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Embracing the community: GCU’s plan to renew neighborhood

December 02, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Story by Bob Romantic Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Six-year-old Gadiel walked up to Louis Falk at the dedication ceremony for his family’s new home and offered two simple words: “Thank you.” For Falk, who taught Gadiel to use a hammer on the first day of the Habitat for Humanity project to build their home in Mesa, those words resonated more than he could have imagined. “That was amazing,” Falk, a freshman at Grand Canyon University, said of his first experience as a Habitat volunteer two years ago. “It’s just heartwarming to see how grateful these people are.” Vanessa Garcia, a 27-year-old administrative assistant at GCU, had a similar encounter at her first Habitat experience five years ago. “It was for a single mom with two kids who couldn’t afford a home on her own,” Garcia said. “To see it from beginning to end, every Saturday morning, and watch her dream come true, the impact is just incredible.” Garcia and Falk have been hooked on Habitat ever since those initial experiences. So when GCU announced it was embarking on a first-of-its-kind partnership with Habitat for Humanity to revitalize an entire community of homes in its neighborhood over the […]

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Foster Care Night hits home for GCU twins

November 19, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Thursday’s basketball game is Foster Care and Adoption Awareness Night, and that means something special for Ahnjellyka and Angela Duque-Parks. Seven years ago after their adoption by a Phoenix couple, they are freshmen at GCU and want to devote their lives to helping people in need, just as their adoptive parents did.

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Phoenix sees impact of GCU assist on public safety

November 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Back in April, the University announced that it would donate $125,000 to help Phoenix Fire Department and the city’s Neighborhood Services Department avoid cutting resources used for drowning prevention and graffiti abatement. Now, those efforts are properly funded and in full swing. GCU Today has a story and video with more details, including feedback from City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, who’s helped GCU champion the revitalization of west Phoenix.

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Men’s basketball home games devoted to charity

November 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

A good little thing has become a great big thing. This season, instead of having a handful of men’s basketball games devoted to charitable causes, virtually every game will benefit a local organization. It’s all about giving back to the community, and GCU Today has the story on how this became a staple for the University.

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Habitat for Humanity aids GCU employee

November 03, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University maintenance worker Kimanuka Nkumbuyinka was gifted a house through a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood revitalization initiative. GCU partnered with Habitat in October to build and/or renovate thousands of homes in the local community.

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GCU to redesign, manage Maryvale Golf Course

October 24, 2014 / by / 5 Comments

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau Few desert-style courses in Phoenix are as lush or mature as Maryvale Golf Course, with its huge 1960s-era trees and long stretches of turf that are neither tan nor taupe. It is considered an oasis in the otherwise urban surroundings of west Phoenix. Grand Canyon University intends to enhance that setting even further when it redesigns the course next year through a 30-year operating agreement approved Thursday by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board. As part of the agreement, GCU will oversee plans to create new tee boxes, shape brand-new greens, extend fairways, enhance bunkers, update practice facilities and build a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, among other features, to reach its goal of making Maryvale a golf destination. The public course, located just three miles west of GCU’s main campus at 5902 W. Indian School Road, will undergo its major facelift beginning in January. The course will be closed until October 2015 as GCU directs construction and assumes control of operations. GCU President and CEO Brian Mueller said the Antelopes men’s and women’s NCAA Division I golf teams will use Maryvale as their home course. He added that the course could host college or high school tournaments after […]

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GCU announces Habitat for Humanity partnership

October 22, 2014 / by / 2 Comments

Put on some old clothes and get ready to help out! The University, in a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has launched an unprecedented initiative to renovate homes in our neighborhood and, eventually, across the Valley and even around the country. It’s not too late to volunteer to be a team leader (you don’t need any experience in construction or home repairs) for the project, which formally begins in January. And don’t forget that, in August, GCU announced a new Community Service Policy in which employees are eligible for up to 16 hours of community service time.

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Students get proof-positive look at Seed Spot

October 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

A group of GCU students got a first-hand look at the what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur when they visited the Seed Spot office in downtown Phoenix for “Venture Friday.” The Colangelo College of Business has created a partnership with Seed Spot, a Phoenix business incubator that helps entrepreneurs turn their ideas into thriving businesses. GCU Today has the story.

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GO Week gives students a taste of mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Global Connect Team designed this year’s Global Outreach (GO) Week to better prepare students to serve others during global mission trips through hands-on events. Students who are interested in attending a mission trip should contact the Office of Spiritual Life.

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Palin rallies conservative support at Arena event

September 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and filmmaker/author Dinesh D’Souza rallied Christian conservatives at Grand Canyon University Arena on Thursday night. The event drew nearly 2,000 GCU students, staff, and other Valley visitors.

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