Archive for October, 2011

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Four Students Selected to Act in Short Film

October 21, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

GCU theatre students got the experience of a lifetime on Thursday when they attended a casting call on campus for a short film. For students accustomed to performing, that might not seem like such a big deal, except that the film they were auditioning for is being directed by a Baldwin brother. Yes, those Baldwins.

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Swimmer Ivarsson Puts Heart on the Line for GCU

October 20, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

What is the biggest fear for an athlete? Underachievement? Injury? How about facing a potentially life-threatening condition and believing that you might never again be able to participate in the sport you love? If you want the answer, ask GCU swimmer Johan Ivarsson. In October 2010, his second season with the Antelopes, Ivarsson began to notice something out of the ordinary while in the pool.

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Formal Groundbreaking for New CAS Building

October 18, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Ground was broken Tuesday on the four-story College of Arts and Sciences classroom building, scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1. The building was designed by the Phoenix architectural firm of Orcutt Winslow and will be built by Pono Construction of Glendale. Construction will begin in a week. “This building will represent the mind, body and spirit of everything we do on campus,” CAS Dean Mark Wooden told those assembled for a brief ceremony. “It will be the academic heart of this University.”

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Ethington Series Takes Serious Turn With ‘Dracula’

October 18, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

How could GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production possibly top the success of last year’s Ethington Theatre Series? Sophomore Nathan de Laet was wondering the same thing over the summer as he reported for rehearsals of “You Can’t Take It With You,” the comedy that opened this year’s series in early September. Dean Claude Pensis supplied the answer early on. “Last year was fun,” Pensis told the student cast, “but this year will be a step up.”

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Slideshow: Inaugural Children’s Cancer Run a Big Success

October 17, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The much-anticipated Run to Fight Children’s Cancer 5K/10K took place Saturday at GCU, and the outcome couldn’t have been better. Thanks to sponsors, volunteers, walkers, runners and countless supporters, GCU was able to present a check worth $20,000 to the Children’s Cancer Network, the event’s beneficiary. “With over 900 runners registered and 1,500 people on campus, it’s safe to say this was a huge success,” said Community Outreach Manager Jose Moreno.

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Ravi Zacharias Delivers Thought-Provoking Talk

October 17, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

Ravi Zacharias, one of the most prominent defenders of the Christian faith in the world today, brought an intellectually engaging perspective to a large audience Sunday evening at GCU Arena. “Helping the thinker believe, helping the believer think” is Zacharias’ apt summary of his ministry, which travels the globe with the message of the Gospel. “Where Is God?” was the topic for Zacharias’ talk, sponsored by Pinnacle Forum and CityServe AZ, and he got to the point quickly.

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GCU Choirs Off to Strong Start in New Year

October 17, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It’s amazing that First Southern Baptist Church is still standing after GCU’s three choirs raised the roof on the place Friday night. The first choral concert of the fall semester found the Canyon Chorale, the Canyon Singers and the New Life Singers on top of their game — and provided a clear indication of just how far the Music Department has come in a year under the direction of Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez and vocal coach Sheila Corley.

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Chapel Speaker Hines to Bring Joy to Campus

October 14, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

As the father of five girls, Derik Hines says with a laugh that he knows all about drama. The youngest of those girls, Ashley, has made it a big part of her life. She’s now a sophomore theatre major at GCU and has been in several productions since the University’s revival of the arts program a year ago. Ashley — and the rest of GCU — can hear her dad speak at Monday’s Chapel in GCU Arena. Derik, the teaching pastor at Community Church of Joy in Glendale for the past two years, will use Luke 15 as his text.

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Health & Fitness: The ‘D’ Word

October 14, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Today is the day you will begin to never “diet” again! Your new definition of diet is your Daily Intake of Energy Treats! Your daily eating plan and your five meals a day is your diet. No deprivation, all real foods, no packaged or precooked foods. Just a good, healthy eating plan.

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Cancer Run Not Just a Race, It’s a Big-Time Event

October 12, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Maybe you can run in a race, but can you run a race? Jose Moreno, GCU’s community outreach manager, insists he’s not a good candidate to run five or 10 kilometers, as hundreds will do on Saturday morning in the inaugural Run to Fight Children’s Cancer on campus. “This is not just a race,” says Moreno, who has been with the University since January. “It’s a family event that supports a great cause. And we get to utilize our brand-new Arena.”

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