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JPCatholic Launches “Build for Impact” Capital Campaign

Nov. 30, 2021

The multi-year $18M campaign will provide student scholarships, a dedicated chapel, and a creative arts academic complex.

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Student Art Show Hosted at Escondido Municipal Arts Gallery

Nov. 22, 2021

JPCatholic’s Art Club “Created to Create” hosted its first art show at the Escondido Municipal Arts Gallery. A total of 22 students showcased 32 pieces.

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Inaugural “Feature Film Pitch Night”: Nine Semi-Finalists Pitch Their Stories for Production

Oct. 19, 2021

Over the past two months, students and alumni submitted 45 stories to be produced as part of JPCatholic’s new Feature Film Program. This weekend, nine of those projects were pitched to a faculty panel in front of a live audience.

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JPCatholic Students & Alumni Work on Prof. Scoggins’ Feature Film “What Remains”

Oct. 18, 2021

Over 20 students and alumni worked on Prof. Nathan Scoggins’ film shoot, which wrapped production last week in northern Texas.

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Rest in Peace Dr. Luis Calingo

Oct. 4, 2021

Dr. Luis Calingo, a trustee and longtime friend of JPCatholic, passed away on October 1, 2021.

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Orientation 2021: JPCatholic Welcomes Record Incoming Class

Sep. 30, 2021

Last weekend, JPCatholic held new student Orientation, welcoming 119 new freshmen and transfer students to begin classes this fall.

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Alumni Produced Sci-fi Podcast “Project Foxtrot” Premieres Pilot Episode

Sep. 16, 2021

Project Foxtrot is a narrative sci-fi mystery podcast centered on the small town of Fallbrook, where 13-year old Blake Johnson resurfaces five years after his disappearance.

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Jason Patterson Joins JPCatholic as Dean of Students

Sep. 15, 2021

JPCatholic is pleased to announce the hire of Jason Patterson, who will begin as Dean of Students later this month.

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JPCatholic Ranked #19 by U.S. News for Best Regional Colleges West

Sep. 13, 2021

In addition, the University ranked #8 in Top Performers on Social Mobility.

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Graduation and Senior Screening 2021

Aug. 30, 2021

On Saturday, August 28th, John Paul the Great Catholic University held its 13th annual commencement at the Ritz Theater in Escondido.

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WSCUC Reaffirms JPCatholic’s Accreditation for Eight Years

July 13, 2021

JPCatholic has received formal notification from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) that our accreditation is reaffirmed for a period of eight years. The next reaffirmation review will be held in 2028-2029.

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California Reopening and COVID-19 Updates

July 10, 2021

Learn more about California reopening and JPCatholic's COVID-19 policies.

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Dr. Samuel Keyes Ordained to the Priesthood

June 29, 2021

Dr. Samuel Keyes, Professor of Theology at JPCatholic, was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, TX.

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Two Alumni Ordained to the Priesthood this Summer

June 23, 2021

Fr. Roni Schamoun was ordained in the Chaldean Catholic Rite, and Fr. George Perez as Eudist priest in the Roman Catholic Rite.

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Student Showcase: 3d Environments with “Abandoned” Theme

June 16, 2021

Over the past several months, students in Prof. Sartain’s courses have been producing immersive 3d environments based on the prompt “abandoned”.

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2021-2022 Theatre Season Announced

June 14, 2021

Live theatre is back! Our students recently performed Shakespeare's “As You Like It” to close out the Spring Quarter, and we're excited to announce the coming season of theatre productions.

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David Greenwalt Q&A on TV Writing

June 3, 2021

Greenwalt, a showrunner and producer whose credits include Grimm, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, visited campus as part of JPCatholic’s Impacting Culture Speaker Series.

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Prof. Riley Releases 3rd Edition of The Hollywood Standard

May 13, 2021

Prof. Chris Riley’s book serves as the definitive guide on script formatting, used by professional screenwriters and film schools across the nation.

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Senior Film Projects 2021

Apr. 26, 2021

Our senior film class has been busy in producing their capstone projects! From comedies to dramas to Westerns, see the full list of short films this year.

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JPCatholic Announces New Minor in Computer Programming

Apr. 20, 2021

Starting Fall 2021, JPCatholic students will have the opportunity to pursue a minor in Computer Programming. New courses will be taught by John Kassab, Senior Software Engineer at Sony PlayStation.

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JPCatholic Professor Sets Skydiving World Record

JPCatholic Professor Sets Skydiving World Record

Apr. 9, 2021

Dr. Jeremiah “Jerry” Jackson, Professor of Business at JPCatholic, recently set the World Record Highest Altitude Parachute Jump for his age group.

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New Minors Added in Digital Music and Creative Entrepreneurship

New Minors Added in Digital Music and Creative Entrepreneurship

Mar. 26, 2021

JPCatholic is excited to announce two new offerings for students interested in pursuing minors.

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JPCatholic Announces Feature Film Program

Mar. 10, 2021

JPCatholic is excited to announce the Feature Film Program, a revolutionary model of education that will integrate feature film productions into our curriculum. This platform will provide students the opportunity to collaborate with alumni and professors each year in bringing a new film to life.

