Archive for October, 2011

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COE Students Hear a Call to Commitment at Conference

October 26, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” The quote by Henry Brooks Adams was the theme of keynote speaker Amanda McAdams at the College of Education’s student conference in GCU Arena on Wednesday morning. The conference, put on in partnership with the Arizona Educational Foundation, was opened with a prayer by Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin and an introduction by COE Assistant Dean Carlyn Ludlow, who told the students that teaching has to come from the heart.

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GCU Announces Colangelo School of Sports Business

October 25, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Grand Canyon University entered into a partnership Tuesday with one of the most powerful and respected sports executives in the country as it formally announced the creation of a Jerry Colangelo School of Sports Business. The school will be part of the Ken Blanchard College of Business at the University, with its enrollment expected to grow as high as 1,000 students in five years under the direction of Dr. Brian C. Smith, a former basketball player at the University of New Mexico. More than 300 students currently are sports business majors at GCU, which created the major in mid-2010 — the only one of its kind in Arizona.

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Spiritually Speaking: Fulfill Your Purpose

October 25, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

What is your purpose? What is the reason you live? I know those are heavy questions, but take it from the Scripture’s perspective. “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” says Proverbs 29:18. Without a directive, you just wander. And that doesn’t refer only to your college degree choice. Rather, without knowing who you were created by, and what He created you for, there is a good chance nothing will satisfy your pursuit for purpose.

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Switchfoot Worth the Wait, Brings Arena to Life

October 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Last Friday night’s Switchfoot show took the GCU Arena concert experience to a whole new level, speaking volumes of the facility’s capabilities. It was well worth the wait when the lights finally dimmed, strobes sporadically flashed like a kaleidoscope and fans erupted with screams as Foreman and the band opened with “Mess of Me.”

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Chapel Hears Message on Parable of Talents

October 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Don Wilson, senior pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, brought the message to this morning’s Chapel from the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. Wilson’s key points: God owns everything and we are merely managers; we are all equally important to God but not equally gifted; what matters most is how we use what we have; and our attitude determines the fruit that we bear. “God has positioned GCU to be a five-talent university,” Wilson said, “but the X-factor is you.”

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Antelope Reception Center Makes Stylish Debut

October 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Everyone knows that first impressions are important. Because of this, GCU has pulled out all the stops when it comes to welcoming prospective students to campus for the first time. The Antelope Reception Center in the northwest corner of the new Arena has been designed to ensure that prospective students and their families have the best first impression of the University. “When a student is coming to GCU for the first time, we want to make sure we’ve rolled out the ‘purple carpet’ for them,” says Shannon Landers, director of the ARC. “This is going to be the first part of campus they see.”

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Fear Factor: GCU’s Production of ‘Dracula’ Has It

October 24, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Those who packed the theatre over the weekend expecting a campy stage version of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel experienced something else entirely: an armrest-gripping thriller that’s easily the most serious, ambitious work the GCU theatre program has done since returning last fall from a four-year hiatus. “Dracula,” using American playwright Steven Dietz’s true-to-Stoker script written in 1996, unifies Assistant Dean Bill Symington’s staging, Dean Claude Pensis’ lighting and Nola Yergen’s costuming as never before. Even more remarkable is this: Five of the seven main characters in Friday’s opening-night performance were new to the Ethington stage — including three freshmen. From their polish and poise, you’d never know it.

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Lip Sync at Arena Brings Out the Dance Moves

October 21, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

A formula for success has emerged in GCU’s student lip-sync contest, a full-on spectacle that moved into the Arena on Thursday night. To score points with the crowd and the judges, contestants are advised to have (a) a killer look, (b) some smart dance moves or, preferably, (c) both. The Frothy Boyz, who performed to the gone-but-not-forgotten “Ice Ice Baby,” brought the complete package and took first place before an enthusiastic crowd of about 800.

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New GCU Fight Song Ready to Rock and Roll

October 21, 2011 / by / 5 Comments

You know what a typical school fight song sounds like. And that’s a problem, isn’t it? Because truthfully, they all sound the same: overly brassy marching music with lyrics as outdated as Grandpa’s moth-eaten letter sweater. Yawn. Get ready for something completely different. Get ready for Trevor McNevan, who has written the yet-untitled GCU fight song that will make its raucous debut over the Arena sound system at Monday’s Chapel.

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Chapel Speaker Wilson Has Game Plan for Church

October 21, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Don Wilson has been told that he sounds more like a coach than a preacher. “For a lot of people, church isn’t very relevant in their lives because it’s boring to them,” says Wilson, a former coach and college basketball player who serves as senior pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, one of the largest churches in metropolitan Phoenix. “So I try to engage people by what’s relevant to them and try to relate things to their lives.”

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