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COFAP pioneers concept of onstage student shepherds

December 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Alexis Bolze GCU News Bureau Like one of those resonant quotations that’s attributed to “anonymous,” the origins of the unusual — and possibly unique — student chaplaincy post, which has been embraced by the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University, might never be known. Assistant Dean Dr. Juan Hernandez began allowing music students to select chaplains from among their peers several years ago during preparations for a concert. The request came from students, who wanted to designate someone to handle their spiritual needs before, during and after rehearsals, Hernandez recalled. “Our students spend a significant amount of time together,” he said, “and so it became a way for them to create community, to take ownership of their work and their activities in a way that was not just them being told what to do, and to promote the University’s initiative of faith, learning and leadership.” It was so successful that Hernandez’s students now elect two of their own at the beginning of each school year as ensemble shepherds. With the endorsement of Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, the College of Theology and COFAP Dean Claude Pensis, this voluntary spiritual […]

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Midwestern hosts GCU’s pre-health students

November 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

More than 130 aspiring doctors, dentists, veterinarians and other GCU future health care professionals toured Midwestern University in Glendale on Thursday and interacted with faculty and students from a range of graduate programs. Through a series of agreements announced this fall, Midwestern set aside 66 seats in a range of its graduate programs — including osteopathic medicine, optometry, physical therapy and cardiovascular perfusion — for GCU students who meet the rigorous requirements for acceptance.

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Rollicking pot of fun dished up in new Ethington play

November 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas memories from across the pond come to GCU’s Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, as the College of Fine Arts and Production presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Several of the shows are sold out, but there are seats available for Nov. 21-23, and a waiting list is available, too.

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Battlefield vet shares servant leadership lessons

November 11, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Jesse Stewart, an adjunct servant leadership professor for Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business, tends to reflect on the memories of fallen friends on Veterans Day. The former U.S. Army Ranger retired at 32 and has found his calling as a mentor of future business men and women at GCU.

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Teens explore jobs in health sciences, nursing at GCU

November 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 2,500 high school students from across Arizona descended onto the campus of Grand Canyon University today for the 29th annual Health Sciences & Nursing Day. With a theme of “Who are you in Health Care?” the event provided opportunities for students to learn about careers in fields as diverse as athletic training, emergency room nursing, missionary medicine and crime-scene investigations.

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Holocaust survivor shares powerful story of hope

November 04, 2014 / by / 3 Comments

Grand Canyon University has a rare opportunity Wednesday to hear from a woman who lived through history and survived the Nazi genocide of the Holocaust. Magda Herzberger, an 88-year-old Romanian who lives in Fountain Hills, will share her story of faith and survival in World War II death camps during an 11:15 a.m. presentation at the Library on the fourth floor of the Student Union. The author and poet was a teenager when she saw her native country poisoned by the violent anti-Semitism that led to the horrors of Hitler’s Final Solution. She’ll also be signing copies of her book, “Survival,” after the presentation.

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GCU students profit from Stock Market Challenge

October 31, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Eight GCU business students participated Thursday night in Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Stock Market Challenge and got valuable insights into the business of buying and selling. Their enthusiasm was infectious, and one of them was so taken by the experience he said it confirmed his belief that this is his future. GCU Today has the story.

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New program addresses Arizona’s teacher needs

October 29, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

On Wednesday, Grand Canyon University announced its Lopes Leap to Teach program, a joint effort through the College of Education and office of Strategic Educational Alliances to address Arizona’s teacher shortage. The program will include efforts like a clinical practice expo and networking event in January where Arizona schools can recruit GCU students who’ve recently completed student-teaching assignments, or link up with students and alumni that need to complete practicum hours in local classrooms.

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Thunderstruck percussion and guitar ensembles upbeat at first performance

October 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s band program rocked First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix on Tuesday evening during “Boom! Pluck!” The concert featured music by the Thunderstruck Percussion Ensemble and was the debut of the University’s new Guitar Ensemble.  

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GCU, ASU to square off in debate at Union

October 28, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau The Antelopes have faced off with their Sun Devil neighbors over the years in a men’s basketball exhibition, club rugby and various other sports. At 7 p.m. Wednesday in the north dining hall of the Student Union, Grand Canyon University goes head-to-head with Arizona State University in a public debate organized by the award-winning GCU speech and debate team. Since it’s a political year and the Nov. 4 general election is right around the corner, the topic for the competition is “Resolved: The Republicans will take back the Senate in November.” For the two-on-two debate, GCU students Thomas Rotering and Thomas Varkey are preparing to argue why the Republicans will win the Senate majority, while ASU’s two student debaters will make an argument for the Democrats to retain their majority. For example, debaters could explore the possible outcomes in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia — states where Senate seats are held by the Democrats but might shift to the GOP. Meanwhile, the Democrats are focused on reclaiming GOP-held Senate seats in Georgia and Kansas. While GCU’s speech and debate team typically competes in traditional forensics events such as […]

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