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Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement is home to several important groups and departments on campus, including clubs, intramurals, commuter life, the Associated Students of Grand Canyon University (ASGCU) and more. Our goal is to help you make the most of your time on campus and immerse yourself in the full college experience.

We are focused on one thing - we turn students into Lopes for life! During your time at Grand Canyon University (GCU), you will discover your purpose, develop your gifts and deploy your service.

The Canyon Activities Board (CAB) plans most of the events and activities throughout the year to help you get involved, make new friends and get to know the GCU community. Are you a commuter student? Learn more.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Student Engagement is to help GCU students engage in their community, develop as student leaders who invest in the lives of others and build authentic relationships.

Our Vision

  • We will foster leadership identity in students.
  • We will promote self-efficacy among students.
  • We will support professional, academic and social organizations.
  • We will advance relationships through sports, activities and clubs.
  • We will further advocacy for the residential and commuter student populations.
  • We will engage parents.

Events

We have plenty of events around campus to help you get to know other students and embrace your time as a GCU Lope. Check out a full list of events. We hope to see you there!

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Clubs and Organizations

GCU offers a variety of student-run clubs and professional organizations so that you can get involved and connect with other Lopes who share your interests.

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ASGCU

ASGCU strives to represent and serve the student body in pursuit of academic success, personal excellence and spirituality. ASGCU is a multi-faceted, but cohesive team that is built strategically to reach every student in a meaningful way.

Through representation and a variety of programs, events, services and outreach opportunities, ASGCU's central focus builds community and helps you feel connected on GCU's campus. At the core of ASGCU is the best interest of each and every student.

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Join ASGCU

ASGCU plays an active role in building and leading the GCU community. If you are interested in becoming a part of our student government, apply today!

The Freshman Class Council is an organization within ASGCU that extends an opportunity for freshmen to get involved on campus, make new friends, enjoy fellowship with one another and work with ASGCU. Freshman Class Council has flourished thanks to students like you who are representatives of Christ, committed to serving others and creating long-lasting friendships within and outside of the organization.

ASGCU leadership is broken down into two areas: the Executive Board and the President's Cabinet.

The Executive Board is charged with the leadership of ASGCU and the entire student body. With the president at the helm, the Executive Board sets the agenda for the year, envisions new ideas and serves as the link between students and GCU administration.

Members of the ASGCU President's Cabinet carry out specific projects, programs and services that focus on their individual areas of expertise. Cabinet members also provide advice and insight to the president. Cabinet members include the vice president, chief of staff, historian, director of communications, director of public relations and director of clubs and organizations.

The ASGCU Senate is a student-run organization that is responsible for collectively representing traditional students at GCU. As a whole, the Senate represents the student voice, engages GCU administration on policy matters and initiates new programs and services based on student need. The Senate is the deliberative body where all authority from ASGCU originates.

ASGCU has three teams that handle different aspects of student and university relations.

Public Relations Team
Our team administers opportunities for the GCU student population to serve the entire GCU community and the neighboring community that surrounds the university. The Public Relations Team is also tasked with creatively and interactively promoting ASGCU programs and initiatives. It represents ASGCU and the student body at both on-campus and off-campus events.

Communications Team
The Communications Team develops and coordinates all aspects of ASGCU communication and marketing. This includes all print and digital messaging that directly relates to ASGCU initiatives and programs. We also work hard to spread the word about the exciting activities that take place at GCU, on top of publishing the now infamous "Stall Talk" that you can read in the restrooms around campus.

Clubs and Organizations Team
Our team supports club-specific events and meetings, communicating with club leadership and serving as their liaisons to GCU staff. The Clubs and Organizations Team contributes a great deal to the GCU community, to advance and support the efforts of initiatives on campus.


Thunderground

Get in on the fun! Thunderground is the perfect place to hang out in between classes or unwind on campus during the weekends. We offer plenty of entertainment, including bowling and pool tables, plus lounge areas so you can catch up with classmates.

