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Commencement speech evokes happy memories

April 25, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

As Kendall Smith looked out to the audience at Friday evening’s Spring Commencement ceremony, she couldn’t help but reflect on her time at the University. An active member of the Honors College and the College of Arts and Media, she considered the opportunity to be the student speaker the perfect end to a memorable four-year journey at GCU. Smith expressed her gratitude in her speech for the love and care the university puts into every students experience. “I hope that students, when they graduate, that they’re proud to Lopes,” she said. “I hope all the graduates feel very thankful for all GCU has done for them.”

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Seniors draw inspiration from Design Showcase

April 21, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Wednesday’s Digital Design Showcase on the Quad displayed the work of 67 graduating seniors who hope to use their skills to positively impact the world. “I think they will have a bit more fortitude for change,” Digital Design Director Sheila Schumacher said. “This particular graduating class spent two, almost three semesters in the middle of COVID and, for many of them, it was a jolt.”

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Powerful testimonies take stage for dance concert

April 20, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The final hurrah of the theatre season, the Spring Dance Concert, premiered Tuesday night and has additional shows Wednesday and Saturday. “Testimony” includes eight pieces of choreography that showcase the students inside and outside the Dance Department. “I’m super proud of the students who are involved in this production,” Dance Director Bekki Price said. “It’s just a testament to the immense talent of the student body here at GCU.”

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Honors Research Symposium highlights diversity

April 12, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

For the first time, the presentations at Monday’s Learning Community and Research Symposium were from five different colleges. Each one highlighted students’ heart for service and their desire to make their communities better — exactly the vision GCU President Brian Mueller has. “Brian talks so well about the vision of the University, but also the five-point plan and what we’re doing in the community,” Provost Dr. Hank Radda told the audience in his closing remarks at the event. “I don’t think you could have better representation of that occurring in a very real way.”

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Easter Concert to premiere two challenging pieces

April 11, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Choral Society and the Canyon Chorale will perform alongside the Canyon Symphony Orchestra in an Easter Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale. The performance will feature the Arizona premiere of “The Breath of Life” by Dan Forrest and “Passion According to St. Luke” by Ēriks Ešenvalds. Student and faculty soloists also will be onstage as the Music Department continues to celebrate the return to live performances. “There is something very special about live music that you don’t achieve over the radio, over a recording or over Zoom,” said one of the soloists, Tyler Thompson said.

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After student’s tragic death, Kamp Love was born

April 01, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

After the death of his best friend, Jarod Lovekamp, on a camping trip, Austin Rockwell was convinced that his new camp ministry project, Camp Lope, was over. But after listening to the Lord, Rockwell has helped the camp reach heights that he would have never thought possible. Now called Kamp Love, the nonprofit has served more than 2,000 college students and trained more than 250 student volunteers with a mission of glorifying the Gospel while also paying homage to Lovekamp and his legacy. At a camping trip earlier this semester, the College of Arts and Media’s traveling theatre troupe, Parables, also made an appearance.

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Colorful finale: ‘Dreamcoat’ lights up Ethington stage

March 31, 2022 / by / 1 Comment

From costumes to music to choreography, there’s something for everyone in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” which opens Friday night in Ethington Theatre. The dreamcoat is a production of the collaboration between the College of Arts and Media and College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “He’s got a personality, that coat,” costume designer Nola Yergen said with a grin. “It’s truly a one-of-a-kind work of art.” The performance also marks an important first for the University – fiberoptic cabling that enables an orchestra to perform the show’s music live from the GCU Recording Studio.

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Guitar instructor releases groundbreaking album

March 24, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

After never hearing about Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, the first woman to compose an opera in France, in any of his formal musical training, GCU guitar instructor Dr. David Sewell decided to educate future generations of music students. Through the release of his new album, “Coalesco: Harpsichord Music for Guitar,” Sewell translates original harpsichord arrangements by Jacquet de La Guerre and Domenico Scarlatti for the guitar. By including Jacquet de La Guerre, Sewell hopes to inspire students with her story of perseverance and success. “It’s always cool when you see someone or if you can hear a story about someone overcoming social constraints or adversity and absolutely killing it,” Sewell said. “She was extremely successful despite all these things, and I think that’s important for people to know.”

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Design grad’s focus scores dream job with Suns

March 18, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

It’s not every day that a recent graduate can say they landed their dream job straight out of college, but Jaden Guilford is the exception thanks to the innovative steps he took while he was at GCU. His job as a graphic designer for the Phoenix Suns is the direct result of taking it upon himself to get to know industry professionals and, maybe more importantly, help them get to know him. “It was just kind of a snowball effect of me reaching out to people and them reaching out to me back,” he said.

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Student Spotlight Concert showcases dance talent

March 04, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Visitors for Homecoming Family Weekend have another option tonight in Thunderground — the Spring Student Spotlight Concert. They’ll see seven live performances and three dance films, all choreographed by students. Dance Director Bekki Price said. “The students work so hard all semester, and this is something that they do on top of their schoolwork and attending classes.. It’s incredible what they put together and the way they’re able to express themselves and share their story using movement.”

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