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The inside story behind six-word autobiographies

October 22, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Adding lines of prose to a community story about Spongebob escaping a unicorn and a herd of fleas amid a green sea was one of the activities offered Friday during GCU’s celebration of the National Day on Writing. The activities, stressing written expression, were a big hit with passersby.

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Business leaders, students connect at meeting

October 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University students mingling with industry leaders from across the Valley, including the most famous one of all, Jerry Colangelo. Those same industry leaders getting to know business majors who could be potential hires for their firms. Hard to tell who got more out of it. Call it a tie. No, wait – call it a big victory. For 90 minutes Friday morning at the Canyon 49 Grill, a Colangelo College of Business advisory board meeting took a new twist: Rather than a set agenda, rather than the students just witnessing what goes on, it was all talk. But that was the magic. In the corner in front of the television was Rick Dircks, Executive Vice President of Dircks Moving and Logistics and a member of the Fiesta Bowl board, having a long conversation with several students. Over there was Paul Baldwin, Corporate Risk and Broking Leader for Willis Towers Watson, holding court with a handful of interested proteges. And then there was Jonathan Keyser, a new member of the advisory board and founder of a commercial real estate firm, Keyser, that is based on the same Conscious Capitalism principles taught by CCOB. […]

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GCU helpers wash cars, aid Big Brothers Big Sisters

October 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

It was GCU night Wednesday at Paul’s Car Wash, — celebrating its 10th year of raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Arizona — and purple-clad helpers were on the scene washing cars for a purpose. Among volunteers were women’s basketball players and their coach, Nicole Powell, the Cheer, Dance and Pep Bands, and plenty of student and staff volunteers.

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Find your inner author on National Day on Writing

October 18, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is celebrating the National Day on Writing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday on the Promenade. Faculty, students and staff are invited to participate in creative writing activities, including describing themselves in six-word autobiographies.

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Strains, sprains? Student athletic trainers step up

October 18, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

With 2,200 students involved in intramural sports and 800 to 1,000 in club sports, that’s a lot of sprains, strains and abrasions GCU’s student athletic trainers see during their clinical rotations. Those trainers also serve the campus community at such events as the Wellness Challenge weigh-in. It’s not just about learning for these student athletic trainers; it’s also about serving their fellow students.

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Students, genres band together in Canyon Worship

October 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The 2017 Canyon Worship album is an interesting mix of genres, the result of collaboration between students and the freedom they feel to explore their musical talent. “It was a really cool testament to what the body of Christ can do when they’re on the same page,” said one of the artists, sophomore Courtney Welker.

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GCU, students help new cafe transform lives

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Nothing’s impossible when people work hard, have access to the appropriate resources and have faith in the outcome. This is the story behind the Mission Possible Café, formerly an empty eyesore near the Phoenix Rescue Mission. GCU was instrumental in launching the Mexican restaurant, and three students from the Colangelo College of Business’s Hospitality Management program are the supervisors.

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This online graduate gets an ‘A’ for perseverance

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Many online graduates are incredible examples of perseverance, but it’s hard to imagine anyone who showed more heart — and toughness — than Chanel Mack. She underwent five surgeries while earning her degree and never dropped a class.

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‘Big Dog’ Abell cowboys up, earns master’s degree

October 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Mike “Big Dog” Abell entered GCU Arena for fall commencement, not with a graduation cap, but with his signature cowboy hat. Abell, a fixture at the University, earned his master’s degree in professional counseling — something that will help him in his work counseling visually impaired clients at Family Ministry Counseling and Psychotherapy Services. Abell, himself, is blind.

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At crunch time, grads showed what makes them tick

October 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Graduates juggle raising children and balancing jobs with their studies. GCU Today talked to several graduates about the road to receiving their degrees during fall commencement Friday.

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