3rd Annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony

3rd Annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony

This past Thursday evening, May 12th, Arizona Christian University held the third annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Scottsdale, AZ.  Over 300 guests enjoyed the black tie event honoring outstanding student athletes for their achievements and character. Athletes and teams were nominated by ACU’s coaching staff and winners were chosen by an independent group of staff members. The sixteen “Westphal Awards,” named for former NBA player and coach Paul Westphal, who started his coaching career at ACU (at the time, Southwestern Baptist Bible College), were awarded throughout the evening by student presenters. Jared Cohen of Sports 360 AZ was the night’s emcee, sharing comical and inspiring personal stories about specific stand-out ACU athletes. Arizona Christian University’s President Len Munsil and his wife Dr. Tracy Munsil opened the evening by presenting the Female and Male Faith Awards. President Munsil encouraged the crowd to continue using their talents and abilities for God’s glory, using the compelling story of the Olympic runner, Eric Little, as an example. Each award winner gave a humble “thank you” speech and Coach of the Year winner, Randy Chambers, received a standing ovation from the crowd for his service as Spiritual Formation Coach to all teams. Coach Westphal shared personal stories of failures and triumphs throughout his career, encouraging the student athletes in the importance of being a strong and reliable team player. He ended the night by awarding senior basketball player Jackson Helms with the Westphal Award for being ACU’s “best teammate.” ACU’s 2016 Westphal Award Winners: Female Faith Award: Emily Devore (Softball) Male Faith Award: Zach Vogel (Baseball) Record...

Nominations for the 2nd Annual Firestorm Film Festival

Some Days Are Just Hard, Run The Risk Lead Nominations at the 2nd Annual Firestorm Film Festival “Some Days Are Just Hard,” a story about transitioning from college life to the workplace, picked up seven nominations to lead all films at Arizona Christian University’s 2nd Annual Firestorm Film Festival. The film, written and directed by senior Communication and Political Science major Lauren Johnson, earned nominations for Best Film, Best Director, two nominations for Best Acting (with nods going to PJ Sparks and Hugh McCrae), and two nominations for Best Music for the original song “Happens to Everyone” by Desiree Wilson and original score by Julie Higby. “Run the Risk” was the second most recognized film, earning five nominations. The follow-your-dreams picture, written and directed by junior Communication major Nicole Jenkins, was nominated for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. It also earned a Best Acting nod for its lead Adam Plowman. “Stanley,” a short film about parents enrolling their child in school, picked up four nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Acting for Selah McAvoy. “Stanley” was written and directed by Senior Communication major Andrew Dalrymple. “The Shoe Man,” written and directed by senior Communication major DJ Hoskinson, earned nominations for Best Picture and Best Director. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Firestorm Film Festival, Tuesday, May 10 at The Picture Show inside Paradise Valley Mall, 4550 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Firestorm Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the capstone work of Arizona Christian University Communication majors. The festival showcases the talents of student filmmakers as well...
Pro-family legend Dr. James Dobson Honored with ACU’s 5th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith

Pro-family legend Dr. James Dobson Honored with ACU’s 5th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith

On April 14th, Arizona Christian University (ACU) presented Dr. James Dobson with the 5th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith in honor of his stand on behalf of the family. Because of Dr. Dobson’s work, thousands of marriages have been saved and strengthened and millions of children have been raised by parents who follow the teachings of Jesus. Dr. Dobson received this lifetime award at a banquet in his honor at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ with more than 500 people in attendance. Dr. Dobson was accompanied by his wife, Shirley Dobson, who this year will be recognized for 25 years of service as Chairman of the National Day of Prayer.  “Dr. James and Shirley Dobson are the kind of servant leaders we want to expose to our students. Our students want to serve. They want to transform culture with truth. This is the core mission of ACU and we are honored to present Dr. James and Shirley Dobson to our ACU family”, said President Len Munsil. The banquet also featured a message from President Munsil regarding ACU’s vision for the future. He outlined the unique place the school holds in the academy of higher Christian education. “Arizona Christian University was created for such a time as this. Our mission and vision are clear and unique, and the necessity for education grounded in a biblical worldview could hardly be more obvious than it is today.” Dr. Dobson ended his speech filled with comical stories from his life, humility, and words of wisdom, with a personal endorsement of ACU. “I ask you to support this school. There are not very many out there that really do stand up for the things that we believe: the authenticity...
2016 Westphal Athletic Award Ceremony

2016 Westphal Athletic Award Ceremony

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce the third annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 12th at Christ’s Church of the Valley’s Scottsdale Campus. Join us in celebrating the outstanding athletic contributions, spiritual leadership, and educational achievements of Arizona Christian University’s 2015-16 student athletes. The dessert reception and red carpet arrival will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. This is a black tie optional occasion. Please join us for this historic event! Tickets are available online. General admission is $10 and ACU students are $5 with ID. To guarantee seats together, table sponsorships are available for $80 (includes 8 tickets). Please print your ticket or have it available on a mobile device the night of the event. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE 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 Athletic 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...
Day of Outreach 2016

Day of Outreach 2016

This past Friday, March 11th, 2016 over 300 Arizona Christian University students gathered in groups and set out to spend over 30 total hours serving the community at thirteen different locations. One Friday every spring, ACU cancels all classes to give students, staff and faculty the opportunity to participate in valley-wide service projects. Day of Outreach dedicates an entire day to serving organizations, schools, food banks, churches, etc. all over the Phoenix area. “My favorite thing about ACU’s Day of Outreach this year was putting together 600,000 boxes of food that will feed 10,000 people who are hungry,” says Aubrey Beaman, a sophomore business major who served at Feed My Starving Children. “Day of Outreach brings ACU students to work together to make a difference in God’s kingdom.” Students spent the day doing yard work and landscaping, painting over graffiti, cleaning student lockers, organizing clothing and food donations, packing boxes of basic needs and food, sorting and organizing diapers, serving meals, playing with neighborhood children and more. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13) Arizona Christian University would like to thank the following organizations for giving students the opportunity to live out the school’s mission to serve Jesus. AZ Baptist Children’s Services Child Crisis Arizona Christian Family Care Thrift Store DUCK – Downtown Urban Community Kids Feed My Starving Children Graffiti Busters Neighborhood Ministries Food Bank Phoenix Rescue Mission Scottsdale Bible Church Cactus Campus St. Mary’s Food Bank Salvation Army House of Hope Paradise Valley Christian Prep...
Career Fair

Career Fair

Arizona Christian University is excited to send the upcoming graduating class out into the workforce or toward continuing education this spring. The entire ACU community is invited to meet representatives from Phoenix businesses and graduate schools at the upcoming ACU Career Fair! We will also be offering resume critiques and holding mock interviews for those interested in participating. When: Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. Location: Arizona Christian University Gymnasium (Student Activity Center) Register for a table HERE Cost of participation is $50.  Discounts available for US Military, ACU Alumni, and PMCC or SNP Members. For questions or for more information contact Lisa Beaman at [email protected] call her at (602)...
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