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Graduates regaled at GCU Senior Dinner

April 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The first Senior Night at GCU was a big moment Thursday for nine students and eight faculty/staff members, who were among a crowd of 450 in the Arena. The student award recipients were selected by University leadership in the areas of academics, athletics and student affairs and for their service, faith and spirit. The faculty and staff received awards for positively impacting students.

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Students push to eradicate hurtful ‘R-word’

March 06, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

More than 220 students contributed to the Grand Canyon University Best Buddies club’s paper chain that’s now hanging in the ground floor hallway at the College of Education as part of a national campaign “Spread the Word to End the Word.”

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Learning a new way: COE transforming Arizona’s classrooms

March 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Michael Ferraresi Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine As his second graders sat cross-legged in front of a colorful interactive assignment board, Anthony Pérez cautiously monitored the lesson. His eyes darted from student to student to examine their varying responses. This time, though, he wasn’t the teacher. A girl in a pink hoodie held that title for the moment, at the request of “Mr. Pérez.” It was her turn to lead her Sunset Elementary peers — kids in braids, camouflage fleece jackets and well-worn sneakers — through multiple exercises in the cinder block room. She directed the class with a cartoonish rubber finger. Pérez learned early that this method allows students to feel what it’s like to guide their own classmates to the correct answers and digest the material with ease. The 32-year-old Grand Canyon University alumnus and west Phoenix native grew up on the same side of town as his students — many who come from immigrant families and low-income homes and are part of a district with a higher than average number of children who qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. In Arizona, a statewide teacher shortage, struggles with funding for public schools, and a […]

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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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Emotions find way into Hall of Fame celebration

February 14, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Saturday’s celebration of the eight newest members of the GCU Alumni Hall of Fame featured passionate speeches, none more emotional than that of Michael Kary, who teaches in the College of Fine Arts and Production. But all eight had something important to say.

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Club cultivates Valleywide ‘Buddies’

February 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau The GCU Best Buddies club invited other chapters from around the Valley to Thursday’s men’s basketball victory over Kansas City. Best Buddies focuses on friendship and self-development programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. GCU Best Buddies is led by student officers Jordan Burnbridge, Geneva Heinkel and Amber Williams, in addition to advisors Rebekah Dyer (full-time ground professor) and Shelley Evans (full-time online instructor). The chapter is one of more than 40 other university, high school and middle school chapters in Arizona. (Photos courtesy of Rebekah Dyer)  

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GCU faculty: Going the distance, making a difference

January 05, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Fall semester at GCU was a time of great growth — in students, courses, programs and learning — and as GCU hosts its first winter commencement this afternoon for about 700 traditional graduates, GCU Today takes the opportunity to celebrate the University’s stellar faculty. They have gone beyond the call of duty to assist students inside their classrooms and outside of them, too, dedicating many extra hours, evenings and weekends to student success. Click here to read stories about several of them.

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Superman fan trims cubicle with Man of Steel gear

December 30, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Dennis Reiber, a GCU curriculum designer and developer in the College of Education, has decked his workspace at the 27th Avenue office complex with memorabilia of his favorite childhood superhero. It’s his way of having fun, being comfortable and creative at work and giving a shout-out to the Man of Steel with the impeccable moral compass, Superman.

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Christmas comes early to Learning Lounge families

December 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Since it first began tutoring students at Alhambra High School last year, the Grand Canyon University Learning Lounge has been embraced by the campus community — faculty, staff and student tutors. On Monday, 15 months to the day after it opened its doors, the Learning Lounge got another big hug. This time, its teenaged clients came on campus, not for free help in reading, writing, math or other subjects, but to receive Christmas gifts from those jolly St. Nicks in the GCU Tempe office complex. Staff in the University’s international, College of Education Mid-Atlantic enrollment and non-degree/single course divisions brought dozens of gifts for three Alhambra students and their 17 family members. The delivery of gifts, including jeans and T-shirts, remote-control cars, roller backpacks and a “Frozen” waffle maker with pancake mix and syrup, came just a day after more than 350 children and their families in the GCU neighborhood visited campus for Canyon Cares Christmas. The annual event, supported by hundreds of faculty and staff members who purchased gifts and volunteered time, provided the guests lunch, crafts and visits to Santa in the Arena on Sunday afternoon. Alhambra junior Jane Sabuni and her sister, Lillian, came to the Learning Lounge […]

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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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