2014 ACU Commencement Speaker: Congressman Trent Franks

2014 ACU Commencement Speaker: Congressman Trent Franks

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce that Congressman Trent Franks will speak at ACU’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony May 24 to the largest graduating class in ACU history. ACU’s 52nd Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 24 at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, 6060 N. 7th Avenue in Phoenix. The class of 116 graduates is substantially larger than the previous high of 100 graduates from the Class of 2012. Congressman Franks is in his 7th term in Washington DC, having represented the West Valley since 2000, and is a member of the Armed Services and Judiciary committees. He is a former member of the Arizona Legislature, Director of the Governor’s Office for Children, and President of Arizona Family Research Institute, predecessor to The Center for Arizona Policy. Congressman Franks has received numerous awards from taxpayers’ organizations, educational organizations, and pro-life organizations including receiving the 2012 William Wilberforce Leadership Award from Students for Life of America. Rep. Franks and his wife Josephine have two children and are active members of North Phoenix Baptist...
Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser

Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce the first annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser. Join Paul and Cindy Westphal in celebrating the outstanding athletic contributions, spiritual leadership, and educational achievements of the Arizona Christian University student athletes of 2013-14. The Westphal Athletic Fund at Arizona Christian University is dedicated to honoring the spiritual, educational, and athletic legacy of Paul Westphal. Together, members of the Westphal Fund provide invaluable support for all Arizona Christian University student athletes. Every gift has a positive impact on their ability to succeed in the classroom, in competition, and in the community. The 2014 Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fultz Memorial Gymnasium.  Please join us for this historic event. Tickets are available online for $50 each. This is a black tie optional occasion. RSVP Here Check out a video of this year’s nominees HERE Visit the Westphal Athletic Fund website...
Shelly Labash: ‘Best Semester’ Experience

Shelly Labash: ‘Best Semester’ Experience

The “Best Semester” program has been exactly that for me – the best semester ever. This has been a great adventure from the moment we rolled out of Arizona and headed for Tennessee for the greatest field trip any music student could ever go on. We stopped in Memphis to celebrate Elvis’ enormous contribution to music. It happened to be his birthday, so there was quite a celebration. We stayed at Heartbreak Hotel, and yes, it is “down at the end of Lonely Street.” I got to sing at the historical Sun Records, where some of the greatest musicians of our time have sung. I used the very microphone that Elvis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins used. I love studying music history, and there is something very special about experiencing it firsthand. As we headed to Nashville, I could hardly believe it was real. It has been a dream of mine to live and learn in Nashville since I was very young, and here I am! From the moment we started school at the Contemporary Music Center, it has been like riding an exciting Tennessee tornado, trying to hang on and enjoy the journey. The writing, recording and performance schedule has been rigorous and challenging, but worth every moment. We have learned so much about teamwork and community living, where everyone works together to make all of our goals a reality. We have a business track, a technical track and an artist track, so each artist works with his or her own manager, producer and sound crew. During the first few weeks, we went to studios, record companies and...
ACU Community

ACU Community

A group of ACU students were talking with a group of prospective students recently.  When asked the question, “What is your favorite thing about ACU?” a student responded with one word, “Community”.  The discussion continued as to what the students thought that meant or what part of the community did they like the most.  The answers included the student section at basketball games, any event including free food, life in the residence hall, events created for you by a group of your peers and much more. A definition of community may include a group of people living in the same place with something in common.  In my opinion, this type of community is the best part of college life.  My office was recently moved to the residence hall so I get to experience the community of life together on a daily basis.  College is an amazing time to live with people, have your best friends right down the hall, play ping pong for hours on end, and always have someone to join you on a late night run to Chick-fil-a (a personal favorite).  Another definition of community includes a feeling of fellowship with others who have shared beliefs and attitudes.  At breakfast this morning, a group of students were talking about the benefits of a covenant school like ACU where all the students agree on a shared statement of beliefs versus a different type of higher education where the student body would include non-believers.  The general consensus at the table was that a community like ACU, where all students claim to have shared beliefs and attitudes, is a wonderful community to...
Day of Outreach 2014

Day of Outreach 2014

Are you Ready to Make a Difference in your Community? This year ACU’s Day of Outreach Is April 4th! All classes will be cancelled to give every student the opportunity to participate during one of these days of service. Day of Outreach gives students the opportunity to serve in different ways around Phoenix. Students will be serving at The Phoenix Rescue Mission, St. Mary’s Food Bank, The Rock, D.U.C.K., The KROC Center, Feed My Starving Children, Crisis Pregnancy Center, The Dream Center, HopeFest, and doing ministry around our neighborhood! This year, participation in HopeFest on April 5th will also be available for those who wish to serve on Saturday instead. Sign-ups begin March 18 or you can sign-up for HopeFest today! If you have any questions, please email...
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