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GCU’s Latino Student Union Leaders Making ‘Awesome’ Community Impact

February 24, 2012 / by / 4 Comments

With the Arizona primary on Tuesday, national media have noticed the grass-roots political involvement of juniors Viridiana Hernandez and Aldo Gonzalez and other GCU students. In November, the students’ efforts helped Daniel Valenzuela become the first Latino elected to the Phoenix City Council’s District 5 seat.

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Children’s Cancer Network Was Begun From Family’s Concern for Others

February 22, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

The charity, the sole beneficiary of GCU’s Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on March 10, helps families find comfort and stability through the medical bills and hospital visits that come with a childhood cancer diagnosis. Volunteers connect with hospitals and social workers to find families struggling with the stress of a cancer diagnosis.

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6-Year-Old Starter of GCU Cancer Run Spreads Message of Hope

February 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Grace Kostyk of north Phoenix, who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, will be the face of two races to be held on the GCU campus on March 10. The Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, which is back after a successful October debut, will donate all proceeds to the Children’s Cancer Network.

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GCU Run To Fight Cancer

January 19, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Run to Fight Children’s Cancer is a one and two loop course around Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, along with a cancer survivor’s walk. Race proceeds will go to the Children’s Cancer Network, an Arizona charity supporting families who have children dealing with Cancer.

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Seven Months Later, Joplin, Missouri Stronger Than Ever

January 04, 2012 / by / 2 Comments

Enrollment counselor Aaron Johnson recently returned from a holiday trip to the Joplin, Missouri area which was devastated by a tornado on May 22 and he was pleasantly surprised at the changes and the cleanup he saw. The last time Johnson had seen his home town was in June when he and a team from GCU drove a van full of clothing and supplies donated by faculty and staff to give to families affected by the disaster. The destruction he had seen then had been sobering.

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Canyon Cares Christmas Bigger, Better Than Ever

December 12, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A GCU holiday tradition became more expansive than ever Sunday afternoon with the move of Canyon Cares Christmas to the Quad and Arena. The University’s three campuses collected toys for 750 underprivileged children, and a team of 150 enthusiastic, green-shirted volunteers — students, faculty and staff — helped dispense them to neighborhood families. “This is one of those great opportunities we have to express our love and support for our community,” said Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin as he surveyed the hustle and bustle outside the Arena. “It’s a wonderful time of year to do that, a chance to capture the moment. This is Grand Canyon at its best.”

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Good Neighbor Club Takes Christmas to Serrano Village

December 08, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The Good Neighbor Club, along with GCU’s refugee outreach workers, hosted a Christmas party on Wednesday night for the University’s neighbors at Serrano Village. Students provided an apartment full of party food and hit the pavement to sing Christmas carols to residents. The Good Neighbor Club, formed in the fall of 2010, has become a fixture at Serrano Village, where the residents include more than 550 refugees from at least a dozen countries, including Iraq, Tanzania, Kenya and Bhutan. The complex is about a half-mile east of campus on Camelback Road.

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Interfaith Project Concludes on Positive Note

November 17, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

By Jennifer Willis Communications Staff Ten weeks ago, junior Ty Kieser and senior Micah Briscoe began leading a discussion group at the Chris Ridge Senior Living Community in Phoenix, in partnership with Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Titled “Building Bridges Between Faiths,” the discussions were aimed at exploring Buddhism and its similarities with Judaism and Christianity. Kieser and Briscoe stepped into the project not quite sure what they were getting themselves into. But after completing the final session in the series on Wednesday, they found that they may have learned more from the people they were teaching than their students learned from them. “I have learned a lot from this experience,” Kieser told the group before starting his portion of the discussion. “I hope that you guys have learned at least a tenth from us of what I have learned from you.” The feeling seemed to be mutual. As participants left, they thanked the boys, with some lingering to get in some final one-on-one discussion. “This is the last one,” one of the more vocal participants said as she made her way out the door. “It’s kind of sad.” The sessions, which were deemed a success by Assistant Dean Anna […]

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GCU Celebrates International Education Week Nov. 14-19

November 11, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Home to more than 130 international students representing more than 46 countries, Grand Canyon University has a diverse student population worth celebrating. Beginning Monday, November 14, the Center for International Education is collaborating with both ASGCU and the International Student Club to celebrate the diverse GCU campus with International Education Week. Students are invited to a different event each day of the week.

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COE Distributes Over 700 Books at Fall Festival

October 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The annual Fall Festival celebration is a time of joy for the College of Education. “It’s always a lot of fun to meet thousands of our neighbors,” said Dean Kimberly LaPrade. “It is our way of giving back a small piece of ourselves to the community.” Each year, the college does a theme around giving away books to the children visiting the campus. Candy may last a few bites, but books last for years. Using GCU Today Digest, a request went out for donations of children’s books.

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