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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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Fuel cell powers team’s space, humanitarian goals

February 17, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It started out as a simple question from one GCU student to another: “Do you want to send something into space?” Rather than just ponder the idea, they created STELLAR, which will be launching its first project, a microbial fuel cell, to the International Space Station in April. But while the team says sending projects into space is just cool, it emphasized that its passions run deeper. Ultimately, the group’s mission isn’t just a space mission but a humanitarian one, as well.

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College of Arts and Media: a new era for the arts

February 14, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been quite the year for students in the arts at GCU. One big change: a name change from the College of Fine Arts and Production to the College of Arts and Media. The new name better represent the college’s push toward collaboration and its degree offerings. “I’m excited for this rebranding of our college, because I feel it better represents who we are and where we’re going,” said Dance Director Bekki Price.

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Choir concerts set to debut songs off new album

February 11, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

What did GCU’s Music Department do when the pandemic prevented live choir concerts? Record an album, of course. The Canyon Chorale and Critical Mass will perform songs from that album at 7 p.m. Friday at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale and at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Presbyterian in Scottsdale. Admission is free. The new album will debut later this spring.

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Slideshow: ‘The Lady’s Not for Burning’

February 10, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau “The Lady’s Not for Burning” is the Theatre Department’s fourth production of the 2021-22 Ethington Theatre season. Performances are scheduled over two weekends, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from Feb. 11-20. Here’s the story.  

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‘Burning’ desire: Students seek smiles in rom-com

February 10, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

If you’re looking for something to do for Valentine’s weekend, Ethington Theatre has the solution. The College of Fine Arts and Production’s performance of Christopher Fry’s romantic comedy “The Lady’s Not For Burning” will light up the stage for the next two weekends. It is a performance that Director Claude Pensis has described as a 15th-century love story with a modern feel. “It’s about life and the joy of living,” Pensis said. “It really is a play about these people who are seemingly lost and through this one evening they find each other, and they find happiness.”

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Students have pushed ‘play’ on Recording Lab

February 01, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Recording Lab, which opened last fall, quickly has become a popular place for a podcast or any other recording project. The main reasons: It’s affordable (as low as $5 an hour), accessible (open until midnight five days a week and also open on Saturdays) and adjustable (it has various microphones and programs). Besides all that, it’s just a nice place, as demonstrated at an open house Monday.

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Film star has acted to keep the faith in her industry

January 28, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The entertainment industry can be an intimidating place, But luckily for COFAP students, the college hosted a Q+A session with “Identity Crisis” actress Laura Leigh Turner to learn more about what to expect after college. From the importance of of finding a Christian community to the patience that comes with navigating through auditions, Turner shared her journey with attendees. “This is exactly the kind of experiences that we want our students to have,” COFAP Dean Dr. Craig Detweiler said. “To have working professionals coming to campus, showing students how it’s done and sharing how their faith inspires their art.”

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Ethington Theatre Scene Shop builds props for film

January 27, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s walls reverberated with movie magic the past few weeks as students and faculty created props for the Boylan sisters’ movie, “Identity Crisis,” while it was being filmed on campus. From portable dressing rooms and prop walls to the cloning machine used by the main character in the film, there is no shortage of GCU talent set to grace the screen. “The opportunity for college students to get involved with a Hollywood and national-level film is not something that comes up every day, to say the least,” said COFAP Assistant Dean of Theatre and Dance and “Identity Crisis” Art Director William Symington.

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GCU instructor again invited to play at Clarinet Fest

January 19, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Another year, another opportunity for GCU clarinet instructor Tim Haas to represent the College of Fine Arts and Production at Clarinet Fest. At this year’s event, hosted by the International Clarinet Association, Haas will be performing Josh Oxford’s “The Blues Ranger,” a jazzy song inspired by the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers kids show from the 1990s. A happy result of Haas’ choice: He and Oxford have become friends.

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