Archive for December, 2014

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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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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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Worship Arts showcases talent, togetherness

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The first Worship Arts Showcase was Monday night in Thunderground, and if it’s a portent of things to come in the new Center for Worship Arts, it will be something to see. Students performed, for the first time, songs they had written, and even Bart Millard, the director of the Center and the front man for MercyMe, was amazed.

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Worship Arts Showcase features 20 original songs

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The 40 students in the new Center for Worship Arts at Grand Canyon University put on quite a performance Monday night in Thunderground. All of the 20 songs were originals written by the students this semester.  

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Speech and debate team earns more top honors

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This weekend marked the fourth time this semester that GCU’s student speech and debate team earned first-place honors at a major collegiate forensics competition. GCU Today has a story with more about the team’s fall successes, capped by multiple Top 5 finishes at events at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s Fall Championships Tournament at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and how it has evolved under the direction of communications instructor Barry Regan.

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What’s the big idea? Canyon Challenge first deadline approaches

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The first deadline for the Canyon Challenge, the annual competition open to anyone on campus who has a plan for a startup business, is coming up next month. If you have a great idea that you’re dying to take to market, this is a way to test its viability and get considerable cash to jumpstart it.

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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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Fall Fitness Challenge brings out athletic community

December 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau Grand Canyon University athletes got to compete against each other — and have a little fun — Thursday in the Fall Fitness Challenge. “It’s all about teams getting to be with each other and supporting each other,” said Chuck Howard, GCU’s director of performance athletics. “My thing is to make a community out of it. We’re all in this together.” The athletes competed in a variety of events, everything from pushing sleds and flipping truck tires to running obstacle courses and doing pull-ups, and then had an after-party at the pool at which Jerome Garrison (basketball) and Madeline McArthur (soccer) sang, several other current and former athletes gave testimonies, 100 Bibles were handed out and 30 athletes decided to give their lives to Jesus Christ. The winner in the men’s competition was a group that combined athletes from the golf and tennis teams, and the same combination won on the women’s side. (Who said golfers and tennis players aren’t athletes?) But the 250 athletes who participated all were winners in one way or another. “We want to do it around finals because they’re stressed and this is good stress relief,” Howard said.  

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Antelope Intros: Hannah Gates and Andy Morgosh

December 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features a world traveler who keeps adding to the list of countries she has visited and a multiplication wizard who keeps adding to the list of outdoor challenges he has tackled. These are two people who have a number of interesting stories to tell.

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