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Shakespeare’s settings live large in our imaginations

February 04, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

On Wednesday, as a highlight of GCU’s weeklong celebration honoring the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616, guest lecturer and acknowledged Shakespeare expert Dr. Paul Hartle gave a talk on how the playwright created elaborate settings—using only his words. “Imagination produces the landscape,” Hartle, visiting from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, told a rapt audience of 200 students, faculty and staff in GCU’s Ethington Theatre.

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GCU to host Shakespeare Week

January 29, 2016 / by / 1 Comment

By Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau  Monday is the start of Shakespeare Week, when GCU’s cup will runneth over with student performances and presentations of some of the Bard of Avon’s most beloved classics spread across campus daily. “Celebrating the greatest writer in the English language in this way is the least we can do for the next generation, who will enjoy and carry on his works,” said Dr. Sherman Elliott, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Monday: 12-12:45 p.m., members of the speech and debate team will read Shakespeare near the southeast corner of the Intramural Field. Tuesday: 10:45–11 a.m., students from the College of Fine Arts and Production (COFAP) will perform scenes from “As You Like It” on the Promenade next to Building 6. 12:45-1 p.m., COFAP students will perform the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” on the Building 57 staircase. Wednesday: 11:15 a.m., Dr. Paul Hartle, fellow/senior tutor from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, will speak to students about Shakespeare at Ethington Theater. 12:30-12:45 p.m., Critical Mass will perform outside Ethington after Hartle’s presentation. 4:15-5:15 p.m., Hartle will present “Shakespeare Mashups — Adapting Shakespeare for Today’s Young Audience” in Building 16, Room 401. Thursday: 12:45-1 p.m., COFAP students […]

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Hughens wears so many hats it can make your head spin, yet she does it with aplomb.
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K-12 science dynamo spreads STEM love

January 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Amanda Hughens, GCU’s K-12 STEM outreach manager, is a blur of positive energy who wears more proverbial hats than a millinery’s models and whose resume is rife with adventurous as well as academic accomplishments. In her new role, the former teacher, writer, and underwater search and rescue diver spreads love of STEM among teachers and students of all ages. GCU Today has the story.

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Honoring God in the workplace is on our office to-do list

January 25, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

What would you have to change about yourself in the workplace if your employer was God? You might need to pray more often for the ability to do what’s right, to be more forgiving and do walk humbly, and you might do a “heart check” to ensure we are loving and serving others. That was the message at Friday’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work “Lunch and Learn” faculty program, entitled, “Work That Honors God.”

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STEM high school students getting VIP campus treatment this week

January 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The 200 high school juniors and seniors visiting campus this week are a shining example of GCU’s goal of attracting students who intend to concentrate on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes. The visitors are attending a two-night, VIP, invitation-only GCU Discover event Friday and Saturday that will showcase all things STEM at GCU, and of course, a basketball game. GCU Today has the story.

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Genesis Cruz, who is studying in the Colangelo College of Business at GCU, received help in high school from the University's Learning Lounge.
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Pay-it-forward scholarships to inspire future grads

January 08, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

What would happen if, on the heels of a neighborhood transformation that has seen a dramatic drop in crimes, a rise in property values and a concerted effort to expand employment and business opportunities, hundreds of west Phoenix high school students were able to get a free college education. And pay it forward to future college students as they went along? GCU has a new initiative, Students Inspiring Students, that aims to do just that.

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Freshman gets experience, scholarship from first Honors College boot camp

January 07, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

By Jeannette Cruz GCU News Bureau Investigating murder scenes, interrogating bad guys and solving crimes in less than 60 minutes – “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” could make anyone jump off the couch into forensic science. And it’s what one faculty member and one student at Grand Canyon University found they had in common when they were paired as a mentor and mentee in the Honors College’s first Personal Academic Boot Camp. Abbie Perzan, a freshman studying forensic science, recently was awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Honors College after participating in its six-week camp, which partnered students with field experts and mentors. The camp required students to dedicate personal time in workshops, conduct career research and meet one-on-one with professionals in their respective fields of study. Now, after taking plunge into the real-world of forensic science, Perzan has gained further momentum to pursue a career as a forensic scientist. She credits Melissa Beddow, an assistant professor of forensic science in GCU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, for helping pave the way. Pair share parallel experiences Liking what she saw on television at a young age, Perzan took biology classes in high school and decided forensic science was for her. At that time, […]

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GCU's ground enrollment hit a record 15,500 students in 2015
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Biggest stories of 2015 mirror GCU’s mission

December 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau No matter how you slice it, the most talked-about stories at Grand Canyon University in 2015 had something to do with students and creating for them the best possible academic, spiritual and social experiences. With a record number of students matriculating on campus this year, new programs, new faculty and staff and — especially — new buildings were needed to help facilitate their learning. Additional residence halls and eateries were required for the students’ care and feeding, as were fields for their recreation and structures for their vehicles. The University did not disappoint. In what has become a year-end tradition at GCU Today, here are our top 10 stories of 2015, in no particular order of importance. (We do think you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the first entry, however.) Our list is by no means etched in stone, nor all-inclusive, but is merely meant to prompt water-cooler debates or a bit of reflection. Thanks for the memories, GCU. Up, up, up: student enrollment. If not for the 15,500 traditional students (a 21.6 percent jump over 2014’s ground enrollment) and the 59,200 online students (up 7.5 percent from last year) […]

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GCU President Brian Mueller delivered good news about the University's vitality during Thursday's employee meeting.
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Great year for GCU, and the best is yet to come

December 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

On the heels of a staff Christmas party earlier in the week that included the best barbecue in Phoenix and a rousing good time at the men’s basketball game, GCU President Brian Mueller put a bow on the University’s 2015 accomplishments during the all-employee meeting Thursday in GCU Arena. Moving testimony from current and future students, a prayer for the family of two employees who recently passed away and a slew of statistics about growth in buildings, academics and student quality were all part of the package.

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GCU Arena packed for warm, winter commencement

December 11, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

There was a slight chill in the air Friday, but things quickly warmed up inside a full GCU Arena as more than 600 members of the Class of 2015 and thousands of their closest family members and friends celebrated a variety of incredible accomplishments. Keynote speaker Erik Wahl speed-painted two interesting pieces of art during his talk, which reflected on his own mistakes in life of listening too closely to critics and being afraid to find and live his purpose. He encouraged the new alumni to never be afraid to fail and to think differently than anyone has before.

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