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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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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 students honored in a big way at banquet

April 19, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Students didn’t have to hop on a plane Monday evening to enjoy a “Night in New York,” the theme of the Honors College Banquet in GCU Arena. The event included a catered dinner, New York-themed trivia and live music performed by Honors College Director of Operations Dennis Williams and his wife, Julianne. Senior Kendall Smith was given the Dean’s Choice Award, Gaige Graham was named the Outstanding Senior, Lena-May Haught was a popular choice for the Giving Back Award and Camden Marasco won the Inspirational Leader Award.

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Film Festival shows students’ resolve to create

March 11, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Film students were excited to be back in Ethington Theatre on Thursday evening for the GCU Film Festival after it had to be held outdoors last year. The pandemic forced that move and also was evident in many of the 13 films that were shown. “The students really were facing a lot of changes, and the way they worked around it was amazing,” Film Department Director Lisa Tervo 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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‘Identity Crisis’ movie casts campus in starring role

January 12, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Filming has begun on campus for Andrea and Alexandra Boylan’s newest movie, “Identity Crisis.” It contains a faith-filled message and will continue shooting until Jan. 28 as it incorporates GCU students, faculty and alumni into the movie-making process. “It’s just special here,” said Alexandra, who first visited campus last year with her sister. “I feel like the spirit of the Lord is very alive and well at GCU, and we can feel it.”

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Outdoor Film Festival celebrates students’ work

March 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Seven awards were distributed Thursday night in the GCU Film Festival, held outdoors to celebrate a year’s worth of students’ hard work during a uniquely challenging time. “What I really liked about the films we got this year is that I think they represented making lemonade out of lemons,” Film Department Director Lisa Tervo said. “There’s so much creativity and so many interesting turns that they took to be able to create these films against so many obstacles that it was amazing to see what they were able to do.”

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James Bond-themed banquet fetes Honors students

March 18, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Another successful academic year wouldn’t be complete without an Honors College Banquet to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. They were recognized Wednesday for their hard work during the pandemic. “We’re extremely proud,” Program Manager Dennis Williams said. “It’s been a very challenging year for them, but we’ve seen so many of our students step up as leaders, step up in all these areas. This is, I think, going to be an extra special year.”

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Spotlight Concert brings 15 student works to stage

March 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s time for students’ choreography to shine. The Spring Student Spotlight Concert debuted Monday night on the Quad and will be performed again at 7:30 Tuesday night. The concert showcases 15 student pieces, some in person and some on film. “The Student Spotlight is always one of my favorite concerts at GCU because it really shows the diversity of our student choreographers,” Dance Director Bekki Price said. “I think one of the exciting things is just having the opportunity to be outside and see art when so much of the world’s art has been shut down and there aren’t a lot of live performances happening.”

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Honors College community still connected … online

June 11, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

The abrupt transition of ground classes to the online platform could have weakened the strong bond students have with the Honors College, but its administrators wouldn’t let that happen. They have established a number of ways to keep students engaged with their peers, and one of them, Tuesday Night Trivia, has continued into the summer.

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