Top Students Visit ACU for Honors Weekend

Top Students Visit ACU for Honors Weekend

Arizona Christian University, Arizona’s most selective college and its only top-ranked Christian university, hosted dozens of top students at its annual Honors Weekend event Feb. 17-18. High school students from several states and throughout Arizona participated in a weekend designed to introduce the students to ACU’s top tier academic programs and provide them with the opportunity to interview for top scholarships. “It is always exciting to visit with the many high-caliber academic leaders who are planning to attend ACU,” said Len Munsil, ACU President. “These students can go anywhere, but they want to be part of a community of serious Christians who will be educated, equipped and mentored through ACU’s unique, personalized and purposeful education.” Friday evening the students and their families attended a formal welcome dessert reception on the third floor of the residence hall, where they heard from many speakers including President Len Munsil, Provost and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Steve Adamson, Vice President of Enrollment Pete Hamstra and Dean of Students Jared Black. Two past ACU Honors Weekend participants, students Emily DeVore and Ali Miller, shared their experiences. During the reception, each student in attendance formally received a scholarship from the institution. The visiting students were then invited to enjoy a social bonfire before staying the night on campus with past Honors Weekend recipients and current ACU students. Saturday morning, students enjoyed breakfast in the Fire Pit before their individual interview times, each with a panel of judges. The students were interviewed based on their leadership experience, their desire to attend ACU and their spiritual commitment in order to determine the amount of scholarship awarded. Six...
ACU Students Top GSAC in Operation Christmas Child Competition

ACU Students Top GSAC in Operation Christmas Child Competition

ACU student-athletes took up a challenge from their athletic conference and packed and donated the most Operation Christmas Child boxes of any university in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people around the world, started the Operation Christmas Child initiative in 1993. By inviting churches, schools, businesses and individuals to participate, they have collected and delivered more than 115 million shoeboxes to children in need. The boxes are filled with age-specific special gifts, school supplies and hygiene items and sent to more than 100 countries, where pastors and community leaders share the Gospel. Arizona Christian University students have participated in the past, but this year chose to take on a few extra challenges. The student body held a competition between graduating classes, with seniors beating the other three classes and freshman coming in a close second. A few ACU staff members and alumni participated as well, and together with the student participation contributed more than 300 boxes to Operation Christmas Child. The athletic department took on the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) competition between all nine member schools in the conference. Student-athletes from nine ACU teams came together to win the challenge by providing 180 boxes, almost double the amount of the next-closest competitor and making up 30 percent of the GSAC total of 598 boxes. The Firestorm athletic teams also competed against each other and the baseball team’s winning contribution alone would have won the GSAC competition for ACU. “I’m really proud of our student body for getting involved, especially because at the end of the semester...
Fall 2016 Commencement

Fall 2016 Commencement

Arizona Christian University celebrated 27 students on Saturday, December 10 as the graduates walked across the stage at the institution’s Fall Commencement Ceremony at the Phoenix, AZ main campus. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded in Behavioral Health, Family Studies, Psychology, Christian Ministries, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Music. More than 500 people were in attendance. The program of the ceremony involved many Class of 2016 graduates, including ACU veterans leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation by Ryan Lashua, a reading from Scripture by Kathleen Slagle, and Benediction by Makenzie McKown. Class of 2017 music student, Kaylee Franks, lead both the processional and recessional on piano, and music faculty member Martha Irvine sang The Star Spangled Banner. ACU’s retiring Provost, Dr. Gary Damore, shared wisdom and encouragement with the graduating class before presenting the candidates to their proud friends and family members. After awarding the students their diplomas, ACU President Len Munsil delivered the “charge” to the graduates following a prayer of dedication by Campus Pastor, Tim Reed. The ceremony was followed by a dessert reception in the newly renovated Student Activity Center lobby, featuring live music by ACU’s Advance Band. If you weren’t able to join us, please watch ACU’s Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony below.  ...
Provost Dr. Gary Damore to Deliver Fall Commencement Address

Provost Dr. Gary Damore to Deliver Fall Commencement Address

Arizona Christian University is proud to announce that Dr. Gary Damore, the school’s Provost who is retiring at the end of this year, will deliver ACU’s 2016 Fall Commencement address. ACU’s Fall Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Fultz Memorial Gymnasium at Arizona Christian University, 2625 E. Cactus Road in Phoenix. This will be ACU’s second Fall Commencement, this year featuring a total of 26 graduates from the traditional and Degree Completion Program who will receive bachelor’s degrees from Arizona’s most selective University. “Dr. Gary Damore has been at the heart of ACU’s resurgence during the past decade,” said ACU President Len Munsil. “His dedication to academic excellence, his leadership skills, and his heart for faculty, staff and students at ACU have been absolutely essential during ACU’s huge transition from Bible college to Christian liberal arts university. I’m so grateful for his friendship, and I know he will continue to be involved at ACU and as a leader in the body of Christ for years to come.” Dr. Damore has worked in the field of education for more than 40 years. He has been a teacher, principal, superintendent, college faculty member and Provost. Dr. Damore holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, a Master of Science in English as a Second Language and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, all from Northern Arizona University. As ACU’s Provost, Dr. Damore has been a strong spiritual leader to the staff, faculty and students as well as a gifted academic leader. He is passionate about quality, biblically-integrated instruction with a love for higher education. Dr. Damore also serves on...
2016 Homecoming and Family Weekend BBQ Award Recipients Announced

2016 Homecoming and Family Weekend BBQ Award Recipients Announced

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce the recipients of the upcoming inaugural Homecoming Awards to be honored November 4th during ACU’s first Homecoming and Family Weekend BBQ. The on-campus event will feature five award recipients, nominated by their peers and chosen by a diverse group of ACU staff and faculty members. Each of the recipients embody ACU’s mission and have distinguished themselves by transforming culture with truth. The 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year is Dr. Mark Bailey, class of 1972. Dr. Bailey assumed Dallas Theological Seminary’s presidency after years of service as both a professor in the Bible Exposition department and as the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition to his years at the Seminary, he has pastored various churches in Arizona and Texas. He was a seminar instructor for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries for twenty years and is in demand for Bible conferences and other preaching engagements. His overseas ministries have included Venezuela, Argentina, Hungary, and China. He is also a regular tour leader in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Rome. His board service includes Bible Study Fellowship, Insight for Living, Jews for Jesus, and Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. Dr. Bailey began his academic career in the Bible department at ACU (then Southwestern College) and later became Dean of Faculty, for a total of nine years with the school. The 2016 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year is Grant Botma, class of 2005. Mr. Botma founded Stewardship Mortgage, Insurance, Financial, and Planning in 2007, located in Gilbert, AZ. The business was started and funded entirely on savings. Grant currently employs three other ACU...
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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