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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

When it comes to theatre, it is important to go to plays and see them for yourself. That way, one is able to analyze movements and creative pieces orchestrated in different ways. It can help shape an actors craft and influence their style.

However, it is important as well to read plays outside of just acting in them. If one doesn’t read the masterful works of great playwrights, then they miss out on developing creative skills, expanding their imagination and learning the very roots of the craft.

Reading plays is also another great resource for actors in comprehending how theatre is produced and how to transform words on a paper into a great theatre performance.

Check out the top five plays that every aspiring actor should read below:

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By Lily Cooper
 Professional Writing Major
, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

We are surrounded by noise. People are talking all around us, the TV shouts advertisements, our phones chirp with notifications, texts and calls. The world is shouting at us in every type of way and with every different type of opinions.

These voices include one of truth, and one of lies. With all the outside voices already shouting at us, it can be hard to hear one and not the other. Satan loves to whisper his lies around to make us feel inferior and small. He strives to make our lives a wreck and confuse us by offering us the joy of sin and then condemning us after we commit it and make it seem unforgiveable.

However, there is always a light in the darkness and God’s voice is always there to help us and guide us, we just need to follow. He will never tell you to do, think or say anything that contradicts His word. He directly tells us to recognize His voice through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The enemy’s voice will:

  • Rush you (James 4:7)
  • Push you (Genesis 3:13)
  • Frighten you (1 Peter 5:8)
  • Confuse you (Genesis 3:4-5)
  • Discourage you (2 Corinthians 11:3)
  • Worry you (1 John 3:8)
  • Condemn you (John 10:10)

God’s voice however, is full of unconditional love and only wants what is best for us. God’s voice will:

  • Comforts you (Isaiah 51:11)
  • Protect you (Psalm 121:7)
  • Help you (Psalm 115:11)
  • Convict you (John 16:13)
  • Lead you (Isaiah 30:21)
  • Still you (Psalm 29:11)

If you are ever unsure about what you are hearing, just check God’s Word and see if it pans out. More often than not, if it aligns with what He says, it is from God. Anything opposite is from the enemy. So he next time you hear Satan speak to you, arm yourself with His words and affirm yourself of God’s love for you.

His Word and voice is powerful.

Grand Canyon University is committed to following the Lord in all circumstances. If you would like to learn more about GCU’s Christian identity and heritage or would like to read more devotionals please visit our website and check out the GCU Blog.

Computer programmers tend to be scientifically minded, logical individuals. So it can be particularly exciting for them to wear a different hat, so to speak, and embrace their creative sides with world-building activities. Building a digital world is challenging, but it can also be incredibly fulfilling.

GCU’s degree in computer science with an emphasis in game and simulation development explores artificial intelligence in gaming, 2D and 3D graphics and operating systems. In addition to the mathematical foundations that are taught in the program, practicing world-building can help students gain critical thinking skills relevant to a future career in computer science.

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Grand Canyon University offers a wide selection of online doctoral degrees that can provide you with the skills and experience that you need to gain a competitive edge in your field and advance your career. If you’re considering the benefits of earning a doctoral degree and have questions about how to get started, then read on for an introduction to what to expect when applying to a doctoral program.

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By Chantelle Ballard
MPH Student, College of Nursing and Health Professions

It’s World Kidney Day and one of the best ways to highlight the importance of your kidneys is to become educated about their actual functions. Learning how to care for two of your most essential organs properly will benefit you in more ways than one. So in honor of World Kidney Day, here are the three overall functions of your kidneys and the simple ways you can help to keep them in optimal shape.

Kidneys Act as a Personal Waste System

One of the primary functions of our kidneys is to remove waste and excess substances from your blood and digestion system. Your kidneys not only eliminates waste but acts to maintain balance in fluid intake, mineral and nutritious substances, as well as blood regulation.

What you can do: Maintain a healthy intake of fluids, ideally making sure you’re getting at least 2-3 liters of water per day (CDC, 2005). This will allow for your kidneys properly filter out any toxins or waste product from your circulatory systems.

Kidneys Help to Regulate Blood Flow

Your kidneys also function as a regulatory organ, which maintains function needed to circulate blood through our arteries properly (NIDDK, 2018). Over time, however, if not regulated, high blood pressure (HBP) can cause corrosion to those arteries, causing weakening or narrowing. This can ultimately lead to kidney failure, with HBP being the second leading cause for malfunction.

What you can do: According to the American Heart Association, the best way to prevent kidney failure is to manage your blood pressure (AHA, n.d.). Kidney failure happens over a length of time and can be avoided. Keep a record or your blood pressure numbers, eat a balanced diet, limit sodium intake and exercise regularly for optimal health.

Kidneys Produce Essential Hormones Needed for Cell Production & Controlling Fluid Levels

Kidneys produce two important hormones: erythropoietin & renim. Erythropoietin acts as a stimulus and controlling agent for the production of red blood cells, while renim helps to controls the balance of water and sodium levels, and also regulates blood pressure levels (NIDDK, 2018).

