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Community treasured: Students share views of GCU

April 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The cover story of the April issue of GCU Magazine features students who got here in a roundabout way and then made the most of their opportunities on campus. It’s fascinating to see the commonalities — and yet the wide range of diversity — in what they say, but it all comes back to one thing: They love it here.

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GCU awards 50 more Students Inspiring Students scholarships

March 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The final 50 Students Inspiring Students full-tuition scholarship recipients from local schools in Phoenix and Glendale walked into a life-changing surprise Tuesday at GCU Library. “This continues to be one of the most memorable nights each time at GCU,” said Dr. Joe Veres, GCU’s Vice President of Student Development and Outreach.

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Hope never dashed at 2,200-strong Run to Fight

March 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Abriel Bentley, donning her new prosthetic leg Saturday, looked across the crowd at the eighth Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, where she spotted Larry Chloupek, another leg amputee who broke a Guinness World Record in the run’s 10K in 2017. Those are just two stories from event this weekend, which saw more than 2,200 registered runners and walkers helping to bring attention to pediatric cancer while also helping raise funds for Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Perseverance pays off for GCU scholarship recipients

January 17, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

The tears flowed Tuesday as 22 students from high schools in Phoenix and Glendale received the surprise of a lifetime when GCU awarded them with full-tuition scholarships as part of the Students Inspiring Students program. Here are two stories about perseverance in the face of obstacles.

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Eyes wide open: Cancer fight changed family’s view

January 10, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

When Lily Gray, the 2018 race starter for Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2, her parents immediately tried to learn as much as they could about the disease. One of the things they want to pass on: “(We) want to help educate the community and make sure people know what childhood cancers are and how underfunded they are,” said her mom, Lindsey.

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Passion personified: Piper ‘on his game’ in GCU visit

October 30, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. John Piper’s visit to Grand Canyon University had been anticipated for more than a year, and it didn’t disappoint. The renowned preacher shared his passion for the Bible in two talks to large crowds at GCU Arena.

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Students, genres band together in Canyon Worship

October 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The 2017 Canyon Worship album is an interesting mix of genres, the result of collaboration between students and the freedom they feel to explore their musical talent. “It was a really cool testament to what the body of Christ can do when they’re on the same page,” said one of the artists, sophomore Courtney Welker.

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GCU, students help new cafe transform lives

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Nothing’s impossible when people work hard, have access to the appropriate resources and have faith in the outcome. This is the story behind the Mission Possible Café, formerly an empty eyesore near the Phoenix Rescue Mission. GCU was instrumental in launching the Mexican restaurant, and three students from the Colangelo College of Business’s Hospitality Management program are the supervisors.

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Dedicating degree to memory of her heroic son

October 11, 2017 / by / 8 Comments

Meloney Jefferson always wanted to be a teacher, but she knew the path to getting her online degree from Grand Canyon University would be difficult. Then her son, Jace, got cancer and died. But at Jace’s insistence, Meloney persevered, and she will graduate Friday with the memory of Jace in her heart.

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Like his shows, Claude Pensis must go on

August 28, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Dean Claude Pensis of College of Fine Arts and Production is GCU’s longest-serving employee and celebrates his 35th anniversary this week. As humble as he is effective, Pensis is revered by colleagues and students and is the driving force behind GCU’s successful theatre program.

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