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Acts of faith: Parables takes Gospel to local schools

March 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

All the world’s a stage, as Shakespeare said, and GCU’s Theatre Department is taking that to heart with a new theatre troupe, Parables, which will leave the comforts of the GCU campus and take the show on the road, so to speak, to local schools in the community. What’s also different about this performance group, actually made up of two ensembles, is that its main focus is to spread the Gospel through theatre.

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Octogenarians get their encore education

March 12, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

Editor’s note: This story is reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine. To view the digital version, click here.  By Lana Sweeten-Shults GCU Magazine Say “senior” on a college campus and a picture emerges of students distracted by picking out their cap and gown as they study for finals. But Judith Cobb of Columbus, Ohio, isn’t the typical senior. The 82-year-old nurse who has retired twice decided that any kind of restful retirement just wasn’t for her. Instead, she barreled forward and returned to college, enrolling in Grand Canyon University’s master’s degree program in Addiction Counseling in May 2018. It wasn’t the first time she has sought an “encore education.” “I was always older than the instructors,” Cobb said with a laugh. “I got my bachelor’s degree in ’97 when I was 61, and I was 52 years old when I got my first degree (an associate’s degree).” Cobb retired from community health nursing in 2005, when she was 69. But rather than downshift, she landed a job with Columbus Public Health, where she worked until 2010. Not eager to rest on her laurels, Cobb said her ears perked up when one of the sisters in her professional nursing […]

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Chapel: Love the neighbor who’s right in front of you

March 12, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Monday’s Chapel talk by Jay Pathak of Mile High Vineyard in Denver was a great example of how effective storytelling can bring home a message. Pathak gave two wonderful examples, laced with humor and poignant results, of what it means to be a good neighbor.

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GCU’s 1st esports tournament is smashing success

March 11, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The first GCU-supported video gaming tournament turned out to be a big hit. GCU’s Esports Program was expecting about 50 to 70 students to show up, but the turnout was about 350 spectators and gamers for the Super Smash Showdown on Saturday at GCU Arena. “The event was so packed that despite our estimates, the event ran from 5 p.m. on Saturday past midnight (the original event end time) to 1 a.m.,” said Albert Lee, Esports Program coordinator.

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Bicycle program gears up thanks to police officers

March 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Public safety is more than just safety for GCU Police Officers Mark Potts and Bill Green, who don’t pass up an opportunity to help students. Not only did they start a bicycle registration program on campus, but they have reconditioned abandoned bikes and donated them to students — and to nonprofit organizations. They make an air compressor available in the Grove Parking Garage to anyone who needs to fill their tires with air, carry tools with them in case anyone has car or bike trouble, and even have donated tennis rackets and painted faded pingpong tables in Thunder Alley. “We enjoy the opportunity to take care of them (the students),” Potts said.

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Lopes Leap to Teach — and lead — in schools

March 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Lopes Leap to Teach always draws a lot of school district representatives eager to hire GCU students. The vibe at Thursday’s event centered on the importance of creating teachers who are leaders and can fit into a faculty well — a specialty for GCU’s College of Education. Howard Paley of the Isaac School District said he has found that GCU students are “much more willing to accept a broad variety of colleagues. … They’re looking for a good team.”

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Emergency exercise aids Run to Fight preparedness

March 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It was in 2017 when the Sports Medicine Club first volunteered for Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, offering to help with first aid. It also was the year spectator Perry Harris suffered a heart attack. He might not have survived if not for the quick thinking of Sports Medicine Club students and their advisors, and for nearby athletic trainers. Three years later and the University ran through its first Special Event Medical Emergency Exercise on Tuesday behind the GCU Innovation Center at the 27th Avenue complex. Ten departments trained for a medical emergency by running through a mock scenario. “A situation can occur at any time,” said Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic registered nurse Ian Youngblood, one of the mock scenario participants. Nurse practitioner Bethany Whitson added, “That’s why we do the drills.”

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New booths showcased at Forensic Science Day

March 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology’s Forensic Science Department has done it again, this time with the addition of some new booths at Forensic Science Day on Tuesday. The forensic odontology booth showed the visiting high school students how to use bite marks to solve a crime, and there also were new fingerprinting and impression-evidence booths. The visitors also watched a live police dog demo, met with the Phoenix Police Department’s Special Assignment Unit and heard from guest speakers in the field.

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A big Chapel message about the Goliaths we face

March 05, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

It’s hard to imagine that anyone at Chapel on Monday doesn’t know the story of David and Goliath. But Jodi Hickerson used that story to challenge us to identify the giants we struggle to overcome and asked, “Do you believe our God is greater than our giants? Because that was the difference between David and all the other men who ran away.”

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Inductees honored, inspired at Hall of Fame ceremony

March 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Saturday’s Hall of Fame ceremony showcased several of GCU’s most inspiring stories from alumni who have made a impact on their communities and careers throughout the years. One of this years inductees was Reginald Freeman, who received his masters from GCU in 2008. Since Freeman has surpassed numerous milestones in the Firefighting field and continues to give back to his community in Hartford Connecticut. This year’s other inductees included Randi (Johns) Riggs, Hagir Elsheikh, George Holm, and Sharky Baker.

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