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Shakespeare’s a Dream Assignment for GCU Actor

February 07, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If Shakespeare takes the measure of a serious actor, then perhaps no actor has a better take on the Bard than Drew Swaine. Swaine, a GCU junior, plays Demetrius in the Ethington Theatre production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. The play begins a two-weekend run on campus Friday night. “I like Shakespeare, but I don’t think I’ve ever been intimidated by doing it,” Swaine says. “It’s good theatre, but it’s not inaccessible.”

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When Creating a Good Culture, Southwest Airlines’ Colleen Barrett Says “All You Need Is ‘LUV’”

February 03, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

In a packed Williams Lecture Hall, GCU broadcast its very first live simulcast last night when President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines Colleen Barrett spoke about the well-known culture of the airline and how they make the simple act of following the golden rule work in a major corporate setting. “We are extremely excited to have someone like Colleen take the time to be here tonight,” said KBCOB Dean Kevin Barksdale during introductions. “We are also excited to be able to offer the live simulcast for the very first time so that those who could not be here tonight can still participate.”

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A Briton Claims the Crown of Mr. GCU

February 03, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Toga-clad students, including the nursing delegation from Chanchung, China, packed North Gym to capacity last night for the annual Mr. GCU pageant. Nothing could prepare our Chinese visitors for what they were about to see, but they jumped into the festivities with glee. “Mr. GCU is very inspiring,” said Pastor Tim Griffin, GCU Dean of Students. “But kinda creepy at times.” It wouldn’t be an ASGCU event without a heavy dose of lip-syncing, cross-dressing and man flesh. These are some of the best and brightest young men on campus and those in attendance will never be able to look at them the same way again.

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New CAS Building is Officially ‘Topped Out’

January 31, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

GCU celebrated the topping out of the new four story College of Arts and Sciences building Tuesday morning under a beautiful sunny sky. “It’s been fun to watch the progress,” said CAS Dean Mark Wooden. “When they first started on it, I was impressed by the footprint. Now, I am amazed by its shadow.”

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Learning Shakespeare @ GCU

January 26, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University and Ethington Theater are proud to present A Midsummer Nights Dream. “The course of true love never did run smooth.” Never was this truer than in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Follow the hilarious angst of teen love out of Athens and into the forest as four more of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers try to find a safe place to love who and how they please. Add into the mix a fractured fairy kingdom and a group of construction workers turned artists, and you have one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays. Written soon after Romeo and Juliet, the Bard takes a shot at the blindness of love and hits a bull’s eye. Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. To Purchase Tickets Please contact the Ethington Box Office at: 602.639.8880 or [email protected]

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Singer-Songwriter Julianne Forte Pushes Forward With Music Career

January 24, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s Musician of the Year from 2010-11, who plays both piano and guitar, is now a senior and she’s setting her sights on the future. Already Forte is building the connections needed for a shot at success. “My favorite thing is just sitting down and writing music,” she says.

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Goodwill CEO Speaks of Importance of Business Model

January 18, 2012 / by / 1 Comment

How does a nonprofit organization manage to stay in business and continue to grow and thrive even in a recession? “You have to think of it not as a charity, but as a business,” says Jim Teter, CEO of Goodwill of Central Arizona, who spoke at this month’s CEO Lecture Series in Ethington Theatre on Wednesday morning. Goodwill originally started as a mission of the Methodist Church to help people with disabilities find jobs. Today, it has expanded to help all types of people find work, from those who have a disability to those who have been unemployed for more than a year or lack certain skill sets.

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Winter Dance Concert Draws From Multiple Influences

December 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The Ethington Dance Ensemble, under the guidance of GCU’s director of dance, Susannah Keita, has come a long way since its start a year ago. This production showcases that evolution, tackling several different styles of dance and combining them — sometimes even within one piece — smoothly and effortlessly. Thanks to the talented choreographers added to Keita’s staff this year and a program that is now 50 students strong, Thursday’s opening-night audience was shown a wide range of techniques and variations inspired by famous dancers and choreographers throughout history.

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Two Student Dancers Live Out Their Passion at GCU

December 14, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

For a dancer, being onstage is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication. It is the end result of countless hours of classes and practice and missed social outings with friends. But as any serious performer knows, sharing your art with others becomes a passion. For two such dancers who will perform Thursday and Friday in “Legacy,” the 2011 Winter Dance Concert at Ethington Theatre, that passion to dance has become their lives.

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Choirs Sound Better Than Ever in Christmas Concert

December 13, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Weary souls needing an extra push to the Christmas finish line received that welcome boost Monday night from “A Grand Canyon Christmas,” the Music Department’s annual holiday concert, at First Southern Baptist Church. GCU’s four choirs performed for nearly two hours in all, taking a 15-minute intermission before concluding with Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” which was sung in Latin by the Choral Union. Under the direction of Dr. Juan Hernandez (Choral Union, Canyon Chorale), Dr. Sheila Corley (Canyon Singers) and Gabe Salazar (New Life Singers), the choirs collectively hit the highest note for the music program since its return to campus in the fall of 2010.

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