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GCU Goes Red! Partners with AHA to Take a Stand Against Heart Disease

February 03, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

By Fran Roberts, R.N., Ph.D. In February, as our thoughts turn to hearts of all sizes and shapes, the American Heart Association (AHA) invites us to take charge of our heart health during National Heart Awareness Month.  GCU promotes wellness and preventive health among our students, faculty and staff, and we are proud to take a stand against heart disease, our nation’s number one killer.  I am excited to announce a three-year partnership with the AHA to sponsor the Go Red For Women® awareness campaign, which kicks off this week.  As chair of this campaign for Phoenix, I urge you to get involved in a number of special activities we are sponsoring on our campus and in our community aimed at raising awareness of heart disease.  If you are an online student, spend some time evaluating your lifestyle and those of loved ones.  If you haven’t already, commit to starting some heart-healthy habits!  Check out some heart health awareness events in your local community, or plan one yourself! Wear Red Friday, February 5:  Celebrate National Wear Red Day!  Show your support by wearing a favorite piece of red clothing! Watch GCU’s Go Red Video: Watch this thought-provoking Go Red awareness […]

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GCU Haitian Fund Helps Hospital; Father Rick Sends Update

January 28, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

A major beneficiary of GCU’s special Haitian relief fund is St. Damiens Pediatric Hospital, which is operated by Father Rick Frechette. Below, Father Rick provides a first-hand update on the conditions at the hospital and how your donations are helping the people of Haiti. Watch for future updates in this blog. Dear friends, We are very appreciative of your concern, prayers and support. Today the workers started to break up and haul off the tons of cement and iron that used to be our Fr. Wasson Center in Petionville. It is very important to us that this location is cleaned up and a new initiative is started there. I still admire the teams of 20 and 30 people who dug without stopping until they found Dr. Castro, Erin, and the bodies of Molly and Ryan. We are not sure what we will rebuild there yet, but for sure we will make a prominent memorial dedicated to Molly and Ryan, and to all of our Haitian staff and friends who died elsewhere in the tragedy. We estimate that we are missing about 20% of our Haitian staff. Some have gone to the United States, some are dead and some are still […]

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Update: Haiti Relief Efforts

January 28, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

January 27, 2010 To donate by phone: 888.201.8880 To contact us by mail: Friends of the Orphans 134 North LaSalle Street Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60602-1036 Mail-in donation form Note: Effective January 22, 2010, per the IRS, monetary donations for Haiti relief made between January 11 and March 1, 2010, may be deducted on 2009 tax returns. Read more. If you sponsor a child in the Dominican Republic or Haiti, please click here for a Godparent Update. Thank you to everyone for your support and gifts. Offering Immediate Help Thanks to the generosity of thousands of supporters, we have already provided Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos/Nos Petit Frères et Soeurs (NPH/NPFS) Haiti with: • Over $500,000 in cash • Medical supplies, food and water • Volunteer first responders Read More Celebrities Attend Special Fundraiser Russell Simmons (left) and others attended an event hosted by MODELINA and SPiN New York and led by Susan Sarandon on January 21. The event raised approximately $20,000. Read More Other events are being held around the country. Visit our Events page for the latest information. Helping Haiti’s Orphans With the support of Friends of the Orphans, NPH International is in the initial stages of a program to […]

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GCU Donations Support Haitian Hospital Featured on ABC News

January 28, 2010 / by / 0 Comment

As communicated last week, GCU has set up a link to collect monetary donations for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Friends of the Orphans) in Haiti, to provide disaster relief for earthquake victims. Senior management has announced that GCU will match all monies donated dollar for dollar up to a total of $25,000. Father Rick Frechette, the on-site National Director of the organization, was featured on ABC News discussing the country’s dire needs for medical care, food and shelter. Frechette runs the organization’s orphanage, educational/vocational programs, and St. Damien, the only free children’s hospital in Haiti. Injured children and adults have been pouring into the hospital since the earthquake struck on Tuesday. To watch this story, please go to http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/HaitiEarthquake/haiti-earthquake-doctors-fight-save-children/story?id=9570393 Please Note: The video does contain graphic images.) St. Damien has been sharing its medical supplies with other relief workers and facilities, and ran out of supplies Thursday night. If more supplies don’t arrive in Haiti soon, there will be a significant increase in the number of deaths, Frechette said. Other hospitals and relief workers in Haiti also report that they are overwhelmed by the number of victims and are desperate for additional support. Several GCU members have been personally affected, including […]

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Join GCU’s Efforts to Donate Funds to Haiti

January 14, 2010 / by / 1 Comment

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a major earthquake struck 10 miles Southwest of Port-au-Prince. The people of Haiti have been in Grand Canyon University’s prayers and on our hearts since news of the devastating earthquake broke. We know that the families of several GCU members have been personally affected, including an employee and a student. One of our GCU enrollment managers and her husband have a direct relationship with Father Rick Frechette, on-site National Director in Haiti for Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Friends of the Orphans), who runs an orphanage, educational/vocational programs, and the only free children’s hospital in Haiti. We have been in direct contact with Father Rick by satellite telephone. One way we can most efficiently help these victims immediately and in the longer term is through monetary donations. Fr. Rick assures us that 100 percent of the donations will go directly to the disaster victims served by his ministry. Senior management has announced that GCU will match all monies you donate dollar for dollar up to a total of $25,000. It is hoped that our community of students, employees and alumni will generously support this much-needed outreach effort. All donations are tax-deductible and will be very much appreciated […]

