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Slideshow: Arena Job Walk 7.5.11

July 06, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The countdown is on. “57 more days and then I’m out of here,” jokes Superintendent Neal Baker of Perini Construction. Starting July 5, there are now two separate shifts coming in to finish things up meaning things are shaping up quickly in the new GCU Arena. The July Arena Job Walk, which took place Tuesday afternoon, was attended by several first timers. With only one more job walk taking place in August, July boasted one of the largest crowds yet.

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A Year Later, It’s an Arena (But It’s Still Hot Outside)

June 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

One year ago Saturday, more than 300 GCU employees and guests assembled on a grassy plot on the southeastern corner of campus, the site where a new Event Center would be built. The groundbreaking took place on a sweltering, 92-degree morning, with a large tent providing only temporary relief. A year later, it’s similarly hot — the temperature exceeded 110 degrees this week — but everything else has changed, including the facility’s name.

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Arena’s Big Board Already a Big Win for GCU

June 22, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Atlanta-based Innovation Sports Marketing began installation of the main scoreboard in the new GCU Arena on Tuesday, adding another piece to a state-of-the-art facility that figures to rival some professional sports venues. The display itself is massive, hanging at the south end above the court. It measures 15 feet tall by 35 feet wide and weighs around three tons.

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Slideshow: Arena Job Walk 6.7.11

June 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

On Tuesday’s monthly tour of the Arena construction site, Superintendent Neal Baker of Perini Construction said the facility is only 85 days from its scheduled completion by Sept. 1. “That’s exciting to me,” Baker said. “I think I’ll take off work on Day No. 86.”

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Slideshow: Photos from Joplin

June 07, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Russ Pennell, GCU’s head coach for men’s basketball, grew up 20 miles from Joplin. Mo., and describes the May 22 tornado as “a little surreal.” Troy Hill, his best friend from their high school days in Pittsburg, Kan., is an accountant in Joplin and lives less than two miles from the worst destruction. Although his house was not damaged, Hill was without power for eight days. “He says it looks like a war zone,” Pennell says. Tornado warnings are commonplace for residents of southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas. “People live with that,” says Pennell, who played in games at Joplin High School and visited people at St. John’s Hospital, both of which were obliterated by the savage storm. With its population of 50,000, Joplin was the “big city” to those who lived in smaller Pittsburg. “It was where you went when you wanted to get out of town,” Pennell says. The GCU relief team of Aaron Johnson, Jose Moreno and Jennifer Willis made it back to campus shortly before 5 p.m. Monday. Over the weekend, they personally delivered clothing and supplies to four families displaced by the tornado.

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Slideshow: GCU’s Military Division Salutes Vets at VA Center

May 25, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Military Division turned out in force Wednesday morning for a pre-Memorial Day visit to the VA Medical Center in central Phoenix, distributing coffee, doughnuts and American flags to veterans.
Memorial Day recognition of veterans has become a tradition at GCU, and Senior Vice President Bart Burkert said it’s a highlight for the division.

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Slideshow: What’s Really Going Down on Campus

May 23, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Out with the old and in with the new. That will be a theme all summer on the main campus, with older buildings being torn down and new ones going up. You need a scorecard to keep track of it, so here’s ours.

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Slideshow: Arena Tracking for September Opening

May 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Tuesday’s job walk revealed an Arena that is coming along ahead of schedule and could be completed by the first of September. Project director Charlie Sirokman also led a tour of the new dormitory, 500-bed Prescott Hall, which is on schedule for an Aug. 1 opening and will be ready for the move-in of students on Aug. 25. “The dedication of people to these projects is amazing,” said Brian McGuire, executive director of the Office of Institutional Research, who has been a regular on the construction tours.

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Slideshow: Open Mic Night Attracts Talent from Across the Valley

April 29, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

More than 20 poets, musicians and performers took the stage for the GCU poetry and journalism club’s Spoken Word Open Mic Night. Students held their own with some of the Phoenix area’s most talented spoken word artists. Event host Lalli set the tone with an intro piece about not judging a book by its cover. He did an excellent job explaining the open mic platform for people who have never been to or performed at an event such as this.

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Slideshow: April ‘FYP’ Photo Outtakes

April 25, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

You can pick up your copy of FYP all over the Grand Canyon University campus. You can download the link here at Herd on Campus. You can only get outtakes from the FYP photo shoots right here. Featuring ASGCU Student Body President Anthony Mann, dancer Kelsey Alexander and the Spiritual Life team of Campus Pastor Tim Griffin, Danielle Rinnier and Jake Page.

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