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Student shows how inspiration can hit home

May 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Jose Monarrez is a Students Inspiring Students scholarship recipient. He also came out of the Murphy Elementary School District. So when Grand Canyon University needed learning advocates (LEADs) to help Murphy students, Monarrez was more than happy to do so. He writes about his experience in My LopeLife, reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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Students showcase true learning in Inquiry Project

May 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

If you didn’t know what the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was, you did after attending the Canyon Inquiry Project Showcase of Learning, which featured more than 80 students from 10 high schools presenting their projects — everything from the garbage patch to Sylvia Plath, the ways people have protested through the years, the dark side of social media and school mass shootings in America, to name a few. The event was the culmination of the eight-month project, in which teachers came to the GCU campus to immerse themselves in inquiry learning.

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Nursing student has world-class aims in her sport

May 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University has an archery champion in its student body — nursing major Alexis Ruiz won a major tournament in Las Vegas earlier this year and also was a 2017 World Archery Youth Champion. But she’s targeting a much bigger goal: She wants to be No. 1 in the world.

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Nothing silly about Run to Fight accomplishments

May 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Run to Fight Children’s Cancer supporters kept up the pace on Thursday at the annual Superhero Banquet, which wrapped up the eighth year of the fundraiser. Beneficiaries Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cancer Network received event proceeds — $40,000 each — and volunteers, sponsors and race starters were honored. “It was a good year,” said Patti Luttrell, co-founder and executive director of CCN. It also was the first year CCN managed the race, taking up the reins from GCU.

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2017-18 GCU Year in Review: The top 10 stories

May 03, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

The top 10 stories of the academic year at Grand Canyon University begin with a no-doubter — the University’s non-profit application being approved by the Higher Learning Commission. But there was a lot of other big news, and then there was the development that peopled just loved.

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New podcast provides teachers with talking points

May 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Emily Pottinger and Dr. Meredith Critchfield of the College of Education have started a new podcast, “Top of the Class,” that’s designed to inspire teachers and raise up the profession in a variety of ways. “Let’s talk about ‘How do we do it best?’” Critchfield said. “What’s more inspiring than THAT?”

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There’s a lesson in Gutierrez’s passion for education

April 26, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Inspired by her teachers as she was enduring some trials and tribulations during childhood, Kassandra Gutierrez fell in love with doing that for a living. “I want to be in education forever,” said Gutierrez, who delivered the student address at commencement Thursday evening.

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Worship Arts graduates to a new level — in unison

April 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The first major graduating class from the Center for Worship Arts was celebrated in the afternoon commencement session Thursday, and leading the way — as she has done so often — was Desiree Aguilar, who was the student speaker for a ceremony that included the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. She told of how she came to GCU after a serious illness and then was able to produce a song that reached No. 1 in the indie charts — all because she said yes to God.

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All business: Time at GCU worked for these grads

April 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The first of eight spring commencement ceremonies at Grand Canyon University featured the Colangelo College of Business and the College of Fine Arts and Production. The student speaker, Josh McGuire, has been a thriving entrepreneur on campus, but he’s not the only CCOB grad who has worked hard. For them, it’s not business as usual.

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Carnegie Hall concert a ‘transformative experience’

April 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

For any performer, Carnegie Hall is the big show, and GCU’s Canyon Choral Society was part of the big show when it took the stage recently at the famed New York venue — an experience Dr. Juan De Dios Hernandez, Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, calls “transformative.”

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