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Interview with Alumna Katy Campbell, Author of Love, Treachery, and Other Terrors

Mar. 4, 2021

Alumna Katy Campbell shares the inspiration behind her new novel, how JPCatholic professors influenced the book, and what’s next for the world she’s created.

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Alumna & Faculty Launch Story Masters Film Academy for High School Students

Feb. 17, 2021

Alumna Tara Stone has teamed up with JPCatholic film faculty Chris Riley and Nathan Scoggins to create Story Masters Film Academy, an online education resource for high school students. Courses are transferable to JPCatholic.

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JPCatholic Student and Faculty Artwork To Be Displayed in CCAE Art Show

Jan. 14, 2021

Prof. S. Jacqueline Nicolini, along with a JPCatholic student and an alumna, will have their artwork featured in the California Center for the Arts’ Campus Creatives exhibit.

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Prof. George Simon, New Chair of Communications Media, Positions Department For Impact & Growth

Jan. 11, 2021

Prof. Simon plans to expand our film and TV production ecosystem and encourage greater industry/alumni/student collaboration in large scale on-campus productions.

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2020 Year in Review: Reflection by President Connolly

Dec. 14, 2020

2020 has been a most challenging year for all of humanity – a year like no other. This is my reflection on how, with the Lord’s many blessings, JPCatholic navigated this year.

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Bob Keith Joins JPCatholic as Chief Academic Officer & Professor of Creative Entrepreneurship

Dec. 11, 2020

Bob Keith, a broad-based industry executive with more than thirty years of experience and a Wharton School MBA graduate, will begin at JPCatholic in the Winter Quarter.

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JPCatholic Alumni Help Bring Venerable Patrick Peyton to the Big Screen

Dec. 8, 2020

Alumni and students have worked at Family Theater Productions over the past couple years, helping produce and promote the documentary Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton.

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JPCatholic Renews and Expands COVID Response Scholarships for 2021

Nov. 24, 2020

As the pandemic continues to impact families, JPCatholic is extending the COVID Zero Tuition Scholarship program and Stay Local scholarship program for 2021, as well as expanding the reach to include even more California students.

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Alumni Company Hypuro Fit Promotes Physical and Spiritual Fitness with the “Catholic New Year Fitness Challenge”

Nov. 23, 2020

Chase Crouse and Ben West share the inspiration behind their fitness company and offer JPCatholic students a discount on their Catholic New Year Fitness Challenge.

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JPCatholic Clubs Find Safe Ways To Build Community During COVID

Nov. 9, 2020

Student-led organizations like the Frassati Hiking Club, Gaming Club, and Surfing Club are providing students with fun and creative outlets to build community within the constraints of the pandemic.

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TV Broadcast Students Produce Virtual Gala for Pro-Life Medical Clinic

Nov. 4, 2020

On October 24th, Prof. Tom Dunn led his TV Production II class in producing a virtual gala for Culture of Life Family Services, streamed live from JPCatholic’s soundstage.

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From Business Student to Film Producer at Word on Fire: Alumnus Douglas Cummins

Oct. 27, 2020

Douglas Cummins shares his experiences working as Associate Producer for Bishop Barron, his advice for students, and how he cultivates his talents in creativity and entrepreneurship.

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Prof. Sheryl Anderson Reflects on Her Netflix Hit “Sweet Magnolias”

Oct. 23, 2020

Sheryl J. Anderson, a visiting screenwriting professor at JPCatholic, is showrunner on the popular romantic drama series.

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Orientation 2020: JPCatholic Welcomes New Students As In-Person Classes Resume This Fall

Sep. 30, 2020

Last weekend, JPCatholic welcomed the incoming class of students with a socially distanced Orientation. Classes begin today in a variety of formats: in-person, hybrid, and online.

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Winter 2021 Classes Offered in Multiple Formats

Jan. 4, 2021

JPCatholic’s Winter classes will be offered in multiple formats (in-person, hybrid, and online) – providing flexibility for the variety of student situations and preferences.

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Alumna Emily Deady to Publish Third Novel in Fantasy Series

Sep. 17, 2020

This November, Emily Deady will release Pearl of Magic, Book #3 in her Fairy Tale Royals series.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Sep. 3, 2020

While we couldn’t have a traditional commencement ceremony all together this year, we are incredibly proud of our graduating seniors! Click through for Institutional Award Winners, the faculty’s farewell video, and more.

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In-person classes to resume in San Diego County. Fall 2020 classes will be in multiple formats.

Aug. 24, 2020

San Diego County updated their Public Health Order, allowing Institutions of Higher Education to hold classes in-person effective August 22nd.

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Acting Alumna Margie Curran Lands Speaking Role on Travel Channel TV Show

Aug. 10, 2020

Margie Curran, class of 2018, expands her acting resume with a speaking role in a new historical drama from the Travel Channel.

