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Christmas cheer is spread by decorating, we hear

December 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Lift up the eggnog. It was a blizzard of holiday cheer these past few weeks as employees turned up their Christmas decorating acumen to unprecedented, spirited levels with Christmas decorating and ugly sweater contests. Story.

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GCU employees come up big for a mother in need

December 19, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The Curriculum Design and Development department, which annually adopts a family at Christmastime, went above and beyond — way beyond — for a local mom who faces many challenges in trying to provide for her children. “It just kept growing and growing bigger and bigger,” said the department’s manager, B.J. Reyes.

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Commencement talk: common-sense excellence

December 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The commencement speaker Friday, Dr. Rick Rigsby, spoke about his third-grade dropout father and the impact his simple — but profound — words of wisdom have made on his life. Typical of what Rigsby passed on to his audience: “Look at me, graduates. Don’t ever show up on time. That’s mediocre. That’s basic minimum required. Show up early.”

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Business honor society doubles number of inductees

December 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The growth of GCU’s chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the business honor society, was stunning: It inducted twice as many students Wednesday afternoon (60) as it did just eight months earlier even though the requirements were more stringent. The group’s leaders had promised to spread the word about the value of Delta Mu Delta, and they delivered.

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Lope makes special effort for Special Olympics

December 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Sarah Shea joined more than 200 fellow supporters of Special Olympics when she rappelled down Phoenix’s CityScape building recently. The GCU student made the descent in honor of her friends, Hannah Hall, who has Down Syndrome, and Meghan Bailey, who has cerebral palsy.

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Admissions counselor’s dedication is a life-saver

December 12, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Kristian Falkstein, a Grand Canyon University admissions counselor based in New Jersey, is dedicated to helping people, but he went above and beyond earlier this fall: He saved a man from drowning in an ocean riptide.

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Fuel for Finals is a warm display of love

December 08, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Volunteers were out in force again Thursday as Fuel for Finals gave students prayers, encouragement and some treats as they prepare for exams. “When people came to lay hands on me, I kind of got this feeling that God knew I needed that little boost,” nursing student Kendall Johnson said.

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Supporting evidence: Lopes on the Road a success

December 04, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The Lopes on the Road program has become an important way for alumni, students and employees at selected GCU away games. “Being an online student, it’s hard to get a feel for the campus and the Lopes sporting events, but after my first Lopes on the Road, I was sold,” said one.

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GCU Overwatch team reaches Sweet 16

December 01, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

The six members of GCU’s eSports Overwatch varsity team met in January, but a striking synergy helped meld six minds into one Cinderalla team that made it to the Sweet 16 out of 220 teams and was the only Arizona team to make it to this far.

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Engineering students are no mean ones, Mr. Grinch

December 01, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Santa found some unlikely elves in GCU mechanical engineering students, who spent more than 12 hours in the days before Thanksgiving helping a nonprofit group, We Are Their Future, build a fantastical Whoville-themed holiday display.

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