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‘Social NOTworking’ week encourages students to ‘disconnect to reconnect’

March 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU will host “Social NOTworking,” an weeklong initiative to encourage college students to stop visiting social media sites for a week to reconnect with peers. Social events are scheduled for each day this week.

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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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GCU students help at MLK March

January 20, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Photos courtesy of Marquis Scott Nine GCU students who are members of the University’s Circle K International Club helped with the safety of the more than 1,000 marchers who gathered Monday for the city of Phoenix’s annual celebration of the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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New band, local churches highlight spring Chapel/theGathering

December 10, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By Cooper Nelson GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University will continue its fall Chapel/theGathering theme, “Making a Difference,” in the spring semester with a new crop of pastors from West Valley churches scheduled to speak at the popular Monday morning service in GCU Arena. Chapel will remain at 11:15 a.m., with message-board announcements beginning at 11. Students and staff will hear messages from pastors from Fellowship Church, Catalyst Church, New City Church and Bethany Bible Church of Phoenix, along with Faith Bible Church and Church of the Cross of Glendale and Gateway Church of Scottsdale.  Pastors from East Valley parishes, including The Grove Church and Redemption Church, also will be on campus next semester. GCU’s Director of Spiritual Life Danielle Rinnier said a conscious effort was made to bring in pastors from churches near campus to encourage students to join local church communities and expand their worship habits. “We know Chapel isn’t a church service and we really want students to get involved with local churches,” Rinnier said. “We really want to allow students to hear the message from pastors of great local churches so they will hopefully reach out and try these churches and find a good fit.” Jared Ulrich, worship coordinator, held freshman-only auditions in […]

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Peoria wins annual turkey drive for The Salvation Army, keeps trophy

December 04, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Peoria office raised $1,281.35 during November’s Big Give Turkey Drive for The Salvation Army, besting the other University locations and earning the right to keep the coveted trophy for one more year.

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Chariot races in history class

December 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Jeff Dykhuizen GCU News Bureau As he has in semesters past, professor Dr. David Dean on Tuesday hosted a Roman chariot race game simulation for students in his history class, HIS-318 (Near-Eastern History). Members of the History Club, which Dean advises, also enjoyed the races and watched “Ben Hur” to get in the spirit. Dean is a proponent of showing history to make lessons come to life, and has led students on field trips to Civil War reenactments and other events.  

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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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