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NBA Africa VP shows how to make the most of opportunity

December 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Colangelo College of Business students got to hear from another outstanding speaker Thursday, and this one truly has a global reach. Amadou Gallo Fall is the National Basketball Association’s vice president and managing director for Africa, and his story is a classic example of making the most of opportunities.

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Antelope Intros: Celise Colston and Dr. Heather Gollnow

December 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Talk about accomplished people — this week’s Antelope Intros feature a professional writer and an assistant dean who also is a pilot. If you need a little motivation, check out how they’ve gotten things done.

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How Chapel musicians got in such good harmony

December 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Anyone who ever has been to Chapel at GCU no doubt appreciates the quality and spirit of the music. But how did it get so good? The student leaders who feel privileged to have the opportunity and the people who oversee the process share how the process works and what makes it special.

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Speech and Debate team performances reveal depth of emotion

December 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Dramatic, one-person performances mesmerized a coffee-sipping crowd at Peet’s Coffee Wednesday as speech and debate team members portrayed characters with startling emotional detail. The performers who took the stage were freshmen Thomas Gleason, Chrycia LeGendre and TaylorRae Humbert, and sophomore Chloe Saunders. Topics ranged from a pro-life story about a woman who was raped and decided to keep her baby to prose about how UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is a significant figure for female empowerment. GCU’s team is ranked in the top 20 of the nation, out of 138 schools, said team director Barry Regan, communication instructor with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. GCU has the story.

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Worship Songwriter Showcase hits a high note

December 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The Worship Songwriter Fall Showcase 2015 showed off a talented freshman class, on the heels of all the successes of the first group that came in last year. But most telling was the way the students talking afterward about the way they have collaborated and grown as a family. “It’s really just community at its finest,” said one. GCU Today has the story.

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Green light for golf in GCU Today Magazine

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine tees up a cover story on the newly renovated Grand Canyon University Golf Course and what it means to west Phoenix and to the University. See why it’s such a big victory, and watch a video that shows off the transformation from Maryvale Golf Course. The December magazine also features an inside look at how GCU students are being the hands and feet of Jesus in the community, introduces you to five recent graduates of the College of Fine Arts and Production who are having lots of success in the working world, traces the University’s origins as the Antelopes and the evolution of its popular mascot, Thunder, and offers a behind-the scenes look at our own Thunder Dan Majerle.   

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Sharp rise in cutting-edge STEM degrees

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Laurie Merrill  Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine In the heralding of a new era, Grand Canyon University is rolling out a new series of online science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees in subjects ranging from digital design to cybersecurity. The seven bachelor of science degrees represent the tip of the information-age iceberg. GCU is seeking to ramp up its online offerings as it escalates its emphasis on STEM subjects for all students. “We are designing cutting-edge programs that represent the future of STEM education,” said Dr. Hank Radda, the University’s provost. “We have innovative ways of delivering STEM education to online populations.” This initial crop of online STEM degrees, with plans underway to offer more in the future, are the latest moves GCU is making to produce well-trained, highly competitive graduates in these subject areas as well as to make the degrees more accessible. The number of STEM students GCU graduates each year is growing, and so are the number of opportunities to apply their skills, said Dr. Mark Wooden, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “There is a huge job market in this area,” Wooden said. According to the Economics & Statistics Administration […]

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Arts program sets stage for students to entertain different career paths

December 01, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Darryl Webb GCU Today Magazine Whoever said, “Opportunity knocks but once,” was never a student in the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University. Now in Year 6 since resurrecting its theatre and music programs after a four-year closure, the college is peppering students with myriad chances to learn everything in their respective arts fields, which now also include dance, digital film, digital design and advertising design. It’s rare to find a COFAP graduate who can’t tap-dance, sew a seam, build a set, memorize lines, demonstrate perfect pitch, light a stage, direct other students, choreograph, make a film, design a web page and style Bride of Frankenstein hair — or at least hasn’t had occasions to try. “This is a laboratory of education that has a public audience,” said Dean Claude Pensis, who started and was a leader of the arts program for 20 years before it was shuttered in 2006 because of the University’s economic woes. The administration reopened it in 2010, with Pensis at the helm. “The goal is to work with students in such a way that minimizes shortcomings that may occur, while maximizing their successes,” he said. […]

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Peace to radiate through Dance Department’s winter concerts

November 30, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

More peace is never a bad thing, but it is especially a blessing in these times with the hectic holidays approaching and the world on edge. Peace is the theme of this weekend’s winter concerts by the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Dance Department. “Pacem in Terris,” or “Peace on Earth,” featuring the artistic talents of GCU’s faculty, guest artists and students, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Ethington Theatre.

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Faith in the microbiology classroom is a natural fit

November 23, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Laurie Merrill GCU News Bureau Separating faith from work is no easier than separating gender or ethnicity from work, Dr. Daisy Savarirajan told about 75 Grand Canyon University faculty during a “Lunch and Learn” session Friday. “I can’t separate one from the other,” said Savarirajan, a College of Science, Engineering and Technology microbiology instructor. “When I’m serving the students, I’m serving Christ.” Savarirajan discussed “Christ in the Classroom” during one of a series of peer-led talks about assimilating faith into teaching. The sessions are part of GCU’s Integration of Faith, Learning and Work initiative under Dr. Jason Hiles, College of Theology dean. She referenced John 4:35, which reads, “ … look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” This refers to people who would have eternal life in His kingdom, she said. “I see this campus as a field that is ready for harvest.” Teaching microbiology gives her the context for God’s calling, which is to save lives. Focusing on one’s true calling, or the big picture, gives work meaning, Savarirajan said. Otherwise it can feel demeaning, discouraging or draining. She believes her purpose in the classroom is to represent Christ and allow God’s spirit to work in her. She also uses […]

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