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The heart of a generation fills CHSS social work

September 03, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The younger generation has led a growth in enrollment in Social Work studies at GCU, from 40 students on campus to more than 275 this year. Generation Z has a desire to help others and be fulfilled with a purpose, not just to count their worth by material riches, senior students say. “I think our growth speaks to this generation wanting to connect with people in the community and to give back,” said Dr. Kathleen Downey, Director of Social Work in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the subject of our continuing series on each GCU college.

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Volunteering at GCU is as good as it gives

September 03, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Alicia Burns, Director of Operations for Grand Canyon Education, is a frequent GCU volunteer. Commencement is her favorite, but she also loves Welcome Week, Habitat for Humanity and any other community outreach.

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Mueller at Chapel: ‘We are here to be restorers’

August 27, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

GCU President Brian Mueller’s Chapel message Monday morning centered on the University’s mission, both on campus and in the community. “If you could a pick a word that says, ‘What are we here for?’, I would say to you we are here about restoration. We are here to be restorers,” he said.

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Lope-A-Palooza was ‘so good, so good’

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Lope-a-Palooza was “hyped,” in the words of one freshman. That’s a good thing. The Friday night GCU Arena event was full of music and excitement, produced by GCU Spirit Programs for the benefit of new students who want to learn what all the buzz is about, and how to sing the school song. “Each year, this event just gets better and better — this year was no exception,” said Jacque Genung-Koch, Dance Team Head Coach.

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Social unites students from all over the map

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The international and out of state student social brought together students from far away or far, far away and made them feel a little more at home at GCU. “The time that they get to spend here, whether it’s four years, whether it’s two years, we want them to cherish the memories, we want them to cherish the friends and the moments that they make here,” ASGCU President Samuel Yonan said. “I hope that they take away that they’re welcomed here, that we’re excited to have them here, that we want to make this the best opportunity of their life.”

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Worth a shot: GCU sets knockout basketball record

August 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Yes, they set the record. That was the main thing people on campus wanted to know about Friday’s “Welcome Back at the CAC,” a Welcome Week event designed to draw students to the Canyon Activity Center with an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record in knockout basketball. The patience of the 728 participants also was record-breaking — the event took awhile.

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Cheer team stands out, on campus and at camp

August 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Cheer team, along with Thunder, was a big winner at its recent camp in Santa Barbara, Calif., but that’s not the main reason for attending. It’s all about coming together as a team and also be a good example for others. “It’s an opportunity to intentionally influence people, and hopefully they walk away going, ‘Wow, they really and truly are good, Christ-centered people,’” said Emily Stephens, Director of Spirit Programs.

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Dance team reigns as it pours out God’s love

August 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Dance team won multiple awards at two summer camps, but it was applauded for far more than its technical skill. Most telling was when it won the Leadership Award at a camp in Santa Barbara: When participants were asked, “If you couldn’t be on your team, which team would you want to be on?”, most of them chose GCU. The team also earned a fully paid trip to the United Spirit Association National Championships.

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Going behind the scenes to make Move-In magic

August 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

There’s a reason GCU’s signature event, Move-In, runs smoothly. Event Services, Student Affairs, Residence Life and other teams work hard to make it the most memorable experience possible for first-time Lopes, and they often do it from behind the scenes … and with Uncrustables at the ready.

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A big week for Lope Shop, GCBC … and photo ops

August 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A lot is happening all over the Grand Canyon University campus during Welcome Week, and one of the busiest spots — surprisingly — is on the Promenade. The new “GCU” block letters have become a natural for families who want a photo. Elsewhere, business has been booming at the Lope Shop and GCBC.

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