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Grad found her ‘voice for her generation’ at GCU

December 14, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

With a 3.9 grade point average, two internships and short stories and poems published in four literary journals, Cymelle Edwards is an exceptional member of the winter commencement graduating class. She developed her phenomenal writing gifts under the tutelage of several GCU professors, including Dr. Andrea Alden, assistant professor Brian Raftery and author Dr. Diane Goodman, who proclaimed, “I am confident that when Cymelle completes her MFA (Master of Fine Arts), she will emerge as a voice for her generation.’’

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Slideshow: Winter commencement, Friday morning ceremony

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Photos by Slaven Gujic GCU News Bureau The Friday morning ceremony of winter commencement at Grand Canyon University included graduates of the Colangelo College of Business, the College of Fine Arts and Production and the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions.      

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Make a joyful noise with Canyon Choral Society

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The Canyon Choral Society performed at Carnegie Hall in the spring and has tackled some major choral works, from Handel’s “Messiah” to Brahms’ Requiem. The GCU community choir — the only nonaudition choir on campus — is getting ready to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the spring and is looking for a few good vocalists to add to its roster.

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Business grad shows how to step up to the plate

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One of the impressive early graduates at winter commencement Friday morning was Payton Kuhnel, who needed just 2 1/2 years of college to get his Sports Management degree. But that’s only part of the story. Not only was he summa cum laude; he also worked the whole time he was on campus and already has a job in Major League Baseball.

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Delta Mu Delta chapter welcomes more members

December 13, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Eta Chi chapter of Delta Mu Delta, which achieved Star status (top 5 percent of all chapters) in August, added 132 members Wednesday, 24 of whom were on hand for the induction ceremony. “Delta Mu Delta confirms that you have a proven track record of academic achievement,” said Conner Teich, the chapter’s president.

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Students have designs on creativity at showcase

December 12, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Alyssa Moran goes a little old-school in her calligraphy-inspired artwork. Yesenia Thomas spent a summer working at Phil Vischer Enterprises (Vischer is known for the animated series “VeggieTales”). Loren Jaxson was inspired to create more than 70 cards inspired by mythology. All displayed the artwork they created during their time at GCU in the Senior Design Showcase on Tuesday. It’s the culmination of their studies at the University, just before they walk the graduation stage on Friday.

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Engineering students race to remote-control glory

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It didn’t quite look like the typical finals week in instructor Li Tan’s Principles of Mechanical Design class. Students in his class took over the courtyard area outside of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Building Tuesday to test the results of their class project — to design remote-control cars. Teams of four used SolidWorks to design their vehicles and then put them through the rigor of a speed race course and obstacle course. “They had to pass all the different terrains to satisfy the design concept. During this process, they’re able to learn the basic principles of design,” said Tan.

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Math Poker Day: Students learn when to hold ’em

December 11, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

Playing poker not only can be fun, it can provide a learning opportunity. And the bonus lesson for GCU math students amid their semi-annual Poker Day was seeing their instructors in a different environment. “It is fun to see the professor as a person instead of a teacher,’’ said Computer Science major Jeremy Mog.

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Java boot camp helps students launch new careers

December 07, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Bill Palowski served in the Air Force for 23 years. Christina Herman was a GCU student who changed her major three times and wasn’t sure what she wanted to do as a career. But after immersing themselves in four months in GCU’s Java Certificate Program, the new coders both were hired, before graduation, by a large technology consulting firm. They are examples of the success of the program, which made its debut this year. Palowski, Herman and five other Java boot camp students are finishing the camp Friday and held a showcase this week for industry leaders.

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Speech and Debate Showcase wraps up semester

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Eight students performed on Wednesday evening in the Speech and Debate Showcase. The event was highlighted by an emotional speech by Keliann Nash about her brother, and it featured the quick preparation skills of Tommee Gleason. “Several members of the audience were moved by the performances they saw, and that speaks to the power the students have in conveying emotions via their performance,” Director of Forensics Michael Dvorak said.

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