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Biggest stories of 2015 mirror GCU’s mission

December 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau No matter how you slice it, the most talked-about stories at Grand Canyon University in 2015 had something to do with students and creating for them the best possible academic, spiritual and social experiences. With a record number of students matriculating on campus this year, new programs, new faculty and staff and — especially — new buildings were needed to help facilitate their learning. Additional residence halls and eateries were required for the students’ care and feeding, as were fields for their recreation and structures for their vehicles. The University did not disappoint. In what has become a year-end tradition at GCU Today, here are our top 10 stories of 2015, in no particular order of importance. (We do think you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the first entry, however.) Our list is by no means etched in stone, nor all-inclusive, but is merely meant to prompt water-cooler debates or a bit of reflection. Thanks for the memories, GCU. Up, up, up: student enrollment. If not for the 15,500 traditional students (a 21.6 percent jump over 2014’s ground enrollment) and the 59,200 online students (up 7.5 percent from last year) […]

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Great year for GCU, and the best is yet to come

December 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

On the heels of a staff Christmas party earlier in the week that included the best barbecue in Phoenix and a rousing good time at the men’s basketball game, GCU President Brian Mueller put a bow on the University’s 2015 accomplishments during the all-employee meeting Thursday in GCU Arena. Moving testimony from current and future students, a prayer for the family of two employees who recently passed away and a slew of statistics about growth in buildings, academics and student quality were all part of the package.

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2015 winter commencement

December 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU Arena was packed and festive for winter commencement Friday night as more than 600 traditional graduates received their diplomas. So many great stories equals so many great photos, filled with joy and anticipation.  

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GCU Arena packed for warm, winter commencement

December 11, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

There was a slight chill in the air Friday, but things quickly warmed up inside a full GCU Arena as more than 600 members of the Class of 2015 and thousands of their closest family members and friends celebrated a variety of incredible accomplishments. Keynote speaker Erik Wahl speed-painted two interesting pieces of art during his talk, which reflected on his own mistakes in life of listening too closely to critics and being afraid to find and live his purpose. He encouraged the new alumni to never be afraid to fail and to think differently than anyone has before.

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Tide of teenagers visit campus for HSET Day

November 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Aruba Siddikqi and Jazlyn Leon are only in 10th grade, but they already know they want careers in the health sciences. That’s why they traveled four hours Friday morning from Douglas, Ariz.,  to Phoenix for Grand Canyon University’s Health Sciences, Engineering and Technology Day 2015. “We came to get more information about the medical fields,” said Leon, who attends Douglas High with Siddikqi. “I’m interested in studying to be a pharmacist, or some kind of forensic career.” Siddikqi is also considering a career as pharmacist, in addition to wanting to be a physician. They were among nearly 2,500 high school and junior high school students who descended on campus to learn more about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and nursing. They toured science labs, listened to lectures from impressive speakers, participated in hands-on experiments and visited booths ranging from the GCU Sports Medicine Club and Honors College–Honors STEMists to Dignity Health and the AZ SciTech Festival. “The students come out with a much stronger idea of what they wanted to go into,” said Teri Varley, who teaches at Ray High School in Kearny. “It opens up broader ideas to them.” […]

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Antelope Intros: Topher Warrington and Jailen Mason

October 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature a guy who kept an admirable promise he made to his grandfather when he was 8 years old and a woman who has an unusual passion for a particular genre of movies and books. They share one passion in common: They really care about people.

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Fall commencement 2015: Hard work pays off

October 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Neither rain nor lightning nor dust storm nor traffic could detract from Grand Canyon University’s online commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday. Once the attendees were safely inside GCU Arena, which took some doing when the dust started blowing Friday, there were congratulations for a job well done and triumphantly raised fists to signify an impressive achievement.

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New faculty expand strong credentials, caring attitude in GCU nursing program

October 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

A Floridian who wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember and who has now worked in the field for 30 years this fall joined GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions as assistant dean. Dr. Lisa Smith is among several new faculty faces who are bringing a wealth of knowledge and variety of experience to the college.

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GCU strengthens ties to breast cancer fight

October 05, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Among the thousands of people who plan to participate a walk to benefit breast cancer patients, families and research later this month are GCU employees Woody and Allison Mason, who have been on a long cancer journey of their own. Woody’s identical twin, Dilon, is a three-time cancer survivor who got a new lease on life, thanks to his brother’s donation of stem cells, and Allison has been there every step of the way. GCU Today has a story about them that includes GCU’s heart for the walk and how you can sign up.

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Antelope Intros: Lesley Ellison and Jerome Robinson

October 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature two big sports fans who can’t get enough of all sorts of games. But their attitudes about more important things in life — faith and a positive outlook — are truly a home run. And check out how fast one family grew in five months.

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