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Impactful commencement hits home with graduates

December 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Many of the graduates at winter commencement are the smarties who earn extra credits, work extra hard and make a big impact even though they graduate in fewer than four years. But, for them, Friday’s ceremonies are a bit bittersweet because of the relationships they built and the experiences they had in their relatively short stay at GCU.

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First IT grads establish links with each other, GCU

December 14, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The rapidly expanding College of Science, Engineering and Technology on Friday will graduate its first internet technology students. Paul Rodriguez, Jake Womer, Bridgette Smith and Timothy Prescott said it has been a challenging maneuvering through a new program, but found comfort in the words of their professors their freshman year in 2014, who told them they would need to stick together through it all.

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Lope makes special effort for Special Olympics

December 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Sarah Shea joined more than 200 fellow supporters of Special Olympics when she rappelled down Phoenix’s CityScape building recently. The GCU student made the descent in honor of her friends, Hannah Hall, who has Down Syndrome, and Meghan Bailey, who has cerebral palsy.

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Fuel for Finals is a warm display of love

December 08, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Volunteers were out in force again Thursday as Fuel for Finals gave students prayers, encouragement and some treats as they prepare for exams. “When people came to lay hands on me, I kind of got this feeling that God knew I needed that little boost,” nursing student Kendall Johnson said.

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Dance concert to find beat in pacemaker, much more

December 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Dance Ensemble’s winter concert, “The Arc Between,” will explore everything from jazz to ballet to social issues and even swimming. More than 40 dancers and nine choreographers are involved in the production 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Grand Canyon University’s Ethington Theatre.

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Slideshow: Snow Much Fun

December 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau Snow Much Fun, hosted by Grand Canyon University’s Canyon Activities Board, was a nighttime celebration of the holiday season providing students a unique combination of winter-themed fun, crafts and an end-of-the-semester stress relief. More than 1,800 students gathered at Canyon Field on Dec. 1 for sled rides, s’mores, snowball fights and to win prizes and make gingerbread houses. Student Engagement Coordinator Carly Baum said, “It was an epic Christmas hangout with lots to do. Everything that CAB does is about fun and also building community. While it looks like it’s just a ton of snow (20 tons, to be exact), it is part of getting people together and make sure they are living the GCU experience.”   

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GCU Overwatch team reaches Sweet 16

December 01, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

The six members of GCU’s eSports Overwatch varsity team met in January, but a striking synergy helped meld six minds into one Cinderalla team that made it to the Sweet 16 out of 220 teams and was the only Arizona team to make it to this far.

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Slideshow: Hanging of the Greens

November 30, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Suede Williams GCU News Bureau Thousands of students packed GCU Arena Wednesday night for the annual Hanging of the Greens, a holiday party to get students into the spirit of the season.

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Behind the scenes during the making of ‘Tartuffe’

November 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The seven student designers who commenced in June with scarcely more than their titles gave birth in October to a grand, full-scale production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” at Ethington Theatre, brought to life by a cast brimming with energy and talent. “It has been a great joy to work with them and watch them grow throughout the process,” said Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production.

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Even little red-haired girls will love ‘Charlie Brown’

November 17, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill Photos by Travis Neely GCU News Bureau Charlie Brown is befuddled, Sally is mad, Schroeder is intense, Snoopy is cool and Lucy — well, Lucy is just plain Lucy. Whether you’re a big fan of Charles M. Schulz’ Peanuts characters or just meeting them for the first time, you’re sure to find them captivating in Ethington Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which opens today at 7:30 p.m. Tonight’s production is sold out and tickets are selling fast for remaining shows because of the sizzle generated by the singing-and-dancing romp performed by actors whose sheer delight in playing their roles shows in every facial expression and line. “For me, the Peanuts comic strips were a huge part of my childhood and upbringing, and for Charles M. Schulz to have kept it going for 60 years — and be able to connect generation to generation — is amazing,” said Scott Campell, the director. “I hope that whether audience members see themselves as a Lucy, or a Sally, or Schroeder, Charlie Brown or Linus, that they feel welcome and part of the family.” Spot-on costumes, over-the-top hair and make-up and oversized props and furniture help create the […]

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