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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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GCU’s project with Habitat for Humanity gets off to big start

January 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona kicked off Saturday with 200 volunteers working at eight sites. It was a successful opener, and not just because so much got done. Homeowners who hadn’t heard about the project saw the commotion and, in several cases, expressed interest in having their homes renovated.      

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Home run! Habitat opening day touches ’em all

January 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

They came. They saw. They painted (a lot). Saturday was opening day for GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, and 200 student volunteers turned out with sunny attitudes to match the perfect weather. Renovations began on eight homes in the local neighborhood and, just as important, other homeowners who hadn’t heard about the project took note as well.

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GCU/Habitat project ready to aid neighbors

January 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

It’s time to go to work to do what we do — help people. GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, in which up to 700 homes in the local neighborhood will be renovated, starts Saturday. GCU Today has the story of a retired couple that is grateful for the help and a student volunteer from Iraq who can’t wait to lend a hand.

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