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GCU’s winter commencement is first rate

December 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

By GCU News Bureau On a day when 530 Grand Canyon University traditional graduates were on cloud nine as they paraded up to receive their diplomas, numbers were the name of the game — and there were two ways about it. First, this was a first. GCU had never before held a winter commencement until Friday afternoon at the Arena, but the University’s ever expanding student population made it obvious a year and a half ago that it would become necessary. First-semester graduates previously had to wait until spring commencement if they wanted to participate in the ceremony. Second, there was the numerical magic of Justin Willman, who wowed the crowd in his entertaining commencement address, just as he had in the October ceremony for online graduates. His closing trick, in which the random numbers he got from four students equaled, when multiplied, the date and exact time (121,214,437, or 12/12/14 at 4:37 p.m.), is impossible to figure. But in between jokes and other tricks, Willman, host of “Cupcake Wars,” had a simple message for the graduates: “No matter how you do the math, the past and the future always wind up adding up to the present.” Three cheers for that. —Rick […]

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With heads in the cloud, student club pioneers tech projects

December 11, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Students in Grand Canyon University’s new “innovative Computing” club (known by its iC abbreviation) are already working with advisers to help launch academic cloud-computing technology for the first-ever GCU computer science/information technology course. The club of mostly freshmen are also looking forward to collaborating on extracurricular tech projects.

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COFAP students take fractured fairy tale on the road

December 10, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Grade school pupils in west Phoenix were treated to an entertaining, alternative version of “Hansel and Gretel” this week by students in the College of Fine Arts and Production. It was the first time COFAP took its “second series,” off campus, and the young audiences at five schools got to see live theatre and learn about GCU’s theatre program. They also learned that you can’t always judge a fairy tale by its cover. GCU Today has the story here.

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Worship Arts showcases talent, togetherness

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The first Worship Arts Showcase was Monday night in Thunderground, and if it’s a portent of things to come in the new Center for Worship Arts, it will be something to see. Students performed, for the first time, songs they had written, and even Bart Millard, the director of the Center and the front man for MercyMe, was amazed.

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Worship Arts Showcase features 20 original songs

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The 40 students in the new Center for Worship Arts at Grand Canyon University put on quite a performance Monday night in Thunderground. All of the 20 songs were originals written by the students this semester.  

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Speech and debate team earns more top honors

December 09, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

This weekend marked the fourth time this semester that GCU’s student speech and debate team earned first-place honors at a major collegiate forensics competition. GCU Today has a story with more about the team’s fall successes, capped by multiple Top 5 finishes at events at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s Fall Championships Tournament at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and how it has evolved under the direction of communications instructor Barry Regan.

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What’s the big idea? Canyon Challenge first deadline approaches

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The first deadline for the Canyon Challenge, the annual competition open to anyone on campus who has a plan for a startup business, is coming up next month. If you have a great idea that you’re dying to take to market, this is a way to test its viability and get considerable cash to jumpstart it.

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A grand concert of Christmas favorites planned for Tuesday

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s Music Department has a special Christmas gift for you. About 150 student singers and instrumentalists will tell the Christmas story through music at the fifth annual “A Grand Canyon Christmas,” beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, on the southeast corner of campus. Admission is free. GCU Today has a preview here.

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Winter dance show combines movement, emotion, conversation

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s Dance Department performed 10 pieces that evoked a range of emotions among the audiences last weekend at Ethington Theatre. The shows, which included 10 pieces (the last one, “Tunnel,” lasted 20 minutes), were the results of three months of hard work by students and faculty.

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CCOB grad students, Colangelo meet

December 05, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Jerry Colangelo spoke, for the first time, to a group of graduate students in the Colangelo College of Business on Thursday night, and the session was so vibrant it expanded from the scheduled half-hour to a full 60 minutes. Colangelo regaled the students with stories of his life experiences, and they were so engaged the questions afterward just kept coming.

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