ACU Pol Science Student Receives Prestigious Conservative Leadership Award in New York City

ACU Pol Science Student Receives Prestigious Conservative Leadership Award in New York City

Arizona Christian University senior Jacob Richards was awarded the prestigious Richard and Helen DeVos Freedom Center Leadership Award at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s (ISI) Dinner for Western Civilization in New York City on Thursday evening, Oct. 27. The annual gala, held this year at the University Club of New York, honors the accomplishments of top student leaders, pays tribute to the greats of the American conservative movement, and strives to renew a commitment to raising up a new generation of leaders grounded in the timeless truths of Western civilization. “We are thrilled for Jacob, who is an exceptional student of character who has great thinking, writing and leadership skills,” said ACU President Len Munsil. “We’re also excited for the Arizona Christian University Political Science program, only five years old, to be recognized already for producing the next generation of national conservative leaders.” “ACU’s Political Science program has equipped me with the knowledge and scriptural grounding necessary for a career of meaningful Christian influence,” Richards said. “Having mentors and professors who are deeply invested in my success has made all the difference in preparing me to transform culture with truth.” ACU’s Political Science department is led by Dr. Tracy Munsil. The 2015 recipient of this award attended Baylor University, a major research institution with nearly 17,000 students. ISI recognizes exceptional undergraduate students with the Richard and Helen DeVos Freedom Center Leadership Award. The award honors longtime trustee Rich DeVos, who cofounded Amway and owns the Orlando Magic NBA franchise, and whose philanthropy has underwritten the membership and recruiting efforts of ISI through the DeVos Freedom Center. These student award winners...
The Importance of a Christian University

The Importance of a Christian University

Observing how Christian organizations engage the culture in our nation, it is noticeable how many Christian institutions have begun to adopt an adversarial posture toward the mainstream culture, a posture known as the “Benedict Option.” The “Benedict Option,” as presented by philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre in his book After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory, can be defined as follows: “…the Benedict Option — or “Ben Op” — is an umbrella term for Christians who accept MacIntyre’s critique of modernity, and who also recognize that forming Christians who live out Christianity according to Great Tradition requires embedding (entrenching Christians) within communities and institutions dedicated to that formation.”  [i] MacIntyre says “that our contemporary world is a dark wood, and that finding our way back to the straight path will require establishing new forms of community that have as their ends a life of virtue.”[ii]  Many organizations and individuals are putting up imaginary force fields with the intent to build Christianity from within their protected communities as a means of nurturing, preserving, and passing on the Christian value system. The difficulty with this strategy is that it is counter to the words of our Savior. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19, 20.[iii] We are not to lock ourselves off from the culture. We are commissioned to GO into the culture and bring the good news of Jesus Christ. An Alternative View Speaking at the Council...
Congrats, Sarenna Selzer!

Congrats, Sarenna Selzer!

Arizona Christian University formally announced its third recipient of the full-tuition President’s Scholarship for the incoming class of 2016, Valley student Sarenna Selzer of Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona.  With the announcement, ACU’s Vice President of Enrollment, Pete Hamstra, expressed his confidence that Sarenna will be a positive influence not only in ACU’s Business Department, but to the campus overall. “Sarenna comes to ACU with a background that indicates she’ll be a significant presence in ACU’s Business Department. Having served as both the fundraising director and the president of the local DECA chapter, Sarenna’s leadership skills exemplify what ACU looks for in a President’s Scholar,” said Hamstra. He added, “Not only that, her record of volunteerism is consistent with the commitment to service that ACU is known for in the surrounding community.” In addition to her duties with DECA, an association with the mission to “prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe,” Sarenna served as the section leader, drum major and club historian for the Desert Ridge marching band. Outside of school, Sarenna is heavily involved in her church where she is an assistant preschool teacher, large group leader for children, and youth band vocalist. She has also participated in food drives for Goodwill and is a shift manager at Chick-Fil-A. Sarenna quickly realized that her commitment to faith and service would be nurtured at ACU, and that’s exactly what she looks forward to most. Sarenna shared, “Not only will I receive a biblically-integrated education, but I will also have the chance to study the...
Congrats, Sarah Crank!

Congrats, Sarah Crank!

Arizona Christian University is pleased to announce that Sarah Crank, a homeschool student from Bowie, Maryland, has accepted one of ACU’s four prestigious full-tuition President’s Scholarships. Sarah’s strong record of service and impressive academics are consistent with ACU’s vision to transform culture with truth. Sarah’s busy schedule reflects her commitment to service, both through her church and in the community. Sarah was selected Junior Miss Greenbelt, which brought with it many opportunities for civic engagement, such as welcoming home members of the U.S. Armed Forces returning from deployment. Sarah leads worship in her church’s children’s ministry, has volunteered at day camps for disabled children, and has served on an overseas mission trip to El Salvador. In 2016, Sarah began a coveted legislative internship in the Maryland House of Delegates. Sarah plans to study psychology at Arizona Christian University and shared why she decided to attend ACU.  “The admissions counselors and faculty never made me feel as if I was just a face in the crowd,” Sarah said. She added, “My accomplishments and individuality were celebrated, and even before my first day of class my goals are already being encouraged and supported. I feel the size of the university helps each student feel cherished, as that’s how I felt when I visited ACU. “ Pete Hamstra, ACU’s Vice President of Enrollment, shared his excitement to welcome Sarah to ACU. “We’re honored that Sarah has accepted our offer to attend Arizona Christian University on a President’s Scholarship,” affirmed Hamstra.  “Sarah brings with her a wealth of experiences and we know she’ll not only be challenged and formed at ACU, but we believe...
ACU Celebrates 54th Graduating Class

ACU Celebrates 54th Graduating Class

Arizona Christian University celebrated 104 graduates this past Saturday, May 14 at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, AZ, awarding bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Health, Family Studies, Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Music and for the first time, Psychology. More than 1,600 people were in attendance. The program of the ceremony involved many Class of 2016 graduates, including Martha Irvine singing the National Anthem, ACU Veterans leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation by Becky Capps, a reading from the New Testament by Desiree Jackson, “How Great Thou Art” lead by Matt Lombardi, and Benediction by Timothy Bailes. Bishop Alexis Thomas, Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and 1999 alumnus, delivered a compelling and lively commencement address. He gave the following three graduation expectations to graduates as they waited to walk across the stage and receive their degrees: “Don’t expect everybody to know how special you are – you have to know it. Remind yourself of who you are. … Expect people to consider you to be a little weird. We as Christians are not a sub-culture, we are counterculture. Every now and then, those who don’t believe what we believe will think we’re a little strange. Stand on what you’ve been taught. … Expect your learning to never end. Keep learning every day.” After awarding the students their diplomas, ACU President Len Munsil delivered the “charge” to the graduates. He encouraged the crowd that the hope of Christians is not in rulers or possessions, but in Jesus Christ, who has overcome the world, and whose Kingdom is not of this world. He reminded...
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