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A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

I was never more excited to step into the classroom then I was yesterday. Education majors are expected to complete observation hours for their upper division classes, and yesterday was my first time doing so this year. It was definitely the highlight of my day. I don’t know why I was so excited to visit the sixth graders at Palomino yesterday. I just know it was a huge blessing from my gracious Father. Just about a month ago I was teaching middle school students in Hong Kong. This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done! I never had the thought of changing my major, but I was discouraged and frustrated and disillusioned. So it was quite a shock to me that I was so excited to be back in a classroom and teaching students again. Then I realized that it was a special gift from Father. I learned so much teaching oversees, and truly did love my students. I am more confident in a classroom now, more experienced, and know my weaknesses and areas to improve. Secondly, my excitement being in the classroom served to confirm my decision to be a teacher. At times it will be hard work, but I know it is worthwhile and what Im meant to do. It was like getting a huge breath of fresh air after being submerged under water for a very long time. I must also confess that students can be really funny. They always make me smile! One of my students very clearly pointed out to me that “You’re tall.” Maybe I didn’t know this fact about myself. I had... read more
Starting My Sophomore Year

Starting My Sophomore Year

I still cannot believe I am beginning my sophomore year of college at Arizona Christian University! It feels like just yesterday I was walking through the dorm doors with all of my belongings and joining the campus family. At the time, it felt like such a huge change in my life: I moved to a new environment, I was forced to meet new people, I was on my own for the first time, and I was starting college. Wow! What a scary place to be! However, I could not have been more wrong. Arizona Christian University has given me more opportunities than I could count on all my fingers and toes. When choosing my college a year and a half ago, my mind was completely set on Northern Arizona University – but ACU just offered so much more. I have unity, community, opportunity, and JESUS all in one place! Why would I ever even consider anything else? I am now involved in student leadership, starting ACU’s first newspaper with tons of faculty support, and still succeeding in all of my classes. Arizona Christian is more than just a university. I am more than a student number or file. I am a person, a name, a face, and best of all, a testimony of Christ. I never imagined I would find myself in the position I am in, and I feel so blessed to be a part of a community that shares the same heart, passion, and love for God. Stepping into college first seemed like a scary experience, but I found that the minute I took a step into the oblivion, the more I trusted the Lord in my life. God has made me a new creation! The old is... read more
#Transform!

#Transform!

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 2012-2013 at ACU is already setting itself apart as a new great thing! We have had such a great week here. It seemed that during leadership week and prep week that people were dragging a bit. Students and staff were sharing about the challenges they had faced last year and the struggles they had this summer. It was crazy! Everyone was in agreement that they were not entirely ready to start a new year. They needed new! We have spent the last two weeks talking about the goodness of God, the struggles of our past, and the excitement of preparing for a new year. Isn’t it so amazing that we get the opportunity to start over. That is one of the reasons that we chose #transform to be our welcome week theme. We are asking God to transform us, our community, and more! I think that one of the coolest things about the God that we serve is his ability to forget the past and make things new. When we ask, he is able to forget the past and forgive our sin. It is GONE! Out of his mind. He doesn’t bring it up again or remind us that we mess up all the time. It is gone and we are new! We are well on our way to an amazing... read more
Fall 2012, The First Chapel

Fall 2012, The First Chapel

As I walked in the door, I noticed the brown circular balls sitting on a tray. “Doughnut holes!” was my instant first thought. College students are always thinking about food. I flashed my student ID to check in for chapel, and headed for the table. The balls seemed a rather weird color and texture to be doughnut holes, but anything free is exciting news in my life.  I approached Karen, the new Director of Student Life, who was holding the tray of the round, brown objects. “Balls of clay,” she called out. “Every student gets one!” I took my ball of clay and proceeded to sit next to my friends for chapel. The theme this year is “I AM changes who i am.” Dr.  Damore, the Provost, explained that God is shaping and changing us just like a potter who works his clay. (Jeremiah 18) Then, class by class, representatives of the administration and faculty prayed over the student body. I proudly stood with the other members of the class of 2013! After chapel, school resumed normally. Students talked with their friends in the hallways, walked to class, and groaned about the homework already assigned. As I write this, I already have reading and response questions due by Thursday. This is normal life here at Arizona Christian University. I have decided, however, that this year-even if it is very normal- is going to be an adventure. God has richly blessed me this summer and continues to do so here at this school. My friends and I have crazy dreams about Senior pictures and road trips. Next semester, I will... read more
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
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