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Cheer team finishes runner-up at nationals

January 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Cheer team earned its best finish ever — second place in the Division I Game Day event — Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships at Orlando, Fla. “The biggest thing is GCU made a name for ourselves and we really stood out,’’ co-captain Casey Traut said. “We had someone tell us that we started a legacy for this school.”

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Dance team wins national title; Cheer team second

January 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Spirit team’s ability to fire up the crowd will be the key to the Game Day competition in the Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships, which begin Friday in Orlando, Fla. The Dance team also will compete in a traditional favorite, the Jazz event, and the Cheer team will show its athleticism in the small Co-ed Division I event. Also, Thunder and the drum line are participating in a demonstration of spirited and rhythmic collaboration.

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Student-teachers go the distance(s) to learn

January 11, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Four flights and a four-hour taxi ride, covering more than 9,000 miles to reach her student-teaching assignment, proved to be a minor inconvenience for Ashley Olander, whose desire to experience a different culture led her to a remote mountaintop in southern India where she led seventh grade physical education classes. Olander is one of nine Grand Canyon University students who have embraced international student-teaching. “It is a beautiful opportunity to learn about our world, but most importantly that they see God’s hand at work in our children, no matter if it is in a classroom in America or India or Japan,” said Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, Dean of the College of Education.

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Dr. Deb’s Mental Health Vitamin: Set realistic 2019 goals

January 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Deb, GCU’s Vice President of Counseling and Psychological services, provides a plethora of profound wisdom for the start of 2019. In a soaring column channeling Michelangelo, Dr. Deb advises employees and students to set realistic, idealistic, altruistic and optimistic goals instead of making New Year’s resolutions that risk being broken.

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GCU rooted international opera star in music, faith

December 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Amber Wagner was majoring in sociology until she auditioned for Dr. Sheila Corley in GCU’s Music Department, hoping to land a scholarship to help pay for college. Corley suggested that Wagner change her major to music, and that set the course for the opera star’s career. Wagner, who just completed performances with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House and with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, recently was named to Opera News’ “18 to Watch” list for 2018-19.

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Q&A: Dr. Timothy Larkin, volunteer award winner

December 18, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Seven years of teaching and facilitating Bible Study for residents of Phoenix Rescue Mission earned GCU sociology professor Dr. Timothy Larkin the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2018 from the Changing Lives Center for Women & Children, a shelter at PRM. “Such activity for me keeps me seeing with Christ-centered spiritual eyes and experiencing joy,” said Larkin, who provided insight in a Q&A with GCU Today.

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God’s plan was swift, successful for Rachel Robinson

December 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

God’s plan was set on warp speed for Rachel Robinson, which is why she accepted her diploma at Friday afternoon’s winter commencement just 2 1/2 years after enrolling at Grand Canyon University. Pairing efficiency with excellence, the Honors College member earned a 4.0 grade point average, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology.

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Teaching graduates realized dreams at GCU

December 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

What makes a great teacher? It starts with a great education, and Aimee Frank, Victoria Monk and Jessica Gajewski all spoke highly of their experience at Grand Canyon University. They were three of the College of Education graduates Friday in winter commencement.

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GCU connects with Phoenix Rescue Mission

December 12, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

A partnership between GCU and Phoenix Rescue Mission produced toys, games and household goods for needy children and hope for recovering adults, residents of PRM who attended the Lopes women’s basketball game Tuesday night at GCU Arena. “It is crazy to think I am coming to something like this, a GCU basketball game,’’ said PRM resident Kassandra Elson. “This is how I am spending my free time rather than doing things that put me in prison.’’

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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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