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Right formula: Science camp at Learning Lounge

June 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

“Is this seaweed?” asked one second-grader on Tuesday morning at the new Learning Lounge at the Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball complex before diving into the other items nestled in a bucket before her: feathers, seashells, a crab leg. It was just one of the science activities that kept second- through fifth-graders busy at the Learning Lounge Science Camp. It’s one of two one-week camps at the new Brewers Learning Lounge, opened to expand GCU’s outreach into the community, which will be followed by two more one-week camps on the GCU campus Learning Lounge this June.

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Theatre instructor’s book seeks to unite actors

May 30, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

It has been about three years since Michael Kary self-published what he once thought to be journals, and now his book, “Acting in Faith: A Christian’s Guide,” is being published by Kendall Hunt Publishing and distributed to other Christian institutions across the country. In it, Kary teaches students that they can still be proud Christians while also excelling in the acting profession. Kary believes that differences between the entertainment industry and Christianity have led to both sides holding misunderstood views about each other and hopes his book will help clear up some of the misconceptions that exist.

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Professors unleash inner fan boy, girl at Fan Fusion

May 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s professors stepped away from the whiteboards and threw themselves into the world of Harry Potter, “Game of Thrones,” “Pokemon,” “Star Wars and the like as they infiltrated Phoenix Fan Fusion as guest panelists over Memorial Day weekend. They delved into everything from the science of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” to the biology in the film “Bird Box” to the ethics behind integrating technology and the brain in the film “Ghost in the Shell.” “The audience engagement – that’s the best part about it – and really communicating science with the public in a more fun and entertaining and engaging way,” said biology professor Dr. Darien Hall.

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Ethics workshop provides continuing education help

May 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Most counselors and therapists want to be able to “do good” by their clients, but what does “doing good” really mean? That was the main topic of discussion at Thursday’s continuing education ethics workshop hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Speakers from GCU and NAU offered professionals working in the field of counseling and social services a free way of receiving their CEUs (Continuing Education Units) that they are required to renew every two years.

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Salute Our Troops changes lives of vets, volunteers

May 23, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Vanessa Romeo volunteered at Salute Our Troops for the first time on the Wednesday before Memorial Day. “This is everything to me,” said Romeo, a university counselor in the military division, of the GCU signature event as she spoke with one veteran at the Arizona State Veteran Home about family, his hometown in Mississippi and a favorite topic of his — cookies. This year marked the ninth year for Salute Our Troops. About 50 GCU and GCE volunteers spent the morning visiting with veterans, playing games, singing Armed Forces songs and sharing stories.

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GCU/Habitat volunteers get to know their neighbors

May 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

David and Bonnie Wincentsen remember when they first moved into their home on North 40th Drive. They would look out the window and see nothing but farmland — and a one- or two-building Grand Canyon University. Almost 60 years later and the couple, whose house was painted recently as part of the GCU-Habitat for Humanity neighborhood revitalization project, are now surrounded by apartment buildings, businesses and a much bigger GCU. Their neighborhood has changed, but one thing hasn’t — GCU is still their neighbor, as it has been since the day they moved into their home in 1960, and the University is even more neighborly than ever, with students and employees volunteering so much of their time to help renovate the houses in the Canyon Corridor. Employees have a chance to help out as two summertime projects approach in June 14 and July 12.

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Giving their all: Employees connect with nonprofits

May 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Eighteen GCU-connected nonprofits filled the lobby at Building 71 on Wednesday for the third Serve with Purpose Employee Volunteer Fair. Representatives of various organization, from the YMCA to Feed My Starving Children and Treasures 4 Teachers, to name a few, visited with GCU and GCE employees about their mission in the community — and signed up a few volunteers for their organizations, too.

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GCU engineering event was no small potatoes

May 07, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It seemed like a half-baked idea: Build a bridge using … potatoes. But Sevilla West MESA Team students did just that at the first Engineering Shops Tour and Workshop in GCU’s Engineering Building. It was the first tour of its kind and the neat thing about it — it was student-conceived (by recent electrical engineering graduate Michael Erisman) and student-led.

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Students on mission trip: ‘Closest thing to Jesus’

April 30, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU students and staff will fan out across the globe again this summer on mission trips, but several already have taken place. One of them was this spring, when 14 students went to the Dominican Republic to conduct Bible studies, serve special needs children and reach out to people on the streets and in prison. Students who hardly knew each other before the trip ended up growing close by the end of the week. Colton Davis, one of the trip leaders, said it showed him “how to actually love people the way that we’re supposed to love as believers.”

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Grads bring Students Inspiring Students full circle

April 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

After three years of hard work and hundreds of hours of service, Grand Canyon University’s first Students Inspiring Students graduates walked across the commencement stage Thursday afternoon to receive their diplomas. Yenni Sanchez Perez received her Bachelor’s degree in Government with an Emphasis in Legal Studies, and Sean Oliver received his Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies. “This is why we began the scholarship,” said Dr. Joe Veres, Vice President of Student Success. “This is probably the most rewarding commencement ceremony that I’ve been a part of.”

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