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Chapel talk interrupts this life for a special message

March 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Chapel was all about interruptions Monday morning. Nicole Cottrell urged her listeners to allow God to interrupt their lives and to use His power to interrupt situations that need to be addressed. It probably won’t be comfortable, she said, but it’s necessary.

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‘Composer’ is big winner in GCU Film Festival

March 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Nearly 40 digital films were nominated in this year’s GCU Film Festival, but only the winners were honored at Ethington Theatre on Sunday evening. Winning films touched on a variety of themes that moved the audience, themes such as love can be blind, anyone can be special, and God answers our prayers. The biggest winner of the night, “The Composer,” is a story about love lost and love found and features an original score that is both despairing and joyful. “The Composer” picked up both Best of Festival and Audience Choice awards.

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Soccer team gets a kick out of helping foster kids

March 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

It was quite a scene Saturday when members of the men’s soccer team brightened the day for foster children participating in the Phoenix Foster Carnival. But the kids weren’t the only ones who made some great and much needed memories — the players said they’ll never forget it, either.

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Why they keep running to fight children’s cancer

March 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Some runners have very personal reasons why they’ll be running in the sixth annual GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, scheduled for Saturday, March 12. In this GCU Today story, they remind the community that cancer isn’t something to be fought alone.

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Taking root: How three alumni grew into entrepreneurs

March 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”— Chinese proverb By Rick Vacek GCU Today Magazine Imagine three trees. One was planted years ago and is flourishing. The second has had two years to blossom and already is reaching for the sky. The third is still a sapling but is starting to sprout. Such are the roots of three entrepreneurial businesses being run by Grand Canyon University alumni. Dr. Shica Little, who got her teaching doctoral degree in 2013, has dedicated her life to inquisitiveness and discovery. But the new product she’s marketing across the country, Dr. Shica’s Incredi-Whip, resulted from her decades of dedication to drinking coffee. Kyle Dubay, a 2011 graduate in graphic design, woke up in his Detroit home one morning and, rather than coffee, reached for an idea: Woodward Throwbacks, which collects discarded wood and turns it into collectibles. Daniel Black, who graduated in 2015 with a degree in entrepreneurial studies, and his wife, Tiffany, finished second last year in the Canyon Challenge, GCU’s annual startup business competition for students and staff. They’re using that experience to turn their concept, Prayer Packages, into a company that stands […]

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Art and soul: Evan Gary’s crafts, faith live on

March 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Evan Gary died of leukemia nearly four years ago at age 14, but he is still very much a part of his family. He’s there in the photos that adorn nearly every surface in the Garys’ Litchfield Park, Ariz., home, images of three sons in descending sizes, boys with bright smiles under carefully combed blond hair. He’s there in crafts he made during 25 months of cancer treatments — pipe cleaners formed into a fruit basket, a coral reef, a box with myriad tools. “He made this for me,” said younger brother Jonathan, now the same age as Evan when he died, holding a black-and-white pipe-cleaner killer whale. His name carries on in the Grand Canyon University Scholarship Foundation’s Evan C. Gary Memorial Scholarship and in the 4R_Evan team, which for the third straight year is participating in the GCU Foundation Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on Saturday, March 12. But most significantly, Evan is a bright, warm, loving presence living in the hearts of his mother, Carol, his father, Grant, and brothers, Jonathan, 14, and Simon, nearly 12. “At the end of the day, Evan is an inspiration,” […]

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Here are 2016 Hall of Fame inductees’ stories

March 01, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Today Magazine New members of the 2016 Grand Canyon University Alumni Hall of Fame were inducted on Saturday, Feb. 20. Here are their stories: William “Andy” Unkefer Class of 1990 Colangelo College of Business When William “Andy” Unkefer was named to GCU’s Alumni Hall of Fame for the Colangelo College of Business, he burst into tears. “For me, it was super emotional,” Unkefer said. “The first thought I had was that I probably don’t deserve it. . . . When you get an award (like this) you are held to the highest standards and integrity. It is humbling.” The award is Unkefer’s latest gift from GCU. It provided the education he needed to found his own insurance marketing company, Unkefer & Associates in Glendale, Ariz. It also gave him the opportunity to take marketing classes with Chad Hilkemeier, now his company’s executive vice president. “We became lifelong buddies and hoped to work together — and now we do,” Unkefer said. “Chad has impeccable character, and in my book he is the hall of famer.” GCU also gave him quality time with his high school sweetheart, Amy, who graduated from GCU in 1989 with a teaching degree. They married that […]

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Record day: Students band with Rend Collective

February 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Students in the Center for Worship Arts did so well in their first recording session with Rend Collective during the 2014-15 school year, the group came back Monday — and this time it was in the new recording studio. GCU is the only university that Rend Collective does this with, and the students got an experience that they won’t soon forget.

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McCain/Colangelo ‘team’ entertains, educates

February 22, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

It’s always a special event when Sen. John McCain or Jerry Colangelo is on campus, but Friday night was doubly good because they appeared together and just talked about sports for an hour and a half. The crowd on the fourth floor of the Student Union got to hear stories, insights and more than a few good one-liners.

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Hall of Fame inductees epitomize GCU’s spirit

February 22, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

The 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday afternoon, the high point of the homecoming weekend, featured crisp speeches and many plaudits for the University — both what it was like when the inductees were here and how it still makes them feel today. But two, in particular, have an especially interesting perspective on what they see on campus because they still have important roles at GCU.

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