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GCU spirit on display in Dance team’s national title

January 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Dance coach Jacque Genung-Koch said it was “pretty exciting and super humbling” when her team won the Division I Game Day competition Friday in the Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships at Orlando, Fla. “We got the chance to do what we do at home, on a national stage. It was exciting to bring what we are, who we are at GCU, for other teams to see and for a judging panel,” she said. The team also finished second in the jazz competition.

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Cheer team finishes runner-up at nationals

January 22, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Cheer team earned its best finish ever — second place in the Division I Game Day event — Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships at Orlando, Fla. “The biggest thing is GCU made a name for ourselves and we really stood out,’’ co-captain Casey Traut said. “We had someone tell us that we started a legacy for this school.”

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GCU music faculty doubles fun at ‘Duets’ recital

January 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Just a day after GCU’s music faculty hosts the All-Regional Honor Band Audition Workshop, they’ll be nestled in the University’s Recording Studio on Tuesday night for the faculty recital, “Duets.” Adjunct clarinet professor Tim Haas will perform duets with flutist Dr. Jenna Daum, oboe instructor Dr. Rachel Messing, tuba player Kevin Bock, guitarist Dr. Jonathan Crissman and alto saxophone player Dr. Scott Zimmer. Also performing will be GCU alumna Grace Baughman. “We have some major faculty here. I always love collaborating with the faculty because they’re so good,” said Haas of the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Dance team wins national title; Cheer team second

January 17, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Spirit team’s ability to fire up the crowd will be the key to the Game Day competition in the Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships, which begin Friday in Orlando, Fla. The Dance team also will compete in a traditional favorite, the Jazz event, and the Cheer team will show its athleticism in the small Co-ed Division I event. Also, Thunder and the drum line are participating in a demonstration of spirited and rhythmic collaboration.

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She’s a 7-year-old gymnast … and cancer survivor

January 17, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Gwyn Satterlee, 7, cartwheels along the mat — and cartwheels and cartwheels — at her Chandler gymnastics studio. But it wasn’t long ago when the young gymnast didn’t have enough energy to do even one cartwheel. She was just 4 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. This year, she will serve as the honorary race starter for the 2019 Children’s Cancer Network Run to Fight Children’s Cancer, headed to the GCU campus for the ninth year on March 16.

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Students hear tales of hard knocks in sports business

January 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Colangelo College of Business Dean’s Speaker Series brought another industry leader to campus Tuesday. Students got to hear from Greg Hanover, who told them fascinating tales about his former career as an executive in the National Hockey League. But Hanover’s talks to multiple classes also included a very important message: Be prepared to work long hours and don’t plan on making a lot of money starting out.

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Full-menu Taco Bell spices up GCU dining options

January 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

“Taco Bell saves lives!” according to one online comment. Well, maybe not. But it certainly is making a lot of GCU students happy. After a long wait, Taco Bell opened its doors for employee training on Monday, complete with free tacos and burritos. Students were excited, including a group of eight in the University’s Ultimate Frisbee Club, who decided to camp out until the doors opened. Along with Pita Jungle, it’s the second addition this week to the campus’ expanding dining options.

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McDowell demonstrates how to soothe pain of past

January 15, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Some Chapel talks quote Bible verses. Some deliver a message in a creative way. But Josh McDowell’s style centers on a very direct message based on a very difficult personal experience. The Christian apologist and evangelist told a story Monday morning that had the audience’s rapt attention.

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TEDxGCU preview shows off students’ innovations

January 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

TEDxGCU, scheduled for Feb. 22 in Ethington Theatre, was previewed Friday night in ways that showed off the creativity of the students producing it. With a set styled after “The Tonight Show” to the addition of Caleb Duarte as emcee, the event had the look and feel of work done by professionals. Moving the preview to GCBC also proved to be a wise decision.

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Students learn business end of starting a startup

January 11, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The Colangelo College of Business Dean’s Speaker Series kicked off for the spring semester Thursday, and first up was someone who has first-hand experience of what it’s like to go from the corporate world to a startup. Rachel Mertensmeyer explained to students what it takes to succeed besides the guts to take a chance.

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