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Managing TEDx event is a pivotal student experience

January 29, 2018 / by / 3 Comments

The fact that Grand Canyon University students are managing, all by themselves, the TEDx event coming to campus Feb. 23 is amazing enough. The fact that they felt comfortable making significant changes from last year’s format speaks to the latitude they have — and, just as important, the experience they’re getting.

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Hundreds on campus watch live, ‘Lectric’ proposal

January 26, 2018 / by / 4 Comments

“LIVE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL,” the sign read, and everyone on the Grand Canyon University campus was invited to watch it at the appointed time Thursday afternoon. Sure enough, it drew a big crowd. Here’s how Levi Conlow pulled it off and what his stunned fiancee, Rachel O’Brien, was saying afterward.

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There’s no skating around these life lessons

January 12, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Mike Smith has a pretty common-sounding name, but his entrepreneurial message is anything but common. Students at his talk Thursday were riveted by the story of how he has built his nonprofits and the tips he has for making things happen in today’s world.

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Collaboration keeps Lectric Longboards rollin’ along

January 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Lectric Longboards story is one of those “only at GCU” sagas that tend to take on a life of their own. But it also is an “only in the Colangelo College of Business” story because of the collaboration it took to make it happen.

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Tears of joy and sorrow in an emotional year

December 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau They are the stories that make you feel good about humanity. They are stories of faith, courage and incredible determination, and they all have a connection to Grand Canyon University. Here, then, are GCU Today’s 10 most touching stories of 2017. But be forewarned: You might need some Kleenex – like maybe a whole box: “His cancer fight showed the superhero in all of us” (Jan. 19): No parents should have to go through what the Hyduchaks endured after learning that their 5-year-old son, Jace, had cancer. But they got through it, and Jace was the race starter for the 2017 Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. “First responders receive a heartfelt thank you” (April 20): Perry Harris picked the perfect place to have a heart attack – in the middle of a large crowd of people at Run to Fight Children’s Cancer. Among that crowd were a doctor and a certified athletic trainer as well as the station for the GCU Sports Medicine Club, and they all teamed up to save his life. Harris got to thank them in a special event on campus a month later. “A mom’s walk, like Karli, leaves lasting memory” (April 28): Less […]

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No ‘Bones’ about it, 500th dissertation one for books

December 27, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

The College of Doctoral Studies achieved a milestone by approving the school’s 500th dissertation, and as it turns out, it’s by one of GCU’s own. After some investigating, we found out the author of that dissertation is faculty member Melissa Beddow, who wrote about “The Portrayal of DNA Testing in the Forensics Crime Show ‘Bones.'”

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Christmas cheer is spread by decorating, we hear

December 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Lift up the eggnog. It was a blizzard of holiday cheer these past few weeks as employees turned up their Christmas decorating acumen to unprecedented, spirited levels with Christmas decorating and ugly sweater contests. Story.

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Commencement talk: common-sense excellence

December 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The commencement speaker Friday, Dr. Rick Rigsby, spoke about his third-grade dropout father and the impact his simple — but profound — words of wisdom have made on his life. Typical of what Rigsby passed on to his audience: “Look at me, graduates. Don’t ever show up on time. That’s mediocre. That’s basic minimum required. Show up early.”

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Business honor society doubles number of inductees

December 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The growth of GCU’s chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the business honor society, was stunning: It inducted twice as many students Wednesday afternoon (60) as it did just eight months earlier even though the requirements were more stringent. The group’s leaders had promised to spread the word about the value of Delta Mu Delta, and they delivered.

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Program whips teens’ business skills into shape

December 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Teens with ideas for bullwhip, custom shoes and comic book businesses wrapped up their seven-week training with GCU’s New Business Development Center.

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