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New Math Professor Discovers Power, Therapy in Irish Harp Music

September 13, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor Shannon Schumann plays the Irish harp as a form of therapy for hospice patients.

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Older Campus Building Converted to New Studios for Dance Program

September 10, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s dance program, which has led a nomadic life since being resurrected two years ago, has a new home with two new studios in Building 9. Film production areas also are included in the building, which is now home to the College of Fine Arts and Production.

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Season Opener for Ethington Theatre Proves Worthy of Much Ado

September 04, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

The Shakespearean comedy, given a Western reinterpretation, features the best actors in the College of Fine Arts and Production, how-did-he-do-that scenery by Bill Symington and superb direction by Claude Pensis.

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IDEA Club Looks to Fall of Growing Bold Business Plans

September 01, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s Innovation, Development & Entrepreneurship Association, led by KBCOB assistant professor, Tim Kelley looks ahead to the fall semester and March’s Canyon Challenge for business plan development.

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Associate Dean Blends Faith, Passion for Nursing Into 25 Years at GCU

August 20, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Cheryl Roat has exemplified GCU’s Christian mission and commitment to academics in a career that spans 25 years at the University. “Her goal is always the same, which is to produce the best possible nurses in the community,” says Dean Anne McNamara. “And she’s all about fairness, making sure people are treated the right way.”

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Ethington Saddles Up for New Season With ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

August 20, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s theatre program was revived in the fall of 2010 after a hiatus, and last year’s series, which opened with “You Can’t Take It With You” and included “Dracula” as well as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” played to several sold-out houses.

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Enthusiastic Nursing Grad Holds Her Own Commencement

August 16, 2012 / by / 22 Comments

There are enthusiastic graduates from GCU — and then there is Marian Barry. The College of Nursing grad took commencement ceremonies to a whole new level on a blistering, 112-degree day in Mesa, accepting her master’s degree in an unusual way.

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Head of the Class: Nursing Program Making Best Marks in Arizona

August 14, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

By Bob Romantic GCU News Bureau Shanna Cunningham gets affirmation almost daily on her decision to attend GCU and start a second career as a nurse. Sometimes it comes from the classes she takes or the faculty members she comes in contact with. Sometimes it’s in the Scriptures that are scattered about the College of Nursing building. Sometimes it’s in her dealings with health-care professionals at local hospitals. And sometimes it even comes when she’s working part time as a waitress at Babbo’s Italian Eatery in north Phoenix. “When I’m just talking to customers and I tell them where I go to school, they’re like, ‘Ooh and aah, that’s a good school. You’re not going to have any problem getting a job,’” said Cunningham, 42, a mother of four who previously worked as a manager in a law firm. “And people in the medical field, they know and respect GCU for putting out good nurses.” The statistics bear out Cunningham’s experiences. In 2011, GCU nursing graduates achieved a 95.79 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examinations (NCLEX), which are required in order to be licensed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. That was the best […]

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Sweet Science: New DNA, Forensic Chemistry Labs Open This Fall

August 14, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

By Michael Ferraresi GCU News Bureau Talk about working under a microscope. The DNA lab on the fourth floor of GCU’s brand-new College of Arts and Sciences building features a giant window separating students from visitors in the hallway – not to micromanage the novice DNA analysts, but rather to shine a spotlight on the detail-oriented work being conducted in one of five new laboratories on campus. Few students will be trained enough to test bodily fluids and conduct DNA comparisons by this fall. But that’s simply because the forensics program is less than two years old. With nearly 400 new forensic science students beginning prerequisite courses, the labs should see heavy use as the forensics program continues to evolve. In addition to the DNA lab, the 73,000-square-foot Arts and Sciences building includes two general chemistry labs, an organic chemistry lab and a forensic chemistry lab. Forensic science students will be joined by others in nursing, biology pre-med and other programs that require lab work.  Melissa Beddow, the assistant professor who leads GCU’s forensic science program, said students will use the same tools in the new Arts and Sciences building as they’ll encounter in most professional DNA labs. The idea […]

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Let There Be (More) Music: COFAP Adds Band Program

August 14, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

By Doug Carroll GCU News Bureau To the long list of things already named Herd at GCU, you can add one that will be Heard. That would be the new Thundering Heard Pep Band, which could have as many as 80 members under the direction of Paul Koch, the University’s director of bands and an instrumental professor of music. Koch (pronounced “Cook”) says his goal is to assemble a high-energy band capable of becoming the “sixth man” at Antelope men’s and women’s basketball games in GCU Arena. He says the process is kind of like shopping for a good car stereo. “I’m more concerned with the balance of instruments than pure numbers,” says Koch, who’s no stranger to launching a band. Before coming to GCU, he was director of bands at Perry High School in Chandler since the school’s opening in 2007.

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