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Virtual celebration homes in on fun for everyone

February 26, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The pandemic wasn’t going to keep the GCU community from celebrating alumni, students and their families. That determined spirit was the catalyst for this year’s virtual Homecoming and Family Week. For the first time, the two events have been combined to bring together everyone in the GCU community for a week filled with tours, livestreams, watch parties and access to GCU archives.

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Haas selected to perform at 2021 Clarinet Fest

February 24, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Adjunct clarinet professor Tim Haas and former GCU oboe professor Dr. Rachel Messing were selected to perform at the 2020 Clarinet Fest before it was canceled because of the pandemic. But they’re scheduled to perform this summer at the 2021 conference. “It’s a huge honor,” Haas said. “These conferences, they have some of the best players in the world coming to play.”

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Awards reflect faculty’s fervor for students’ future

February 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Strategic Employer Initiatives and Internships (SEI) handed out Career Advisor of the Year awards to 12 faculty members who regularly turn their classrooms into career factories. SEI’s devotion to linking students to employers also is reflected in its ever expanding list of offerings, such as the recent Career Awareness Week. “We all know we have great students. We all know they’re going places. We’re just trying to connect the dots and support their journey in getting there,” said Haley Fagerlie, SEI’s Executive Director.

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COVID-19 couldn’t stop GCU’s mission in community

February 16, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

COVID-19 may have disrupted so many things — everything, really — but it couldn’t stop the GCU community from finding ways to help its neighbors. From establishing new partnerships, such as with CityServe International in the USDA Farmers to Families food box distributions, to strengthening existing partnerships with such groups as Chicanos por la Causa, GCU has become an even more integral part of the community. “It’s a more intimate relationship that we have with the community,” said Community Relations Manager Debbie Accomazzo. “We’re all coming from the same place of vulnerability, and, because of that, we all have the same risks and many of the same things at stake. So I think we’re sharing that vulnerability in new ways.” Reprinted from the February 2021 issue of GCU Magazine.

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Dance alumna returns to campus for residency

February 11, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Students in GCU’s Dance Department hear some of the success stories that have come out of the program, and last week they got to work with one of those people. Richelle “Ricki” Stevenson, who graduated in 2015, is now with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and came to campus for a residency. “There’s just such strength and talent in this program, it makes me very excited to be an alumni and also very excited about coming back now,” she said.

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Faculty Focus: Christopher Murphy

February 06, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Christopher Murphy, Assistant Professor of Design in the College of Fine Arts and Production, got an important lesson in the power of design from his son. His work has drawn favorable reviews from a legendary actor, but what really excites him is watching the looks on students’ faces when they understand the concepts. “To watch them have that moment of clarity is amazing,” he said.

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National film award inspired by late mom’s example

February 05, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Michael Burnett lost his mother in 2019 to breast cancer, he had no idea the full extent to which her teachings and wisdom would shape his life. Her inspiration was the impetus for the podcaster/filmmaker’s recent Bronze Award at the 2020 Spotlight Documentary Film Awards Festival in Atlanta. Burnett’s documentary showcased the journey of his podcast and also paid tribute to his mother.

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‘Henry V’ features swords, a noble man … and God

February 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” features epic sword fighting, stunning costumes and a tale of a king’s growth as a person. The play, which opens tonight, also contains an important message that is just as relevant today as it was when the show was written in 1599. “I think what people can take away is some hope for what a leader of a country can be like,” director Michael Kary said. “A leader that’s inspiring, a leader that wrestles with ethical issues, and the one thing that stuck out to me in this production is how often he turns to God throughout for his decision-making and giving God glory for whatever victories he has.”

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Fine Arts instructor again shares her singing talents

January 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Rachel Velarde made her return to singing last weekend at the Cal-Western Regional Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. In her recorded performance, Velarde highlighted the classical music of several diverse women. “This is a women’s composer recital and deliberately programmed with people of color and also very contemporary music,” she said.

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Faculty Focus: Lisa Tervo

January 08, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Lisa Tervo, Program Chair in the College of Fine Arts and Production, is fascinated by films, so much so that — much to her surprise — she has become a screenwriter and sold a few scripts. She also loves to read (check out her favorite genre), and she has tackled a number of other hobbies for an interesting reason.

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