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Kary’s book explores Christianity in acting

July 27, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

If the world was a stage, it follows there would be an author, Grand Canyon University acting instructor and director Michael Kary suggests in his new book, “Acting in Faith: A Christian’s Guide.” Described as technique book and devotional, the book explores themes such as how being Christian helps actors overcome obstacles. Kary’s self-published book will be released Aug. 6 and used as a text in College of Fine Arts and Production acting classes.

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Top U.S. officer praises new Arizona tech program

July 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology officer and adviser to the President, traveled to Grand Canyon University to meet some of the 200 Chief Science Officers (CSOs) attending a three-day training institute. Smith praised them for their roles as pioneers in a program that she hopes spreads from Arizona to every state in the nation. CSOs are junior high school and high school students elected by their classmates to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects at their schools.

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Seminary takes first step on path to accreditation

July 21, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is the most prestigious accrediting body for seminaries, and Grand Canyon Theological Seminary already has cleared the first hurdle toward that honor — it was made an associate member at the organization’s biannual conference last month. “When people who are accreditors of the academic community take a close look at you and say you have quality programs, that’s a big deal,” said Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of the College of Theology. GCU Today has the story.

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Inventions spark students’ scientific intensity

July 20, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Empathy can be the inspiration of invention, Chief Science Officers learned during one of the stimulating sessions they are experiencing during a three-day summer training institute at GCU. Tasked with building a game controller from a circuit board for a girl with special needs, the first step for the students was feeling empathy. Imagining what it must be like to have a special need that prevents you from playing video games helped spur the students to imagine what kind of controller she would need.

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A song for Kayla, a message for the world

July 20, 2016 / by / 3 Comments

The memory of Kayla Castro, the GCU freshman who died in April while rock climbing, lives on in “Dancing by Your Side (Home Now),” a touching song written by Worship Arts students Kristyn Roberts and Josh Wathen. Roberts was one of Castro’s roommates and talks passionately about her friend who, she says, was always smiling and maintaining a positive outlook on life. “I just wanted to be more like her,” Roberts says.

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Chief Science Officers ride wave of STEM enthusiasm

July 18, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

About 200 Chief Science Officers from junior schools and high schools from across Arizona are attending a summer institute through Wednesday hosted by GCU. Lawmakers, representatives from several states and White House officials are also on hand to catch the excitement about the spread of science, technology, engineering and math education. Arizona’s CSO program, launched in 2015, is so successful that White House officials hope to see it expanded across the country.

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Leaping to learn during Summer Dance Intensive

July 15, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

They are as strong as trees yet as supple as flowers, as powerful as a rainstorm yet as soft as a spring breeze. Using their strength to create a vision of suppleness, an estimated 22 students in GCU’s third Summer Dance Intensive leaped and whirled, cavorted and twirled during the fourth day of classes. The two-week program includes classes in ballet, contemporary, world and jazz dance styles and an end-of-session performance, open to all, at 4 p.m. on July 22 at Ethington Theatre.

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For VA whistleblower, truth is paramount

July 11, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Brandon Coleman, a Phoenix Veteran Affairs employee who blew the whistle on the improper care of suicidal veterans, told his story Friday to fellow GCU faculty and staff members who were riveted in their seats. Coleman, an adjunct professor who teaches counseling classes, was a highly controversial figure because he would not be silenced no matter how the VA treated him.

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CCOB dean shows students why he’s sold on Conscious Capitalism

June 23, 2016 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Randy Gibb, dean of the Colangelo College of Business, is addressing master’s students this week about Conscious Capitalism, which he has made the centerpiece of the CCOB philosophy. It’s important that they hear the message, he said, before they go out into the business world.

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Doctoral network really connected with this alum

June 21, 2016 / by / 4 Comments

You want GCU enthusiasm? Just spend a few minutes with Dr. Theodus “Theo” Luckett III, who graduated from the College of Doctoral Studies in April and estimates he has convinced about 40 other people, including his wife, to make this their university of choice. He is particularly effusive in his praise of the Doctoral Community Network, which he called “the main reason why I was able to complete the doctoral program.”

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