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Habitat-GCU partnership keeps building on faith

July 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU and GCE volunteers fanned out to two homes in the neighborhood on Friday, digging into painting and landscaping projects and defying the July heat. Homeowner Mira Nava recalled the first time Habitat visited her home eight years ago to fix the roof. Her mother was battling cancer at the time and told Nava: “This is a reminder that God is still here.” Andrea Northup, Habitat for Humanity Faith Relations Manager, told Nava: “That’s what GCU lives by — faith.”

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He’s living Disneyland dream — just like mom and dad

July 11, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Ryan Hatmaker had good reason to want to make the Disneyland All-American College Band: His parents met there long ago while doing their own performances. But there was one problem. The Grand Canyon University snare drummer, who plays for the Thundering Heard Pep Band, was asked to play a different drum at the audition. He had never play the tenor drums — five instead of one. He didn’t panic. He called on his GCU attitude: Smile and have fun.

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GCU landscapers turn desert into oasis on campus

July 10, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Christopher Crawford and his Grand Canyon University landscape team perform magic every summer. Despite the summer heat, they water, trim and tend hundreds of plants and trees and acres of the grass to keep the campus looking like an oasis in the desert. Making the campus one of the nation’s best also requires careful selection of plants for shade — thank you, ash trees — and for color, such as lantana along the north end of GCU Stadium.

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Blindness can’t slow down Honors College student

July 09, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

When Brian Mucyo was 6, his parents had to send their son to a country more medically equipped to care for the deterioration of his vision. With only 10% visibility left in his left eye and a prosthetic eye for his right, Mucyo lived in Belgium for several years before moving to America to complete high school and eventually enroll at GCU. Now he’s an Honors College student and uses the skills he has developed in his travels (specifically, the four languages he now speaks fluently) to help other international students create the confidence to speak and learn English.

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Kelley learns — and teaches — at top-level program

July 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Tim Kelley never stops learning — that’s why he applied for a special summer program at the London School of Economics. But once program organizers saw how much the Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurship and Economics in the Colangelo College of Business knows about angel investing, he actually was asked to speak to the class about it. It’s another sign that GCU’s program is “right on target and on the cutting edge,” Kelley said.

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Moving experiences at GCU are close at hand

July 03, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Six weeks from now, thousands of student volunteers for Move-In will arrive, followed shortly thereafter by many more of their peers. Yes, Welcome Week is fast approaching, and it once again promises to be a moving week at GCU.

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Hospitality students served well by new manager role

July 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Hospitality students at GCU are consistently placed in positions where they learn by doing, and some of them learn by leading. Now they have a new leader, Karen Madlock, who has the most important take-charge position of all — she’s the first student general manager for the GCU Hotel and Canyon 49 Grill. “We’ve put our students in key positions where they’re making key decisions, and they get to see how they play out,” General Manager Brett Cortright said.

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‘Living as Lopes’ provides inside look at campus

July 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Students are the top priority at GCU, of course, but that ideal is shown in many ways. One of them is web shows featuring students talking about their time at the University, and the latest one is “Living as Lopes,” which aims to give current and prospective students insights into the many activities on campus. “I feel like it’s a really cool opportunity because it shows our genuine lives, but it also shows that we’re all so different and unique and we all love such different things that it just shows from different perspectives what you can do, what the options are,” said Hailey-James Hines, one of several “Living as Lopes” cast members.

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New apartments to add even more color to campus

June 27, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Three new apartment buildings on Grand Canyon University’s campus will add 1,800 beds for returning students when construction is completed later this summer. The new apartments add to a growing population of students living on campus, a four-fold increase since 2012.

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Dance graduates glide into the professional world

June 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Breaking into the professional world can be difficult, especially in the arts. But even with their graduation from GCU fresh on their minds, several dance alumni already are thriving in their first big jobs. “I hope that the world receives them and loves them as much as we have here,” Dance Director Susannah Keita said. “I’m a proud dance mom.”

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