ACU Announces Addition of Six New Clubs

ACU Announces Addition of Six New Clubs

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce the addition of six new clubs to our lineup of athletic, academic and music clubs, and other extracurricular activities. Officially set to begin in the fall of 2016, ACU will offer Debate, Acrobatics and Tumbling (women only), Bowling, Competitive Fitness, and Shotgun Sports. ACU will also be offering Cheer which is set to launch this coming fall. Offering these clubs will provide students with an opportunity to participate in a competitive activity without committing to a varsity program. Students will be able to compete against other intercollegiate clubs in the region. “We are excited about adding these extra-curricular club activities,” said ACU Athletic Director Jeff Rutter. “Alongside our intercollegiate sports, academic clubs, and extracurricular music programs, these clubs will provide an opportunity for a wide range of students to get involved and connected as well as represent Arizona Christian University.” Not only will students have the opportunity to represent ACU through competition, they will also have the chance to develop friendships and be part of a community with their peers through the clubs. These opportunities will help enhance a student’s collegiate experience and provide  for a well-rounded education through physical, social, leadership, and spiritual development. For more information about these exciting club opportunities, contact Chris Tolson [email protected] or call...
ACU Announces Academic Partnership with Arizona State University

ACU Announces Academic Partnership with Arizona State University

Arizona Christian University is pleased to announce a new partnership with Arizona State University to expand our academic offerings. The program allows students to take courses at ACU, then transfer and apply into ASU’s biology program. The partnership will allow ACU students to take their first two years of classes at ACU, earning an associate’s degree from ACU and completing lower-level general studies requirements for ASU. The student can either stay at ACU to finish their bachelor’s degree in biology, or transfer to ASU, if they desire coursework in more specialized areas of biology such as forensics, ecology, genetics, or environmental science. Students who complete the partnership program will seamlessly transfer to ASU and be recognized as third-year students, without the loss of time or credit. The new program takes advantage of the strengths offered by both universities.  The partnership is an example of how a smaller university can still provide its students with the educational opportunities offered by a major research university.  Paul Kremer, Provost at ACU, is enthusiastic about the new partnership and what it offers for students. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard on this new expansion of ACU’s biology program. Students who want a private Christ-centered education can still have this experience while also having the option to pursue a specialized concentration in Biology,” said Kremer. The new partnership reflects ACU’s commitment to offering a Christian education to more students while encouraging them to pursue their academic options and ASU’s commitment to expanding opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary scholarship and research. Mark Searle, Provost at ASU, believes the program creates another opportunity for...
ACU Announces New East Valley Location for Degree Completion Program

ACU Announces New East Valley Location for Degree Completion Program

Arizona Christian University (ACU) is committed to helping adult students successfully complete their college degrees to seek a promotion at work, retool for new employment or finish an unrealized dream, and now the Degree Completion Program’s (DCP) 20-month, one night a week format is being offered in the East Valley! Beginning this fall, ACU will be offering two locations for adult students who want to finish their Bachelor’s Degrees. In addition to the DCP courses that are being offered on ACU’s main campus, ACU’s new site in the East Valley gives even more accessibility to working adults. Both locations offer the same accredited bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Health, Business Administration, or Christian Ministries. Classes in the DCP are offered in the evening, allowing students to work toward a degree even if employed full time.* Students are able to graduate in as little as 20 months by attending class only one night a week. With the new option of taking these courses in the East Valley, more residents in the Phoenix Metro Area can take advantage of the collaborative Christian community ACU offers to working adults If you are interested in going back to school and pursuing a degree in Behavioral Health, Business Administration or Christian Ministries, contact the DCP Staff at [email protected] or 602-386-4183. You can also visit dcp.arizonachristian.edu to find out more information and apply online. If you live in the East Valley – these incredible options are now within reach! ACU East classes will be held in Chandler, just south of the loop 202 on Gilbert Road at The Grove Church, 2777 S. Gilbert Rd. *Pending HLC...
ACU Professors to Present at Education Conference in Atlanta

ACU Professors to Present at Education Conference in Atlanta

At Arizona Christian University, professors strive to make their courses both rigorous and engaging – and students love the results! Dr. Linnea Lyding and Laurie Johnson of ACU’s Education Department have trained the ACU faculty in the art of pairing high quality content with active and collaborative strategies. As a result, the typical classroom experience at ACU is anything but ordinary. These professors not only know their content but are exciting teachers as well. Always interested in learning and sharing new ideas, Dr. Lyding and Mrs. Johnson recently were selected from over 400 applicants to present at The Teaching Professor conference on May 30th in Atlanta, Georgia.  The conference is entitled “Educate, Engage, and Inspire.” Dr. Lyding and Mrs. Johnson look forward to carrying the name of Arizona Christian University across the country and hope to bring back even more innovative strategies for the professors at...
Andrew W. Pitts New Testament Scholarship Recipient

Andrew W. Pitts New Testament Scholarship Recipient

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship has been awarded to Andrew W. Pitts (Chair, Biblical Studies Department and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Arizona Christian University) for his paper entitled, “The Genre of the Third Gospel and Greco-Roman Historiography: A Reconsideration.” Andrew, a member of SBL since 2005, received his Ph.D. from McMaster Divinity College in 2014. He serves as an editor for Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context (Brill, 2013-present), an ongoing series of edited volumes devoted to advancing understanding of Christian origins. The goal of the Achtemeier Award is to stimulate the finest and most penetrating work in New Testament studies and to foster the future of biblical scholarship. To that end, the award is given to a member who has completed her/his doctorate within the last ten years. There is a cash award of $1,000. Papers for this award are evaluated on the basis of three categories: • persuasive thesis that engages the New Testament and demonstrates quality of scholarship and significance in the field, • clarity of expression and thought, and • originality and creativity. The 2015 Achtemeier Award Committee consisted of Warren Carter (Brite Divinity School), and Adela Yarbro Collins (Yale Divinity School), and Laurence L. Welborn (Fordham...
Jamie Rasmussen, Senior Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church, to Speak at ACU’s 53rd Commencement

Jamie Rasmussen, Senior Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church, to Speak at ACU’s 53rd Commencement

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce that one of Arizona’s leading megachurch pastors — Scottsdale Bible Church Senior Pastor Jamie Rasmussen — will speak at ACU’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony May 23. ACU’s 53rd Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 at Bethany Bible Church, 6060 N. 7th Avenue in Phoenix. Jamie Rasmussen has served as the Senior Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church since the fall of 2007. In addition to leading Scottsdale Bible, Jamie serves as the Chairman of the Board for United Pastors of Arizona. This group of large-church pastors promotes and proclaims the Gospel by displaying relational and missional unity among Arizona pastors and their churches. Jamie also serves on the Board of the Forum of Christian Leaders, which exists to teach, equip, and encourage Christian leaders in the United States and around the world. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College and earned his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He also serves on the Board of Phoenix Seminary. “Jamie Rasmussen is one of the most respected large-church pastors in America,” said ACU President Len Munsil. “He is also a huge supporter of Christian higher education in general, and ACU in particular, and his friendship and support have been a big encouragement to me the past few years.” Jamie is married to his wife, Kim, and together they have three adult children: Hannah, Abby, and Paul. Abby Rasmussen will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in business from Arizona Christian University at this 2015 Commencement...
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