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Slideshow: Canyon Challenge

April 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau Melissa Papulski won the Canyon Challenge for the spring semester at Grand Canyon University with her presentation of Campus Consignment, a startup designed to make it easier for students to sell unwanted items. Nathan Mikulin took second, and Talbert Herndon was third. Read the story here.    

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Papulski, entrepreneurship win at Canyon Challenge

April 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

A big crowd, bolstered by visiting Discover GCU students, filled the Canyon Ventures Center on Friday afternoon for the Canyon Challenge. The winner was filled up the victory, too. Melissa Papulski was gratified to win the $2,500 first prize for Campus Consignment, her startup that aims to give students an easy way to sell unwanted items that tend to accumulate when they move out of their residence halls. But it also was a big win for entrepreneurship at GCU, which includes the IDEA Club, Canyon Ventures and the Canyon Angels.

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After student’s tragic death, Kamp Love was born

April 01, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

After the death of his best friend, Jarod Lovekamp, on a camping trip, Austin Rockwell was convinced that his new camp ministry project, Camp Lope, was over. But after listening to the Lord, Rockwell has helped the camp reach heights that he would have never thought possible. Now called Kamp Love, the nonprofit has served more than 2,000 college students and trained more than 250 student volunteers with a mission of glorifying the Gospel while also paying homage to Lovekamp and his legacy. At a camping trip earlier this semester, the College of Arts and Media’s traveling theatre troupe, Parables, also made an appearance.

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‘Odyssey’ reading draws diverse group of listeners

March 28, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The adventures of “The Odyssey” came alive Friday on the lawn near GCU Arena as students and faculty took turns reading Emily Wilson’s translation of the epic book. The event, which had to be postponed the last two years because of the pandemic, drew more than just English majors. “I’m a science student and I don’t get much arts exposure, so I’d like to be more around it,” sophomore Karsten Brandsma said.

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SIS scholars capitalize on visit to state Capitol

March 22, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Iris Yanez-Arambula, a junior elementary education and Spanish major, knows that what goes on in the state legislature will determine what goes on in the classroom. So she’s always keen on keeping track of education legislation. She was one of about 20 Students Inspiring Students scholars from a variety of majors who traveled to the Arizona State Capitol on Monday to watch the afternoon session and visit with state Rep. Cesar Chavez (D-Maryvale), a GCU alumni who introduced the scholars and the SIS program to his fellow legislators.

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Mentorship program serves hospitality students well

March 16, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The new mentorship program for GCU hospitality students has done more than give them great training by seasoned professionals — it has helped one launch a business and another earn an ideal internship. Lexi Brabec said of her experience working with Bar and Restaurant Insurance owner Dave DeLorenzo, “It’s always fun. I never know what it’s going to look like in here. He’s just throwing me into projects, and I figure it out along the way.”

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Honors students tune into Colangelo’s wisdom

March 09, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Jerry Colangelo never tires of sharing what he has learned over his career. Honors College students found that out this week in a question-and-answer session with the Arizona business icon, who emphasized prioritizing your faith, staying true to your roots and not being afraid to go for your dreams. “It’s very important to know successful Christians,” said one of the students, Chiti Nkhuwa. “… It was really nice to hear Mr. Colangelo speak so profoundly about his identity in Christ and how that contributed positively to his upward trajectory.”

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Homecoming Family Weekend makes big impression

March 07, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Thousands of alumni, students, families and friends came to campus to participate in the University’s first in-person Homecoming Family Weekend since before the pandemic. There was no shortage of excitement as fan favorites returned and new events popped up. “This is the Disneyland of campuses. We really just enjoy coming out here,” said Warren Thompson, who came to campus with his family to visit daughter Bella. “It’s been great to connect and see some other students that our daughter has connected with and meet their parents. Everyone seems really down to earth.”

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Campus celebration returns to in-person activities

March 03, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

An action-packed weekend is upon us as this year’s Homecoming Family Weekend draws closer. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, events from Homecoming and Family Weekend will be restored to their in-person format. There is no shortage of ways to get involved on and off campus.

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Students plan, lead and listen at annual colloquium

February 24, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Students play a big role in the fifth annual Kevin McClean Research Colloquium. They planned the event and managed the presentations on the first day Wednesday, when a lot of their peers were in the Colangelo College of Business classroom. The colloquium returned to in-person after having to go virtual last year, but it will be online today for two more sessions. Among the presenters was Dr. Kelly Damron, who is doing a study on the lack of diversity in the accounting field.

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