What you can do: Limit your use of pain medications and opioids. Many people suffer from kidney stones and other pains that may increase their use of medications. However, Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen and aspirin, can over time damage the function of your kidneys and hinder the production of these hormones (Dixit, Doan, Kirschner & Dexit, 2010).

Hopefully, for this National Kidney Day, this post has given insight on the functions of your kidneys and what you can do to keep them in the best shape as possible!

The College of Nursing and Health Care Professions helps students prepare for rewarding careers in the healthcare field. Learn more by visiting our website or contacting us using the green Request More Information button at the top of the page.

References:

Dixit, M., Doan, T., Kirschner, R., & Dixit, N. (2010). Significant acute kidney injury due to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Inpatient detting. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI),3(4), 1279-1285. doi: 10.3390/ph3041279

How High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Kidney Damage or Failure. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/health-threats-from-high-blood-pressure/how-high-blood-pressure-can-lead-to-kidney-damage-or-failure

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. (2018). Your Kidneys & How They Work. Retrieved from https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/kidneys-how-they-work

Plain Water, the Healthier Choice. (2019, February 4). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/data-statistics/plain-water-the-healthier-choice.html

By Chip Lamca
Faculty, College of Theology

No, Beware the Quest for the Golden Key is not the name of the next Indiana Jones film. It is the term used by the late David Hesselgrave for the next big thing in the practice of ministry and missions. The golden key is that strategy or gimmick which will supposedly bring about missional success like nothing else in history. I have been blessed these past two years to be involved in a doctoral program in the study of missions and I must confess that the quest for the golden key is a siren song. After all, what minister of the Gospel; professor, pastor, missionary, Bible study leader or middle-school leader does not want to do what is best? Shouldn’t we want to be on the cutting edge of ministry and missions?

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Planning a wedding is an exciting process for couples. There are a lot of little details that go into making this day one of the most special in a couple’s relationship. GCU’s Colangelo College of Business offers a BS in Hospitality Management that includes courses specific to event planning that can help prepare you for a career in this industry. If you decide to pursue a career as a wedding planner, you’ll experience the excitement of a wedding firsthand every day.

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By Chantelle Ballard
Student, College of Nursing and Health Professions in the Master of Public Health Program

What does depression look like? How do you put a face on an emotion that is often masked by subtle abnormalities, but not always directly expressed? As health care professionals, our number one priority for individuals is to maintain their highest level of well-being. The capacity for which we measure health is not limited to just the physical being, but the state of mind as well. The importance of mental health has become widespread in health education. Now it is more vital than before that we continue to grow and develop our understanding of the complexities that often warp our mental wellness. So, what exactly, is depression?

Depression can be defined as a pathological, constant and pervasive state of mood (Gelenberg & Hopkins, 2007). According to authors Richardson and Adams (2018), signs of depression include changes in everyday behaviors like a decrease or increase in appetite, memory fog, sleep disturbances, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities and a decrease in energy (Richardson & Adams, 2018).

Patients who are dealing with chronic illnesses are also more at risk and likely to develop depression (Richardson & Adams, 2018). Depression can also begin as a string of events that turns into an overwhelming mental breakdown.

Picture this: an individual dealing with an ongoing illness may also begin developing financial issues due to time off work or increasing medical bills. Over time, the illness progresses and bills begin to stack up. Then, outside of health concerns, they may also begin having family issues and feelings of isolation may arise. This individual may begin to experience anxiety, exhibit erratic behavior or show signs of total sadness.

Depression, however, can also manifest as a feeling of emptiness, void of any emotion at all. Therefore, it is important that we learn to pinpoint the deviations in an individual’s behavior and understand what their form of depression looks like, this can then assist your health care professional formulate a tailored treatment plan.

Other signs to look out for in everyday encounters with individuals are major deviances in behaviors that are not perceived as normal for that individual. If an individual is usually upbeat and positive and over time, becomes reclusive, inhibiting feelings of anger or begins to view things in a negative light, then the individual may be showing signs of a major cognitive change or depressive symptoms.

It is essential to not only care for individuals with the best of our abilities and skill but also to get to know them. Pay attention to the things they talk about, how they carry themselves, habitual behaviors that may suddenly or even gradually change. Something as simple as being attentive to patient behaviors and actively engaging with those you care for may make a significant difference in the type of care they receive.

Every individual will not be able to express what they are feeling or is willing to be open about depression. As health care professionals, we must be able to bridge the gap, to start the conversation, and be attentive to not just their physical care, but mental health care as well.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression please connect with your primary care physician. You may also call Mentalhelp.net at 1-866-277-8525 where someone will answer 24/7. If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Your education at Grand Canyon University combines modern knowledge and technical skills with Christ’s wisdom. If a career in health care management is your calling in life, click on the Request More Information button at the top of our website. You can apply today for admission to our Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration degree program, offered by the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions.

References

Gelenberg, A.J. & Hopkins, H.S. (2007). Assessing and treating depression in primary care medicine.

The American Journal of Medicine, 120(2), 105 – 108.

Luann Richardson, Susie Adams (2018). Cognitive deficits in patients with depression, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(6), 437-443. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2018.03.006.

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