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New programs connect to communication changes

April 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

How people communicate has changed drastically over the past several years, and anyone with a mobile phone knows just how crazy that can get. GCU will equip students for those continued changes with six new programs of study. New bachelor’s programs in Social Media and Professional Writing and three new Communications emphases will launch in the fall and highlight the ethics, civility and judgment in media and communications that are sorely needed these days.

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Seniors’ broadcast relives pain of saying goodbye

April 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Before seniors Morgan McCall, Ryan Ardelt and Alex Cavanaugh walk the Commencement stage later this month, the trio of friends had one more project up their sleeves. What started as an original submission to a 24-hour playwriting festival was adapted to an audio broadcast performance scheduled to premiere at 7 p.m. today. “It feels like coming home,” said McCall, the director. “It’s all amounted to this. All of us have worked really hard in this program, and our friendship has led up to this moment and all of our skills have led up to this moment.”

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How GCU scored points with pandemic innovations

March 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There were innovations aplenty as GCU dealt with the pandemic. But none of the required alterations were more visible than the cutouts in GCU Arena, where the basketball environment still was plenty loud enough to be noticed by visiting coaches. Reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine.

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Slideshow: Spring Faculty Dance Concert

March 26, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Garrett Ohrenberg GCU News Bureau The “Beyond Limits” Spring Faculty Dance Concert will have performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, at the stage outside the Fine Arts Building. Friday night’s performance will be livestreamed and will begin at 7 p.m., in order to showcase five dance films. The livestream can be viewed on GCU’s YouTube channel.    

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Spring Faculty Dance Concert goes ‘Beyond Limits’

March 26, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a year full of pushing limits, and that’s what will be portrayed Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, at the “Beyond Limits” Spring Faculty Dance Concert. The performance will showcase seven live pieces and five films and can be viewed via livestream. “With all of the challenges that this pandemic has thrown at our students and everyone in this world, this show is really about finding ways to transcend the limits and finding ways to move forward and grow despite all of these limitations that we’ve had,” Dance Director Bekki Price said.

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GCU students excel again at Kennedy Center festival

March 24, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Theatre Department had another big year at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Brandon Brown and Abby Yee made it to the finals of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and Morgan McCall was offered a $1,500 scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts program. “I really focus on the feedback that they get at this level of performance more than if they get trophies,” Acting instructor Michael Kary said. “We have been doing better and better. I think that our school has grown in reputation because of its presence at the festival over the last few years.”

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Outdoor Film Festival celebrates students’ work

March 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Seven awards were distributed Thursday night in the GCU Film Festival, held outdoors to celebrate a year’s worth of students’ hard work during a uniquely challenging time. “What I really liked about the films we got this year is that I think they represented making lemonade out of lemons,” Film Department Director Lisa Tervo said. “There’s so much creativity and so many interesting turns that they took to be able to create these films against so many obstacles that it was amazing to see what they were able to do.”

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‘The Misanthrope’ modernizes Molière’s classic

March 10, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

It’s a tale of truth, hypocrisy and humor. It’s Molière’s “The Misanthrope.” As Ethington Theatre wraps up another memorable season, audiences are afforded one last opportunity for the 2020-21 academic year to experience COFAP’s “Theatre under the Stars” with a modernized rendition of the classic comedy. “It doesn’t take long to fall in love with the story and figure out how all of these crazy characters are going to get out of the messes that they’ve made,” said Assistant Director Tyler Sorrels. “I think this really encapsulates the end of our season.”

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Spotlight Concert brings 15 student works to stage

March 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s time for students’ choreography to shine. The Spring Student Spotlight Concert debuted Monday night on the Quad and will be performed again at 7:30 Tuesday night. The concert showcases 15 student pieces, some in person and some on film. “The Student Spotlight is always one of my favorite concerts at GCU because it really shows the diversity of our student choreographers,” Dance Director Bekki Price said. “I think one of the exciting things is just having the opportunity to be outside and see art when so much of the world’s art has been shut down and there aren’t a lot of live performances happening.”

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Faculty Focus: Sheila Schumacher

March 06, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Sheila Schumacher, Director of Digital Design Programs in the College of Fine Arts and Production, believes in process. “If you work the process,” she says, “the process will work for you, whatever the process is.” She also believes in guiding students in whatever ways she can and considers that her greatest achievement even though she had an extremely successful career in design. “Teaching is my primary field now, and the opportunity to design a logo doesn’t get me out of bed in the morning,” she says.

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