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GCU community was beacon of light in dark year

December 30, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

What a year, and not in a good way for most people. But GCU didn’t back off when the pandemic struck, and its staff and students kept finding ways to be the light in a dark COVID world. As President Brian Mueller said, “We’ve got to adapt but keep moving forward,” and that’s exactly what happened. Here are 10 stories that showed that movement.

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Fearey’s Christmas album brightens holiday spirit

December 21, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

For years, the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Mark Fearey contemplated putting together an album showcasing his piano abilities, and at long last Fearey’s Christmas album has arrived. Titled “Almost Home,” it contains a compilation of both well-known and lesser-known classics.

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Slideshow: Winter Commencement, morning ceremony

December 21, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Elizabeth Tinajero GCU News Bureau Graduates of the Colleges of Education, Fine Arts and Production, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Theology were honored Saturday morning at GCU Arena.   

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Students to bring ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to radio

December 18, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas traditions will look different for many people this year, and the same can be said for the members of the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Second Series group. The student-led ensemble will put on an audio drama rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life” from 7 to 10 p.m. today on its website.

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At age 71, long-awaited degree is music to her ears

December 17, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

If you have a goal, then work to reach it. That is what Peggy Shively did when she decided to go back to college after more than 40 years away from the classroom, and on Saturday — with her 72nd birthday coming up — she will graduate from GCU with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance.

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‘Rooted’ Winter Dance Concert is set to blossom

December 11, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Dancers in the College of Fine Arts and Productions return to the stage tonight through Sunday at the “Rooted” Winter Dance Concert. The outdoor production, also available on livestream, will explore a multitude of emotions. “They (the audience) are going to be taken on a ride for sure, highs and lows,” Dance Director Susannah Keita said. “I’d say that this is a concert that takes on the discomfort, the sense of confusion sometimes, the desire to find your roots and an escapist approach.”

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Alum’s sci-fi film wins award at annual festival

December 01, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

Elliott de Neve’s “Stop/Eject/Rewind” was the alumni winner in the 2019 GCU Film Festival, and now it has earned a bigger prize — Best Science Fiction in the annual Independent Shorts Awards, an IMDb qualifying film festival. The 2018 graduate spent three years perfecting the film on a budget of only $5,000.

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Ethington Theatre’s ‘Wings’ lights up outdoor stage

November 18, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

It is set to be an experience like no other this week as the College of Fine Arts and Production brings Arthur Kopit’s “Wings” to the new outdoor stage. The performance showcases the effects a stroke can have on individuals and the people around them during rehabilitation. “It’s a play that touches us all because almost each and every one of us has a friend, has a relative, has somebody that they know who has suffered a traumatic brain injury,” COFAP Dean and “Wings” Director Claude Pensis said.

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Students talk the (culture) talk, walk the (art) walk

October 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Ajienne Lambey felt helpless over the summer watching all the social unrest on TV. So she expressed her emotions through her artwork and looked inward at what it meant to her to be Black in America. Darian Cruz expresses her culture through her cut paper creations, which include images of skulls, sacred hearts and calla lilies. They are all common images in the Mexican culture. They were just two of the artists featured Tuesday evening in the Un1ty One Week Art Walk, organized by the Multicultural, Diversity and Inclusion Office.

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Slideshow: Fall Student Spotlight Dance Concert

October 28, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Garrett Ohrenberg GCU News Bureau The Fall Student Spotlight Dance Concert was moved to an outdoor stage in the Quad because of the pandemic, with the audience socially distanced. It featured five in-person dances and seven on the video board.  

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