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Colorful finale: ‘Dreamcoat’ lights up Ethington stage

March 31, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

From costumes to music to choreography, there’s something for everyone in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which opens Friday night in Ethington Theatre. The dreamcoat is a production of the collaboration between the College of Arts and Media and College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “He’s got a personality, that coat,” costume designer Nola Yergen said with a grin. “It’s truly a one-of-a-kind work of art.” The performance also marks an important first for the University – fiberoptic cabling that enables an orchestra to perform the show’s music live from the GCU Recording Studio.

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Guitar instructor releases groundbreaking album

March 24, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

After never hearing about Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, the first woman to compose an opera in France, in any of his formal musical training, GCU guitar instructor Dr. David Sewell decided to educate future generations of music students. Through the release of his new album, “Coalesco: Harpsichord Music for Guitar,” Sewell translates original harpsichord arrangements by Jacquet de La Guerre and Domenico Scarlatti for the guitar. By including Jacquet de La Guerre, Sewell hopes to inspire students with her story of perseverance and success. “It’s always cool when you see someone or if you can hear a story about someone overcoming social constraints or adversity and absolutely killing it,” Sewell said. “She was extremely successful despite all these things, and I think that’s important for people to know.”

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Slideshow: Student’s Phoenix Raceway photos

March 18, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau John Medina, Professor of Photography at Grand Canyon University, regularly helps students learn the craft at major events in the Phoenix area. Clay Schron got one of those opportunities at the recent NASCAR event at Phoenix Raceway. “The opportunity to shoot NASCAR was one I never expected to have,” Schron said. “The experience enabled me to apply the concepts and skills I have been learning in class in a real-world setting. I had a great time exploring the track, looking for the best places to shoot from while interacting with other photographers and event organizers. I learned a lot about what goes on behind the scenes at NASCAR races. “It was a difficult task shooting cars going over 100 miles an hour, but I had 312 laps to adjust settings and fix mistakes I had made on previous laps. Overall, I had a great experience and learned a lot.” Said Medina: “As someone who has covered events like these for over 20 years, it is very inspiring to me when my students get to photograph something like this. These days, I get so much joy witnessing them get the opportunity to gain the experience of what it’s like […]

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Design grad’s focus scores dream job with Suns

March 18, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that a recent graduate can say they landed their dream job straight out of college, but Jaden Guilford is the exception thanks to the innovative steps he took while he was at GCU. His job as a graphic designer for the Phoenix Suns is the direct result of taking it upon himself to get to know industry professionals and, maybe more importantly, help them get to know him. “It was just kind of a snowball effect of me reaching out to people and them reaching out to me back,” he said.

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Beautification project a win-win for school, students

March 15, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

When Canyon Promotions was presented with a campus beautification project for a Christian school in Sacramento, Canyon Enterprise Division Manager Renate Spilger wanted to turn it into an opportunity for GCU students to get more design experience. Since discussion on the project started in the fall, students from the College of Arts and Media’s student-led ad agency Design United have come up with several designs and ideas to help decorate the school’s campus. “They’re really inspiring, how they are devoting their time and their talents to this, and I think that’s just a characteristic of a GCU student from what I’ve seen,” Assistant Professor of Design Chris Murphy said.

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Film Festival shows students’ resolve to create

March 11, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Film students were excited to be back in Ethington Theatre on Thursday evening for the GCU Film Festival after it had to be held outdoors last year. The pandemic forced that move and also was evident in many of the 13 films that were shown. “The students really were facing a lot of changes, and the way they worked around it was amazing,” Film Department Director Lisa Tervo said.

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Homecoming Family Weekend makes big impression

March 07, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Thousands of alumni, students, families and friends came to campus to participate in the University’s first in-person Homecoming Family Weekend since before the pandemic. There was no shortage of excitement as fan favorites returned and new events popped up. “This is the Disneyland of campuses. We really just enjoy coming out here,” said Warren Thompson, who came to campus with his family to visit daughter Bella. “It’s been great to connect and see some other students that our daughter has connected with and meet their parents. Everyone seems really down to earth.”

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Slideshow: Spring Student Spotlight Dance Concert

March 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau This semester’s Student Spotlight Dance Concert, which highlights the students’ talents in dance and choreography, showcases seven live performances and three dance films. The pieces presented capture a multitude of emotions and messages through movement.  

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Student Spotlight Concert showcases dance talent

March 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Visitors for Homecoming Family Weekend have another option tonight in Thunderground — the Spring Student Spotlight Concert. They’ll see seven live performances and three dance films, all choreographed by students. Dance Director Bekki Price said. “The students work so hard all semester, and this is something that they do on top of their schoolwork and attending classes.. It’s incredible what they put together and the way they’re able to express themselves and share their story using movement.”

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Campus celebration returns to in-person activities

March 03, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

An action-packed weekend is upon us as this year’s Homecoming Family Weekend draws closer. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, events from Homecoming and Family Weekend will be restored to their in-person format. There is no shortage of ways to get involved on and off campus.

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