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Health clinic additions include new dietitian

August 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Liz Cook says that most students come to campus after years of their parents worrying for them about what they are — or aren’t — eating. The new dietitian of the Canyon Health and Wellness Clinic is here to help. After all, her favorite dish is vegetable stir fry. That’s a hint. Foods that are closest to looking like something you need to pick out of a field are good for you. Cook will bring much more good advice to her new role, as part of the expanded clinic that aims to satisfy even more student health needs in the coming year. Another hint from Cook: “The unhealthiest choice is the easiest choice.”

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Honors College welcomes 15-year-old freshman

August 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that a university accepts the incoming application of a 15-year-old applicant, but Shreya Muthu isn’t your everyday student. Muthu skipped both eighth grade and her sophomore year of high school and will attend GCU for the fall semester. “I’m super excited, I love the atmosphere here and I’m excited to see the opportunities that it brings me,” she said.

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Colorful Niños Seguros builds culture, community

July 29, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It was after a rash of drownings in the early 2000s that GCU basketball great Ray Arvizu and the late Robert Ortiz came up with an idea to organize Niños Seguros, with the focus being on keeping children safe. That back-to-school and safety fair, now in its 15th year, returned to GCU on Saturday. About 1,500 to 2,000 west Phoenix students picked up backpacks and school supplies, received basic health screenings, including from the University’s nursing students and staff, and joined in the community celebration that also featured vocalists and ballet folklórico dancers. “We have great Hispanic families and great entrepreneurs. We’re proud of our Hispanic heritage. We’re proud of our schools. … At the end of the day, we’re just trying to make it better,” Arvizu said of the community-building and culture-rich event.

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Honors College students travel the world

July 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Through four different trips this summer, 79 Honors College students benefited from some eye-opening experiences in 13 different countries in Europe, Central America and Southeast Asia. “You can see that these students start to think on a global perspective,” Program Manager Dennis Williams said. “They start to think about the world as a whole and start to think about ways that, whatever it is that they do, how they can have an impact in their local community in whatever way, in our nation but even globally.”

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Back to School Clothing Drive the right fit for GCU

July 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

An estimated 5,000 Title I elementary schoolchildren are weaving their way this week through the Lopes Performance Center, which has been turned into a unique department store. It’s where those kindergarten through sixth graders, all preselected and preregistered by their schools, are loading up on polo shirts, shoes, socks, belts, books, school supplies and more as part of the four-day Back to School Clothing Drive’s New Clothes, New Beginnings distribution event. GCU was there in full force on Monday for Lopes Day at the LPC. “We just love to be a part of these kinds of events,” said GCU Provost Dr. Hank Radda, “especially ones that focus on youth and K-12 education, because that’s very much a part of our Five-Point Plan.”

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Special delivery: New Mail Center opens on campus

July 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

A new Grand Canyon University mail center opened Monday to meet the needs of a growing student population and its consumer habits of shopping online. Stephanie Salas said the center will process more than 1,500 packages every day. Inside the complex located across the bridge of the Little Canyon Trail in Building 44 is a huge warehouse filled with shelves that will be holding everything from shipped bicycles to lamps and refrigerators. After all, Salas said, it is a “click-and-shop generation.”

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Graduate’s journey becomes full ride to law school

July 19, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

David Salgado knew it was a tough road to take. The Grand Canyon University graduate and IT employee wanted to pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), be accepted into a law school and earn a scholarship to pay for it. There were a lot of twists and turns along the way. But he managed a rarity — a full scholarship to law school. His west Phoenix parents jumped for joy. None of the extended family had ever been to college, much less law school. They had canceled vacation to plan on helping to pay for it. Salgado will go to Gonzaga School of Law on the Thomas More Scholarship.

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Thunder is the national champion … of anime

July 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

We already knew this, but now the rest of the country knows it, too: Thunder is the best. His likeness was the winner of the Toykodachi Mascot Madness contest, and the angry-faced Japanese-anime Thunder soon will be on T-shirts, socks and other items at the Lope Shops. And here’s the best part about wearing this new Thunder: He beat Wilbur The Wildcat of the University of Arizona in the fan voting in the finals.

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Grill cooks up all-day menu, Food Blogger Night

July 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The usual lunchtime burger-and-fries fare is getting an upgrade at Canyon 49 Grill, which rolled out its new all-day menu. That means foodies can not only get their fill of their favorite lunchtime sandwich-driven items but also can try some of the Grill’s dinnertime offerings, such as an herbed chicken breast atop calabrese pesto (a type of broccoli), roasted caulilini (baby cauliflower) and goat cheese grits. The Grill also rolled out some new menu items, such as Country Nachos and the Sriracha Burger, which it introduced to about a dozen food bloggers on Tuesday evening as part of the first Food Blogger Night. It’s a reminder, Executive Chef Marcus Maggiore said, that “We want to make sure we have a place on campus where people can get a dining experience instead of just a meal.”

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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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