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COVID-19 Update: Hybrid Model Planned for Fall Quarter

Aug. 7, 2020

JPCatholic is still currently awaiting San Diego County Public Health Office approval to resume in-person instruction. We are currently preparing to implement a Hybrid Model this Fall Quarter beginning Sep. 30th.

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JPCatholic Alumni Follow Success of The Catholic Card Game with Another Party Game

July 22, 2020

Matt and Lisa Martinusen (‘15) follow up on the success of The Catholic Card Game with a new game titled Catholics Who Don’t Do Anything.

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JPCatholic Announces Two COVID Response Scholarship Programs for Fall 2020 Incoming Students

June 4, 2020

The University, which will hold classes on-campus this fall, announces both the COVID Zero Tuition Scholarship for California Cal Grant-A eligible students and the Stay Local Scholarship for San Diego county students who are not Cal Grant-A eligible.

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JPCatholic Student Directs Award-Winning Short Film Rewind

May 27, 2020

Dustin Kahia, class of ‘21, directed a short film that has won several awards and nominations at film festivals.

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Alumna Timmerie Geagea’s Radio Show Now Daily On Relevant Radio

May 15, 2020

“Trending with Timmerie” has been moved to a daily drive-time hour on Relevant Radio, reaching a national audience of 20,000-40,000 listeners every day.

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Acting Alumna Directs Youth Play and Inspires Young Actors

May 8, 2020

This spring, Annie Buccheit (‘18), directed her first play at the Patio Playhouse in downtown Escondido.

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Leadership Honors Program

May 5, 2020

JPCatholic is launching a new Leadership Honors Program for highly motivated sophomores—who aspire to create a leadership legacy—providing them the opportunity to nurture their understanding and deepen their mastery of leadership.

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Internship Spotlight: Matthew Middendorf

May 1, 2020

We’re starting a new article series to highlight JPCatholic students’ internship experiences! For our first spotlight, meet Matthew Middendorf, who spent last Fall in Hollywood working two internships.

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Speaker Series: Bill Marsilii, ‘Deja Vu’ Screenwriter

Mar. 3, 2020 | Clare Schmidt

On February 19th, JPCatholic’s adjunct professor Bill Marsilii gave a public lecture in our Impacting Culture Speaker Series.

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JPCatholic Senior Film Projects 2020

Feb. 15, 2020 | Clare Schmidt

The seniors of JPCatholic are busy in pre-production for their capstone film projects.

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JPCatholic Undergraduates Attend Sundance Film Festival

Feb. 10, 2020 | Clare Schmidt

Eight undergraduate students from JPCatholic were recently given the opportunity to attend the Sundance Film Festival and participate in the Windrider Forum.

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Speaker Series: Bradley Rapier, Dancer and Choreographer

Feb. 3, 2020

On January 30th, JPCatholic welcomed Bradley Rapier to campus for the Impacting Culture Speaker Series.

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‘Déjà Vu’ Screenwriter Bill Marsilii Joins JPCatholic Faculty

Jan. 20, 2020

Hollywood screenwriter Bill Marsilii taught a course at JPCatholic last quarter titled “Spiritual Content in Mainstream Films”.

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JPCatholic Launches Free Online Learning Platform with Crash Course in Storytelling

Dec. 11, 2019

John Paul the Great Catholic University is excited to announce the launch of JPCatholic Online, an e-learning platform with free continuing education resources for the public, including a Crash Course in Storytelling.

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New Study Abroad Model to Begin with 2020 Italy Trip

Dec. 5, 2019

The spring break trip to Rome and Florence will be integrated into a humanities course, giving students the chance to academically and culturally prepare for the trip.

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Impacting Culture Speaker Series Provides Students with Insights and Networking Opportunities

Nov. 5, 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. 4, 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. 31, 2019

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

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Speaker Series: Tim Reckart, Director of “The Star”

Oct. 26, 2019

On October 24th, JPCatholic welcomed animator and director Timothy Reckart to campus for the Impacting Culture Speaker Series.

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Speaker Series: Dan Molina, Senior Editor at Disney

Oct. 4, 2019

On October 2nd, JPCatholic welcomed Disney animator Dan Molina to campus for the Impacting Culture Speaker Series.

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Graduation 2019 Institutional Award Recipients

Sep. 10, 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. 10, 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. 5, 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. 4, 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. 19, 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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Alumna Voices Pro-Life Perspective on Popular YouTube Series “Middle Ground”

July 29, 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 Announces Strategic Shift - MBA in Film Producing Program to End

July 16, 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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JPCatholic Recommended Again in 2019-2020 Newman Guide

July 11, 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 10, 2019

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

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

June 17, 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 13, 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 6, 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

April 27, 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

April 26, 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. 28, 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.

JPCatholic MBA Students Attend Sundance 2019

Feb. 13, 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. 18, 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. 16, 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

Sep. 6, 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

Sep. 7, 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 15, 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 6, 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. 19, 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. 16, 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. 26, 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. 28, 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

Sep. 1, 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 17, 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 1, 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. 4, 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. 14, 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. 23, 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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