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Masterworks Concert II inspired by Bible passage

February 25, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Each year, as Dr. Juan Hernandez, director of Grand Canyon University’s music department and assistant dean of its College of Fine Arts and Production, is planning the kind of music that vocalists and instrumentalists should perform at major concerts, he goes straight to the Bible. This year, in Philippians 4:8, Hernandez found his inspiration from the Apostle Paul: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” Music that exists to do just that, in the praise and worship of God, will be performed at GCU’s Masterworks Concert II, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, 3100 W. Camelback Road, on the southeast side of campus. The free event will feature about 100 student performers in the Canyon Chorale, Canyon Singers and Critical Mass, in addition to faculty and student soloists, performing traditional choral repertory. They will be led by Hernandez and GCU vocal instructor Dr. Sheila Corley and accompanied by veteran pianist Mark Fearey. The feature work is English composer Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice […]

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Stellar student film program to host expanded festival

February 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Film Festival will include screenings of student films at Ethington Theatre from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. An award ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday. Awards will be given out for six categories (animation, comedy, documentary, drama, faith and music video), in addition to an award for best overall film and a fan-favorite award students can vote on. The festival will be hosted by Associated Students of GCU president Cody Dumas and Lopes basketball player Daniel Alexander. Both are film majors.

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Well-versed songwriter a hit with Worship Arts students

February 24, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

When prominent Christian songwriter Mark Harris lectured Center for Worship Arts students Monday night about his craft, they got an inside look from someone who isn’t just good at it, he loves it, too. Harris shared some tricks he uses to put songs together and then make them better.

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The Associated Students of GCU student government led efforts to connect the campus into the national "It's On Us" campaign to prevent sexual assault. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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‘It’s On Us’ campaign stresses campus safety

February 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

While Grand Canyon University’s campus is safer than many, students, faculty and staff are encouraged this week to sign a pledge statement to a universal “commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.” The effort is part of the national “It’s On Us” campaign launched by the Obama administration.

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Seed Spot CEO shows students how to grow a nonprofit

February 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Courtney Klein, founder and CEO of Seed Spot, was on campus Friday to share her story with Colangelo College of Business students and inspire them to follow in her footsteps. Klein’s organization trains prospective entrepreneurs who aim to solve societal issues, and CCOB is working hard to make sure some of those future business people come from GCU.

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Softball star turned amputee has winning attitude

February 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Eric Gabriel, one of the online learners who will be honored on campus this weekend, has turned losing his right leg into an opportunity to show others how to attack such a life-changing event. He has done so with humor and no-quit attitude, as demonstrated in this GCU Today story.

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Career Services Student Worker of the Month: Andrew Boozer

February 19, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Marette Hahn GCU Career Services Have you ever wondered what “servant leadership” looks like? Take one look at Andrew Boozer, and you’ll see such leadership in action. As a digital marketing campaign manager, Boozer exemplifies Grand Canyon University’s mission, vision and values. The business management student also is a worship leader at his church and aspires to be in executive leadership at a company in order to balance a good-paying career with family and travel. Boozer’s favorite part about his major are the personal stories told by the professors and the life lessons he has learned from Dr. Moronke Oke, Kenneth Hein and Taylor Carr in particular. Beyond his responsibilities as a student and worship leader, Boozer excels in his student worker position. “It’s nice to be given more responsibility than some others, and the knowledge I’ve learned – there have been a lot of good things I can use in the future,” he said. Above all, he values the servant leadership focus of GCU and its business management program as a whole. Erin Kerger, Boozer’s hiring manager, said Boozer seems to have a good understanding of servant leadership. “I have never met such an upstanding and philanthropic young […]

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GCU online professor John Steele is admired by his peers for his dedication to improving the student learning experience. Steel and three online students will be honored at Online Student and Faculty Appreciation Night Saturday on campus. (Photo by Tyler McDonald)
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Online professor motivated by student success

February 19, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University online professor John Steele was selected as an online professor to be recognized during Online Student Night along with three online students. Steele has developed a way to improve GCU online education as part of the CIRT Advisory Board and the Plagiarism Task Force. He is praised by peers and students for his intrinsic dedication to student success.

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GCU nursing student Jessica Smith (second from right) is grateful for her family (from left), stepson Ian Smith, daughter Autumn Stapleton, husband Kelly Smith, daughter Desiree Minnis and son Sully Stapleton. She is among three students and one professor whom GCU will honor during Online Student Night Saturday on campus. (Photos courtesy of Jessica Smith)
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God, family sustain nurse during tough year

February 18, 2015 / by / 4 Comments

GCU nursing student Jessica Smith endured more heartache last year than many of us will experience in a lifetime, never mind the challenges she’s faced since graduating from high school. And yet Smith, who with two other students and a faculty member will be honored by GCU at Online Student Night Saturday, said her blessings and the miraculous kindnesses of others are too many to count.

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GCU student Gary Skinner, 63, sits with his dog in a room that he's remodeled at his Marana, Ariz. home.
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Marana resident sees, believes in GCU online degree

February 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Gary Skinner didn’t jump right into college out of high school. He created his own businesses and fought through some serious health issues, including one that led him to become blind before finding his way into GCU’s online psychology program. Now, at 63, he is soon to be equipped with a bachelor’s degree that could lead him into a counseling career.

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