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ACU Fall Concert

ACU Fall Concert

Join the Arizona Christian University Chorale and Jazz Ensemble for an afternoon celebrating God’s gift of music! As the weather begins to change and we turn our hearts to a state of thanksgiving, we hope you’ll join us for a concert highlighting many key themes of our faith: the peace of Christ, the cross, and God’s provision. The afternoon will feature a variety of compositions, ranging from sacred works such as Mozart’s Dona Nobis Pacem to the great spiritual Swing Down Chariot. The concert begins Sunday, Octover 14 at 3 p.m. at the Scottsdale Bible Church Cactus Campus, located at 2501 East Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032, just west of Arizona Christian University. Admission is free, but you’ll want to arrive early to ensure seating. We hope to see you... read more
Phoenix Shop Grand Opening!

Phoenix Shop Grand Opening!

Arizona Christian University is pleased to announce the official grand opening of the Phoenix Shop, a one-stop source for official Firestorm merchandise! An existing building in the center of campus has been transformed into a campus hangout where students, faculty and guests can not only get the latest ACU gear, but take time to relax with a hot cup of joe! The renovation of the building and opening of the Phoenix Shop is one step in ACU’s ongoing efforts to renovate and beautify the campus, all to provide the best college experience possible to the students. The area surrounding the Phoenix Shop has been transformed into a patio with seating, a fountain, and plenty of room to hangout or study between classes. Plus, in just a few weeks, you’ll be able to sit outside and enjoy the cool Arizona fall evenings! The grand opening on September 27th beginning at 8 a.m. will feature entertainment, and even FREE drinks for those who “check in” at the Phoenix Shop.  Drawings for free ACU logo wear will take place every hour.  There will also be a ‘bargain bin’ for steep markdowns on select items! A schedule of the day’s activities is listed below: 8 a.m. – FREE bagels 12 p.m. – FREE hot dogs 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Join us for a variety of game tournaments with fabulous prizes! 6 p.m. – Open mic night on the Phoenix Shop patio Don’t forget to visit the Phoenix Shop this Thursday and join us in celebrating the grand... read more
Constitution Day 2012

Constitution Day 2012

On Monday, September 17, 2012, we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. The turmoil in much of the world last week, along with remembrances of the 2001 terrorist attacks and murders on American soil September 11, are in many ways vivid reminders that we live in an exceptional nation. The freedoms we have in America are unusual in our world, and the ideas our nation is based on are worthy of defending – not only militarily but also with our words and actions. Compared to the rest of the world today, and really, compared to the experience of most humans for thousands of years, most of us in America have lived our entire lives with levels of peace and prosperity unprecedented in human history. That is not an accident, but is largely a result of the choices made by America’s Founders more than two centuries ago. When we say America is an exceptional nation, we should be clear on what it means, and what it doesn’t mean: It does not mean America is perfect or above criticism. It certainly does not mean that the people of America are somehow more worthy of blessings than the people of other nations, or that we are somehow intrinsically better than other people – that would be unbiblical and wrong. What it does mean is that the ideas America was founded on – the notion that all men are created equal, that our rights come from God, not government, that the power of government should be limited and separated between various branches – are exceptional ideas. And... read more
ACU Hits Record Enrollment Again – Up 47 Percent Since 2010

ACU Hits Record Enrollment Again – Up 47 Percent Since 2010

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce record enrollment for Fall 2012 – an increase to 682 total students, up 47 percent in the past two years. Total enrollment in Fall 2006 was just 308 students, meaning ACU has more than doubled in size in the past six years at its northeast Phoenix campus. “We are thrilled that students are flocking to the opportunity in Arizona to attend an affordable, Christ-centered, non-profit university with a variety of degree programs to prepare students for leadership in our world,” said ACU President Len Munsil. “Our campus improvements, expanded academic and athletic programs, and commitment to traditional classroom instruction and mentoring of our students is drawing enormous interest locally and around the United States.” While 74 percent of ACU students are from Arizona, students come from a total of 31 states, including Alaska, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Florida, and eight foreign countries, including Thailand, Russia, Brazil and Uganda. More than 200 students are brand new this year at ACU. There are 516 students in the traditional undergraduate program – up 15 percent from 448 last fall — while 166 students are either in the degree completion program, or attend ACU through dual or concurrent enrollment. ACU’s growth the past two years has been fueled by increased visibility, including its name change and dinner events featuring former President George W. Bush and the Rev. Franklin Graham. In addition, every full-time ACU student receives an iPad. Last year ACU was re-accredited for the maximum 10 years and approved to offer new degree programs in biology, communication and political science. New sports include... read more
Number Sense

