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New GCU-Brewers team is swinging for the fences

June 25, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The new Learning Lounge at the Milwaukee Brewers’ training complex in Maryvale has created an interesting partnership between the employees who work there as well as the University and a Major League Baseball club. Shari Stagner, GCU’s Director of K12 Outreach, is teaming up with the Brewers’ Thad McGrew and Andrew Daugherty to come up with new ideas that will benefit local students.

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GCU associate professor chosen for Flipgrid board

June 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When Grand Canyon University’s Associate Professor Kimber Underdown submitted her video for a shot at becoming a member of Flipgrid’s new Executive board, she never thought that she would be selected. Yet in early June, Underdown was notified that she had in fact been selected. Underdown will be one of 24 executive board members in the world for the video platform, and she was both surprised and excited about the opportunity. “It’s really exciting because I do love the technology, I have gone to the Flipgrid Live last year, I presented there last year and so I feel like I know them and they know me,” she said. All 24 for the executive board members will be publicly announced and celebrated at Flipgrid Live Tonight at 7 p.m.

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Dance Intensive gets students jazzed about college

June 18, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

This Year’s dance intensive is in full swing this week as about 20 dancers, aged 14-21, come to campus to get the full experience of what a university dance department is like. Students will be taught multiple forms of dance including jazz, modern and ballet just to name a few. “They are go-getters, they’re often quite talented, quite skilled, have been really serious about dance,” Dance Director Susannah Keita said. “And it is really exciting when they come and audition for the program and we recognize them and we know them already.”

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‘Amazing building’: CAC wows basketball campers

June 12, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Activities Complex is as huge as an airport hanger — for hoopsters who want to fly. It’s the first summer as home to Grand Canyon University’s eight basketball camps.
Earlier this month, when 160 kids entered the CAC to see 10 full basketball courts in the new, 136,000-square-foot facility, their jaws dropped. Parents were impressed, too.
“This building is amazing,” said Fabian Spencer, of Ahwatukee. “When we walked into this building, we said you don’t see this too often, maybe in California.”

The 160 athletes, ages 6-14, warmed up with jumping jacks and running drills, right after GCU assistant basketball coach Chris Crevelone provided inspiration: “Get better today. Get better tomorrow. Then you will reach your goals.”

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GCU alumni dive into 300-mile research, swim project

June 07, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

There is very little known about the mysterious “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” that has formed and continued to grow every year, but two GCU alum’s and their fellow expedition boat crew are determined to show the world what is really going on in the ocean. COFAP Graduates Joshua Munoz (class of 2015) and Corbin Marshall (Class of 2016) have both found homes in Hawaii since graduating, and will be embarking on a journey with several scientist, French-born long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte and several others on what they are calling “The Vortex Swim” starting Tomorrow and continuing until September. Lecomte will be swimming for eight hours a day for 100 days to make up a total of 300 nautical miles, all while his crew collects data, tracks plastic movement and studies the effects of the plastic on surrounding ocean life. Munoz and Marshall will be aboard documenting the whole expedition via photography and videography, all while also taking shifts manning the helm and assisting with data collecting. Links to follow the journey of Munoz, Marshall and the rest of the crew throughout the process will be located within the story.

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Theatre instructor’s book seeks to unite actors

May 30, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

It has been about three years since Michael Kary self-published what he once thought to be journals, and now his book, “Acting in Faith: A Christian’s Guide,” is being published by Kendall Hunt Publishing and distributed to other Christian institutions across the country. In it, Kary teaches students that they can still be proud Christians while also excelling in the acting profession. Kary believes that differences between the entertainment industry and Christianity have led to both sides holding misunderstood views about each other and hopes his book will help clear up some of the misconceptions that exist.

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Going up! The inside stories of a building project

May 28, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

The entertainment just keeps building for employees in the Student Life and College of Humanities and Social Sciences buildings — they get to watch the new Student Advising Services building go up next door. The process has fascinated people so much, GCU Today decided to explain in more detail what they’re watching.

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Ethics workshop provides continuing education help

May 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Most counselors and therapists want to be able to “do good” by their clients, but what does “doing good” really mean? That was the main topic of discussion at Thursday’s continuing education ethics workshop hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Speakers from GCU and NAU offered professionals working in the field of counseling and social services a free way of receiving their CEUs (Continuing Education Units) that they are required to renew every two years.

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Dance instructor brings tap-infused mystery to stage

May 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Suzy Guarino-Hall, a tap instructor for the dance program, is producing “Murder at the TAP’Ocho,” which will incorporate tap dancing with singing and a storyline and debuts Sunday in Mesa. The show will feature several GCU students and alumni as well as Director of Dance Susannah Keita. “This is literally going to be the best show we’ve ever done,” Guarino-Hall said.

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From graduate to dean after receiving doctoral degree

May 14, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When the Dean of Bethany College in West Virginia resigned in the fall of 2014, all Associate Dean Levi Esses wanted was to become the new dean of students for his alma mater. Unfortunately, there was only one thing in his way: the fact that he didn’t have his doctoral degree. That experience is what drove Esses to pursue his doctoral degree, ultimately leading to his graduation this past April. “God had a plan Honestly, it all happened I think largely part to my doctoral degree, that I had it finished and my experience in higher education,” Esses said.

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