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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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Welcome Week kickstart is an early pick-me-up

August 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Ryan Kryska Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau The grapevine is purple for a reason. It’s how sophomore Isiah Brown heard about the way Lopes do things, ultimately leading to his decision to join the herd this year on Grand Canyon University’s men’s basketball team. He said in April, “I can’t wait to meet them. I’ve heard great things …” and on Friday, faculty, staff, alumni and students showed him great things. “They are really about what they say they’re about,” Brown said. “It’s great helping the people that will be out supporting our team at the games.” Men’s basketball coach Dan Majerle said the team tries to make it out to volunteer during Welcome Week every year. “We want to be a big part of this university and the guys love being out here,” he said. The team was just one of the many groups of Lopes out before the sun to move in 1,100 Welcome Crew members, who in return will move in the remainder of on-campus student next week. Nine members of the University’s qualifying specialists department were among the Lopes moving in student volunteers. Qualifying specialist and alumna Hannah Miller was one of them, covering all […]

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Grand Canyon University's new Lope Shop opened Wednesday
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Stop, shop and roll: New, roomier Lope Shop opens

August 16, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

You wouldn’t normally expect to find onesies, high-heeled shoes or Burt’s Bees at a college retail store, but you will find those things peppered among the notebooks, binders and a sea of purple T-shirts at the new Lope Shop. The store, which touts Champion and Nike concept areas, a tech area, boutique and more, opened Wednesday at its new 9,500-square-foot space on the Promenade. With its floor-to-ceiling glass display windows and modern, open feel, it’s a far cry different from its much smaller space — only one-fifth as big — on Lopes Way.

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Move-In volunteers bring a welcoming warmth

August 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Professors, staff and fellow students all lend a hand for GCU’s unique Move-In. It is part of the culture of the University for employees as well as students to lend a hand at the start of the academic year. While many volunteers would rise early and haul boxes for nothing, the Welcome Week organizers show their appreciation with stylish T-shirts, colorful bandanas and fanny packs for all and a dinner, movie night and pool party for the student volunteers.

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Cheer team’s victories go beyond the competition

August 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

  By Theresa Smith GCU News Bureau Just for a moment, forget about winning the top award in every category and focus on the outcome that does not appear in the official results. After days of driving the Grand Canyon University Cheer team, consecutive mornings of listening to their daily devotionals, witnessing their approach to each other, and their evident love amid catching each other with sure hands and an authentic smile, the bus driver was profoundly affected. GCU Cheer coach Emily Stephens, who began the program 11 years ago, was brought to tears when Dean, the bus driver, took her aside and told her that he was thinking about returning to church, and the deciding factor was his observations of her 49-member cheer team, plus Thunder and Thunder’s friends. “It was the most exciting thing for us,’’ she said upon returning from the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) camp at the University of California-Santa Barbara. “He said he felt a spirit coming up from the front of the bus. The fact that the group could show him that love and that spirit and represent Christ is remarkable. For him to feel that and make that decision after being with our […]

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Hitting the stage: A new GCU theatre troupe

August 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Not every theatre kid sees the stage as something that could be more than a hobby. A new College of Fine Arts and Production theatre group called Parables wants to change that. “It’s actually showing a kid in a Christian high school that, ‘Oh, this theatre thing that I love to do is something viable to actually study and make a part of my life,'” said COFAP instructor and director Michael Kary, who is writing the material for the new troupe’s first production.

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GCU rises to 7th on Best College Campuses list

August 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

For the second consecutive year, GCU made the top 10 of Niche’s Best College Campuses list, scoring a No. 7 ranking (up from No. 8 last year) for its college life — and the accolades don’t end there. The University also is No. 6 on the Best Dorms in America list and No. 7 in Best Online Colleges.

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Welcome Week establishes pay-it-forward culture

August 13, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Move-In tradition continues with the ultimate warm welcome, beginning Friday when Welcome Crew members arrive on campus. As students, faculty and staff once again personally move students into their rooms, it sets the tone for a pay-it-forward campus culture. Move-In kicks into high gear on Monday, Aug. 20, and the entire week is filled with activities designed to help freshmen and transfer students make friends and settle in while returning students catch up with friendships and dive into leadership roles.

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Chance meeting as freshmen paved path down aisle

August 09, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

For at least two alumni, GCU was more than a place to learn. It was a place to fall in love. Faith and Thomas Beatty took different paths to campus, but they landed next to each other in a freshman orientation line — and the rest is white doves. “I knew very, very quickly that she was the right one,” Thomas Beatty said. They were married in June.

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CCOB’s Kelley chosen by Valley Leadership Institute

August 09, 2018 / by / 3 Comments

Tim Kelley of the Colangelo College of Business lends his entrepreneurial and business expertise in a lot of areas, and now he has found a new one. He has been selected by the Valley Leadership Institute to serve in its 40th class of leaders who will look for solutions to Arizona’s challenges.

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