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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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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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Nursing learner nominated for research award

July 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

A GCU online learner has been nominated for an excellence in clinical research award by the hospital at which she works. Jean Cheek, forensic nurse examiner coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, said the health system has implemented changes based on her research at GCU.

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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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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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Paint Night: Students’ brush with creativity

July 18, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University summer school students reveled in the opportunity to chat, munch on refreshments and channel their inner van Gogh at Paint Night, a Canyon Activities Board-sponsored event. The results were amazing: bold, colorful canvases, from black birds against a sunset to a baby blue narwhal to a prickly pear cactus and a giant pineapple.

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DNA gets A-OK from GCU STEM campers

July 17, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

DNA necklaces and DNA code bead bracelets just might be the unlikeliest type of jewelry. But they were a couple of the academic jewels made by seventh- and eighth- graders Monday at the Thunder Vision Biovision STEM Day Camp. It’s just one of four such camps — the others are Cybervision, Robovision and Technovision — unfurling this week on the GCU campus, courtesy of Strategic Educational Alliances. The camps serve SEA’s mission to support kindergarten- through 12th-grade students and educators while fostering a college culture.

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Common thread for designers: Winning Costume-Con

July 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

You’ll often find Grand Canyon University Costume Designer Nola Yergen and Assistant Costume Designer Sarah Levinson in their rabbit hole — GCU’s Costume Shop on the second floor of the Media Arts Complex. They’re gearing up to start work on “Ring Round the Moon,” the theater department’s first play for the 2018-19 academic year. But they also ventured to Costume-Con this summer, winning two Best in Show awards for their “Alice in Wonderland”-themed costumes and their catacomb saints entry.

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GCU helped the stars align for rejuvenated veteran

July 09, 2018 / by / 2 Comments

There’s a student at GCU whose life has not quite gone as planned — yet he’s flourishing. In 2003, the Marine was ambushed in Iraq, resulting in the loss of an eye, a traumatic brain injury and a bullet wound to the arm. His mother says he shouldn’t have survived, “but by the grace of God he did.” The injuries cost him a career in law enforcement and a job with the Kepler Space Telescope Program. But from the ashes, Brent Phillips has created something special with the help of the University.

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