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The 6-foot-9 junior, who becomes eligible to play this week for the GCU men’s basketball team, is not your average athlete and has enjoyed his relative anonymity on campus for the past year.
Musicians from the Phoenix Symphony and vocalists from GCU and local high schools presented Handel’s Christmas classic, an event that has fast become a tradition for the University.
More than 300 musicians, including the Phoenix Symphony, will come together this week for the University’s third annual performance of “Handel’s Messiah,” presented by the College of Fine Arts and Production and its Music Department.
Directed by Claude Pensis and set in the late 1960s, the production has an outstanding student cast and is the most satisfying operatic effort since GCU’s arts program was revived three years ago.
There is little crossover in how Jenessa Fesmire was raised and how the children in south Phoenix, whom she mentors as a GCU Servant Scholar, live in poverty amid crime. And yet, Fesmire has become a part of their neighborhood. She has decided to move there to continue her ministry after she graduates in the spring.
Claire Penneau and Chelsey Minkler, who have two of the best female voices to come through the University’s music program, share a role in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” which opens this week. The women, separated in age by 18 years, are a study in contrasts.
The fifth-generation Arizonan wears two hats at GCU: one with the College of Education and the other as academic liaison for partnerships in Strategic Educational Alliances. And he’s already known in national math-standards circles.
Paige Day, assistant fire chief in Missouri City, Texas, a Houston suburb, plans to use her doctorate in education from GCU to write and lecture about the importance of mentors for women interested in the male-dominated fire service, She was in Phoenix this week for her doctoral residency, the final one of the year.
Students won’t find much in common with the old Fleming Library, which lacked computer availability and adequate seating. The new library will open Monday, and grand-opening festivities have been scheduled for Dec. 3.
Professors began promoting the night sessions to students during classes, dubbing the free tutoring “Pi It Forward.” Sessions are held Monday through Wednesday from 4:30 to 9 p.m. in CAS and Fleming classrooms.