Archive for October, 2017

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Students, genres band together in Canyon Worship

October 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The 2017 Canyon Worship album is an interesting mix of genres, the result of collaboration between students and the freedom they feel to explore their musical talent. “It was a really cool testament to what the body of Christ can do when they’re on the same page,” said one of the artists, sophomore Courtney Welker.

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Slideshow: Saturday commencement ceremonies

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau Nontraditional (online) students from the Colangelo College of Business, the College of Theology, the College of Education and the College of Fine Arts and Production received their diplomas Saturday at Grand Canyon University fall commencement.    

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GCU students release second full album on iTunes

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Press Release With 11 original songs reflecting the Christian music movement of the modern era, students from Grand Canyon University’s Center for Worship Arts have released their second full album, Canyon Worship 2017, on iTunes. The album is a collaboration between the university’s students and guest producers Billy Smiley, formerly of Whiteheart and The Gaithers, and Geoff Hunker of Satellites and Sirens. “The songs are an eclectic mix of musical styles – from southern rock to gospel, pop and smooth jazz – but each of them honors God and points the listener to Him,” said Eric Johnson, recording studio manager in GCU’s College of Theology. Among the album’s highlights is “Prodigal’s Lullaby,” recorded by GCU freshman Courtney Welker, who wrote the song when she was just 17 years old. There’s also “Keep Prayin’,” “which sounds like something you would hear while traveling through a Southern Bayou along the Mississippi River,” Johnson said. “And ‘Never Give Up’ has a groovy disco vibe reminiscent of the resurgence of ‘80s funk.” The album also features several guest artists, including David Ellefson, bass player with the rock band Megadeth and now Mega Life Ministries; Jonathan Crone, producer, engineer and guitarist; and Joel Vaughn, […]

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Slideshow: Friday commencement ceremonies

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau Nontraditional (online) students from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions and the College of Doctoral Studies received their diplomas Friday at Grand Canyon University fall commencement.    

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GCU, students help new cafe transform lives

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Nothing’s impossible when people work hard, have access to the appropriate resources and have faith in the outcome. This is the story behind the Mission Possible Café, formerly an empty eyesore near the Phoenix Rescue Mission. GCU was instrumental in launching the Mexican restaurant, and three students from the Colangelo College of Business’s Hospitality Management program are the supervisors.

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Antelope Intros: Lisa Kneller and Jenna Heffron

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

This week’s edition of Antelope Intros features a university counselor who’s comfortable turning her world upside down and a student services counselor who has something that surprises people.

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This online graduate gets an ‘A’ for perseverance

October 16, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Many online graduates are incredible examples of perseverance, but it’s hard to imagine anyone who showed more heart — and toughness — than Chanel Mack. She underwent five surgeries while earning her degree and never dropped a class.

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‘Big Dog’ Abell cowboys up, earns master’s degree

October 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Mike “Big Dog” Abell entered GCU Arena for fall commencement, not with a graduation cap, but with his signature cowboy hat. Abell, a fixture at the University, earned his master’s degree in professional counseling — something that will help him in his work counseling visually impaired clients at Family Ministry Counseling and Psychotherapy Services. Abell, himself, is blind.

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At crunch time, grads showed what makes them tick

October 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Graduates juggle raising children and balancing jobs with their studies. GCU Today talked to several graduates about the road to receiving their degrees during fall commencement Friday.

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Keynote speaker urges graduates to get in the game

October 13, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

The keynote speaker at fall commencement gave graduates something to remember. Dave Davlin, who combines entertainment with a powerful message, reminded them that like a game of basketball, life is ticking. “No one ever became the hero while sitting on the bench,” he said.

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