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...
Record Spring Enrollment Again at ACU

Record Spring Enrollment Again at ACU

Arizona Christian University is pleased to announce record spring enrollment in its traditional undergraduate program, up almost 10 percent from last year’s then-record enrollment. ACU’s spring enrollment has more than doubled in the past decade, as it continues to transition from a small Bible college to a nationally recognized, elite, conservative Christian liberal arts university. ACU has also achieved record enrollment in its non-traditional degree completion program, which expanded this year to include a campus in Chandler, AZ, in addition to its main campus in north central Phoenix, AZ. “We continue to see great interest from students in being part of a growing, authentic Christian higher education community,” said President Len Munsil. “As our national reputation for academic excellence and quality continues to grow, the value of an accredited degree from ACU also increases.” Geographic and ethnic diversity are also on the increase. ACU students come from 32 states and 12 foreign countries, and Hispanic and African-American enrollment has more than tripled in the past five years. Over the past few months, ACU has achieved independent national recognition from three different organizations as one of the top 50 Christian colleges and universities in America, as the most selective university in Arizona, and as the “Best Value” Christian college in...
Dr. James Dobson to receive ACU’s 5th Daniel Award

Dr. James Dobson to receive ACU’s 5th Daniel Award

Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil announced today that legendary pro-family leader Dr. James Dobson will receive the 5th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith at a banquet in his honor April 14 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale. “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to honor Dr. Dobson for the incredible work he has done to strengthen the family, while courageously defending biblical truth in our culture,” said ACU President Len Munsil. “It is almost impossible to measure the influence of this one man on the policies and practices related to parenting and the American family over the past half-century.” Dr. James Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk.” He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline; Love for a Lifetime; Life on the Edge; Love Must Be Tough; The New Strong-Willed Child; When God Doesn’t Make Sense; Bringing Up Boys; Marriage Under Fire; Bringing Up Girls; Head Over Heels and, most recently, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift.  He was the founding president of Focus on the Family and has been an advisor to three U.S. Presidents on family issues. “Dr. Dobson’s practical wisdom for parents, through his books and radio programs, strengthened tens of millions of American families,” said Munsil. “His public proclamation of the Gospel, his work to advance the sanctity of life, strengthen marriage, fight pornography, build state family policy councils — and with his wife Shirley, to promote the National Day of Prayer – these accomplishments barely scratch the surface of Dr. Dobson’s influence. “When we...
ACU Reaches New All-Time High for Enrollment…Again!

ACU Reaches New All-Time High for Enrollment…Again!

Defying national trends of declining enrollment, particularly at small colleges, Arizona Christian University reached record enrollment again this fall with a 6 percent increase over fall 2014. “While we are blessed by this continued growth, we are even more excited about the quality of our educational product and the consistent and authentic Christian community we are able to provide at ACU,” said President Len Munsil. “Our students will not get lost in a crowd of tens of thousands of students, and our small class sizes enable us to focus on bringing out each student’s best – educationally and spiritually.” Arizona Christian University is the only Christian college in Arizona listed among the top 50 in the nation, and was also noted by Business Insider for being the most selective college of any kind in the state of Arizona, putting ACU on a list with numerous Ivy League schools. Remaining faithful to its Bible college heritage, ACU is the only accredited Christian university in Arizona that provides all students with 18 hours of Bible instruction, two chapels each week and spiritual formation accountability, all while embracing a Christian faith commitment for all staff, faculty, students and Trustees. “We are excited to see ACU begin to be recognized nationally for the excellence of our academic programs and the quality of our community,” President Munsil said. “Even as we grow, we expect our national reputation to increase as we remain committed to our mission of preparing Christian leaders to engage culture.” ACU’s national and international visibility is reflected in a community that features students from 31 states and 14 foreign countries. Nationally,...
Hobby Lobby founders David and Barbara Green to receive 4th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith at a Dinner in their Honor

Hobby Lobby founders David and Barbara Green to receive 4th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith at a Dinner in their Honor

Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil announced Thursday that Hobby Lobby Founders David and Barbara Green will receive the 4th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith at a banquet in their honor April 9 in Scottsdale. “We are thrilled to be able to honor the Greens for the stands they have taken for Christ as business owners,” Munsil said. “Not only have they been huge job creators who are renowned for taking care of their employees, but they have been willing to stand up to unjust governmental decrees that violate their conscience, religious freedom and commitment to the sanctity of every human life.” The Greens’ willingness to stand up for the sanctity of life through a lawsuit challenging the HHS contraceptive/abortion mandate resulted in a landmark 5-4 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 that protects our freedom to operate a business consistent with our religious principles. Previous recipients of the Daniel Award include the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, evangelist and Samaritan’s Purse CEO Rev. Franklin Graham, and Grammy winning recording artist Michael W. Smith. “The purpose of the Daniel Award is to honor those who have stood for Christ in our culture, no matter what sphere of influence or vocation, and to provide an example for our students who are studying for degrees in the same field,” Munsil said. “With President Bush, Franklin Graham and Michael W. Smith, we honored those who led in politics, full-time Christian ministry, and the world of arts and entertainment and music.” “Our business administration degree is one of the most popular degrees at ACU,” Munsil said....
ACU Named NAIA Champion of Character Five-Star Institution

ACU Named NAIA Champion of Character Five-Star Institution

Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil is pleased to announce that the University has again been named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. “We are encouraged that the NAIA has noted what we’ve gone to great lengths to establish at ACU — an athletics program that is not only competitive, but one that excels in building character and glorifying God,” Munsil said. “This is a credit to our athletic administration, our coaches, our faculty, our fans and of course, our student-athletes.” According to the NAIA, the Champions of Character program “will create an environment in which every NAIA student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through the five tenets: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.” To earn the Five-Star Institution honor, members are “measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.” Arizona Christian University is a member of the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the National Christian College Athletics Association Division I (NCCAA). ACU was named a Five-Star Institution in 2008-2009, 2010-2011, and now...
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