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Student club has soft spot for children with cancer

January 13, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

You have probably seen the cute and colorful “Love Your Melon” knit hats and beanies atop the heads of GCU students. But you may not have known that purchasing the products helps donate hats to children with cancer. Just ask the members of GCU’s Love Your Melon club, which is planning a scavenger hunt for a young cancer victim and is eagerly seeking new members. See them at the Club Fair on Jan. 20. GCU Today has the story.

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Chapel talk: Knowing God supercedes good deeds

January 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Riccardo Stewart, pastor of Redemption Tempe, brought an important message to Chapel Monday morning — that while it’s important to do good deeds, it’s even more important to be in relationship with God. “You and I can do all the religious activities and on the external we can look like we got it, but we really could be in religion and we may not be in relationship with God Himself,” Stewart said.

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Big turnout for Ministry Forum hears discussion on church leadership

January 12, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The first Ministry Forum of the new semester met Monday night, and a big turnout heard an interesting discussion about the best ways to govern the church. One of the panelists was Dr. John Frederick, worship coordinator of the Center for Worship Arts, and he put it in perspective best when he said, “Every church is messed up because there are people in there.”

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STEM high school students getting VIP campus treatment this week

January 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The 200 high school juniors and seniors visiting campus this week are a shining example of GCU’s goal of attracting students who intend to concentrate on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes. The visitors are attending a two-night, VIP, invitation-only GCU Discover event Friday and Saturday that will showcase all things STEM at GCU, and of course, a basketball game. GCU Today has the story.

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Canyon Challenge entry deadline approaching

January 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Calling all entrepreneurs: The entry deadline for the Canyon Challenge, the annual competition that awards money to the startup ideas deemed the best, is Feb. 17. The final is scheduled for April 13.

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Pay-it-forward scholarships to inspire future grads

January 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

What would happen if, on the heels of a neighborhood transformation that has seen a dramatic drop in crimes, a rise in property values and a concerted effort to expand employment and business opportunities, hundreds of west Phoenix high school students were able to get a free college education. And pay it forward to future college students as they went along? GCU has a new initiative, Students Inspiring Students, that aims to do just that.

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Freshman gets experience, scholarship from first Honors College boot camp

January 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Investigating murder scenes, interrogating bad guys and solving crimes in less than 60 minutes – “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” could make anyone jump off the couch into forensic science. And it’s what one faculty member and one student at Grand Canyon University found they had in common when they were paired as a mentor and mentee in the Honors College’s first Personal Academic Boot Camp. Abbie Perzan, a freshman studying forensic science, recently was awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Honors College after participating in its six-week camp, which partnered students with field experts and mentors. The camp required students to dedicate personal time in workshops, conduct career research and meet one-on-one with professionals in their respective fields of study. Now, after taking plunge into the real-world of forensic science, Perzan has gained further momentum to pursue a career as a forensic scientist. She credits Melissa Beddow, an assistant professor of forensic science in GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, for helping pave the way. Pair share parallel experiences Liking what she saw on television at a young age, Perzan took biology classes in high school and decided forensic science was for her. At that time, […]

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Mueller named Journal’s Business Person of the Year

January 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau Brian Mueller is taking his Christian beliefs to new heights, according to an article in the Phoenix Business Journal which named him its Business Person of the Year for 2015. In its Jan. 1 issue, the Journal cited the GCU president’s upbringing in Christian education, the University’s commitment to its neighborhood with home improvement projects and free tutoring for surrounding schools, Mueller’s pledge to keep higher education affordable, and his efforts to revitalize west Phoenix both socially and economically as reasons behind the award. When Mueller makes business decisions for the University, the Journal’s Angela Gonzales wrote, he does it with his Christian beliefs at the forefront. “We would like to be an example of — not a church — but a university that professes to believe what’s in the Bible in the Christian world view, but we want people first to see us living it out,” Mueller told the Journal. “Living it out in this neighborhood is really, really satisfying.” The article, available only to subscribers, can be read in its entirety here.  

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Biggest stories of 2015 mirror GCU’s mission

December 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau No matter how you slice it, the most talked-about stories at Grand Canyon University in 2015 had something to do with students and creating for them the best possible academic, spiritual and social experiences. With a record number of students matriculating on campus this year, new programs, new faculty and staff and — especially — new buildings were needed to help facilitate their learning. Additional residence halls and eateries were required for the students’ care and feeding, as were fields for their recreation and structures for their vehicles. The University did not disappoint. In what has become a year-end tradition at GCU Today, here are our top 10 stories of 2015, in no particular order of importance. (We do think you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the first entry, however.) Our list is by no means etched in stone, nor all-inclusive, but is merely meant to prompt water-cooler debates or a bit of reflection. Thanks for the memories, GCU. Up, up, up: student enrollment. If not for the 15,500 traditional students (a 21.6 percent jump over 2014’s ground enrollment) and the 59,200 online students (up 7.5 percent from last year) […]

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Chapel, The Gathering schedules announced for new semester

December 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The list of Chapel speakers from outside GCU for the spring semester includes five newcomers. It’s always great to hear from a fresh face, but Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin emphasized that the format and feel of Chapel won’t change.

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