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Pro communicators to share career experiences at GCU

February 09, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Three expert communicators have been invited to share their insights at Grand Canyon University this month. The Lambda Pi Eta communications honors society is hosting scholars Drs. Douglas Kelley and Loren Schwarzwalter on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Colangelo College of Business lecture hall for a presentation related to human deception and forgiveness. On Feb. 20, search engine optimization writer Dr. Nicholas White is slated to speak at 11:15 a.m. at Room 139-140 in CAS (Building 6).

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Students embrace Shakespeare’s famous romance

February 04, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like roses, dark chocolate and William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” You’re on your own for the first two, but GCU’s College of Fine Arts and Production happens to be presenting the romantic tragedy this weekend and next in Ethington Theatre. GCU Today has a preview of a show you don’t want to miss and a peek at the actors, set and costumes in this slideshow. BYOKleenex.

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COFAP brings ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to Ethington

February 04, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau The College of Fine Arts and Production is performing one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, “Romeo and Juliet,” this weekend and next weekend on campus. Although other works by the Bard of Avon have been done in Ethington Theatre, it’s the first time for this tragic love story to come to that GCU stage.  

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Club cultivates Valleywide ‘Buddies’

February 03, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU News Bureau The GCU Best Buddies club invited other chapters from around the Valley to Thursday’s men’s basketball victory over Kansas City. Best Buddies focuses on friendship and self-development programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. GCU Best Buddies is led by student officers Jordan Burnbridge, Geneva Heinkel and Amber Williams, in addition to advisors Rebekah Dyer (full-time ground professor) and Shelley Evans (full-time online instructor). The chapter is one of more than 40 other university, high school and middle school chapters in Arizona. (Photos courtesy of Rebekah Dyer)  

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Carson encourages Arena crowd to reshape America

January 30, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Ben Carson told a Grand Canyon University Arena audience Thursday following the men’s basketball team’s victory over Kansas City that it’s critical to be actively involved in the U.S. government, especially through a dark political time that’s led to so much social division. The neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins at the head spoke as part of a national tour to promote his book, “One Vote: Make Your Voice Heard.” Carson has emerged lately as a potential Republican Presidential candidate, though he didn’t allude to that in his Arena speech. Rather, his inspirational message centered on how everyone must actively participate in the free society that we all value so much.

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Students help raise awareness of sex trafficking

January 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University Psychology Department faculty, led by Dr. Jennifer Jones, organized an event on campus over the weekend in which 30 students helped stuff 2,300 giveaway bags designed to share a united message about preventing prostitution that fuels the sex trafficking industry. The handout bags included bars of soap and information on resources that sex trade victims could potentially use to get help. Students heard stories from recovered sex trade victim Theresa Flores — founder of the “SOAP” initiative, or “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution” — and attended a training before helping deliver the bags to Phoenix hotels and motels.

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NFL exec gives Sports Business students a good game plan

January 28, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Jeremy Walls, a top executive with the Miami Dolphins at 35, gave Grand Canyon University Colangelo School of Sports Business students some excellent pointers Tuesday. Walls story is one students can seek to emulate: He has had a variety of roles and has made it a point to try to work for great people.

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GCU/Habitat project ready to aid neighbors

January 21, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

It’s time to go to work to do what we do — help people. GCU’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, in which up to 700 homes in the local neighborhood will be renovated, starts Saturday. GCU Today has the story of a retired couple that is grateful for the help and a student volunteer from Iraq who can’t wait to lend a hand.

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Honors Institute increases reach with growing student membership

January 15, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

In less than two years, the GCU Honors Institute has expanded to include nearly 300 students and more than 100 incoming freshmen are prepared to join in the fall, according to program manager Breanna Boling. The Institute provides students with exclusive access to guest speakers, internship opportunities and professional development training, among other academic perks. GCU Today has the story.

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‘Wicked’ performer steps into residency at GCU

January 12, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Janie Magruder GCU News Bureau Students in Grand Canyon University’s dance program will benefit from the expertise and experience of two guest artists this semester, beginning today with a weeklong residency by Los Angeles-based Amy Michele Allen. Guest artists are invited to the University to expand students’ knowledge, skill and cultural perspective, said Leanne Schmidt, a College of Fine Arts and Production faculty member who teaches a variety of dance classes. The residency program also gives students opportunities to network with professional dancers, choreographers and educators, Schmidt said. The guest artists this semester will teach master classes and create an original work with the students that will be performed at the Spring Dance Concert on April 17-18. At the head of the class this week is Allen, who has performed musical theatre works of such notable choreographers as Bob Fosse, Agnes de Mille, Susan Stroman, Gower Champion and Michael Bennett. She also danced in the first national tour of “Wicked” and has performed on the National Geographic Channel and the Holland America Line and at Tokyo DisneySea. Allen, who is professionally trained in jazz, classical ballet, tap, modern dance, hip-hop and musical theatre, studied at the River North Chicago Dance Company and Giordano Dance Chicago […]

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