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Lessons learned in ‘Work as Divine Calling’

September 21, 2015 / by / 2 Comments

The first Integration of Faith, Learning and Work “Lunch and Learn” for Grand Canyon University faculty featured two teachers who have an important perspective of “Work as Divine Calling.” The session drew an overflow crowd Friday to Howerton Hall.

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COFAP Dean Claude Pensis
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And the award goes to … Pensis earns special honor

September 21, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Whether he is behind the scenes or seated in the audience, Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, is the visionary leader of the University’s programs in theatre, music, dance, digital film and digital design programs. His three decades of service to GCU and the Valley’s theatre community will be lauded tonight when he is presented with the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence Outstanding Contribution Award at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

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Recent grad shows students how to build a business culture

September 17, 2015 / by / 1 Comment

Natalie Speers graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business just last year, but she already has built a social media business that is thriving. In the first presentation in the CCOB Dean’s Speaker Series, Speers showed students how quickly you can have success if you follow the principles of servant leadership and “Conscious Capitalism.”

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COT ‘Lunch and Learns’ return, new recording studio opens

September 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Theology has a lot going on Friday: the first “Lunch and Learn” at 11:15 a.m. and then an open house for Center for Worship Arts students in the new recording studio late that evening. The Lunch and Learns are for all faculty members and will take place three times per semester.

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GCU volunteers helping sex-trade victims reach their dreams

September 17, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Every Tuesday for eight weeks, GCU faculty members and students voluntarily teach a different skill-building session to one group of shelter residents, women who survived the sex-traffic trade. The goal is to provide life tools for the victims while providing work experience for counseling students, said Kathy Britton, GCU Counseling Program Manager. “We call the group, the ‘Mariposa Group,’ the Spanish word for butterflies,” said Britton, referring to the women attending the classes. “They are trying to metamorphosize into a new life.”

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GCU alumni Joy and Claire Flatz
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Oh, the places they’ll go: Flatzes start Seuss tour

September 16, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

One played Shakespeare’s Juliet on the stage of GCU’s Ethington Theatre and has done a PetSmart commercial, while the other was the baker’s wife in “Into the Woods” and did a lot of professional theatre during her time in the College of Fine Arts and Production. Now, Joy and Claire Flatz, who graduated last spring, are playing Thing 2 and Thing 1, respectively, in the cast of “The Cat in the Hat,” which Tempe-based Childsplay is scheduled to launch next week. Learn how these talented and identical twin sisters landed the roles in this international tour that will take them to venues across the country and Canada, too, in this GCU Today story and don’t miss our video that captures some of their blue-mopped, red-outfitted hijinks.

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CONHCP programs under routine review for re-accreditation

September 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

The faculty and staff in GCU’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions will be busy showcasing their programs this week as individuals from the national and state nursing organizations conduct a routine review for its re-accreditation.

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GCU employee, student honored at Hispanic leadership celebration

September 14, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

GCU continued its outreach into the Phoenix Hispanic community Friday, honoring employee Angela Mejia and awarding a $2,500 scholarship to incoming freshman Anahi Ramos of Youngker High at the 25th annual Valle del Sol Profile of Success 2015 Luncheon and Hispanic Leadership Awards Celebration. The award was especially humbling to Mejia, who grew up in poverty in Honduras and is using her position at GCU to help local youth attend college. Read more in this GCU Today story.

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Air Force officer has commanding presence among CCOB instructors

September 11, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

One of the new online instructors in the Colangelo School of Sports Business is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, but that’s just one of a number of impressive roles and accomplishments Mark Clifford has had in his career. Among them was national collegiate boxing champion, and his coach just happened to be Dr. Randy Gibb, dean of the Colangelo College of Business. Read more about Clifford in this GCU Today story.

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Soccer player competes against odds for ‘Idol’ spot

September 11, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Grand Canyon University sophomore Madeline McArthur has always had two dreams — to play soccer for the big leagues, and to sing for the big time. As a Division I soccer player, she has accomplished her first dream. On Tuesday, she will try for her second when she auditions for “American Idol.” Read the story here.

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