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Graduation a Serious Day for a Funny Guy

May 09, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Although senior psychology major Tim Jones graduated on Friday, he won’t be leaving Grand Canyon University just yet. Jones, a campus finance counselor known for his carefree manner and sense of humor, will be starting a master’s program with the goal of becoming a sports psychologist.

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GCU’s Class of 2011 Shares Stadium Stage

May 06, 2011 / by / 13 Comments

Grand Canyon University gave a rousing sendoff Friday afternoon to the Class of 2011 and to Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, in the final Commencement to be held at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the opening of the 5,000-seat Arena in September, Commencement will be on campus next spring. An estimated 2,200 degree candidates participated Friday in the ceremony at the baseball stadium, which hosted GCU for the third consecutive year. The University conferred more than 8,000 degrees, and those included the first members of its College of Doctoral Studies.

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GCU’s Choirs End on an Impressive Note

May 06, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

By Doug Carroll Communications Staff The spectacular return of quality choral music to campus was celebrated Thursday night at Ethington Theatre with the Music Department’s final concert of the school year. Performances by the Canyon Chorale and Canyon Singers, along with solo selections by soprano Christina Cullers and pianist Julianne Forté, served as confirmation that GCU lost nothing as a magnet for talent in the arts during a four-year hiatus for the program. Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez and vocal coach Sheila Corley clearly know how to develop that talent, and their second year of teamwork should be even better. The Commencement concert functioned much like a greatest-hits performance, with music that had been performed earlier in the year. The range in the seven choral numbers was substantial, from the doo-wop rhythms of Shaw’s “Java Jive” to the classic spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” to Cymbala’s achingly beautiful “Lead Me Lord.” Cullers and Forté were announced as GCU Scholarship Foundation grant winners, along with pianist Tabitha Kaminski. Cullers sang an aria from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” and Forté played Debussy’s “Jardis sous la pluie.” Both are supremely talented performers for whom the sky is the limit. Forté, who finds time also to […]

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Convocation Speaker Brown Praises GCU’s Core Values

May 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The president and CEO of Tallhouse Consulting gave the keynote speech for the convocation of the colleges of Nursing and Health Sciences on Thursday afternoon at Phoenix First Assembly of God Church.

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Future Teachers Told of ‘Defining Moments’ Ahead

May 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The executive director of the Arizona K-12 Center told prospective College of Education graduates on Thursday morning to expect “defining moments” involving unlikely sources as their teaching careers take shape. In her keynote address to the COE convocation at Phoenix First Assembly of God Church, Dr. Kathy Weibke told of small things that ultimately had a profound impact on her course in life.

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Ken Blanchard Calls for ‘New Wave’ of Leaders

May 05, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

Dr. Ken Blanchard told a convocation audience on Wednesday afternoon that servant leadership involves being a servant first and a leader second. “We need you to go out as a new wave that will lead in a different way,” Blanchard said to the degree candidates. “Self-serving leaders think the bottom line is No. 1. But servant leadership is love in action.”

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Alumnus Kary Speaks to COLA Convocation

May 04, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

It’s the definition of happiness rather than its pursuit that makes all the difference, GCU alumnus Michael Kary told Wednesday morning’s College of Liberal Arts convocation in his keynote speech. “Happiness comes from work that lines up with your purpose and from finding people to do that work with,” Kary said.

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EthingTonys Honor Best in 2010/11 COFAP Productions

April 29, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

The GCU College of Fine Arts and Production celebrated its returning year to the Ethington Theatre stage with the EthingTony Awards. Alpha Psi Omega organized the catered, black tie event with several performances, monologues and songs from this year’s productions.

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April ‘FYP’ Now Available on Campus and Online

April 25, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The April 2011 issue of FYP is now available at locations around campus including the Student Union, the Promenade, Latte Dah, Canyon Cafe and more. Get your copy at locations all around Grand Canyon University or click here for the PDF version.

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Colangelo Shares Keys to Success in CEO Lecture Series

April 20, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

“Each of you have your own journey,” says Jerry Colangelo. “It will be influenced by the choices you make and the risks you take.” The GCU and AZ Business Magazine CEO Lecture Series wrapped up the Spring 2011 semester with one of the most successful and well-respected executives in professional sports. Colangelo is the current chairman of the USA Basketball Board of Directors and is well known for his success with the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks.

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