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Make a joyful noise with Canyon Choral Society

December 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

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

December 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

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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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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GCU connects with Phoenix Rescue Mission

December 12, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

A partnership between GCU and Phoenix Rescue Mission produced toys, games and household goods for needy children and hope for recovering adults, residents of PRM who attended the Lopes women’s basketball game Tuesday night at GCU Arena. “It is crazy to think I am coming to something like this, a GCU basketball game,’’ said PRM resident Kassandra Elson. “This is how I am spending my free time rather than doing things that put me in prison.’’

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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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They’re buying into instructor’s marketing acumen

December 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Colangelo College of Business has yet another big name on its roster of industry experts. Mindy Weinstein, who owns her own digital marketing company, recently won an award from a prominent website for having the most page views of the month for a column she wrote, and she also is a highly regarded speaker at workshops.

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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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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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Students mix fun, giving at Hanging of the Greens

November 29, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

More than 3,000 students turned out for the winter formal, Hanging of the Greens, featuring dining, dancing, crafting snow globes, savoring GCBC hot chocolate in four flavors, letter writing to home with postage paid by the Canyon Activities Board (CAB), and notes to the homeless for the Can you Spare a Story initiative. “It is beautiful how they didn’t just make it a dance,’’ said senior Stephanie Fairchild. “They incorporated the arts and crafts and Can You Spare a Story. That is heartwarming.’’

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