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GCU Dance brings home 3rd national Game Day title

April 29, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

By Lana Sweeten-Shults GCU News Bureau It’s a three-peat. For the third year in a row, Grand Canyon University’s Dance team brought home a national title. The team won the Game Day category in Division 1 of the Universal Dance Association College Dance Team National Championship, which wrapped up Wednesday at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The team emerged triumphant even in a year when a global pandemic limited or halted athletic events and the crowds that attend them. It was one of two wins for GCU at the two-day event. The University’s Cheer team took first place in the Small Coed category in Division 1 of the Universal Cheerleaders Association College Cheerleading National Championship. “This is our third time winning our division,” said Dance team coach Jacque Genung-Koch. “This is a big deal. It’s just back-to-back-to-back.” Game Day competition puts the spotlight on the sideline traditions teams perform every weekend at home. Judges evaluate the teams on their ability to lead the crowd, the execution of their skills, motion technique and overall routine. During the performance, judges can call for a fight song, game situation chant or timeout routine. The competing teams must be ready to perform any […]

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Sports camps return in June — here’s updated list

April 14, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s summer sports camps are again ready to roll after a year off because of COVID-19. Registration is open to secure spots with no initial fee while awaiting NCAA approval, which is expected within the month. Camps not only teach a participant how to dribble a basketball or perform a perfect set in volleyball, they help improve interpersonal and group skills, said Theon Carrier, Director of Camps.

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WAC title, Havocs on full display in GCU Magazine

April 01, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau GCU’s first WAC Basketball Tournament title and first trip to the NCAA tournament were historic, and GCU Magazine has the inside story of how it all unfolded. The magazine also includes a tribute to Oscar Frayer, tragically killed in an auto accident less than 60 hours after playing in his first NCAA game.  There’s much more in stories, photos and videos: The excellent season of the GCU women’s basketball team, which reached the WAC final under the leadership of new coach Molly Miller A look ahead to what students can look forward to in the fall semester How GCU continues to show its commitment to the community with its vaccine Point of Dispensing site, food box distributions and Habitat for Humanity partnership GCU’s new tutoring program for online students The surprised reactions of the newest GCU Hall of Famers to getting selected Our annual GCU Year in Review To read it digitally, click here.

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Havocs bringing their creative spirit to Indianapolis

March 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Rare tickets to the Lopes NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament were up for grabs to students, and some pulled out all the stops to land one for GCU’s first-ever appearance in The Big Dance on Saturday. Kennedi Greenfield and Faith Clear stayed up late into the night to put together a video plea. “It was a Hail Mary,” Greenfield said. But March Madness dreams do come true.

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How GCU helped the WAC increase its pack

March 10, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The expansion of the Western Athletic Conference is a remarkable story of persistence and execution. Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State, Southern Utah and Stephen F. Austin are set to join the WAC after the move was initiated by GCU President Brian Mueller, Interim Vice President of Athletics Jamie Boggs and Stephen F. Austin administrators.

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GCU baseball helps food bank get a (turkey) leg up

November 23, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

It was the turkey call that mattered the most: “Don’t be a nerd; donate a bird!” GCU baseball, as it has for the past seven years, spent the Saturday before Thanksgiving collecting turkeys, nonperishable food and monetary donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank on Super Saturday. The nonprofit is in the midst of its busiest time of year, one made even more challenging because of the coronavirus pandemic. Super Saturday kicked off the University’s Give with Purpose holiday employee giving campaign.

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Slideshow: Havocs Hangout

October 30, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Garrett Ohrenberg GCU News Bureau In anticipation of the return of athletics events, the Havocs Hangout brought together students, the Cheer and Dance teams, the Thundering Heard Pep Band and Thunder for a fun event Thursday in the Quad. And, of course, there were T-shirts.      

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GCU throws a Purple Party for Paul’s Car Wash

October 20, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Usually, GCU’s basketball and Spirit Team head to Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix to wash a few cars at Paul’s Car Wash. For 13 years, the weeklong fundraiser has raised money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. But this year, with the event going virtual, CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton came to GCU instead to accept a donation for the organization. It was a visit with plenty of fanfare. “We’re just trying to re-create that Purple Pre-Game Party,” said Community Relations Manager Debbie Accomazzo, who added how GCU’s relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters is expanding this year.

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Early move-out heads top GCU stories of 2019-20

May 18, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

A lot happened at GCU near the end of the 2019-20 academic year, but nothing could come close to the significance of COVID-19 forcing students off campus in March. Athletics also felt the brunt of the pandemic with the WAC Basketball Tournament and spring sports being canceled, but the hirings of new basketball coaches Bryce Drew and Molly Miller made for a promising future.

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Dance team adds jazz title to national successes

February 19, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Dance team is becoming a national powerhouse. Last weekend in Anaheim, Calif., the team won the difficult Jazz category, which requires artistry and athleticism, at the USA Collegiate Championships. The team also took home the Game Day title after winning that competition at the Universal Dance Association College Dance Team Nationals last month.

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