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2014 in review: GCU’s influence keeps growing

December 31, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

So many things happened at Grand Canyon University in 2014, it’s hard to pick the 10 most important.

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Sports business students get tournament training

December 30, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Students in the Colangelo College of Sports Business will get some great experience this weekend in running an event — they’ll be heavily involved in managing the Hoophall West Classic high school boys’ basketball tournament Friday and Saturday at Chaparral High in Scottsdale. Five teams ranked in the top 25 nationally will be at the event, including Corona del Sol, which has won the last three Division I titles in the Arizona state tournament.

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GCU’s winter commencement is first rate

December 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau On a day when 530 Grand Canyon University traditional graduates were on cloud nine as they paraded up to receive their diplomas, numbers were the name of the game — and there were two ways about it. First, this was a first. GCU had never before held a winter commencement until Friday afternoon at the Arena, but the University’s ever expanding student population made it obvious a year and a half ago that it would become necessary. First-semester graduates previously had to wait until spring commencement if they wanted to participate in the ceremony. Second, there was the numerical magic of Justin Willman, who wowed the crowd in his entertaining commencement address, just as he had in the October ceremony for online graduates. His closing trick, in which the random numbers he got from four students equaled, when multiplied, the date and exact time (121,214,437, or 12/12/14 at 4:37 p.m.), is impossible to figure. But in between jokes and other tricks, Willman, host of “Cupcake Wars,” had a simple message for the graduates: “No matter how you do the math, the past and the future always wind up adding up to the present.” Three cheers for that. —Rick […]

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What’s the big idea? Canyon Challenge first deadline approaches

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The first deadline for the Canyon Challenge, the annual competition open to anyone on campus who has a plan for a startup business, is coming up next month. If you have a great idea that you’re dying to take to market, this is a way to test its viability and get considerable cash to jumpstart it.

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CCOB grad students, Colangelo meet

December 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jerry Colangelo spoke, for the first time, to a group of graduate students in the Colangelo College of Business on Thursday night, and the session was so vibrant it expanded from the scheduled half-hour to a full 60 minutes. Colangelo regaled the students with stories of his life experiences, and they were so engaged the questions afterward just kept coming.

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Symposium furthers business students’ tech tutelage

December 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

They were talking tech Tuesday afternoon at Howerton Hall in an Honors Symposium hosted by the Colangelo College of Business and Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society. Students got a clear and consistent message: They need to get up close and personal with tech trends.

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GCU Today Magazine highlights revitalization plan

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine — featuring a comprehensive look at the University’s new plan to strengthen its west Phoenix neighborhood — is available here. The December issue also has a story about GCU nurturing its spiritual-life roots, a feature on the men’s basketball team’s debut on the national sports stage and an article about what a new name and a new dean mean for students in the Colangelo College of Business. Don’t miss our stories about alumni Gustavo Anton’s journey to medical school and Michelle Lara’s road to recovery from a near-fatal accident, plus a profile of online student Komi Lokossou, a broadly smiling goodwill ambassador on GCU’s main campus.

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CCOB invests in enterprising approach to learning

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The busy-ness in the Colangelo College of Business has been noticeable this fall — new dean, new name, new initiatives.

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Komi Lokossou a shining light on campus

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University public safety officer and online master’s student Komi Lokossou is known around campus for his endearing personality and infectious smile. He overcame two brushes with death and seven years as a refuge before coming to America. He considers GCU the “promise land” and feels called by God to serve others.

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Battlefield vet shares servant leadership lessons

November 11, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Jesse Stewart, an adjunct servant leadership professor for Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business, tends to reflect on the memories of fallen friends on Veterans Day. The former U.S. Army Ranger retired at 32 and has found his calling as a mentor of future business men and women at GCU.

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