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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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How Chapel musicians got in such good harmony

December 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Anyone who ever has been to Chapel at GCU no doubt appreciates the quality and spirit of the music. But how did it get so good? The student leaders who feel privileged to have the opportunity and the people who oversee the process share how the process works and what makes it special.

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Worship Songwriter Showcase hits a high note

December 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Worship Songwriter Fall Showcase 2015 showed off a talented freshman class, on the heels of all the successes of the first group that came in last year. But most telling was the way the students talking afterward about the way they have collaborated and grown as a family. “It’s really just community at its finest,” said one. GCU Today has the story.

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Faith in the microbiology classroom is a natural fit

November 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau Separating faith from work is no easier than separating gender or ethnicity from work, Dr. Daisy Savarirajan told about 75 Grand Canyon University faculty during a “Lunch and Learn” session Friday. “I can’t separate one from the other,” said Savarirajan, a College of Science, Engineering and Technology microbiology instructor. “When I’m serving the students, I’m serving Christ.” Savarirajan discussed “Christ in the Classroom” during one of a series of peer-led talks about assimilating faith into teaching. The sessions are part of GCU’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work initiative under Dr. Jason Hiles, College of Theology dean. She referenced John 4:35, which reads, “ … look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” This refers to people who would have eternal life in His kingdom, she said. “I see this campus as a field that is ready for harvest.” Teaching microbiology gives her the context for God’s calling, which is to save lives. Focusing on one’s true calling, or the big picture, gives work meaning, Savarirajan said. Otherwise it can feel demeaning, discouraging or draining. She believes her purpose in the classroom is to represent Christ and allow God’s spirit to work in her. She also uses […]

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Antelope Intros: Molly Schulze and Jermaine Fairfax

November 06, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s Antelope Intros feature a spirited new employee who’s passionate about a wide range of things, especially her husband, and a guy who sings the praises of his wife — and just likes to sing, period.

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Ministry Forum breaks bread on Last Supper questions

November 03, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

The College of Theology’s Ministry Forum tackled the three different views of communion (Memorial, Lutheran, Reformed) in a session Monday that sparked a lot of discussion. In the end, the three speakers — Dr. Joshua Greever, James Waddell and Dr. Shawn Bawulski — agreed that while there are definite differences among the three viewpoints, there also are a lot of similarities.

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No loss for words at ‘Lunch and Learn’ on communication

October 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The second “Lunch and Learn” in the College of Theology’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work was called “Communication and the Christian Faith,” and the talk Friday morning by Josh Danaher of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences sparked a lot of discussion. Danaher said that communicating effectively can be difficult at times for everyone, even those who do it for a living, and he suggested ways to be a better listener and, thus, get your message across.

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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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