GCU Today April Digital Issue 2018

GCU MAGAZ I NE • 3 ON THE COVER: The spirit on campus, the Christianworldviewand the innovative curriculumare threemajor reasons whymany students come to GCU, but the chance towork in the community can be just as important. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BILLIE WORTH Features 14 Stories of the year TheNo. 1 GCUstory of the 2017-18academic yearwas an easy choice, but there’s a lot of variety on the list – including a trend that carried a ring of importance. 16 Hoop scoop Paul Coro embeddedwith themen’s and women’s basketball teams at theWestern AthleticConference Tournament. Read what he sawand heard. 20 Degrees = hot jobs In an effort to help students better transition into the jobmarket, GCU administratorsmet with experts in the field and created career-focused degrees. 24 Spirituality travels Somemight be surprised to learn that online students feel as spiritually connected toGCUas ground students. But that’swhat makes the online programclick. In Every Issue 4 Calendar 5 5 on 5 6 My LopeLife 26 GCU Alumni GCU Magazine is a quarterly publication of the Office of Communications and Public Relations at Grand Canyon University. WRITTEN AND EDITED BY RICK VACEK Communications Manager 602-639-8203 rick.vacek@gcu.edu WRITERS PAUL CORO 602-639-6841 paul.coro@gcu.edu LANA SWEETEN-SHULTS 602-639-7901 lana.sweeten-shults@gcu.edu JEANNETTE CRUZ 602-639-6631 jeannette.cruz@gcu.edu DESIGN BY BILLIE WORTH Graphic Designer PHOTOGRAPHY BY SLAVEN GUJIC TRAVIS NEELY VIDEOGRAPHY BY KRISTA BANNISTER CONNOR BRINTON DELAINNA JELLEMA STEVEN AKERS BROCK BAILEY SCOTT GARDNER JACOB SPRATLIN OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS BOB ROMANTIC Executive Director Grand Canyon University 3300W. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017 VOLUME 8, ISSUE 2 news.gcu.edu Facebook: /GrandCanyonU Twitter: @GCU_Today YouTube: /GCUTodayNews Con tents Mallory Denson is one of 30members of theWorship Team, which performs before Chapel every Monday morning. photo by gillian rea 22 APRIL 2018