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Impacting Culture Speaker Series Provides Students with Insights and Networking Opportunities

Nov. 5th, 2019

JPCatholic’s recently launched speaker series has featured guests such as Dan Molina, a senior editor at Disney, and Timothy Reckart, who directed The Star.

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Students’ Game ‘Shepherd of Light’ Surpasses 25k Downloads

Nov. 4th, 2019

Since its release in September, our game development students' senior thesis project has amassed over 25,000 downloads in 145 countries, with a positive feedback rating of 95% on Steam! Congratulations to our students on an incredible game and a huge success!

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JPCatholic Offers New Motion Capture System to Students

Oct. 31st, 2019

JPCatholic is excited to announce the purchase of an Xsens Awinda motion capture suit.

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JPCatholic Announces New Advertising Emphases

Oct. 7th, 2019

JPCatholic is pleased to announce the introduction of two new Advertising emphases for Fall 2020, as Prof. Joe Koller steps into a full-time teaching position.

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Graduation 2019 Institutional Award Recipients

Sep. 10th, 2019

Last week, JPCatholic held the graduation ceremony for 82 Undergraduate and 16 Graduate Students. See photos and the Institutional Award Recipients here.

One Year Later: Senior Projects from 2018 See Multiple Film Fest Wins

Sep. 10th, 2019

Having just screened the 2019 senior film projects, we take a look back on some of the 2018 projects and the successes they’ve achieved in the film festival circuit.

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“Afterlife in Pop Culture”: New Course Examines Depictions of the Afterlife in Popular Media

Sep. 5th, 2019

A new course offered by Dr. Keyes this past quarter explored how various novels, shows, and movies relate to Christian doctrine on life after death.

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JPCatholic Seniors’ “Shepherd of Light” Game Now Available on Steam

Sep. 4th, 2019

JPCatholic’s graduating class of video game development students published their senior project today on Steam; the game can now be downloaded and played for free.

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Alumni Couples’ Anthology Film ‘Almost Home’ Wins Multiple Awards

Aug. 19th, 2019

Two alumni filmmaking couples collaborated on the 8beats short film Almost Home, which has already seen multiple wins in the film festival circuit. The film is part of a larger anthology based on the Eight Beatitudes.

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Impacting Culture through the Sacred Arts: “Faces of Christ” Seeks to Find a Home at JPCatholic

Aug. 12th, 2019

Danish sacred art collector Steen Heidemann is joining with JPCatholic in seeking a home for his “Faces of Christ” art collection, featuring over 200 paintings from artists all over the world.

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JPCatholic Welcomes New Chief Development Officer

Aug. 1st, 2019

This month JPCatholic welcomes Steve Wise into the newly-created role of Chief Development Officer. Coming in with over a decade of experience in fundraising for Catholic nonprofits, Steve will be charged with raising funds for scholarships and facilities expansion.

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Alumna Voices Pro-Life Perspective on Popular YouTube Series “Middle Ground”

July 29th, 2019

Timmerie Geagea was featured last week on Jubilee Media's popular show “Middle Ground” to participate in a discussion between pro-choice and pro-life representatives.

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JPCatholic Recommended Again in 2019-2020 Newman Guide

July 11th, 2019

John Paul the Great Catholic University is proud to be listed once again in The Cardinal Newman Society’s guide for choosing a Catholic college.

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Dr. Samuel Keyes Joins Theology Faculty

July 10th, 2019

Dr. Samuel Keyes, a former Anglican minister and a convert to Catholicism, joins the Theology department at JPCatholic.

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JPCatholic Announces Strategic Shift - MBA in Film Producing Program to End

July 16th, 2019

John Paul the Great Catholic University announced today that it will shift investments away from its MBA in Film Producing and begin exploration of specialized, high-impact MFA degrees within the Creative Arts.

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Yellow Line Digital Gives Students First-Hand Training in Digital Marketing

June 17th, 2019

A new course offered at JPCatholic last quarter gave students hands-on experience working with marketing agency Yellow Line Digital.

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JPCatholic Seniors’ “Shepherd of Light” Game to Be Released on Steam

June 13th, 2019

JPCatholic’s graduating class of video game development students have nearly finished production of their capstone project, Shepherd of Light.

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New Sketch Comedy Class Brings in Industry Professionals

June 6th, 2019

A new course offered this quarter has given students exposure to broad array of industry talent who have worked on projects like Animaniacs, Back to the Future, and Studio C.

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Matthew Galvan Joins the Cast of Studio C

Apr 27th, 2019

JPCatholic film and acting student Matthew Galvan has joined the cast of Utah-based comedy sketch show Studio C for its upcoming 10th season.

