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Firestorm Film Festival Winners

Firestorm Film Festival Winners

“Run the Risk,” a short film about a lowly office employee who rediscovers life’s joy, took home the top prize at Arizona Christian University’s Firestorm Film Festival, held May 10th at Picture Show in Paradise Valley Mall. The film, by junior Communication major Nicole Jenkins, also earned Jenkins the award for Best Director. “The movie is about the importance of the arts in helping you find your life’s passions,” Jenkins said. The awards, the “Sparkies,” recognize outstanding achievement among Arizona Christian University’s film students. Junior Communication major Lauren Johnson’s film “Some Days Are Just Hard” won three Sparkies, including Best Screenplay for Johnson, Best Acting for PJ Sparks, and Best Music Composition for Julie Higby’s original score. The “Get a Grip” Sparkie went Eric and Sarah Dalrymple for Andrew Dalrymple’s film “Stanley.” The “Get a Grip” award recognizes individuals for behind-the-camera contributions. “Stanley” also won in the Best Supporting Actor category, with the Sparkie going to the film’s namesake—a 1960s Stanley thermos. Arizona Christian University and the Department of Communication and English thanks the Picture Show at Paradise Valley Mall for their support of the 2nd annual Firestorm Film Festival. The event was sponsored and supported by Pure Flix Entertainment, Brand Cure, The Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Connect the Dots Promotions, Illuminated Collective, Arcadia City Church, The Original Breakfast House, Kathy Loeffler Real Estate, and other private donors. Future sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Arizona Christian University’s Advancement Office. ACU is an accredited, private, non-profit, Christian university in Phoenix offering various bachelor’s degrees including a recently added Psychology major and programs of study such as Criminal Justice, Healthcare Policy,... read more
3rd Annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony

3rd Annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony

This past Thursday evening, May 12th, Arizona Christian University held the third annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Scottsdale, AZ.  Over 300 guests enjoyed the black tie event honoring outstanding student athletes for their achievements and character. Athletes and teams were nominated by ACU’s coaching staff and winners were chosen by an independent group of staff members. The sixteen “Westphal Awards,” named for former NBA player and coach Paul Westphal, who started his coaching career at ACU (at the time, Southwestern Baptist Bible College), were awarded throughout the evening by student presenters. Jared Cohen of Sports 360 AZ was the night’s emcee, sharing comical and inspiring personal stories about specific stand-out ACU athletes. Arizona Christian University’s President Len Munsil and his wife Dr. Tracy Munsil opened the evening by presenting the Female and Male Faith Awards. President Munsil encouraged the crowd to continue using their talents and abilities for God’s glory, using the compelling story of the Olympic runner, Eric Little, as an example. Each award winner gave a humble “thank you” speech and Coach of the Year winner, Randy Chambers, received a standing ovation from the crowd for his service as Spiritual Formation Coach to all teams. Coach Westphal shared personal stories of failures and triumphs throughout his career, encouraging the student athletes in the importance of being a strong and reliable team player. He ended the night by awarding senior basketball player Jackson Helms with the Westphal Award for being ACU’s “best teammate.” ACU’s 2016 Westphal Award Winners: Female Faith Award: Emily Devore (Softball) Male Faith Award: Zach Vogel (Baseball) Record... read more

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... read more
Graduation Week Activities Culminate With ACU Alum Bishop Alexis Thomas Commencement Address

Graduation Week Activities Culminate With ACU Alum Bishop Alexis Thomas Commencement Address

Arizona Christian University is proud to announce Bishop Alexis Thomas as the institution’s 54th Commencement address speaker on May 14, 2016 at Bethany Bible Church. “We are proud to welcome back Bishop Thomas to his alma mater as this year’s Commencement speaker,” said ACU President Len Munsil, who had Bishop Thomas as a student in a Christian ethics class at ACU during the 1990s. “Bishop Thomas is an incredibly gifted and passionate communicator of God’s word and has emerged as a compelling spiritual leader in our state and nation.” Bishop Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies from ACU (formerly Southwestern College) and is currently attending The Graduate School of Episcopal Studies. Having served in the capacity of Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church since 1985, Bishop Thomas was ordained as the Bishop of the State of Arizona in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2003. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, is the General Chairman of the African American Christian Clergy Coalition, which he founded in 2001, and is also the co-founder of the African American Strategic Alliance Coalition in Phoenix. The following events will be taking place during ACU’s Commencement Week. Please join us as we celebrate more than 100 traditional and Degree Completion Program spring graduates this year! 2nd Annual Firestorm Film Festival The Firestorm Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the capstone work of Arizona Christian University Communication majors who have chosen film as their area of emphasis. Each student has authored an original screenplay and... read more
2016 ACU President’s Scholar

2016 ACU President’s Scholar

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce its first President’s Scholar for the 2016 incoming freshmen class! Jayci Kelley, a senior at Foothill High School in Redding, California, was awarded one of ACU’s four prestigious full-tuition scholarships. Not only does Jayci come to ACU with strong academics, outside the classroom she has played on Foothill’s varsity tennis team for three years, has been an active member of the math and science clubs, and participates in her school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jayci is also involved in her church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and going on several overseas and domestic missions trips. The President’s Scholarship is Arizona Christian University’s top scholarship, and eligible freshmen must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.85, and an ACT composite score of 30 or an SAT combined math and verbal score of 1340. Students must have a history of service, leadership, and character development, and be individuals who demonstrate alignment with ACU’s vision to transform culture with truth. A formal interview with ACU President Len Munsil is required. Jayci will be studying Elementary Education while at ACU, and she eventually hopes to be either a teacher or serve overseas in missions. Jayci explained why she chose Arizona Christian University stating,  “I wanted a school that had a focus on God and was a place where I could continue to grow in my faith.” Jayci looks forward to making new friends at ACU and playing on the tennis team while pursuing her education. Pete Hamstra, ACU’s Vice President of Enrollment shared, “Jayci is exactly the kind of student we want to see... read more
Pro-family legend Dr. James Dobson Honored with ACU’s 5th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith

Pro-family legend Dr. James Dobson Honored with ACU’s 5th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith

On April 14th, Arizona Christian University (ACU) presented Dr. James Dobson with the 5th Daniel Award for Courageous Public Faith in honor of his stand on behalf of the family. Because of Dr. Dobson’s work, thousands of marriages have been saved and strengthened and millions of children have been raised by parents who follow the teachings of Jesus. Dr. Dobson received this lifetime award at a banquet in his honor at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ with more than 500 people in attendance. Dr. Dobson was accompanied by his wife, Shirley Dobson, who this year will be recognized for 25 years of service as Chairman of the National Day of Prayer.  “Dr. James and Shirley Dobson are the kind of servant leaders we want to expose to our students. Our students want to serve. They want to transform culture with truth. This is the core mission of ACU and we are honored to present Dr. James and Shirley Dobson to our ACU family”, said President Len Munsil. The banquet also featured a message from President Munsil regarding ACU’s vision for the future. He outlined the unique place the school holds in the academy of higher Christian education. “Arizona Christian University was created for such a time as this. Our mission and vision are clear and unique, and the necessity for education grounded in a biblical worldview could hardly be more obvious than it is today.” Dr. Dobson ended his speech filled with comical stories from his life, humility, and words of wisdom, with a personal endorsement of ACU. “I ask you to support this school. There are not very many out there that really do stand up for the things that we believe: the authenticity... read more
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