pink Hello Kitty bag that she took to the hospital for every treatment. The Monks plan to join an estimated 4,500 people on GCU’s main […]

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GCU celebrates online community at reception, game

February 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU welcomed online students and faculty to campus Saturday with a reception and free tickets to the men’s basketball game. In rolling out the purple carpet, the University also feted three exemplary students who gave testimonials during the reception, and it awarded scholarships to the children of one of the students, Jessica Smith.    

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Arena reunion with brother surprises GCU student

February 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau The Manning family of Tucson really enjoys Christmas together, right down to the five pairs of matching jammies that Santa brings. But the past two Christmases were a little rough on John and Rhonda, parents of eldest child, Jessalyn, and the baby of the family, Lauryn, because their son, Javen, is in the U.S. Air Force and couldn’t get holiday leave. They made up for it Saturday night in Grand Canyon University’s Arena where, during the first timeout of the men’s basketball game, Javen surprised his sisters by greeting them on the Jumbotron and then walking onto the court. It was part of a hush-hush plan that began in January with a conversation between John and GCU CEO/President Brian Mueller, and it was configured by Helen Bleach, senior director of University relations and campus events, and her super stealth Events Services staff. Thunder knew about it, too, but most everyone else did not. Lauryn, a 20-year-old GCU sophomore and member of the dance team, screamed and burst into tears shortly after her big brother’s smiling face appeared on the huge screen. The scene had been configured to have Lauryn, Jessalyn and most everyone else […]

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ASGCU candidate profile: Griffin Walker and Jonny Van Ommering

January 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Get to know 2015-16 ASGCU presidential and vice-presidential candidates Griffin Walker and Jonny Van Ommering.

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ASGCU candidate profile: Cody Dumas and Slate Herman

January 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Get to know 2015-16 ASGCU presidential and vice-presidential candidates Cody Dumas and Slate Herman.

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Students help raise awareness of sex trafficking

January 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University Psychology Department faculty, led by Dr. Jennifer Jones, organized an event on campus over the weekend in which 30 students helped stuff 2,300 giveaway bags designed to share a united message about preventing prostitution that fuels the sex trafficking industry. The handout bags included bars of soap and information on resources that sex trade victims could potentially use to get help. Students heard stories from recovered sex trade victim Theresa Flores — founder of the “SOAP” initiative, or “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution” — and attended a training before helping deliver the bags to Phoenix hotels and motels.

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