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NBA Africa VP shows how to make the most of opportunity

December 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Colangelo College of Business students got to hear from another outstanding speaker Thursday, and this one truly has a global reach. Amadou Gallo Fall is the National Basketball Association’s vice president and managing director for Africa, and his story is a classic example of making the most of opportunities.

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How Chapel musicians got in such good harmony

December 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Anyone who ever has been to Chapel at GCU no doubt appreciates the quality and spirit of the music. But how did it get so good? The student leaders who feel privileged to have the opportunity and the people who oversee the process share how the process works and what makes it special.

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Speech and Debate team performances reveal depth of emotion

December 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dramatic, one-person performances mesmerized a coffee-sipping crowd at Peet’s Coffee Wednesday as speech and debate team members portrayed characters with startling emotional detail. The performers who took the stage were freshmen Thomas Gleason, Chrycia LeGendre and TaylorRae Humbert, and sophomore Chloe Saunders. Topics ranged from a pro-life story about a woman who was raped and decided to keep her baby to prose about how UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is a significant figure for female empowerment. GCU’s team is ranked in the top 20 of the nation, out of 138 schools, said team director Barry Regan, communication instructor with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. GCU has the story.

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Worship Songwriter Showcase hits a high note

December 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Worship Songwriter Fall Showcase 2015 showed off a talented freshman class, on the heels of all the successes of the first group that came in last year. But most telling was the way the students talking afterward about the way they have collaborated and grown as a family. “It’s really just community at its finest,” said one. GCU Today has the story.

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More than a roar: Havocs bring good cheer to community

December 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Members of the Havocs student cheering section made their final trip of the semester into the community Wednesday, bringing their spirit — and pizza and other goodies to six local shelters. By all accounts, “Havocs with Heart” paid huge bonuses for both the students and the people they helped.

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New CSET assistant dean energized by power of IT

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill GCU Today Magazine As Grand Canyon University expands its degree program for online and traditional students, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology has welcomed a new face to help manage the growth. Dr. Heather Gollnow joined CSET in October as assistant dean and associate professor of information technology, computer science and computer programming. Gollnow, who has 20 years of experience in IT and IT education, most recently was vice president of academics and compliance at Education Affiliates, a career college in Baltimore. For several years, she has designed and implemented graduate-level, online professional-development courses, created K-12 STEM curricula and conducted workshops in teaching technology. Gollnow said she is thrilled to be at GCU not only because it poses a challenging career opportunity, but also because the University’s Christian worldview strengthens student character and urges them to contribute to society. “I love the energy,” Gollnow said. “I love seeing how everyone is working well together to accomplish some really amazing things.” Math, programming and computer science come easily to Gollnow, a former education director at Kaplan Higher Education and chair of the School of Information Technology at ITT Technical Institute in Green Bay, Wis. “I’m a really analytical […]

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Peace to radiate through Dance Department’s winter concerts

November 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

More peace is never a bad thing, but it is especially a blessing in these times with the hectic holidays approaching and the world on edge. Peace is the theme of this weekend’s winter concerts by the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Dance Department. “Pacem in Terris,” or “Peace on Earth,” featuring the artistic talents of GCU’s faculty, guest artists and students, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Ethington Theatre.

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Grand Canyon University statement on same-sex marriage employee benefits

November 24, 2015 / by / 35 Comments

GCU discusses its strong Christian heritage foundation, its status as a Christian university, and the extension of employee benefits to same-sex couples

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GCU assisting displaced Serrano Village families, trying to acquire property

November 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University is in the process of acquiring a nearby apartment complex that had fallen into disrepair and is helping the residents find alternative housing in the neighborhood. After declining the opportunity to purchase Serrano Village Apartments, at 2828 W. Camelback Road, on multiple occasions over the past two years, GCU agreed on Oct. 27 to acquire the property after it learned that residents had been given notice to vacate the premises by Dec. 1 so that major repairs involving mechanical, water and sewer problems could occur. “Our students have a history of ministering to the residents of Serrano Village, most of whom are refugees from other parts of the world,” said GCU President Brian Mueller. “We didn’t want to see them displaced without any assistance or have the property fall into the hands of an absentee owner who might allow for the potential of a criminal element on the property that didn’t previously exist.” Regardless of whether or not it completes the acquisition, GCU immediately provided $100,000 in relocation assistance funds to ensure that every family at Serrano Village is provided the necessary resources to make a smooth transition into a new residence that meets each family’s specific […]

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Faith in the microbiology classroom is a natural fit

November 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau Separating faith from work is no easier than separating gender or ethnicity from work, Dr. Daisy Savarirajan told about 75 Grand Canyon University faculty during a “Lunch and Learn” session Friday. “I can’t separate one from the other,” said Savarirajan, a College of Science, Engineering and Technology microbiology instructor. “When I’m serving the students, I’m serving Christ.” Savarirajan discussed “Christ in the Classroom” during one of a series of peer-led talks about assimilating faith into teaching. The sessions are part of GCU’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work initiative under Dr. Jason Hiles, College of Theology dean. She referenced John 4:35, which reads, “ … look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” This refers to people who would have eternal life in His kingdom, she said. “I see this campus as a field that is ready for harvest.” Teaching microbiology gives her the context for God’s calling, which is to save lives. Focusing on one’s true calling, or the big picture, gives work meaning, Savarirajan said. Otherwise it can feel demeaning, discouraging or draining. She believes her purpose in the classroom is to represent Christ and allow God’s spirit to work in her. She also uses […]

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