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Theatre Education grads applying their GCU lessons

August 25, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Three recent Theatre Education graduates from the College of Fine Arts and Production — Katie Norton, Isabel Potter and Daniel Hernandez — have found that this is a great time to make their mark on the field by teaching in middle school or high school. All three are applying the student-focused emphasis they learned in COFAP. “My goal and the reason why I went into teaching theatre is to inspire the next generation to go big,” Hernandez said.

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Fine Arts students act on ideas in Lopes Live Labs

August 24, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

There’s a Lopes Live Lab for a wide variety of programs in the College of Fine Arts and Production, and each lab shares a common goal: to equip students with the tools and experiences necessary to build successful careers in their field. As Assistant Dean of Theatre and Dance William Symington noted, “Nowhere else do you get the opportunity to get your hands on those sorts of things and be able to ultimately practice, to experiment, to create things without it being a huge financial risk or difficulty. We have not only the materials but the staff to instruct them and guide them, and it’s an incredibly special opportunity that you just don’t get everywhere else.”

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‘Cornerstone’ celebrates 30 years as part of GCU foundation

August 23, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Judy Eroe, GCU’s Executive Director of Academic Assessment, is celebrating her 30-year anniversary as a full-time employee at GCU. Ben VanDerLinden, her former student and now her colleague. explains why she has been so important to the University’s evolution.

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Joplin tornado survivor aided by GCU now a student

August 18, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Lexi Prater was just 8 years old in 2011 when a devastating tornado devoured her family’s home and many others in Joplin, Missouri. The tornado killed more than 160 people, injured more than 1,000 and caused $2.8 billion in damage. While Lexi remembers many things about that harrowing day, what has stuck with her is the kindness her family received from GCU employees who drove to Joplin and supplied the Praters with clothes, shoes and other essential items. They made such a big impression that Lexi decided there was one university she wanted to make sure to apply to: GCU. She will start classes online in the fall.

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Ethington season welcomes audiences back indoors

July 23, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s a season of celebration as College of Fine Arts and Production performances make their grand return to Ethington Theatre. Audiences will be welcomed back with an array of musicals, comedies and dramas as well as the return of indoor dance concerts. “I think it’s going to be just a really enjoyable season,” COFAP Assistant Dean of Theatre and Dance William Symington said. “I can’t wait to get back in the theatre and feel that energy between the cast and the audience.”

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Fine Arts student likes sound of theatre festival job

June 21, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

What started as a leap of faith for junior theatre major Daniella Brown would turn into a job as an A2, or production audio technician, for this summer’s Williamstown Theatre Festival. After the internship program she applied for folded, Brown received the offer with the Massachusetts summer program. She’s working on nine shows celebrating black playwrights and actors of color until late July.

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Why summer school became a hot choice this year

May 20, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Summer isn’t as quiet as you’d think around the University this year. More students than ever — 1,137 — are housed on campus this year. For the first time, they can live in University apartments, and many are eager to make up for lost time after a year of pandemic disruptions. “For me, having the option of being on campus and getting a job and doing it for a lower expense – I would take that to be with my friends a bit longer,” said Caleb Canfield, a resident assistant.

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Despite challenges, online students reach finish line

May 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The virtual Commencement ceremony for online students Saturday was actually eight prerecorded ceremonies — one for each college, with a promise of more ceremonies this fall for graduates who would like the in-person experience. But the acknowledgment of their accomplishments amid the pandemic couldn’t wait. “What you have accomplished is remarkable, and we are celebrating it today,” GCU President Brian Mueller said.

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Hall of Famers surprised by honor despite success

May 13, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a year like no other, and that notion is especially true in regards to this year’s GCU Hall of Fame recipients. Rachel Winkler, Scott Van Newkirk, Garth Bailey and Dan Snyder were selected to be added to the growing list of impressive alumni who are making an impact in their fields. From business to the health insurance industry, each recipient holds an impressive resumé and an even more impressive journey. “I feel like your education is just the start,” Van Newkirk said. “Nothing is going to be given to you, and how you prepare your work ethic through school is going to carry on into your career.” Reprinted from the April issue of GCU Magazine.

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Short film creates animation opportunities for alums

April 28, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Animation and visual effects instructor Richie Jimenez saw a need for more local opportunities for students to work in the animation field, so with the help of project partner Kevin Palmer, more opportunities were created. Through the creation of an animated short titled “Fishing for the Soul” the duo has hired on three GCU alumni to work on the project and hope to continue to raise funds via the project’s Kickstarter. “By including past students on the production team, Richie is showing first-hand how the skills learned in our Digital Design program can be put to work,” Digital Design Director Sheila Schumacher said. “As a mentor and leader for the students, he always looks for ways to challenge them to tell better stories and create engaging characters.”

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