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MBA Students Attend NAB Show

Apr 26th, 2019

Earlier this month, JPCatholic’s MBA students spent four days in Las Vegas for the annual NAB Show, a global conference showcasing the latest innovations across multiple sectors of media, entertainment and technology.

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Senior Film Projects 2019

Mar 28th, 2019

JPCatholic’s graduating seniors and their teams are busy at work in pre-production for their thesis short films, which will premiere in early September at Regal Cinemas Escondido. Check out the full list here.

Mychal Simka Guest Lecture

Mar 7th, 2019

On March 5th, JPCatholic hosted guest speaker Mychal Simka who spoke to the students about his career in the entertainment industry, the opportunities facing Christian filmmakers today, and the story behind his non-profit organization "Heart for Hollywood."

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JPCatholic MBA Students Attend Sundance 2019

Feb 13th, 2019

For the second consecutive year, JPCatholic sent its MBA in Film Producing students to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, where they spent a week attending screenings of previously unreleased independent films, networking with industry professionals, and participating in the Windrider Forum.

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JPCatholic Ranked #12 by U.S. News for Best Regional Colleges West

Oct 18th, 2018

U.S. News & World Report, one of the go-to sources for national college rankings, placed John Paul the Great Catholic University at #12 in its list of Best Regional Colleges West for 2019.

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JPCatholic Welcomes Record-Breaking Incoming Class

Oct 16th, 2018

This fall, John Paul the Great Catholic University welcomed an incoming class of 112 undergraduates across our media, business, and humanities programs.

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JPCatholic's First Musical: Fiddler on the Roof

Sept 6th, 2018

On Tuesday, September 4th, our students performed Fiddler on the Roof at the Escondido Center for the Performing Arts. Congratulations to Director Angie Bitsko and to all the talented cast and crew on a stellar performance!

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Introducing Emphases in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Musical Theater

Sept 7th, 2018

JPCatholic is proud to announce the addition of three new emphases for fall 2019. To learn more, click here.

Alumni Work on FIFA World Cup Graphics

July 15th, 2018

Alumni Nate Sjogren, Zach Sadler, Ethan Snell, and the team at Drive Studio have spent the last several years creating a comprehensive graphics package and set design for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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JPCatholic Senior Projects 2018

May 6th, 2018

Check out what our graduating class is working on for their thesis projects! Production or Post-Production on many of these will continue through the end of summer quarter. Follow them on social media to track their progress, and consider supporting their work!

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MBA Students Attend Sundance Film Festival

Mar 19th, 2018

This past January, JPCatholic directing professor Nathan Scoggins took four MBA students to Sundance, the country’s largest independent film festival.

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Don’t Dream It, Make It! (Film Club at JPCatholic)

Mar 16th, 2018

You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it! Such is the wisdom that legendary director Steven Spielberg imparts to all filmmakers, young and old.

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Script Reading Series at JPCatholic

Feb 26th, 2018

Every movie, from the dullest of dull to the most dazzlingly cinematic, begins as words on a page. These words on a page compose what is known as the script, an often unsung but inestimably important part of the movie-making process.

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Households at JPCatholic – Providing Opportunities for Faith and Service

Nov 28th, 2018

John Paul the Great Catholic University strives to provide an authentically Catholic environment in which students can both prepare for their careers and grow in their spiritual lives. One of the many resources on campus for students to develop their faith is a program called “households”.

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Graduation 2017

Sept 1st, 2017

John Paul the Great Catholic University held its 9th annual commencement on Friday, September 1, 2017.

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Fr. Richard Huston, First Chaplain, Dies

May 17th, 2017

Fr. Richard Huston passed away on May 14th at the age of 91. He was a priest of the Diocese of San Diego and served as JPCatholic's Chaplain for our first decade.

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Graduating Students Tackle Final Projects

May 1st, 2017

Pre-production and fundraising is underway for this year's Senior Projects and MBA Thesis films! The range of genres this year include quirky comedy, documentary, psychological thriller, and post-apocalyptic sci-fi. Click to learn more and donate!

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Impacting Culture Blog Relaunch

Apr 4th, 2017

Our newly redesigned blog features original content from our faculty and community examining issues of media, culture, and theology.

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Immediate and Long Term Campus Expansion

Mar 14th, 2017

Our campus continues to expand to enable our bold vision to nurture the creativity and cultivate the imagination of our students within the Creative Arts, the Humanities, and Business, while deeply immersing them in the Catholic Intellectual tradition. Support our campus and program expansion now.

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Walk for Life 2017

Jan 23rd, 2017

On Saturday January 21, JPCatholic students joined pro-lifers in both the San Diego and San Francisco for their respective 2017 Annual Walk for Life events.

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