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First engineering cohort on the job at recruitment fair

October 01, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University will hit another milestone in 2019, when its first engineering graduates will walk the stage. But before then, those students are busy brushing up their resumes and getting connected with industry, such as at Friday’s Engineering and Technology Job/Internship Fair at GCU Arena. Students spoke with companies such as Paradox, whose flagship product is an artificial intelligence human resources tool named Olivia, as well as Kroger, which was looking for engineers for its project management team, and Benchmark Electronics, which is developing an Engineering Center of Excellence in Tempe.

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Health-care team serves Special Olympics athletes

September 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The CONHCP community reached out in a big way last week by giving sports physicals to more than 300 Special Olympics athletes. It was the second-straight year that the Lopes volunteered for the Medfest event at the the Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped, located about 2 miles east of the University on Colter Street. “It gives me goosebumps,” said Stepanie Herrick Kays, an instructor with CONHCP’s family nurse practitioner program. “Children, especially children with low income, if there is something I can do to make their lives better I’m going to do it. If I can give them that sports physical they can’t afford, I’m hopeful going to give them a path. It’s a self-esteem boost and gives them that moment of pride.”

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Recital to feature ‘Songs From and of the East’

September 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Rachel Velarde, associate professor of voice, grew up with world influences, considering her mom was a Chinese scholar and dad and Arabic scholar. Her recital with pianist Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Morales, whose “Love Songs Around the World” is included in the program, pays homage to the world influences that helped shape both performers. The recital is coming up Sunday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe and Tuesday at GCU.

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Musician ‘dangerous’ in speaking truth about his faith

September 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

We Are Messengers’ Darren Mulligan wept, he said, when he and his family left Ireland for America. They didn’t want to leave their family or their home in the countryside. But he believes this is where God wants him to be. Mulligan stopped by the GCU Recording Studio Wednesday, before his band’s appearance at GCU Arena for the Air1 Positive Hits tour, to talk to Worship Arts students about his hard-living days, his return to church, his family and his songwriting process.

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Teens find solace in sweet sound of the swoosh

September 27, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Story by Ryan Kryska Photo by David Kadlubowski GCU News Bureau Nothing was different about the traffic at the 35th Avenue and Camelback Road intersection on Wednesday evening: cars, trucks and buses, work vehicles and family vans, people crossing the road, the sun in your eyes heading west. But not lost in the heart of it all was a hue. On the north sidewalk, three groups of teen boys carried basketballs, shoes and gym bags across the intersection on their way east to Grand Canyon University. They were headed to the Ball Out Phoenix basketball developmental camp at GCU Arena, where they’d learn drills, listen to speakers who know what it takes to be successful and meet the kid across town who could turn out to be a best friend. The camp is free, and it’s run by a group of students who are bringing the future of Phoenix down the Camelback sidewalk. “I saw a love for the game and I saw how passionate people would get about simply dribbling a ball,” said Elisha Fronda, a junior Honors student at GCU and founder of Ball Out Phoenix. “I kind of had a different level of how it could make […]

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‘Dressing a Renaissance Queen’ cut from right cloth

September 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Costume Designer and professor Nola Yergen just wanted to make a video about Renaissance dress to show to her students. But that idea turned into something more — a 9-minute documentary called “Dressing a Renaissance Queen,” which is an official selection in the Lady Filmmakers Festival, coming up Sept. 27-30 in Beverly Hills.

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How a business degree can bloom in a startup

September 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

A Colangelo College of Business degree translates well to startups — all kinds of startups. That’s the lesson learned by Susie Baklini and Catherine Zixin, who both graduated last spring and now find themselves working for Naya Energy. It’s not at all what they envisioned.

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He’s taking Canyon Worship to the community

September 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Randall Downs, the new coordinator of the Center for Worship Arts, had an idea after he heard the Canyon Worship 2018 album: Why not have the student artists perform their songs out in the community? They’ll do exactly that on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Harvest Bible Chapel West Valley in Peoria. “With all the talent these students have, we love seeing that displayed,” he said.

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Professor talks nanotechnology, power of Scripture

September 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Rice University synthetic organic chemist Dr. James Tour’s research spans from nanomachines that can drill into cells, such as cancer cells and super bacteria, and kill them, to graphene nanoribbons used in spinal cord repair. But his College of Science, Engineering and Technology One Foundation talk on Friday also focused on his faith and how it has played the biggest role in his life and his scientific success.

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GCU employees answer call for Habitat projects

September 21, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University employees are top of the class. Community Outreach Manager Debbie Accomazzo knows this, and it’s why she didn’t panic when Habitat volunteering was low a couple of weeks ago. All she had to do was put out one call, and nearly 60 volunteers answered. On Friday, 25 of those trustworthy employees were at a house on 43rd Avenue. It was GCU’s second trip to the home, where employees helped with putting a new roof on the first time and painted this time.

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