Members of the Class of 2014 were all smiles Friday at GCU's first winter commencement.
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GCU’s winter commencement is first rate

December 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau On a day when 530 Grand Canyon University traditional graduates were on cloud nine as they paraded up to receive their diplomas, numbers were the name of the game — and there were two ways about it. First, this was a first. GCU had never before held a winter commencement until Friday afternoon at the Arena, but the University’s ever expanding student population made it obvious a year and a half ago that it would become necessary. First-semester graduates previously had to wait until spring commencement if they wanted to participate in the ceremony. Second, there was the numerical magic of Justin Willman, who wowed the crowd in his entertaining commencement address, just as he had in the October ceremony for online graduates. His closing trick, in which the random numbers he got from four students equaled, when multiplied, the date and exact time (121,214,437, or 12/12/14 at 4:37 p.m.), is impossible to figure. But in between jokes and other tricks, Willman, host of “Cupcake Wars,” had a simple message for the graduates: “No matter how you do the math, the past and the future always wind up adding up to the present.” Three cheers for that. —Rick […]

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Dr. Pete Charpentier (center) prays on Wednesday with senior Jordan Burnidge (left) and sophomore Emmett Foster before their finals. Photo by Alexis Bolze
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GCU faculty: Going the distance, making a difference

December 12, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Fall semester at GCU was a time of great growth — in students, courses, programs and learning — and as GCU hosts its first winter commencement this afternoon for about 700 traditional graduates, GCU Today takes the opportunity to celebrate the University’s stellar faculty. They have gone beyond the call of duty to assist students inside their classrooms and outside of them, too, dedicating many extra hours, evenings and weekends to student success. Click here to read stories about several of them.

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Fairy Godmother, played by GCU theatre student Kayana Sweeney, has the attention of children at Atonement Lutheran School on Tuesday during a performance of a twist on "Hansel and Gretel."
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COFAP students take fractured fairy tale on the road

December 10, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Grade school pupils in west Phoenix were treated to an entertaining, alternative version of “Hansel and Gretel” this week by students in the College of Fine Arts and Production. It was the first time COFAP took its “second series,” off campus, and the young audiences at five schools got to see live theatre and learn about GCU’s theatre program. They also learned that you can’t always judge a fairy tale by its cover. GCU Today has the story here.

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A grand concert of Christmas favorites planned for Tuesday

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Music Department has a special Christmas gift for you. About 150 student singers and instrumentalists will tell the Christmas story through music at the fifth annual “A Grand Canyon Christmas,” beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, on the southeast corner of campus. Admission is free. GCU Today has a preview here.

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Winter dance show combines movement, emotion, conversation

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s Dance Department performed 10 pieces that evoked a range of emotions among the audiences last weekend at Ethington Theatre. The shows, which included 10 pieces (the last one, “Tunnel,” lasted 20 minutes), were the results of three months of hard work by students and faculty.

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GCU Today Magazine highlights revitalization plan

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine — featuring a comprehensive look at the University’s new plan to strengthen its west Phoenix neighborhood — is available here. The December issue also has a story about GCU nurturing its spiritual-life roots, a feature on the men’s basketball team’s debut on the national sports stage and an article about what a new name and a new dean mean for students in the Colangelo College of Business. Don’t miss our stories about alumni Gustavo Anton’s journey to medical school and Michelle Lara’s road to recovery from a near-fatal accident, plus a profile of online student Komi Lokossou, a broadly smiling goodwill ambassador on GCU’s main campus.

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GCU's Dance Department will present its winter dance concert, "Balance/Opposition," this week in Ethington Theatre.
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Winter dance concert to explore opposing themes

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Faculty and students in GCU’s dance department have been working on their winter dance show, “Balance/Opposition,” since last fall. On Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the talented artists will present a sophisticated series of pieces that communicate the trials of humans through movement. Be prepared to laugh and cry.

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COFAP pioneers concept of onstage student shepherds

December 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Alexis Bolze GCU News Bureau Like one of those resonant quotations that’s attributed to “anonymous,” the origins of the unusual — and possibly unique — student chaplaincy post, which has been embraced by the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University, might never be known. Assistant Dean Dr. Juan Hernandez began allowing music students to select chaplains from among their peers several years ago during preparations for a concert. The request came from students, who wanted to designate someone to handle their spiritual needs before, during and after rehearsals, Hernandez recalled. “Our students spend a significant amount of time together,” he said, “and so it became a way for them to create community, to take ownership of their work and their activities in a way that was not just them being told what to do, and to promote the University’s initiative of faith, learning and leadership.” It was so successful that Hernandez’s students now elect two of their own at the beginning of each school year as ensemble shepherds. With the endorsement of Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, the College of Theology and COFAP Dean Claude Pensis, this voluntary spiritual […]

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Just in time for the holidays, the College of Fine Arts and Production presents a rollicking pot of fun, Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales," in Ethington Theatre.
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Rollicking pot of fun dished up in new Ethington play

November 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas memories from across the pond come to GCU’s Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, as the College of Fine Arts and Production presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Several of the shows are sold out, but there are seats available for Nov. 21-23, and a waiting list is available, too.

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Thunderstruck percussion and guitar ensembles upbeat at first performance

October 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s band program rocked First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix on Tuesday evening during “Boom! Pluck!” The concert featured music by the Thunderstruck Percussion Ensemble and was the debut of the University’s new Guitar Ensemble.  

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