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GCU, Habitat for Humanity project nears 200th home

August 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

“We no longer have two communities of GCU and the Canyon Corridor, you now have one. GCU just happens to be a university within the corridor.” Isn’t that extraordinary? Those are the words of Habitat for Humanity’s Director of Sponsor Relations, Cassandra Jarles. The partnership between GCU and Habitat has truly impacted lives, from the families whose houses are revitalized to the employee volunteers who are blessed with being able to serve them. The partnership is on pace to revitalize its 200th home on the Oct. 27 Serve the City date, but there’s a lot of work to do to make it there. GCU and Habitat need you — yes, you! — to sign up for one of the fall’s employee volunteer events, the first of which is Sept. 21.

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GCU INsider: Handy tidbits with many applications

August 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU INsider is back with more tips about what to look for in the 2018-19 academic year: a new GCU app, lots of new players on the men’s basketball and, of course, lots of new construction. Reprinted from the August issue of GCU Magazine.

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Friendly confines: Campus culture is a home run

August 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Bucking the trend at many colleges of upperclassmen moving off campus, there are unprecedented numbers of students moving onto the GCU campus in late August, including the rapidly growing east side. They are drawn by safety, accessibility, affordability and, perhaps most importantly: community. Within the residence halls and apartments, their Resident Directors and Resident Assistants are helping them make friends and their Life Leaders offer Bible study.

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‘Moon,’ ‘Starcatcher’ … theatre season heaven-sent

August 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Theatre Department is in rehearsals for its first play of the season, the dreamy, fairy tale-like comedy “Ring Round the Moon.” The department will change pace for its other submissions for the 2018-19 season: the Shakespeare tragedy “Macbeth,” Peter Pan origin story “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Holocaust drama “Who Will Carry the Word” and bright, shiny musical “Godspell.”

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GCU hoops champion readies children for school

July 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In 1978, Ray Arvizu led the Lopes to an NAIA basketball national championship. His impact on the community easily could have stopped there. But Arvizu dove into charity work in his hometown of Phoenix and for the past 14 years has run an event at GCU called Ninos Seguros. The back-to-school giveaway has a mission of teaching childhood safety and brings together the diverse community of Phoenix for a day of fun.

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Their expertise reaches students where they live

July 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

With an unprecedented 12,000 students living on the Grand Canyon University campus beginning next month, Lopes Resident Directors D.J. Heyward, Rachel Patton and Katie Ellis shared strategies to build relationships with Resident Assistant’s RA’s and RD’s, participate in floor and hall activities, and confer on a roommate agreement to build harmony.

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Clothing drive at GCU opens doors to foster children

July 26, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The best of the community is hiding in plain sight in GCU Arena, where by the end of the day the Back-to-School Clothing Drive will have provided shirts, pants, shoes, wallets, hair clips, school supplies and dental screenings to about 5,000 children, with 1,500 of those being foster kids. The event partnered with Arizona’s foster community this year to expand its reach, which means the world to foster parents. “They’ve been through a lot more than we’ll probably ever understand,” Josh Rice said

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Dance Whisperer Genung-Koch has team on move

July 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University Dance team coach Jacque Genung-Koch is the driving force behind the phenomenal success of the program, which integrates with the Cheer team, Thunder, the Havocs and the band for a highly charged atmosphere at athletic contests and campus and community events. She says there’s more anticipation than ever for this year.

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GCU Arena transforms into back-to-school paradise

July 24, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

One thousand kids served, 4,000 to go: The Back-to-School Clothing Drive’s New Clothes, New Beginnings kicked off Monday with GCU Day. Lopes were out in full support of the weeklong event, which donates new clothes and other school supplies to local children. It’s in its fifth year of turning GCU Arena into a seven-department shopping center where children walk through and pick out fresh attire.

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Nursing students post stellar licensure exam rating

July 19, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Nursing students have once again proven that GCU prepares them for the field. In the second quarter of 2018, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ posted a 95.65 percent first-time pass rating on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). That brings the College’s year-to-date rate to 92.86 percent — higher than the Arizona Board of Nursing’s year-to-date statewide average of 91.89. The NCLEX is administered to nursing students after they finish their pre-licensure program and is required before they can obtain their professional license and begin working as a Registered Nurse. The College’s Dean, Dr. Lisa Smith, attributed much of the success to the College’s NCLEX Success Manager, Amy Leach, and countless others who have devoted themselves to preparing students for the exam.

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