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State’s winningest coaches both have Lope legacy

September 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Gary Ernst has won more games than any high school basketball coach in Arizona history. J.C. Helton has won more games than any middle school basketball coach in Arizona history. But besides their success, they have one very important thing in common: They both played basketball for what was then Grand Canyon College. Here are the story and video from the August issue of GCU Magazine.

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He’s a student and pastry chef, all rolled into one

September 21, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

A visit to the Canyon 49 Grill, the new restaurant at the Grand Canyon University Hotel, means a chance to sample some of Jabari Corbin’s special desserts. Corbin has graduated from culinary arts school, has worked at some of the top restaurants in the Valley, and has designs on managing an entire restaurant, not just a kitchen. But there’s one other very important part of the story: He’s a GCU student.

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GCU Foundation, Havocs bring ‘recess’ to cancer patients

September 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

A superhero-themed extended recess inside the “ChildLife Zone” room at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Wednesday night came together because of the partnerships between Grand Canyon University Foundation and its Run to Fight Children’s Cancer charities — PCH and the Children’s Cancer Network (CCN).

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GCU now has its own police department

August 31, 2016 / by / 9 Comments

It’s official: Grand Canyon University has its own independent police department. The University is in the process of certifying 25 officers with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZPOST) as part of its 177-member police force. Not only will it make the campus even safer, said Kenny Laird, who has been named police chief. It also will free up the Phoenix Police Department to work more in the surrounding neighborhood.

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GCU Magazine informs, inspires and gets INside

August 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The August 2016 issue of GCU Magazine is filled with informative and inspiring stories about what’s happening at Grand Canyon University going into the 2016-17 academic year.

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How GCU’s new Seminary is keeping the faith

August 18, 2016 / by / 3 Comments

Grand Canyon Theological Seminary is here, and it promises to be a unique experience for students — the combination of a vibrant campus and the opportunity to work in the community. “In a seminary environment, it’s really easy to turn it into a Christian bubble, and we don’t really want a Christian bubble here,” said Anna Faith Smith, assistant dean of the College of Theology.

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GCU alum gives voice to taming Tourette Syndrome

August 10, 2016 / by / 2 Comments

When Jennifer Smestad sings her first single, “It’s Only Rain,” her voice is giving a hint to a backstory that is equally powerful. The 23-year-old GCU alum and former Miss Arizona has overcome Tourette Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements and sounds. In an ironic twist, Tourette has had a key role in her singing career.

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A song for Kayla, a message for the world

July 20, 2016 / by / 5 Comments

The memory of Kayla Castro, the GCU freshman who died in April while rock climbing, lives on in “Dancing by Your Side (Home Now),” a touching song written by Worship Arts students Kristyn Roberts and Josh Wathen. Roberts was one of Castro’s roommates and talks passionately about her friend who, she says, was always smiling and maintaining a positive outlook on life. “I just wanted to be more like her,” Roberts says.

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Doctoral network really connected with this alum

June 21, 2016 / by / 8 Comments

You want GCU enthusiasm? Just spend a few minutes with Dr. Theodus “Theo” Luckett III, who graduated from the College of Doctoral Studies in April and estimates he has convinced about 40 other people, including his wife, to make this their university of choice. He is particularly effusive in his praise of the Doctoral Community Network, which he called “the main reason why I was able to complete the doctoral program.”

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GCU receives award for its heart on Latino issues

June 02, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University was honored Thursday with the Corazón Award at Valle Del Sol’s “Totally Awesome Leadership 2016” event at Phoenix College. One of 10 honorees, GCU was given the award for its outstanding revitalization work in the west Valley. As the “heart and soul” of the community, according to the nomination, GCU has added thousands of jobs, improved safety and home values and provided invaluable tutoring and mentoring that has elevated students at Alhambra High School.

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