ACU Faculty Recital

ACU Faculty Recital

The Arizona Christian University Music Department is pleased to announce a recital of Robert Schuman’s Dichterliebe featuring ACU adjunct pianist Dr. Jessica Yam and guest artist from Chicago Lyric Opera, tenor Bernard Holcomb. The recital is free of charge and will take place on Thursday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Student Activity Center on the campus of Arizona Christian University. This is a rare opportunity to see Dr. Yam and Mr. Holcomb, who will later perform as part of the Arizona State University Guest Artist Series. Massachusetts native Dr. Yam was one of two national recipients of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Scholarship in 2001 and 2002.  As a bicentennial salute to Fryderyk Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt, Dr. Yam expressed her affinity for the composers in several concerts in 2010 and 2011.  She has also guest performed with the New England Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, and Young People’s Symphony Orchestras and has won numerous scholarships, prizes, and competitions up to the international level.  Currently, Dr. Yam is appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Piano at ACU as well as a Faculty Associate at the Arizona State University.  She also maintains an active piano studio in Tempe. Dr. Yam has Piano Performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Arizona State University.  She has also received rigorous musical training from the New England Conservatory. A native of Detroit, Mr. Holcomb is a recent alumnus of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, recently seen performing Gastone (Verdi’s La...
Arizona Christian University Commencement 2013

Arizona Christian University Commencement 2013

NBA legend Paul Westphal captivated a capacity crowd of about 1,300 with stories from the NBA and from his season as the school’s basketball coach during Commencement ceremonies for the 90 graduates of the Arizona Christian University Class of 2013 at Palmcroft Baptist Church May 25, 2013. Westphal told of the unique circumstances that led him from an NBA All-star playing career with the Phoenix Suns to becoming a volunteer coach for then-Southwestern College. “I was told the team practiced outdoors a couple of days per week, and practice could not conflict with the school’s singing group, because music came first,” Westphal said to an appreciative and amused audience of graduates and their family, friends and supporters. “I ended up doing a TV ad for a local health club that had a nice gym in exchange for indoor practice time.” Westphal told the story of Tim Fultz, a student who was asked to join the basketball team only because he had a car and was needed to drive the players from the college to the practice site several miles away. Fultz, who had not played high school basketball and usually played only in games that were blowouts, was forced into action late in a huge rivalry game. He was fouled repeatedly, and after missing 6 straight free throws he made two free throws to clinch the game and was carried off the court by jubilant teammates. Fultz became a missionary in Africa, and tragically lost his life in an accident there. His organs, including his heart, were transplanted and used in Africa to save lives. His tragic death led...
Calling All High School Tennis Players!

Calling All High School Tennis Players!

ACU tennis coaches are offering two tennis tournaments in January. Come on out and gain match play experience, get ready for your high school season, and learn about tennis opportunities at Arizona Christian University! Singles Tournament: Saturday, January 12th at 1 p.m. Doubles Tournament: Saturday, January 26th at 1 p.m. What to expect Both tournaments will be held at La Camarilla Racquet Club, the ACU home tennis facility, located at 5320 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, 85254. Sign up for one or both tournaments. Open to all high school and tournament level junior players. Both tournaments will be a compass draw. You are guaranteed to play 4-8 game pro sets. Food and drinks will be provided! Registration To register or learn more, contact ACU tennis coaches Cady Andelin or Chris Tolson. Cost is $25 for singles or $15 per player for doubles. Cady Andelin [email protected] (602) 386-4128 Chris Tolson [email protected] (602)...
ACU Performs Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah

ACU Performs Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Join Arizona Christian University for a theatrical production of scenes from Felix Mendelssohn’sElijah. Composed in the earlier baroque style, Elijah was first performed in 1846 and depicts events from the Prophet’s life as chronicled in I & II Kings. Performed in conjunction with the Paradise Valley Community Church choir, the production will include the organ and stringed instruments under the conduction of Libbie Kent, Chair of the ACU Music Department. Where: Paradise Valley Community Church 4242 East Greenway Road Phoenix, AZ 85032 When: November 16th & 17th at 7:30...
ACU to Host Lecture Series on the Synthesis of Science and Faith

ACU to Host Lecture Series on the Synthesis of Science and Faith

Arizona Christian University is pleased to serve as the host campus to the Arizona Origin Science Association’s lecture series on the scientific evidence for a biblical account of creation. The symposium will feature scientists from across the United States speaking on a wide range of topics including seeing God’s design through chemistry, a six-day view of creation, and world views on the universe. The Arizona Origin Science Association (AzOSA) is an association of scientists that seek to promote creation science in churches, schools and to the general public. The association’s members include scientists from a range of fields including microbiology, zoology, mathematics, meteorology and orbital mechanics. President of AzOSA Dr. Joseph Kezele, M.D., hopes the presentations will help attendees better understand that creation is the only logical explanation for the origin of the world. Dr. Kezele, who also serves as the chairman of ACU’s biology department, stated, “This series will help ACU fulfill its mission to transform culture through biblical truth.” The lecture series is open to the public and free of charge and will meet in room 101 of the Student Activity Center at 7 p.m. on the following dates: September 19th, October 17th, November 14th, February 20th, March 20th and April 7th. For more information on AzOSA and to learn more about the lectures, visit www.azosa.org. You can download Dr. Kezele’s creation science presentations on his biographical page on the ACU...
Sen. Kyl Encourages and Challenges ACU Graduates

Sen. Kyl Encourages and Challenges ACU Graduates

Nearly 1,500 friends, family and supporters who attended the Arizona Christian University 2012 Commencement on May 12, 2012 at Scottsdale Bible Church were able to celebrate the accomplishments of 94 graduates and hear a challenging message from U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl. Sen. Kyl, listed by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, spoke about his own faith and cited a number of passages of Scripture in his message, which was taped by C-SPAN for a national television broadcast later this summer.  Sen. Kyl strong encouraged graduates to work hard at whatever they were doing, as hard work, discipline and preparation would serve them no matter where God called them. President Len Munsil delivered a charge to the graduates, urging them to set aside cynicism about the future and the economy and embrace the opportunity God has given them in this generation to shine as lights in the midst of a dark world. Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Gary Damore led the processional with a ceremonial mace hand-crafted by Biblical Studies Chairman Dr. Jerry Burnette. The mace symbolizes the degree-granting authority of Arizona Christian University. At a reception on Friday evening on the campus of ACU, graduating seniors were honored with a variety of awards representing excellence in academics, athletics, music and leadership. The following students were recognized: Outstanding Student in Behavioral Studies: Brittney Meyer Outstanding Student in Biblical Studies: Anne Munsil Outstanding Student in Business Administration: Oscar Ortiz Gonzalez Outstanding Student in Business Administration (DCP): Stephen Szoradi Outstanding Student in Christian Ministries: Tyler Brown Outstanding Student in Christian Service: Dakota Smith Outstanding...
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