Hours of Operation

Sunday - Thursday: 11 am - midnight
Friday - Saturday: 11 - 1 am

Karaoke Night
Thursdays 
8 pm - midnight

Orange Pin Night
Wednesdays
8 pm - midnight

Thunderground
7 TV's 
6 bowling lanes 
3 pool tables
3 ping pong tables 
2 lounge areas 
1 foosball 
1 giant Jenga set

Thunder Alley
4 dartboards
3 corn hole games
2 shuffleboard tables 
2 giant Jenga sets

Game Room
4 TV's
4 game consoles (1 Xbox One, 2 PlayStation 4, 1 Nintendo Wii)
Golden Tee golf video game

Thunderground features six bowling lanes. Enjoy a game today for a great price!

Bowling Prices* 
Students $0.50 
Staff $2.00 
Guest $2.50

*Shoes included with price. Students and employees must present valid ID to receive designated pricing. Cosmic bowling is every night starting at 9 pm. It is the same price as regular bowling.

Contact Thunderground

Main Number
602-639-7207

Daniel Sabillon
Thunderground Manager 
Office: 602-639-6377
daniel.sabillon@gcu.edu

John Collard
Thunderground Supervisor
Office: 602-639-6820
john.collard@gcu.edu

Follow us on Twitter @Thunderground1 for updates on events, concerts and free prizes!

Commuter Life

Commuters make up a large portion of our vibrant campus community. As a commuter, you can still enjoy many of the features and benefits of our campus, including events on campus, special commuter events and more. 

Commuter Resources

As a commuter, you still have access to the facilities on GCU's campus, including:

  • Our state-of-the-art fitness centers, located around campus
  • The six-lane bowling alley and lounge area on the lower level of Thunder Alley
  • Resort-style swimming pools
  • A variety of clubs and student organizations
  • A wide range of intramural sports, including flag football and sand volleyball
  • An array of student-only events ranging from a relaxing Movie on the Lawn to heart-pounding Division I athletic competitions

GCU is also pleased to offer a commuter lounge where you can relax between classes. Amenities include:

  • Free lockers (first-come, first-served)
  • Refrigerator
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Free commuter lunches, brunches and giveaways

Life Leaders and Life Groups

Life Leaders intentionally provide Christian leadership that is focused on building relationships. Life Leaders also hold weekly Bible studies, called Life Groups. The Department of Spiritual Life is pleased to host Life Groups specially designed for commuter students.

For more information about Life Groups, contact the Department of Spiritual Life or explore our page.

Trip Reduction Program

To make commuting less stressful and more convenient, GCU offers a number of commuter-related incentives and subsidies for employees and students* who live off campus.

These include:

  • Monthly prize drawings for prizes valued at $20
  • A one-time prize valued at $20 upon registration for new alternative mode users or those who move closer to GCU
  • The Guaranteed Emergency Ride Home program. Contact Human Resources at 602-639-6549 for more information.
  • Zip code matching to help you find a carpool partner. Contact Valley Metro RideShare at 602-262-RIDE (7433) or email RideShareInfo@valleymetro.org

It's easy to enter! Click here to submit your online entry form!

For bus route information, call Valley Metro Transit Information at 602-253-5000 or log on to ValleyMetro.org

For more information about commuting, contact the GCU student transportation coordinator at 602-639-6501.

Thank you for doing your part to help clean the Valley's air!

*Online students are not eligible

GCU Veterans Center

GCU's Veterans Center provides resident, commuter and online military students with personalized assistance tailored to veterans. The Veterans Center is a hub for GCU student veterans and their families to network and study. The center is staffed with a veterans resource coordinator who can assist you with questions or concerns about your military education benefits. You will also have access to Wi-Fi and a textbook exchange. Our objective is to link you with the resources you need to meet your academic goals. Explore our Veterans Center to learn more.

For more information, contact the Veterans Center at 602-639-7970.

Veterans Events

Interested in participating in events on campus? Check out our calendar to learn more about upcoming events and getting involved on campus.

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ROTC Program

The Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program offers students the tremendous opportunity to learn principles of leadership and serve in the U.S. Army. In GCU's ROTC programs, you can develop governance skills that prepare you for a post-military career, as well as have the opportunity to receive an officer commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation.

ROTC programs offer an Army ROTC scholarship opportunity for students who plan to enroll in a four-year college program. If you are interested, visit the GoArmy website to learn about requirements, your commitment and how to apply.

For more information about GCU's ROTC program, email rotcofficer@gcu.edu or call 602-639-6618.

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