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Employees draw on creativity for art show

January 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Curriculum Design and Development Department creates the curriculum students study in their Grand Canyon University coursework but took time out on Friday to showcase some of their creativity in the department’s first art show. But the show was anything but paint by numbers. According to curriculum developer Ruth Douthitt, it also helped build a sense of community among the employees.

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Students get into the act at Second City workshop

January 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

“You’re a collector of Coca-Cola products!” “You’re a flight attendant who accidentally boarded a cruise!” GCU students threw suggestions at their teammates, who had seconds to create a character, right then and there, as part of an improv workshop Saturday. The workshop was helmed by improvisationists with The Second City Touring Co., who were in Phoenix performing in “It’s Not You, It’s Me” at Phoenix Theatre. It was the first time talent from The Second City, which launched the careers of Steve Carell, Mike Myers, Jordan Peele and Tina Fey, to name a few, led a workshop on campus. “These opportunities are few and far between,” senior history and secondary education student Garrett LaPorte said.

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CCOB opening launches busy spring events calendar

January 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a big year so far, but there’s more to come in 2018-19. The spring semester will kick off with the grand opening of the new 150,000-plus-square foot Colangelo College of Business Building on Jan. 9 and will barrel forward through April and May with signature events such as the Canyon Challenge, Mr. GCU, the Theatre Department’s presentation of Holocaust drama “Who Will Carry the Word,” Serve the City in February, the Roadshow Tour at GCU Arena, basketball and much more. Check out some highlights from GCU Today’s 2019 Winter-Spring Calendar.

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Hark! GCU’s choirs sing, celebrate season

December 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

On the heels of performing Handel’s “Messiah” and various faculty and student recitals, the busy GCU Music Department is at it again, this time readying itself for its annual Christmas concert. The Canyon Chorale and Critical Mass will perform everything from Arnesen’s “Magnificat,” which centers around the text of Luke 2 and the birth of Jesus, to a medley of holiday tunes from popular a cappella group Pentatonix. The concert begins at 7 Thursday night at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix.

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Raw beauty of dance ‘Uncovered’ at concert

December 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dancers will look as if they’re walking on walls. They’ll leap elegantly and athletically in the air in classic ballet movements. They’ll create precise lines. All of those stylistic movements will unfurl at Ethington Dance Ensemble’s Winter Dance Concert, to be performed this weekend at Ethington Theatre.

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Pipers pipe GCU holiday spirit into Andre House

December 03, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

More than nine pipers were piping at Andre House of Arizona in downtown Phoenix on Sunday. Fifteen members of GCU’s Clarinet Studio performed at Andre House, which serves the city’s most needy populations, during dinner service. “I love doing this,” said Clarinet Studio musician and junior biology major Allissa Hernandez. “It’s important to give back you your community — giving your time to give them joy and give them happiness.”

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GCU goes big — Hallelujah! — for ‘Messiah’

November 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Choral Society doesn’t just perform Handel’s “Messiah” every year, it does so on a grand scale. Tuesday’s concert at GCU Arena will feature almost the full version and will include a 110-member choir as well as the professional musicians of the Canyon Symphony Orchestra, four soloists and a high school choir.

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A ‘Starcatcher’ is born at Ethington Theatre

November 16, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Before there was Peter Pan, before there was Tinkerbell, before there was Captain Hook, there was “Peter and the Starcatcher.” GCU’s Theatre Department is bringing the origin story of the boy who refused to grow up to the Ethington Theatre stage. The play opens tonight for a two-weekend run.

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Disney animator draws crowd for ‘Ralph’ talk

November 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Michelle Robinson, Character Look Development Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios, provided an inside look at the making of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and other Disney animated films during a talk Tuesday at Ethington Theatre. As one student put it, “I’m just so inspired by them.”

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Wind Ensemble concert to summon the heroes

November 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In the shadow of Veterans Day, GCU’s Wind Ensemble will perform a hero-themed concert called “Summon the Heroes,” featuring works that celebrate heroes of all kinds, from those who served in World War II to riders of the Pony Express and 18th-century fur trappers and traders. The concert, to be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, also will mark the debut of the Black Canyon Chamber Winds.

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