The cast of "Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts" and five of the performers from the same show at GCU in 2012 were on stage together on Saturday evening in Ethington Theatre. Photos by Keslie Kattau Halonen
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2002 ‘Little Women’ cast goes back in time

October 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Things change, Jo,” characters sing time and time again in “Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts,” which was performed last weekend in Ethington Theatre and will close this weekend. And so they have for five alumni, all cast members in the 2002 production of the same play in the same venue who attended Saturday evening’s show, and were wowed by a new generation of GCU student performers. GCU Today has a story and ticket information.

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Rend Collective, Lecrae headline big week at Arena

October 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Arena will be the site of two big Christian music events next week. Rend Collective visits on Wednesday, and “Bubba’s Bash,” an evening hosted by pro golfer Bubba Watson and featuring Lecrae, will be here on Saturday, Oct. 11. GCU Today has all the details here.

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Casting Crowns concert

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The Casting Crowns concert drew a crowd of almost 6,000 to the Arena on Saturday night. Cathey Moses, GCU’s vice president of event planning and marketing said the turnout was one of the largest on the group’s 2014 Thrive tour. Here’s a slideshow of the event.    

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Five Virginia pals bring all-star potential to rugby team

September 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University freshmen rugby players Ethan Hall, Darien Pickett, Kris Sheckels, Joshua Ransom and Austin LaGow became friends at an all-star football camp in the eighth grade. As five of the best football players in Virginia, they each decided to attend West Potomac High in Alexandria – a city six miles south of Washington – to help create a “football dynasty.” Injuries derailed their freshman season, so LaGow and Pickett, who grew up playing rugby, helped start the Fort Hunt Warriors, a rugby club team associated with their high school. They won a state championship as sophomores and encouraged Ransom, Sheckels and Hall to join the team their junior year. After advancing to three consecutive state playoff appearances and winning a second state championship last year, Pickett, Sheckels and Ransom wanted to play rugby together in college. The trio met GCU rugby coach Ryan Kelly at last summer’s all-star camp and committed to GCU. The three standouts hoped to bring the same “dynasty” they created in eighth grade to GCU and approached LaGow, a rugby Stars and Stripes All-American, and Hall, who missed being an All-American due to injury, to join the team. […]

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Chapel speaker shows verve in ‘serve’ message

September 16, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Monday’s Chapel speaker, Chad Moore of Sun Valley Community Church, used humor and real-life examples to get across his message about serving. Rather than ask what God can do for us, he said, we should focus on doing things for each other.

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GO Week gives students a taste of mission trips

September 15, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University’s Global Connect Team designed this year’s Global Outreach (GO) Week to better prepare students to serve others during global mission trips through hands-on events. Students who are interested in attending a mission trip should contact the Office of Spiritual Life.

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Counseling program evolving with dedicated students, new club

September 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau After the 2002 accident in which he lost the use of his legs, Jared Monroe felt he had hit rock bottom. The frame of a new house on which Monroe had been working at a Gilbert construction site had fallen, crushing his shoulder, breaking his back and leaving him in the hospital for a month. He was learning to use his wheelchair. But just in his mid-20s, Monroe no longer was able to work as a framer, his life seemed too much of a struggle, and he thought his future was limited because he wasn’t in college. As a result, he turned to drugs and alcohol. But eventually, through substance-abuse recovery and counseling that helped him deal with his repressed emotions of the traumatic event, Monroe decided to dedicate the rest of his life to helping people who are experiencing similar substance-abuse challenges. Today, Monroe is working on a bachelor’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in addiction, chemical dependency and substance abuse from Grand Canyon University. The 38-year-old senior also is president of GCU’s new Canyon Counselors club. “I love all my teachers,” he said. “They’re very professional, they have a lot of knowledge in their fields, they have good teaching skills and they’re available. They try to help us get […]

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GCU held a ceremony on Thursday morning to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago.
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Former NYPD cop, GCU campus feel 9/11 impact

September 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The Grand Canyon University campus commemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a memorial on campus Thursday as GCU public safety officer Joe Frosch, a former New York police officer who volunteered at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center, spent the day reflecting on those who died.

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Palin rallies conservative support at Arena event

September 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and filmmaker/author Dinesh D’Souza rallied Christian conservatives at Grand Canyon University Arena on Thursday night. The event drew nearly 2,000 GCU students, staff, and other Valley visitors.

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The 2014-15 Ethington Theatre Series opened Friday with "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," a rollicking whodunit.
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No deception here: ‘Holmes’ a whiz-bang whodunit

September 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” the first play of the 2014-15 Ethington Theatre Series by GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production, had it all: spectacular sets, charming costumes, solid story and ace acting performances all around. Tickets are sold out, but there is a waiting list. Call 602-639-8880.

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