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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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Like the Lopes, GCU Magazine is ready for action

August 24, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University got the official word from the NCAA on Wednesday: It has passed all the requirements of its transition to Division I and is fully eligible for all postseason tournaments. The August issue of GCU Magazine contains a look at the Lopes’ many accomplishments during the four-year transition from Division II and how they’re positioned to make the most of their newfound status. The issue also features: ● The annual GCU INsider, which provides the answers to some burning campus questions and some fun ones as well ● An important development in the outlooks of the Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipients ● A look at the mission trips students went on this summer ● A new feature, called My LopeLife, that shares a very personal story of spiritual growth on one of those mission trips ● The latest on all the new engineering labs ● The culture of Valley hospitals with so many GCU graduates working for them ● The inspirational stories behind the lengths doctoral learners go to finish their dissertations ● An interview with Brennan Williams, General Manager of Grand Canyon Beverage Company To read the digital version, click here.

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Business grad has strong ties to servant leadership

August 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

It has been only three months since Andrea Northup got her Business Management degree, but she already is working for Habitat for Humanity and also is launching an interesting and extremely humane entrepreneurial venture. How she got to GCU and then turned this into all that is quite a story.

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GCU’s newest ‘coach’ is director of public safety

June 13, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Joe Yahner had it all planned out. After retiring from the Phoenix Police Department, he was going to be a teacher and coach. But then he got an opportunity to be Grand Canyon University’s director of public safety, and he has brought his teaching and coaching instincts to campus. “I plan to be a part of campus life,” he said.

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Alumnus had key role in Marines’ historic raid

May 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Jackie Schiller II, who was inducted into the Grand Canyon University Alumni Hall of Fame in February, is a former major in the Marine Corps, and nearly seven years ago he led the first raid of a ship controlled by Somali pirates. “There was definitely tension,” he said. “But the Marines — we are famous for going strong.”

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Speech and Debate has it together, with good reason

May 04, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

One of the most successful teams at GCU the last couple of years has been Speech and Debate, which has an interesting collection of personalities and an impression collection of results. How did they become such a tight-knit and talented group, and what makes them tick?

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How GCU keeps students pointed in right direction

April 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The Learning Lounge is an important way for students to get academic help, but it’s one of many. In this comprehensive report, the May issue of GCU Magazine lists all the avenues available for assistance and why it’s such a distinguishing feature of GCU.

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GCU Magazine focuses on vast academic support

April 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Students who need academic support can find it in a lot of places on campus, starting with the eight Learning Lounges. The May issue of GCU Magazine explains what’s available and how it differentiates the University. There also are stories about other GCU successes, both academic (support for online students, the Honors College) and extracurricular (Speech and Debate, track and field), plus the GCU Year in Review.

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