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First day of class makes the grade

August 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is always evolving, with new buildings rising up and offices and colleges moving to new spaces. All the change makes for an interesting first-day of class. The GCU News team fanned out on Monday to talk to students, professors and even the Success Patrol and Academic Career Excellence Centers, who there there to make sure students found their classrooms.

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GCU Nursing’s new home filled with facility upgrades

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions hosted an open house Thursday to showcase the well-planned upgrades in the college’s new home, the Natural Sciences Building. The second floor features a simulation lab with nine clinical rooms for use by the college’s family nurse practitioner students, while the third floor holds an immersive simulation lab and a skills lab for pre-licensure and acute-care nurse practitioner students.

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Grand Canyon University's new Lope Shop opened Wednesday
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Stop, shop and roll: New, roomier Lope Shop opens

August 16, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

You wouldn’t normally expect to find onesies, high-heeled shoes or Burt’s Bees at a college retail store, but you will find those things peppered among the notebooks, binders and a sea of purple T-shirts at the new Lope Shop. The store, which touts Champion and Nike concept areas, a tech area, boutique and more, opened Wednesday at its new 9,500-square-foot space on the Promenade. With its floor-to-ceiling glass display windows and modern, open feel, it’s a far cry different from its much smaller space — only one-fifth as big — on Lopes Way.

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GCU rises to 7th on Best College Campuses list

August 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

For the second consecutive year, GCU made the top 10 of Niche’s Best College Campuses list, scoring a No. 7 ranking (up from No. 8 last year) for its college life — and the accolades don’t end there. The University also is No. 6 on the Best Dorms in America list and No. 7 in Best Online Colleges.

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Nursing learner nominated for research award

July 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

A GCU online learner has been nominated for an excellence in clinical research award by the hospital at which she works. Jean Cheek, forensic nurse examiner coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, said the health system has implemented changes based on her research at GCU.

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GCU hoops champion readies children for school

July 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In 1978, Ray Arvizu led the Lopes to an NAIA basketball national championship. His impact on the community easily could have stopped there. But Arvizu dove into charity work in his hometown of Phoenix and for the past 14 years has run an event at GCU called Ninos Seguros. The back-to-school giveaway has a mission of teaching childhood safety and brings together the diverse community of Phoenix for a day of fun.

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Nursing students post stellar licensure exam rating

July 19, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Nursing students have once again proven that GCU prepares them for the field. In the second quarter of 2018, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ posted a 95.65 percent first-time pass rating on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). That brings the College’s year-to-date rate to 92.86 percent — higher than the Arizona Board of Nursing’s year-to-date statewide average of 91.89. The NCLEX is administered to nursing students after they finish their pre-licensure program and is required before they can obtain their professional license and begin working as a Registered Nurse. The College’s Dean, Dr. Lisa Smith, attributed much of the success to the College’s NCLEX Success Manager, Amy Leach, and countless others who have devoted themselves to preparing students for the exam.

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What the nonprofit GCU is not: A not-for-profit

July 03, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The terminology might sound the same, but when it comes to “nonprofit” and “not-for-profit,” there are subtle differences between the two. So when it comes to referring to Grand Canyon University, it’s important to use the correct terminology: We are a nonprofit.

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Construction projects cooking, including Taco Bell

June 29, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Campus construction projects are barreling forward this summer, from the addition of 1,000 field-level seats at GCU Ballpark that will put spectators right in the action, to a new Lope Shop, two new residence halls, a soon-to-be-completed parking garage, a new Colangelo College of Business building, a new Canyon Activities Center, and perhaps the most exciting addition for students — a long-anticipated Taco Bell. The projects are on track, many of them expected to be completed by the time students arrive for the fall semester.

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Summer school students chill in Commuter Lounge

June 22, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Commuter Lounge is one of the busiest places on the Grand Canyon University campus during summer school, but the students who use it love its more relaxed ambiance this time of year. As Ruben Garcia said, “I have more time to talk to some of the students I see in the lounge. Now that it is summer, we dive and delve.’’

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