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English professor publishes book on the insanity defense

September 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

By Theresa Smith GCU News Bureau In August, Dr. Andrea Alden, an assistant professor of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, published her first book, “Disorder in the Court: Morality, Myth, and the Insanity Defense.” To order the book, click here. In a behind-the-scenes peek at the writing of the book, GCU Today peppered Alden with questions about her first single-author book project: How long did it take to research and write the book? It feels like a really long time, and it has been almost a decade from start to finish. I started the project in 2010 when I was a Ph.D. student; it eventually became my doctoral dissertation, which I completed and defended in October of 2013. I was introduced to the editor of the Rhetoric, Law, and Humanities book series with the University of Alabama Press, Dr. Clarke Rountree, by a colleague who thought he might be interested in the manuscript. He asked for a formal proposal, which I spent three months drafting (it was five pages long, but I wanted it to be perfect). My proposal did the trick, and I was offered an advance contract in early 2015. I delivered the first draft of […]

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Why new master’s degrees are a win-win

September 13, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The new master’s degrees in teaching content programs at GCU meet educators’ needs, enabling high school teachers to keep their jobs teaching dual enrollment and adjunct college professors to maintain their positions at colleges and universities. The programs were designed to dovetail with the standards imposed by the Higher Learning Commission, which oversees colleges and universities in 19 states, including Arizona.

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Hospitality program grows in reach, reputation

September 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University is known for its hospitality — and, more and more, its hospitality program, too. A kickoff event for the program, entering its fourth year, packed the Canyon 49 Grill, and a recent graduate shared tips about her success in the field and how the program helped her achieve it.

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Human dignity headlines Bioethics Conference

September 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The second annual Bioethics Conference, titled “Human Dignity: Clash of World Views,” is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20, at GCU Arena and the First Southern Baptist Church.

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GCU Worship Arts students release third album

September 11, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

(Sept. 10, 2018) – The Grand Canyon University Worship Arts program has released its third album – Canyon Worship 2018 – with 10 original songs written and performed by GCU students. The album is available for $9.99 on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Shazam as well as the Lope Shop and other locations on GCU’s campus. “Last year’s album was so good that, coming into this project, I actually was a little bit concerned that we may not be able to bring it up to that level,” said Eric Johnson, manager of the GCU Recording Studio and the album’s main coordinator. “But I think we hit the mark and maybe even passed it a little bit because we’re shifting the focus to the corporate worship side. There are a lot of good songs that you wouldn’t necessarily sing as a group in church, but these are songs that you can sing in church.” Corporate worship songs, which can be incorporated more easily into a church setting, are the direction the Christian music industry is headed. For the second consecutive year, the Canyon Worship album was produced in GCU’s state-of-the-art recording studio by two music industry veterans, Geoff Hunker (Satellites & […]

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They’re all in this together on Canyon Worship

September 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Having a song chosen for a Canyon Worship album is quite an honor, but it’s not at all like a competition for Center for Worship Arts students. The final story of the GCU Today series on the 2018 release, scheduled for Monday, focuses on the camaraderie in the Recording Studio. “It’s an amazing community. You can tell that God is the center of everyone’s focus within our friendships,” sophomore Chris Calderon said.

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Assessment helps CSET engineer stronger students

September 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Science, Engineering and Technology is taking a unique approach in helping their freshmen engineering students “find their God-given purpose,” as CSET Dean Dr. Mark Wooden calls it. As part of their curriculum, those students take a comprehensive personality and career assessment called the Indigo Assessment. “We were looking for something that would help incoming students determine early on whether their choice of an engineering major was truly in line with their internal motivators and capitalized on their unique strengths,” said Wooden.

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The path leads to Canyon Worship … and a career

September 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

For some student artists, getting on Canyon Worship 2018 represents a nice honor. For others, it’s the first step toward what they hope will be a career in the music industry. Logan Myers falls in the latter category — she’s going to Nashville in December to produce some of her songs. Part 4 of the GCU Today series on the album, which will be released Monday, features Myers, Chris Calderon and Johnny Harris.

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Guinness World Record honor thrills Robotics Club

September 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Little did GCU’s Robotics Club members know what competing at a recent event would lead to. Not only did the Thunderbots bring home the Judges’ Award from the VEX Robotics World Championship in the spring in Louisville, Ky., they also received certificates of participation from Guinness World Records. The event recently was certified as the world’s largest robotics competition.

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New home sets stage for more Fine Arts growth

September 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Fine Arts and Production has been spread across campus for some time, with faculty offices and classes dotting the Colter business complex, Media Arts Center, Ethington Theatre and more. But now much of the college is consolidated into the former Colangelo College of Business building. “This is going to be a great growth opportunity for all our degrees,” COFAP Dean Claude Pensis said.

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