Number Sense

17+33. Go ahead, solve it. Come on, you can do it! I know few college students like math, but you’ve got this. Okay, now find another strategy. Find a new way to get your answer. Here’s some examples: Line up the numbers just like you were taught in school. Subtract 3 from the thirty three and add it tithe seventeen. Now it’s twenty plus thirty. Add ten and 33. Add the 7. Can you think of any more? Now your brain maybe hurting, and you may complain that this is too hard. It’s okay. Practice will help you out. This is called Number Sense and it’s how math is being taught in school nowadays. Don’t you just feel smarter by knowing three different ways to solve the above problem? Twice a week I get to go to my class “Math in the Elementary School” and solve problems like this one. I must admit that I like math, and this is still my favorite class. Math becomes valuable, relevant, and important to students if it is taught correctly. It is no longer just for nerds, but for every person who wants to succeed at life. When I leave class, I am excited to go out and change the lives of my students. Life change, hopefully by teaching them to enjoy math, but also by sharing with them the unconditional love of Jesus. Evaluate your day. What activity gets you fired up and excited? What do you like doing just for fun? How can you share this activity with others? It is when we are most passionate that we are most influential. Use your hobby, your talents, your gifts to love others as Christ did. I’m using... read more
Practicing the Presence of Christ

Practicing the Presence of Christ

The office has been bustling for the last few weeks as new students made final preparations to begin their college career at Arizona Christian University! And, with scarcely time to take a breath, the admissions team is preparing to hit the road recruiting next year’s incoming class. While the bustle and the newness of the school year brings much excitement, new beginnings can be a time of stress, confusion and a general sense of loneliness. Working in admissions is a front row seat to the emotions of being a new college student: elation as students who thought college was unaffordable realize a dream, melancholy for students who have left friends and family and moved across the country to start a new life, and every emotion in between. That’s why as I was preparing to welcome the incoming students, I was struck by the words I read in Richard Foster’s A Year with God: Living Out the Spiritual Disciplines. The reading for the day was Psalm 16:8-11: 8 I keep the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. 10 For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. 11You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Foster explained that the phrase “‘I keep the LORD always before me’ suggests that the psalmist used his imagination to make the presence of the LORD more real and God’s security more tangible.” My challenge... read more
Winter Intersession 2013

Winter Intersession 2013

J Term or Winter Intersession at ACU offers a unique opportunity for students to try new courses on topics of current interest, conduct research with faculty or participate in a study abroad program. Winter Intersession is the perfect time to get ahead on your college course work or visit a foreign country. The fast pace and shortened schedule allows you to focus on just one class, immersing yourself in the subject.  This often makes completing a difficult class more doable. It can also make your regular semester load lighter. So join with other ACU students who have made the smart decision to earn credit this winter break. Winter Intersession at ACU will be January 3 – 24, 2013 (no classes on January 21, Martin Luther King Day). Winter Intersession courses are open to current and visiting students. Students may take a maximum of 6 credits per session. Permission to take more than two courses or 6 credit hours per session must be obtained from the academic dean. You can sign up for classes in Science, History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Bible, Politics and many others that are part of the General Studies or Major and Minor requirements. Intensive seminars and interdisciplinary include courses such as Relational Communication and Bioethics. New study abroad courses are currently being added, so please check our web site for updated destination information Registration is currently open! To take Winter Intersession classes at ACU, here’s what to do: View the Winter Intersession class schedule on the ACU home page. Meet with your faculty advisor to determine the proper course work to take for your degree requirements.... read more
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