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Colangelo shares pearls of wisdom with GCU management team

April 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By popular demand, Phoenix sports business icon Jerry Colangelo, for whom the University’s College of Business is named, on Wednesday addressed about 450 GCU managers, directors, faculty, deans and administrators. Colangelo answered questions and shared inspirational quotes and guiding principles, including this familiar one: “Your relationship with your Lord, your family, your business is the pecking order. When people get messed up it’s when that order gets messed up.”

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Joblyt gets job done, wins Canyon Challenge

March 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau In the best sense of the word, Brad Scruggs, Ahmad Saleem and Brian Scruggs are taskmasters. The recent biology graduates of Grand Canyon University put medical school on hold six months ago to jump aboard an international phenomena fueled by the popularity of Uber, the mobile-app-based transportation service. They created a software application that matches people who need tasks done sooner rather than later with people who have the know-how, desire and time — now — to do them and launched Joblyt. The young entrepreneurs needed funding, and they got it Tuesday when the judges selected Joblyt the grand prize winner of the 2015 GCU Canyon Challenge, which was hosted by the Colangelo College of Business before an estimated crowd of 400 in GCU Arena. The Scruggs brothers and Saleem, instructional assistants in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, received a $7,000 check for first place plus $4,000 more for nabbing 49 percent of the votes in a 20-hour texting campaign drawing nearly 5,200 voters. That’s 11 grand that goes, you guessed it, back into the business. “You can’t patent an idea,” Brian Scruggs said of a concept that […]

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Ideas for GCU outreach efforts spring from Honors Symposium

March 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Honors Institute has emerged as a hub for creative problem-solving. In its second year, the Institute’s students — which could total more than 600 by fall — are already working on projects to generate ideas on how to integrate academics and issues facing the University community. Some of those projects, including a look at how to enhance GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, will be on display Saturday at Antelope Gym lecture halls and the first-floor meeting rooms at the Student Union.

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NASCAR pit crew coach revs up sports business students

March 13, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Matt Clark has an unusual job in the sports world — NASCAR pit crew coach — and also was a television analyst until recently, and he sped through some interesting perspectives Friday morning for Colangelo School of Sports Business students.

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Canyon Challenge finalists have yet another incentive

March 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Challenge, scheduled for March 24 in the Arena, will feature five mission-driven businesses trying to impress the five judges, who will include Brian Mueller and Jerry Colangelo. And there’s an addition to the $10,000 in prize money awarded by the judges: People in attendees will be able to vote by text to determine their winner of an extra $3,000.

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Entrepreneurship isn’t fail-safe, businessmen tell students

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In the final lecture of the school year in the Colangelo College of Business Dean’s Speaker Series, Christian businessmen from the Camelback Society told students what they did at the times they failed in their careers. Brycen Snyder, Aaron Klusman and Ryan House all found themselves out of a job at one point and turned defeat into victory.

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GCU to serve up, tee up new business programs

March 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Rick Vacek GCU News Bureau The new tennis and golf course management programs at Grand Canyon University will give students opportunities to learn all aspects of their respective industries — not just the role of teaching professional. Both 120-credit curriculums will be incorporated into the University’s new hospitality program, also being rolled out in the fall by the Colangelo College of Business. (For more on that program, click here.) The tennis management program, the first of its kind among NCAA Division I schools, will align with the pillars of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and will cover the skills needed to manage tennis operations, including facility management, merchandising, event planning and introduction to food and beverage management. The golf course program, which will include access to newly renovated Maryvale Golf Course when it reopens in October, will be the same idea: There will be a heavy emphasis on learning how to be a general manager of a public, private or resort-style course, a role that GCU women’s golf coach Don Powers called “the strength of the industry.” Students who love to play tennis or golf certainly will have a lot of opportunities to do so. They will be taught […]

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GCU checks in with hotel, hospitality program

March 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The new Hospitality Management program in the Colangelo College of Business is scheduled to start in the fall semester, coinciding with the opening of the Grand Canyon University Hotel at I-17 and Camelback Road. GCU Today has a look at the new program and the man who will lead it, service industry veteran Brett Cortright.

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Divine guidance on the road to ‘Worshipology’

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Students in the University’s new Center for Worship Arts have had a memorable first year — and so have the center’s director, Bart Millard, and worship coordinator, John Frederick. “There is a deeper spiritual governance to this,” Frederick said. “That’s the cool thing about teaching theology — you’re on the journey yourself.”

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Alumni Hall of Fame inductees have global influence

March 01, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

As part of its Homecoming/Canyon Day festivities, GCU will induct eight new members into its Alumni Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday on campus. The alumni, who were selected from each of the University’s colleges and athletics department, have dedicated their lives to helping others through education, nursing, counseling, science, coaching and the law, while reflecting GCU’s spirit and Christian ideals. Saturday’s ceremony, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union, second floor, is open to the GCU community and their guests and also will be live streamed here. GCU Today has a story about the inductees and what makes them tick.

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