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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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NFL dreaming: Alumnus crafts book jacket for star quarterback

December 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Stanley Fred Hawkins, a GCU alumnus and retired educator who is a leather crafter in St. Louis, Mo., has a positive story about how life can be full of surprises, especially as he recently celebrated a big moment in his career. The 81-year-old owns an international leather business and was asked by the NFL to create a leather cover for a book of records honoring Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

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27th Avenue employees display joy of the season

December 22, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In the season to be jolly, Sean Coffey of GCU’s 27th Avenue office may be the jolliest of all, sporting a glittering, bauble-enshrined, merry green beard one day in the week before Christmas. He won a first prize, but not in the category you might imagine. And his twinkling chin hair was just one of many imaginative flights of Christmas fancy that teams created at 27th Avenue.

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Peoria office shows wall-to-wall Christmas cheer

December 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Peoria office employees, who recently toppled the GCU’s main campus in the Thanksgiving turkey-donation contest, seem to have no shortage of seasonal spirit. They merrily switched gears for Christmastime and decked their cubicles, hallways and lobby with red, green, white — and purple — holiday cheer. Ho, ho ho!

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Staff decks Cypress Hall with Christmassy door decor

December 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

It’s that most wonderful time of year, when Christians celebrate the birth of their Savior, cookies and hot cocoa are consumed ’round the cracklin’ fireplace, and sparkly decorations and lights of all shapes and sizes are displayed. Cypress Hall, on GCU’s main campus, was dressed to the hilt by staff members who are temporarily housed there, and a door decorating contest was embraced by many.

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Honors College boot campers handle weighty tasks

December 08, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Honors College asks a lot of its gifted students, but it asked a little more recently when it put 22 of them through the Personal Academic Career Boot Camp. Three emerged as the finalists for the $3,000 scholarship by best handling the mock interviewing, networking and professional training.

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