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GCU Partners With National Native American Basketball Tournament

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

GCU committed to a partnership with the Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) for 2010. The organization uses sports to encourage Native American youth to further their education with college mentor programs and scholarship opportunities. “With our focused Native American outreach, our rejuvenated men’s basketball program and our successful women’s program, this partnership is ideal in helping us broaden our relationships with the Native American communities and foster the growth of these talented athletes,” says GCU CEO Brian Mueller. NABI is the only nationally recognized NCAA certified Native American basketball tournament. The next Invitational is July 6-10, 2010. It will feature 64-80 teams of male and female, Native American student athletes from throughout the U.S. and Canada. NABI now operates under the newly formed NABI Foundation as a non-profit organization. In addition to its Invitational tournament, the organization will hold mini tournaments on reservation lands. The addition of a life skills curriculum will help the organization support student-athletes through high school and into college. “Grand Canyon University Native American programs met the unique needs of our athletes,” says NABI Foundation CEO GinaMaria Scarpa. “Their programs go the extra mile to make sure our students get the support and guidance needed to […]

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GCU Honored with “Servant Heart” Award

December 22, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

(Above) Community Church of Joy Senior Pastor Dr. Walt Kallestad awards Brian Mueller the “Servant Heart” for scholarships given by GCU to JCS students. GCU CEO Brian Mueller attended the Community Church of Joy Christian School’s (JCS) “Servant Heart” Award ceremony on Friday, December 18, 2009, to accept an award on behalf of GCU. JCS honored the University for providing a $20,000 scholarship to 28 of the school’s students. GCU collaborated with School Choice AZ to offer the scholarships. Each of the 28 scholarship winners will receive $5,000 per year for up to four years to assist with their JCS tuition. The scholarship is a significant amount towards the cost of attending JCS. The scholarship required applications to be new to JCHS, meet certain qualifying guidelines and write a faith-based essay. Joy Christian School is a private K-12 school located in Glendale, Ariz. It’s mission is to “build a new generation of Christian leaders.” The school states its core values as faith, leadership, excellence, relationships, integrity and service. For more information on JCS, visit www.joyonline.org or call 623.561.2000.

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First “Canyon Cares Christmas” Event Huge Success!

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s first Canyon Cares Christmas outreach event Sunday, Dec. 13 brightened the holidays for more than 550 neighborhood children and their families with dinner, Christmas presents and holiday fun. Thanks to the generosity of GCU employees and students, McKinley Hall became Santa’s workshop, with more than 330 gifts for parents to choose from, ensuring that each of their children had a special gift on Christmas morning. While the parents chose and wrapped gifts with the help of employee volunteers, GCU students entertained the children with face painting, ornament making and cookie decorating. One of the highlights of the event was sledding on the amphitheatre hill south of the Student Union, complete with five tons of real snow! “We were blessed to have the opportunity to reach out to our neighborhood families with this special holiday gift,” said University Pastor Mik Milem. “Many thanks to the nearly 200 GCU employees and students who volunteered their Sunday afternoon to make the event a great success, including helping families find and wrap presents for their children, serving dinner, and providing the children with an afternoon filled with laughter and smiles.” GCU’s annual Christmas Music Festival in Ethington Theatre followed the outreach event, with […]

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GCU Shares Community Impact Information in New Report

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

As Grand Canyon University continues to grow, so does our commitment and responsibility to positively impacting the communities in which we attend school, live and work. Throughout our 60-year history, GCU has steadily gained a reputation for changing lives all over the world through education and community outreach. To help document our commitment, the University has created a new Canyon Cares 2009 Community Impact Report, which is being distributed this week to Valley leaders. The report highlights just a few of the ways GCU positively contributes to the communities we serve through campus-wide outreach efforts, individual contributions of our faculty, staff and students, and as an employer. (Click here to see a copy of the report, which will be updated annually.) “Our purpose in sharing this information is to demonstrate GCU’s longstanding servant leadership-based culture,” said GCI CEO Brian Mueller. “This culture drives us as an organization and as individuals to seek our opportunities to positively impact and contribute to the communities in which we live and work. Less obvious but equally as important is the impact GCU has on our community’s economy and growth, both as an employer and as the training ground for some of the most sought-after […]

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“Finding My Shoes” Outreach Helps Phoenix Homeless

December 16, 2009 / by / 0 Comment

The “Finding My Shoes” event, presented by GCU Ambassador of Inspiration & Achievement Brenda Combs, was a success, outfitting local homeless with jackets, blankets, shoes, hygiene kits, gloves, hats and sleeping bags. Brenda collected more than 1,500 blankets, 600 jackets, 500 pairs of shoes, 500 hygiene kits and 50 sleeping bags. The event also served breakfast to more than 675 people. “It was such a blessing to be able to give the homeless community these resources, and to make them as comfortable as possible while sleeping at the overflow shelter,” she says. “The overflow shelter is actually a fenced in parking lot, so people are essentially sleeping on the ground. I am so grateful for how GCU stepped in a helped me collect and deliver these items to people in desperate need!” Brenda organized the event through her Finding My Shoes organization. The outreach program provides services to the homeless community. This was the second event of the year and presented on at the Human Services Campus, located at 230 South 12th Avenue, in Phoenix. Local news media covered the event, including ABC News Phoenix (video here) and KTAR (story here). Her office is located in Building 18 on GCU’s […]

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