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Honors STEMists construct wheelchairs for clinic

January 21, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

College is all about learning experiences, and the Honors STEMists club took learning to the next level when its members built two wheelchairs and donated them to the Neighborhood Christian Clinic. Best of all, the Honors College students got to meet the family of a recipient. “It was just a very raw moment,” said one of the students, Abby Abraham. “They just kept saying, ‘You don’t understand how much this means to us.’”

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Allocate to Elevate never on back burner for one team

December 22, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Office of Financial Aid Vice President Chris Arnold sees firsthand how Allocate to Elevate impacts his community. He remembers receiving a letter, written on grade-school, wide-ruled paper, about trip to the Arizona Science Center taken by a student at a school he supports through the initiative. He passes on that passion for the program to his team, which is always the first to reach 90% participation in Allocate to Elevate. JoAnna Langston, Director in the Office of Financial Aid, said the team doesn’t make the program a backburner item. “You make it a priority item,” she said.

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Nearly 800 tested at community COVID event

December 15, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Just before the first COVID vaccines were administered to health care workers on Monday, GCU was the site of a free-of-charge, community COVID Testing Blitz. Almost 800 individuals — about 700 who drove through and 100 who walked up — were tested at Saturday’s event on 27th Avenue, organized by the R.A.P.I.D. Coalition to meet the health care needs of vulnerable and underserved populations, including in Maryvale.

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GCU-CityServe partnership delivers to those in need

December 03, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Students volunteers had the chance to roll up their sleeves Wednesday for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program distribution event at the 27th Avenue complex, an event hosted by GCU in partnership with CityServe International. About 165 students loaded and delivered more than 1,050 boxes of food prepared by Shamrock Farms, each weighing about 30 pounds and filled with everything from meat to bags of apples and carrots, cheese, milk and more. The boxes went to more than 20 community service organizations and churches, which then distributed those boxes to families in need. It was just the first event in an even bigger project with CityServe in which the University would be the Arizona distribution hub for products that will go to needy families.

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Honors clubs unite to create COVID care packages

November 13, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

When social distancing guidelines were set in place to combat the spread of the pandemic, students in the Honors Voices Club and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) came together to formulate a way to still serve their community. They created care packages for students in isolation at GCU Hotel and for health care workers on campus.

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GCU is an open book in its home-schooler support

August 18, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

HSLDA Compassion’s New and Used Curriculum Sale isn’t quite like any other book sale. Instead of focusing on cookbooks or comic books, the organization — the charitable arm of the Home School Legal Defense Association — takes donations of math and history books, lab materials and the like and makes those educational materials available to the home-schooling community. It’s an event sponsored annually by K12 Educational Development, which continues to wrap its arms around the home-schooling community.

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Scholarship lifts up cancer survivors, siblings

July 30, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

“After beating cancer, it’s harder to look at a future because you’re so stuck in the past and absorbing the fact that you do have a future,” said Austin Thacker, one of the 54 recipients of the Children’s Cancer Network’s John W. Luttrell Scholarship for pediatric cancer survivors, their siblings and parents. Six of those recipients, including Thacker, will attend GCU in the fall.

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Employees salute veterans, those who care for them

May 29, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

“It just broke my heart,” Military/Business Operations team member Vanessa Garcia said of not being able to visit with residents of the Arizona State Veteran Home this year for Salute Our Troops. The residents there haven’t seen their families in person for 11 weeks, ever since access to the facility has been limited because of COVID-19 precautions. But employees found a way to celebrate veterans Thursday with a parade of family and friends that was socially distant, followed by a lunch that thanked the veterans’ home employees.

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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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Costume department assists in mask production

May 07, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s effort to produce cloth face masks has been joined by College of Fine Arts and Production costume designer Nola Yergen, who has recruited several GCU Hotel employees to add pleating. It makes the coverings fit more like traditional hospital masks, but it’s important for an even bigger reason. “This is about teamwork,” Yergen said.

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