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Math Poker Day: Students learn when to hold ’em

December 11, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Playing poker not only can be fun, it can provide a learning opportunity. And the bonus lesson for GCU math students amid their semi-annual Poker Day was seeing their instructors in a different environment. “It is fun to see the professor as a person instead of a teacher,’’ said Computer Science major Jeremy Mog.

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They’re buying into instructor’s marketing acumen

December 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Colangelo College of Business has yet another big name on its roster of industry experts. Mindy Weinstein, who owns her own digital marketing company, recently won an award from a prominent website for having the most page views of the month for a column she wrote, and she also is a highly regarded speaker at workshops.

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Dedicated teachers ready to launch

December 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The December 2018 graduates of the College of Education celebrated the end of their student-teaching experiences on Monday night, reflected on what they learned and expressed their appreciation for the COE faculty who thoroughly prepared them to teach. “I knew teachers did a lot and I knew how much I loved and appreciated them, but you don’t really, truly understand how much you love teachers until you have to be in the position to teach,’’ said elementary education aspiring teacher Sarah Schalick.

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Canyon Worship Showcase resounds with big crowd

December 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Worship Songwriters Showcase drew a large crowd to the Canyon 49 Grill on Monday night, and with good reason. The 13 songs featured a lot of new faces, a lot of different genres, a lot of worship and, notably, a lot of engagement by those in attendance. It evoked reminders of how much the program has grown in four years and how it continues to evolve.

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Worship Arts students filling needs in local churches

November 30, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The growth of the Center for Worship Arts program at GCU is being felt in churches in Arizona and beyond. Aaron Bolton and Mallory Denson are just two of the students who have graduated and gone on to worship ministry careers at local churches. “We’re thrilled,” said Dr. Jason Hiles, Dean of the College of Theology.

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Students mix fun, giving at Hanging of the Greens

November 29, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

More than 3,000 students turned out for the winter formal, Hanging of the Greens, featuring dining, dancing, crafting snow globes, savoring GCBC hot chocolate in four flavors, letter writing to home with postage paid by the Canyon Activities Board (CAB), and notes to the homeless for the Can you Spare a Story initiative. “It is beautiful how they didn’t just make it a dance,’’ said senior Stephanie Fairchild. “They incorporated the arts and crafts and Can You Spare a Story. That is heartwarming.’’

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Don’t give God a busy signal, Merrell tells Chapel

November 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Ron Merrell has been a regular speaker in recent years and always brings a thoughtful message mixed with an appropriate amount of humor. Monday, he urged students to make sure they’re still connecting with God daily, even when they feel overwhelmed by their end-of-semester challenges. He illustrated his point with a moving story about what happened to him after his father died.

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Game on: GCU clicks into the rise of esports

November 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU has created a new home for students who enjoy playing esports: The 1,706-square-foot room in the Technology Building features 36 computer-gaming stations, seven PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and a tournament station with a 75-inch TV. Around the world, esports revenues continue to skyrocket. “The esports industry is poised to make far more money than what Hollywood makes at this rate, within like the next few years,” said Albert Lee, the newly hired GCU Esports Coordinator and a former esports consultant for the NCAA.

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NFL’s Kevin Warren found faith, fame at GCU

November 20, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

To call Kevin Warren accomplished might be an understatement. The GCU Athletics Hall of Famer played college basketball at an Ivy League School before transferring to GCU to finish his undergraduate degree — his 23.3 points per game average during the 1985-86 season is fourth best in GCU basketball history. He went on to become a lawyer and run his own firm and now is the only black chief operating officer in the NFL. But Warren’s accomplishments should hardly be a surprise. He is carrying on the legacy of his parents.

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GCU makes multiple Thanksgiving contributions

November 20, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

On many fronts, GCU is striving to ease food insecurity in the Valley by partnering with the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Thunder, the women’s basketball and volleyball teams, along with members of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences made an impact on Monday. “Everyone wants to feel special and there is nothing better at Thanksgiving than to have the community rally to make sure everybody has a good meal and enjoys the time with their families,” said GCU women’s basketball coach Nicole Powell.

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