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Professional Development Week 2012 – The Provost’s Address to ACU Staff

Professional Development Week 2012 – The Provost’s Address to ACU Staff

INTRODUCTION I love to travel but the older I get the less I like to fly.  Airlines just aren’t what they used to be.  They don’t even serve snacks anymore, that is unless you buy them and only with a credit or debit card.  This summer my wife and I flew to Hawaii.  When we booked our reservations we were seated side-by-side going and returning.  Don’t ask me how, but when we went to confirm the reservations months later, we were assigned seats for our five-hour return flight several rows apart, on opposite sides of the aisle in middle seats.  That was going to be a very long flight back to Phoenix. THE PROBLEM I’ll get back to that story in a minute but I also I had the privilege this summer of traveling to Washington, D.C. as a guest of AdvancEd/North Central Association at their International Summit on Education.  I heard a number of highly regarded speakers and among them was Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat.  This book came out in 2005 and focused on the convergence of technology that has enabled countries around the world to compete in a more globalized economy as never before.  Things have changed even more dramatically in the last seven year as explained in Friedman and Mandelbaum’s latest book, That Used to Be Us, U.S. debt is higher, jobs are fewer and people more fearful because there appear to be few good solutions to our problems on the horizon.  As the book title suggests, it seems as though America’s best days are past and now it is another country’s... read more
The Case for Christian Political Engagement (Part I)

The Case for Christian Political Engagement (Part I)

Less than 100 days! Sunday (July 29) marked the official countdown of the final 100 days until the 2012 presidential election. For political junkies, the presidential campaign is a better spectator sport than the London Summer Olympic Games – a glorious final few months of political jockeying and showmanship in an epic race to determine the leader of the free world – a race that comes only once every four years. But 100 days may seem interminable to anyone who is not a political junkie. Young voters (age 18-29) – many of whom are able to vote for the first time in a presidential election – report a growing disillusionment with politics. The current generation of college students appears just as likely to tune out of politics, than turn out to vote this November. Recent studies identify a number of frustrations young voters express about the American political process: increased polarization and partisanship, their inability to distinguish between truth and political “spin” to participate intelligently in the political process, and uncertainty over whether their vote can make a difference. What I hear from many Christian college students I speak with is that they are turned off by the lack of civility – the downright nastiness – of politics today. They point specifically to negative ads and name-calling, heated political discussions among friends, disingenuous political “spin,” and seemingly endless partisan bickering and gridlock. But are those good reasons to drop out of the political process? I believe the current political climate calls for just the opposite response:  The very nastiness of the current political system demands Christian involvement, engagement, and... read more
Enrollment Still Open for Fall 2012

Enrollment Still Open for Fall 2012

If you’ve been thinking about joining the Firestorm community and enrolling in ACU for the fall 2012 semester, there’s still time! Classes are filling up quickly, but we’ve saved a seat just for you! With multiple degree options and a vibrant campus life, there’s something for everyone. To begin your application process today, click here. And if you need a little extra motivation, we’ll even waive your application fee! Simply enter waiver code “acuwaiver” when... read more
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... read more
ACU Team Departs For Ten Day Service Trip to West African Nation

ACU Team Departs For Ten Day Service Trip to West African Nation

On Sunday, May 13, nine students departed for Liberia on Arizona Christian University’s second missions trip of the year. In the spring, ACU’s Director of Campus Ministries Jimmy Farley led a team to conduct homeless ministry in Las Vegas, Nevada, and later this summer ACU Vice President of Athletics and Operations Don Mitchell will take a team to the Dominican Republic. Liberia is a small West African nation with a tumultuous history. Founded by freed slaves in the early 1800’s, Liberia recently underwent two civil wars that resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and a completely decimated economy. The nation has an estimated 350,000 orphans – roughly 9% of the population – as a result of the wars and extreme poverty. Some measurements list Liberia as the second poorest nation in the world. While former Liberian President Charles Taylor was recently convicted for his role in the “blood diamond” conflicts that engulfed parts of West Africa in the nineties, many see hopeful signs in Liberia, including the reelection Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, increased international investment and a national infrastructure that is slowly taking shape. The team, led by ACU staff members Brant Nyhart and David Rickey and ACU Trustee Jim Baugh, has a full schedule including conducting a vacation Bible school at a Christian school, engaging in construction at an orphanage, hosting a youth sports day, and participating in pastor training. The trip will be conducted in conjunction with Global Resource Group, a non-profit constructing an orphanage in Liberia, and Global Training Network, a ministry dedicated to providing pastor and leadership training in... read more
Take your summer break at ACU!

Take your summer break at ACU!

Take your summer break at ACU and earn yourself some credit this summer. Summer is the perfect time to get ahead on your college course work. ACU summer courses are open to current and visiting students. You can sign up for classes in Astronomy, Bible, Behavioral Studies, Business, History, Ethics, Mathematics, Internships, Independent Study, Research and many others that are part of the General Studies or Major and Minor requirements. So join with other ACU students who have made the smart decision to earn credit this summer. Summer courses offer you a quality education that is close to home and the price is only $560 per credit hour! 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. If you would like to take summer classes at ACU, here’s what to do: View the summer class schedule on the ACU home page. Meet with your faculty advisor to determine the proper course work to take for your degree requirements. Complete and submit the registration form by May 14, 2012.You do not need to include payment for tuition and fees. A bill will be mailed to you. For information call 1(800) 247-2697 or... read more
Undergraduate Research Presented at Academy of Science

Undergraduate Research Presented at Academy of Science

On Saturday, April 14, 2012 Arizona Christian University students Jacob Storrer and Belinda Baker presented their research at the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science annual meeting in Glendale. The title of the presentation was “Quantification and Characterization of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria from Groundwater from Mogollon Rim Arizona.” “I enjoyed having the opportunity to work as a part of a team on the research,” said Jacob.  “Presenting our project was a great experience that allowed us to professionally interact with the researchers from across Arizona and Nevada.  We are pleased that our results will be published in an upcoming edition of the Academy’s Journal,” he added. According to Dr. Perry Baker, sponsor of the project “This is an example of how undergraduate research at Arizona Christian University meets the needs of our students and creates interaction with the community.  Another purpose is to provide ACU with recognition for leadership in undergraduate education. The presentation was well received. Our students did an excellent job of defending their research to the conference attendees.” The project was funded by an Undergraduate Grant-in-Aid received from the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science. Funds from this grant were used to purchase the materials required for the bacterial culture and testing. This research was conducted in the Science Research Laboratory at Arizona Christian University. For more information about undergraduate research at ACU, or if you know of an undergraduate student who may be interested, contact Dr. Perry Baker at... read more
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