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Student speeches champion social awareness

March 26, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

Grand Canyon University’s award-winning speech and debate team will perform its top student speeches, including those that champion stronger awareness of child sex slavery and mental illness, at the second annual campus Speech Showcase on April 15.

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Counseling director leads local trauma workshop

March 26, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Noé Vargas, director of Grand Canyon University’s counseling programs, is hosting a workshop on the roots of childhood trauma at the 11th annual Cesar E. Chavez Behavioral Health Conference at Arizona State University West in Glendale, which is hosted by Terros.

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Joblyt gets job done, wins Canyon Challenge

March 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau In the best sense of the word, Brad Scruggs, Ahmad Saleem and Brian Scruggs are taskmasters. The recent biology graduates of Grand Canyon University put medical school on hold six months ago to jump aboard an international phenomena fueled by the popularity of Uber, the mobile-app-based transportation service. They created a software application that matches people who need tasks done sooner rather than later with people who have the know-how, desire and time — now — to do them and launched Joblyt. The young entrepreneurs needed funding, and they got it Tuesday when the judges selected Joblyt the grand prize winner of the 2015 GCU Canyon Challenge, which was hosted by the Colangelo College of Business before an estimated crowd of 400 in GCU Arena. The Scruggs brothers and Saleem, instructional assistants in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, received a $7,000 check for first place plus $4,000 more for nabbing 49 percent of the votes in a 20-hour texting campaign drawing nearly 5,200 voters. That’s 11 grand that goes, you guessed it, back into the business. “You can’t patent an idea,” Brian Scruggs said of a concept that […]

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Ideas for GCU outreach efforts spring from Honors Symposium

March 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Honors Institute has emerged as a hub for creative problem-solving. In its second year, the Institute’s students — which could total more than 600 by fall — are already working on projects to generate ideas on how to integrate academics and issues facing the University community. Some of those projects, including a look at how to enhance GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, will be on display Saturday at Antelope Gym lecture halls and the first-floor meeting rooms at the Student Union.

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‘Tales from Dugout’ shows strength in vulnerability

March 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The crowd at “Tales from the Dugout” Sunday night at the Arena was treated to an hour of storytelling by two prominent baseball players — Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks and Jeremy Affeldt of the San Francisco Giants — and umpire Ted Barrett about how they carry their Christian faith on and off the field. All three talked of how their vulnerability has become a strength.

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NASCAR pit crew coach revs up sports business students

March 13, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Matt Clark has an unusual job in the sports world — NASCAR pit crew coach — and also was a television analyst until recently, and he sped through some interesting perspectives Friday morning for Colangelo School of Sports Business students.

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Professor’s book illuminates Biblical stories

March 13, 2015 / by / 4 Comments

Dr. Pete Charpentier, an assistant professor in the College of Theology, has published a new book, “Truth from the Trenches — Using God’s Word to Illustrate Timeless Truths.” GCU Today has the story of how Charpentier was inspired to write it, why COT faculty is encouraged to do this kind of work and what the book is designed to accomplish.

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Canyon Challenge finalists have yet another incentive

March 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Challenge, scheduled for March 24 in the Arena, will feature five mission-driven businesses trying to impress the five judges, who will include Brian Mueller and Jerry Colangelo. And there’s an addition to the $10,000 in prize money awarded by the judges: People in attendees will be able to vote by text to determine their winner of an extra $3,000.

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Entrepreneurship isn’t fail-safe, businessmen tell students

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In the final lecture of the school year in the Colangelo College of Business Dean’s Speaker Series, Christian businessmen from the Camelback Society told students what they did at the times they failed in their careers. Brycen Snyder, Aaron Klusman and Ryan House all found themselves out of a job at one point and turned defeat into victory.

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Students to embody the pull of dance at ‘Gravity’ concerts

March 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau The themes of gravity and physics in a tumultuous world of dance will be explored and demonstrated by students in Grand Canyon University’s Dance Department this week. “Gravity,” featuring 12 works by emerging student artists expressing their creative points of view, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in GCU’s Thunderground. The Spring Student Spotlight concerts are free and open to the public. A diversity of dance styles is planned representing a range of choreographic aesthetics from contemporary modern to flamenco. Both choreographed and performed by students, the pieces will display students’ myriad and considerable talents, said concert faculty director Bekki Price, a faculty member in the College of Fine Arts and Production. For example, dance major Miguel Acero not only choreographed “Misconception of the unspoken,” a piece that explores roles in dance, he also made the costumes and worked with classmate Catherine Castellanos to compose the music. The concerts likely will provoke a range of emotions, including, most notably in one piece, humor. “Dance majors Michelle Bissonnette and Caitlin Lively will undoubtedly have the audience laughing with their hilarious piece, ‘The pedagogical practices of imagery in the classroom,’ inspired by their experiences preparing […]

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