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First-Year Experience, ACE Centers aid new students

August 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

New students at Grand Canyon University have a multitude of ways to connect, and one of the most important is the First-Year Experience program. They are urged to visit one of the 15 Academic & Career Excellence Centers (ACE) on campus, which are called “the epitome of concierge service” by Dr. Joe Veres, Vice President of Student Development and Outreach.

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First day of class makes the grade

August 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is always evolving, with new buildings rising up and offices and colleges moving to new spaces. All the change makes for an interesting first-day of class. The GCU News team fanned out on Monday to talk to students, professors and even the Success Patrol and Academic Career Excellence Centers, who there there to make sure students found their classrooms.

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Welcome Week just kept making memories

August 27, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Watching the Grand Canyon University campus come alive for Welcome Week is always fascinating, but this year’s version was especially memorable. GCU Today took a light-hearted look at some moments that stood out to us — starting with a wacky giraffe game.

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Storm, power outage can’t stop Lope-A-Palooza

August 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

An early pre-event start and a power outage sent a frenzied crowd of over 7,000 students into an even higher energy level of dancing, clapping, singing and cheering at Thursday night’s Lope-A-Palooza at GCU Arena. The Thundering Heard Band, Cheer team, Dance team, Thunder and the Havocs leaders put on an unforgettable show to kick off the academic school year and pump up new and returning members of the Havocs to support athletics, including the men’s and women’s soccer teams who made an appearance prior to their home opening matches tonight.

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‘Ignite’ lights up large gathering of freshmen

August 23, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The big turnout (5,000) for the New Student Worship Night and Ignite ceremony Wednesday night was indicative of the spirited freshman class that has arrived at Grand Canyon University, and the newcomers definitely got into it when the Worship Team put on an equally spirited musical performance. They sang, they clapped, they jumped, and then they went outside and lit up the Quad with their candles and, when the wind didn’t cooperate, cell phones.

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Students get taste of diversity at Multicultural Festival

August 23, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Chances are you’ve never tried butter mochi or lumpia, but students had a chance to do just that at the Welcome Week Multicultural Fair on Wednesday on the Grand Canyon University Quad. Four clubs — the Hui Aloha Club, Philippine American Student Association, Black Student Union and Latino Student Union — shared some of their culture at the event and hoped students might feel as if they were among friends.

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In high-tech and old school, Game Night wins big

August 22, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In the Technology Building, students played games via the glow of computers powered by tons of RAM and sharp graphics. Meanwhile, across campus, gaming took on a different look at the Modern Board Gamers Guild’s Game Night, where old-school tabletop board games was the call of the day. Either way, students networked and connected with each other during Welcome Week through high-tech and old-school gaming.

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Queen of Welcome Week … and of troubleshooting

August 22, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

How do thousands of GCU students and their families make their way in cars, vans and U-Hauls from the perimeter of campus to their well-appointed residence hall rooms? Thousands of volunteers welcome them and move them in under the direction of Charity Norman, Director of Welcome Programs. GCU senior writer Theresa Smith embedded with Norman on Tuesday. One day earlier, she was shadowed by a video crew. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Move-In.

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Roomy apartments put students in happy space

August 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Day 2 of Move-In included the Agave Apartments and the new Cactus Apartments, part of the foursome of six-story buildings that have become a destination for students who want a full kitchen, a living room and a separate bedroom. Their proximity to the new Colangelo College of Business Building and Canyon Activities Center make them that much more attractive. “It’s really nice that you can have an apartment on campus because you still feel safe and you still feel like you’re part of campus life,” sophomore Lexi King said.

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Dawn of a new year: GCU rises up for Move-In

August 20, 2018 / by / 4 Comments

It wasn’t even quite 6 a.m. but the 2,700 volunteers were pumped up, electrified and ready to go. So Move-In volunteers opened the gates early, letting in a flood of cars carrying parents, new and returning Lopes, and their mattress toppers, bath caddies, mini refrigerators and the like. This morning marked the first day of Move-In, a party-like, high-energy scene of volunteers cheering on arriving vehicles, descending on them and moving out all those items in record time. It’s a scene that will be repeated over the next week. As one parent said of Move-In, “We heard stories. This exceeds the stories.”

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