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Biggest hiring event of year attracts 633 students

October 10, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Strategic Employer Initiatives and Internships goes to great lengths to make sure GCU students have an almost endless number of opportunities to turn their degrees into good-paying jobs, and those efforts were on display in a big way Wednesday afternoon at Meet the Agencies in the Colangelo College of Business Building courtyard. The event drew 57 companies and 633 students — easily the most students at one job fair this year.

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Ethington is all ‘Arms’ in for second play

October 04, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

For fans of Romantic Comedies, than Ethington theatre has the production for you, in it’s second play of the season. “Arms and the Man” is a play written by George Bernard Shaw and showcases a number of central character’s journey to find true love. “I think it’s super interesting sort of the way holds up over time and the way that the meaning shifts,” Alexander Cavanaugh said. “Since the play was originally an anti-war piece, how we’re honing in now on the romanization and the way we present ourselves verses how we actually are as people, it’s cool to see how that translates today and holds up as a piece of art.”

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‘Starcatcher’ production bags four ariZoni Awards

September 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

References to the Ethington Theatre’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” last year will have to be amended — now you can say it was an award-winning production. GCU’s Theatre Department took home four ariZoni Awards for “Starcatcher” — best overall production, Megan Sutton for Actress in a Supporting Role and Michael Kary for Director and Fight Choreography. “Winning at all now is really hard because it’s so big,” Assistant Dean William Symington said of the ariZonis, the state’s version of the Tony Awards.

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GCU students win awards in regional film festival

September 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Earlier this month two COFAP film students won awards from the Rocky Mountain Southwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards. Brittney Ha-Nguyen took home a College Music Video award for One Last Dance,” and Ryan Brennan won the College Short Form Fiction award for “Ruthless.” “It was a really good experience. It was really encouraging to be around other filmmakers from other schools, and it was really encouraging to see that me and my friends here are at the same level for festival-quality work,” Brennan said.

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Theatre Department earns 20 ariZoni nominations

September 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Theatre Department earned 20 ariZoni Awards nominations for last year’s productions of “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Ring Round the Moon,” and Christina McSheffrey was selected as one of three winners of the 2019 Zoni Scholarship. “I think it just speaks volumes about the education they’re receiving and how we try to work as much as possible to help them be ready to move on to either grad school or into entertainment as a profession,” said Claude Pensis, College of Fine Arts and Productions Dean and also an ariZoni Nominee. The award ceremony is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday in Scottsdale.

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Theatre designer reaches finals of world competition

September 18, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

Anyone who has seen an Ethington Theatre performance in the last 20 years has seen the artistry of Nola Yergen’s costumes, so it should come as no surprise that Yergen and her collaborator have been chosen as two of eight designers from the U.S. in the World of WearableArt international design competition. Yergen, Costume Designer and Assistant Professor in the College of Fine Arts and Production, certainly didn’t expect it, however. “It really was kind of a shock,” she said. Winners will be announced Sept. 27.

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Providing a strong Foundation for Christian teaching

September 16, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The One Foundation Lunch and Learns, which began Friday, offer a perfect opportunity for faculty members to learn more about teaching from a Christian perspective. “It sustains a conversation that is necessary,” said Dr. Jason Hiles, Dean of the College of Theology. Five more one-hour sessions are scheduled during the academic year, and the first 100 people to sign up get a free lunch.

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Faculty Focus: Brian Gerber

September 09, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Brian Gerber, Assistant Professor of Digital Film, teaches College of Fine Arts and Production students about both filmmaking and digital design, which makes him an authority on more than just how to put a film together successfully — he also can speak to where films fit in today’s media. He’s all about helping filmmakers do a better job with the hundreds of decisions they have to make.

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COFAP draws on industry guests for student success

September 05, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Fine Arts and Production gives students many opportunities to connect with industry professionals. Students from multiple programs in the college have a chance to engage with guest dance artists and directors, scene designers and a professional drone cinematographer, to name a few. “I think it has to do with our push and our goal of helping our students succeed once they leave here,” said Claude Pensis, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production. “It’s a matter of really trying to use every tool that we could possibly get to help them make contacts, to help them get to know industry professionals in the Valley and hopefully to be interviewed by them and find jobs.”

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‘Two Guvnors’ twice the fun at Ethington

August 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University Theatre Department’s first play of the 2019-2020 season looks to be one of the most comedic it has done in a while. Director Michael Kary compares the comedic styles to shows like “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation,” and the cast said audiences won’t want to miss the production. “It’s very funny, I will go as far as to say I’ve never been part of a show that is funnier than this one,” said Micah Larsen, who plays the role of Francis Henshall. “There’s a laugh at every turn, so if that’s not good enough reason to come out and laugh a little, I don’t know what is.”

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