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From fish flop to flamenco, dance camp appeals to teens

June 05, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Teenagers from California and Arizona are enjoying GCU’s first “Summer Dance Intensive,” a residential camp that imparts knowledge and training in a variety of genres and gives students a peek at campus life. Studio time, pool time and pizza time, so far, have not disappointed, and spots remain in next week’s camp. GCU Today has the story.

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GCU dance duo earns scholarships for major summer program at Duke

June 04, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Dance education majors Monique Streety and Nicole Mayes are packing their bags for Durham, N.C., where they will spend most of the summer at the American Dance Festival’s Six Week School on the campus of Duke University. Founded in 1934 in Vermont, the ADF has been called “one of the nation’s most important institutions” by The New York Times. Streety and Mayes, who were encouraged to apply by dance faculty member Leanne Schmidt, say in this GCU Today story that they will soak up all they can and bring it home to share with their classmates.

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STEM summer camps could be career-builders

June 02, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

After hosting its STEM Saturdays events this school year, GCU is hosting local students on campus beginning Monday for a series of STEM summer camps designed to expose science-minded young people to the essentials of computer programming, engineering, robotics and other STEM areas. GCU Today has more about the intimate, hands-on, four-day events and their potential impact in the lives of students.

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Employee-focused summer Chapel returns to Ethington

May 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau After spending last summer in the Tell Science Building, the summer Chapel series will return to Ethington Theatre next week for a more intimate weekly worship experience than those held in GCU Arena during the school year. Summer Chapel begins Monday with a message from Nathan Hale, GCU’s life leader manager, at 11:15 a.m. in Ethington and will continue each Monday through July 27. This summer’s Chapel speakers are University employees primarily from the Office of Spiritual Life and the College of Theology. Jared Ulrich, GCU worship manager, will lead acoustic worship services before each message. Danielle Rinnier, director of spiritual life, said the Chapel messages will not follow a specific theme, allowing speakers to share what God has put on their hearts. She hopes speakers will focus their messages on ways for employees to remain diligent through the slower summer months and encourage them to stay enthusiastic during a time of great change at the University with multiple construction projects. “The majority of people who attend summer Chapel are employees, so we wanted to have speakers who understand what they’re going through over the summer and can encourage and uplift them,” Rinnier said. Employees hopefully will use Chapel to reconnect with […]

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Coaches earn new contracts; Nike deal inked

May 27, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

By GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University’s rise in NCAA Division I athletics was further entrenched Wednesday with three major announcements surrounding the program. Men’s basketball coach Dan Majerle and baseball coach Andy Stankiewicz each received new four-year contracts, while the University also signed a five-year deal with apparel and footwear giant Nike. “We want to be a top-25 program in everything we do, and these contracts are an example ofthat,” said Mike Vaught, vice president of athletics at GCU. “Dan Majerle and Andy Stankiewicz are perfect examples of what it means to strive for excellence — both have already built established programs in our second year of transition to Division I. In addition, Nike is the gold standard when it comes to apparel and footwear. We are partnering with a brand that has worldwide appeal and credibility.” Majerle and Stankiewicz had contracts that ran through the 2017-18 season. Those were replaced by new four-year deals that run through 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Vaught said both will become the highest-paid coaches in the Western Athletic Conference in their sports and among the upper end of coaches from mid-major conferences. Their contract extensions follow a series of high-profile […]

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The write thing: GCU gives computers to local school

May 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Tyler McDonald In her communications courses at Grand Canyon University, alumna Lisa Cass learned one of the cardinal rules of being a journalist: There’s no question too dumb to ask. It’s a lesson that came in handy this school year when Cass decided to find out whether her alma mater had any computers it no longer needed. GCU did, much to her delight and that of 100 beginning and advanced journalism students at Independence High in Glendale who sometimes spent more time waiting for their computers to boot and less time learning than Cass would have liked. Her classroom now is outfitted with 35 Dell computers and monitors that hum right along. The equipment was donated by GCU in February and the final student project was saved Wednesday on the last day of school. Junior Julianna Cortez, who has taken Cass’ journalism classes for three years, said the donation has improved the school work of her and 34 classmates, and benefited the writing, photography, editing and design of the school’s newspaper, Patriot Glory. Software, including InDesign, is giving students new experiences in creating a variety of pages. “The computers run faster, so we’re able to get more things […]

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GCU construction projects reach middle ground

May 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

You still can see the big construction projects, such as the engineering building and The Grove, in the distance as you walk around campus, but now the changes are right there in front of you, too. All three of the main fields in the middle of campus are in the process of being redone, and those aren’t the only changes that will be noticeable during the summer months. GCU Today has the story detailing what’s happening and what’s about to happen.

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GCU basketball camps offering scholarships

May 21, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

The sports camps at Grand Canyon University are bigger and better than ever this year, and there’s an added bonus for elementary school boys who live in west Phoenix: They might qualify for scholarships that would allow them to attend a camp for free. Local school administrators will choose a total of 50 deserving kids.

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New GCU nursing college dean comes full circle

May 20, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

The new dean of GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has four degrees, a 20-year nursing career and nearly two dozen research papers and projects on her resume. But there is something more that Dr. Melanie D. Logue wants you to know about her: She is GCU. She grew up in this neighborhood, got her first degree at GCU, taught here twice and now is proud to come home to take the helm of the nursing school. Read more in this GCU Today story.

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Online education fueling student’s IndyCar dream

May 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU online student T.J. Fischer might be the perfect example of the type of student the University’s online program is designed for. Fischer grew up racing go-karts in Vacaville, Calif., and earned a spot in one of the United Kingdom’s tops open-wheel Mazda Car circuits last March after tearing up California tracks. The move to the UK forced him to choose between a traditional education at Pacific Lutheran University or racing. He found GCU through a friend and used the flexibility of online learning to climb the ladder and join the 2015 Renault series across Europe this year. Read more about Fischer’s racing career in this GCU Today story.

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