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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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GCU volleyball pair left their mark in the sand

May 19, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

It has been a great spring for Grand Canyon University athletic teams, but there was another accomplishment that also was significant: Sand volleyball players Mackenzie Phelps and Shannon Dugan reached the semifinals of the national tournament. Their success was fueled by a partnership that’s a winner on and off the court.

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Banner day: Lopes make the grade with two titles

May 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

They did it — twice! On the single biggest day in GCU athletics since its transition to Division I two years ago, the Lopes clinched the Western Athletic Conference regular-season baseball championship by defeating Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon, and then the lacrosse team won the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national title by knocking off Colorado.

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Sports business student’s internship is a hoop dream

May 07, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Alex Carlson, a student in the Colangelo School of Sports Business, recently was rewarded for his hard work with a trip to New York to work as an intern at the Jordan Brand Classic, the top high school all-star basketball event in the country. Carlson came back with great stories to tell about the experience and a new perspective on what event planning is all about.

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Spirit of GCU residency bursts with Joy

May 05, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Joy Patrick-Akpan, a doctoral learner from Lagos, Nigeria, had flown for 37 hours on her first trip to the United States for the recent residency, but you’d never know it by the way she carried herself. You understand why when you hear about the challenges she overcomes daily to do her doctoral work.

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Lopes Leap to Teach links students with schools aiming to hire

May 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University hosted the third and final Lopes Leap to Teach job fair on Thursday. The event drew dozens of dozens of job-hunting students and school officials dealing with Arizona’s statewide teacher shortage.

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Retiring COT ‘pillar’ helped students learn — and live

April 30, 2015 / by / 7 Comments

The longest-tenured employee at Grand Canyon University, Dr. Michael Baird of the College of Theology, is retiring after 36 years, and he will leave behind a long list of grateful students and fellow faculty members. Baird was so good at his job for a simple reason — he loves to teach.

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Praise for ‘Canyon Worship’ keeps resonating

April 29, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The accolades keep pouring in for “Canyon Worship,” the EP released earlier this month by Grand Canyon University’s Center for Worship Arts. Some of the most heartfelt responses came from GCU Christian worldview students after they heard the songs for the first time.

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Employee seeking aid for victims of Nepal earthquake

April 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal caused more than 5,000 casualties and left nearly 11,000 injured. GCU’s Muney Shrestha, a facilities application administrator, is collecting donations for her parents and siblings, who are among the thousands of survivors seeking aid after the devastating tragedy. GCU has donated $5,000 to relief efforts and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute through monetary donations and prayer.

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Commencement Day 3: Procession of memories

April 25, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Three days of commencement ceremonies at GCU ended Saturday afternoon, and there were enough cheers to fill a stadium and enough tears to use up a box of Kleenex. Amid all the emotions were more stories of grit and determination — and not just among the graduates.

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