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Dedicated teachers ready to launch

December 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The December 2018 graduates of the College of Education celebrated the end of their student-teaching experiences on Monday night, reflected on what they learned and expressed their appreciation for the COE faculty who thoroughly prepared them to teach. “I knew teachers did a lot and I knew how much I loved and appreciated them, but you don’t really, truly understand how much you love teachers until you have to be in the position to teach,’’ said elementary education aspiring teacher Sarah Schalick.

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Canyon Worship Showcase resounds with big crowd

December 04, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Worship Songwriters Showcase drew a large crowd to the Canyon 49 Grill on Monday night, and with good reason. The 13 songs featured a lot of new faces, a lot of different genres, a lot of worship and, notably, a lot of engagement by those in attendance. It evoked reminders of how much the program has grown in four years and how it continues to evolve.

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Trio of speakers shine at speech and debate tournament

December 03, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

GCU senior Xanthia Clow shined a light on the opioid crisis en route to winning first place in persuasive speech at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensic Association Fall Championships  on Sunday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Teammate Tommee Gleason placed third in three events and Keliann Nash finished third in impromptu speaking at a tournament featuring 38 college and university teams.

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Pipers pipe GCU holiday spirit into Andre House

December 03, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

More than nine pipers were piping at Andre House of Arizona in downtown Phoenix on Sunday. Fifteen members of GCU’s Clarinet Studio performed at Andre House, which serves the city’s most needy populations, during dinner service. “I love doing this,” said Clarinet Studio musician and junior biology major Allissa Hernandez. “It’s important to give back you your community — giving your time to give them joy and give them happiness.”

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Math lesson a plus for microbiology students

November 30, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

When GCU biology professor Dr. Galyna Kufryk saw that some of her microbiology students were struggling with the math in her course, she turned to GCU math professor Dr. Filippo Posta, who helped her put together a self-paced math lesson students could take that targeted the microbiology concepts she was trying to teach. After three years of collecting data, the results are impressive. Exam scores went up by 10.5 percent, on average, in the group of students using the math guide. Kufryk and Posta presented their findings at the recent Association of American Colleges & Universities conference in Atlanta.

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Worship Arts students filling needs in local churches

November 30, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

The growth of the Center for Worship Arts program at GCU is being felt in churches in Arizona and beyond. Aaron Bolton and Mallory Denson are just two of the students who have graduated and gone on to worship ministry careers at local churches. “We’re thrilled,” said Dr. Jason Hiles, Dean of the College of Theology.

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Student research on display at symposium

November 29, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

“There’s real science going on … there’s real innovation,” Provost Dr. Hank Radda said during Wednesday’s Undergraduate Learning Community and Research Symposium. Student presenters spoke to the audience about everything from the Desert Owl Population Improvement Project to the Bible Virtual Reality Project and one team’s attempt to help nonprofits digitize their paper surveys.

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Recording Studio helps local students create video

November 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU Recording Studio usually is a busy place, and part of the reason is the relationship that has been built with the high school community. Concert bands, choirs, jazz bands and other musical groups have gotten an opportunity to come to the studio and make professional-sounding recordings, and Valley Christian Schools took it to the next level by turning it into a video.

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GCU goes big — Hallelujah! — for ‘Messiah’

November 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Choral Society doesn’t just perform Handel’s “Messiah” every year, it does so on a grand scale. Tuesday’s concert at GCU Arena will feature almost the full version and will include a 110-member choir as well as the professional musicians of the Canyon Symphony Orchestra, four soloists and a high school choir.

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A ‘Starcatcher’ is born at Ethington Theatre

November 16, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Before there was Peter Pan, before there was Tinkerbell, before there was Captain Hook, there was “Peter and the Starcatcher.” GCU’s Theatre Department is bringing the origin story of the boy who refused to grow up to the Ethington Theatre stage. The play opens tonight for a two-weekend run.

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