Archive for December, 2011

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Good Neighbor Club Takes Christmas to Serrano Village

December 08, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

The Good Neighbor Club, along with GCU’s refugee outreach workers, hosted a Christmas party on Wednesday night for the University’s neighbors at Serrano Village. Students provided an apartment full of party food and hit the pavement to sing Christmas carols to residents. The Good Neighbor Club, formed in the fall of 2010, has become a fixture at Serrano Village, where the residents include more than 550 refugees from at least a dozen countries, including Iraq, Tanzania, Kenya and Bhutan. The complex is about a half-mile east of campus on Camelback Road.

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N.Y. Times Prompts Cultural Discussion — and Buys Lunch

December 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Sociology Club and ASGCU Multicultural Director Matt Muchna this week hosted the first of what is expected to become a monthly event: “Wednesdays With the Times.” The forum on current events is sponsored by the New York Times as a way to get college students talking about what’s going on in the world. Free distribution of the Times began on campus this fall. A dozen students and a few Christian studies instructors met in COE 102 for the hourlong discussion. Muchna prepared a short multimedia presentation to prime the group for a discussion concerning the Arab Spring and Middle Eastern politics.

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GCU Sponsors Cortez H.S. in Beat the Odds Program

December 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Reid Chitwood is a busy guy — make that very busy — and so he wasn’t too sure about Beat the Odds, a partnership program in which metro Phoenix educational institutions and business sponsor schools with high at-risk populations. “At first, I thought it would be just another thing to do,” admitted Chitwood, the principal at Cortez High School in Glendale, on a tour of the school campus Wednesday. “But it hasn’t turned out that way. It gives me a chance to collaborate with other administrators. It helps me realize that other people have the same concerns.”

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Sports Business Panel Offers Insight Into Success

December 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The new Colangelo School of Sports Business kicked off with a bang Wednesday night as it hosted its first event, a panel discussion involving four sports business owners who successfully started their own companies in a competitive field. Moderated by KTAR sportscaster Paul Calvisi, the panel answered questions that sports business students had submitted earlier, offering both business and sports advice based on experience at turning ideas into fully functioning strategies.

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Actor Talks to Students on Value of Strong Faith

December 07, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Actor Stephen Baldwin was back on the GCU campus Tuesday morning, this time to speak about being a Christian in Hollywood. Having wrapped up the shooting of a comic short he was working on with producer Maria Yano and several COFAP students, Baldwin spoke at two different times at Ethington Theatre. “We wanted to invite Stephen here to talk about having a Christian worldview in Hollywood,” said Christian studies instructor Chip Lamca. “You don’t normally think of Christians in that setting, but they are there.”

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Light ‘Amahl’ Proves Just Right for Ethington Series

December 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

How do you feel about going to the opera? Wait, wait, hold on. Here’s a better question: How do you feel about going to a one-act opera, sung in English, lasting less than an hour, with a simple, sweet story line that even a third-grader could follow? We’re guessing you’re warming up to the idea. It’s tempting to characterize “Amahl and the Night Visitors” as opera for people who don’t like opera, but that would diminish the fine performances and exceptional staging by the College of Fine Arts and Production version, which opened Friday night at Ethington Theatre to a packed house.

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Chapel Speaker’s Church Goes Back to Bible Basics

December 02, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Central Christian Church takes a different approach from most churches, according to Jeremy Jernigan, its pastor of worship arts, who will speak at Monday’s Chapel in GCU Arena. The 50-year-old church, which has four campuses in metropolitan Phoenix, resists the big, bold marketing pushes that are common with megachurches. Instead, it focuses on the Bible and tries to keep things simple. In his visit to GCU, Jernigan will speak on Matthew 21 and the parable of the tenants. He plans to talk about faith as a verb and what it means to live out faith on a daily basis.

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Get a Job: AZ Boys & Girls Club

December 02, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Representatives from the Boys & Girls Club will be on campus December 5, 6 and 7, looking to hire GCU students off-campus jobs. The company will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union. Contact Career Services for more information at 602.639.6606 or careerservices@gcu.edu. Follow Career Services online at: Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/GCUcareerservices Twitter – http://twitter.com/CanyonJobs

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‘Amahl’ Performer Returns to School, Stage at GCU

December 01, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Following the immense success of “Dracula” at Halloween, the Ethington Theatre Series will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a feel-good Christmas story that has its own feel-good story involving a member of the cast. For Claire Penneau, who plays Amahl’s mother, the story and her role weren’t hard to relate to. Penneau, who will turn 38 on Saturday, is a full-time student and a working mother of three. She has spent years as a single parent trying to do what’s best for her children.

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Thunder Alley Hours of Operation and Group Reservation Policies

December 01, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

How to reserve bowling lanes and game room equipment in Thunder Alley. Hours are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. There are 6 lanes, 3 pool tables, 2 ping pong tables, A Golden Tee arcade game, air hockey table, and more.

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