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Chris Brown rivets Chapel with prodigal son story

October 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Pastor Chris Brown mesmerized GCU Chapel Monday with a modern retelling of Luke 11:15. The main message: “You are not a slave, you are a son or daughter to the Creator of the Universe,” Brown said. “You are the most dangerous, most loved, most powerful, most valued college students on the planet not because of who you are but because of Whose you are.”

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Digital Design program a huge draw at GCU

October 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Digital Design program is growing rapidly, soaring from just four students in 2011 to 383 students this year. The enthusiasm for the College of Fine Arts and Production program goes beyond the surge in enrollment, according to director Sheila Schumacher — it shows up in students stopping her to tell her how much they love the classes, which is what it is all about. And there is plenty of work for graduates.

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Lopes shine light on service with Serve the City

October 03, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Jeannette Cruz Photos by Darryl Webb  GCU News Bureau Nearly 300 Grand Canyon University students who might otherwise have spent their Saturday morning sleeping chose instead to pick up paintbrushes, shovels, wheelbarrows and rollers and spend the day toiling for their neighbors in the Serve the City neighborhood revitalization event. GCU’s semiannual Serve the City Day is part of the largest Habitat for Humanity partnership in the country in which University volunteers hope to renovate as many as 700 homes in their community. On Saturday, Habitat for Humanity President Jason Barlow encouraged the volunteers to make their work count. “This is Serve the City, or ‘Sweat the City,’ not ‘observe the city.’ We’re here to work. We’re here to serve our neighbors as we are called to do.” The students were joyful as music played, landscapes reformed and homes transformed as a result of their labor. “It’s tiring but worth it,” said junior Kayla Smith. “Let’s let the light shine on Jesus.” Volunteers lavished attention on seven homes and Bourgade Catholic High School and made a difference in the lives of GCU’s neighbors. Julie Guardiola said her 50-year-old slump block home has been in her family for generations. […]

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New fellowship to teach project management skills

September 28, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

A new program in the Honors College will equip 100 ambitious students with basic project management skills and offer an opportunity to execute GCU-sponsored research projects as part of a 10-week Project Management Fellowship. For freshmen Jordan Montgomery and Anthony Novoa, the program is an opportunity to execute their own idea for a GCU on-demand food-delivery platform. “We want to bring students and faculty together and continue finding a ways to set them up with opportunities that are going to be beneficial to them,” said Breanna Naegeli, assistant dean at the Honors College.

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Chapel shows what a ladder of success looks like

September 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Ron Merrell uses a comedic and delightfully quirky tone to get across his message, and Monday at Chapel he also used a ladder to tell the story of Jonah. Merrell’s passion for Jesus Christ resonated as he urged his listeners to love each other and love themselves as they keep trying to climb the ladder of life.

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GCU is paving the pathway to computer science

September 26, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has taken a starring role in a new science, technology, engineering and math initiative geared to training K-12 teachers to better prepare Arizona students for computer science and information technology careers.

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ASGCU embraces students’ rights with constitution

September 21, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

Students and student government members gathered Tuesday night as the Associated Students of GCU made one final review before passing the University’s first-ever constitution. Senate vice chair Colson Franse described the moment as a “monumental point for the student body.”

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A social justice discussion that unites, not divides

September 20, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Theology’s first Ministry Forum of the new academic year, on social justice, was thought-provoking without the rancor that too often accompanies that topic. The four panelists all raised good points in the discussion, which examined how God’s justice can be applied to the social order.

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One talk show, five different perspectives

September 19, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Four GCU students took part in AIM, an Albuquerque, N.M., television talk show that examined Christian topics and issues from the perspective of the younger demographic. Senior Tyler Franks was the catalyst for the 12 shows the students produced.

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Farmers market a fresh addition to GCU life

September 16, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Apples, bananas and carrots, oh my! And pears and peaches and plums, kale and spinach and oranges and figs. Tables were heaped with fresh produce Thursday during GCU’s second farmers market of the year.

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