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Campus Recreation event shows Lopes play hard

September 07, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

By Mike Kilen GCU News Bureau Amanda Alfaro just touched down from the climbing wall at the Canyon Activity Center. “It tests muscles I don’t use on a regular basis,” said the Grand Canyon University student. “You don’t climb walls every day.” She does now. The junior justice studies major discovered the wall last year because it was something she could do during the pandemic when other events and activities where restricted. She loves it so much she joined a climbing gym over the summer in Los Angeles. “I love the community here,” she said of the climbers at GCU. “They are all really encouraging you: ‘Try it this way. You can do it!’” That spirit was evident at Friday’s Welcome Back at the CAC, part of Welcome Week. The event introduced students to Campus Recreation programs, including Outdoor Recreation, Intramurals and Fitness. (See photographer Ralph Freso‘s slideshow here.) The enthusiasm for the year of recreation is off the charts. Outdoor Recreation has hundreds of adventure trips planned, and the three on Labor Day Weekend were filled in 15 minutes on myrec.gcu.edu. Not long after, the whole month of trips was filled. “It seems overwhelmingly that everyone is excited to […]

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Sophomores carry high hopes for an eventful year

September 01, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

You couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces. Sophomores who missed out on the full energy of GCU’s campus because of pandemic restrictions last year said they are raring to go this fall, and they like what they are seeing during Welcome Week. “I’m just really excited to see our community coming back, because it’s really what pulled me to the school,” said sophomore Jac Trboyevich.

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New Welcome Week accent: Bienvenidos á GCU

August 23, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Welcome Week will be a more welcoming place to all students this year, thanks to the efforts of Welcome Programs. Staff and volunteers will lead orientations for Spanish-speaking students and families or stand post across campus, wearing shirts and buttons that signal welcome and support. It’s part of an effort to ease the way for first-generation students, who will make up 1 in 5 of news students at Welcome Week, many of them Latino.

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GCU program has new students well-prepared for fall

July 23, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

GCU was ahead of the game. When new students start the year with online instruction in September, they already will be familiar with GCU through a student-led webinar called Walk to Class, which was launched long before anyone had heard of COVID-19. The First Year Experience program not only teaches them the technology but calms incoming students’ fears with a supportive and caring approach — just what’s needed in this unusual year.

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