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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
2016 Westphal Athletic Award Ceremony

2016 Westphal Athletic Award Ceremony

Arizona Christian University is excited to announce the third annual Westphal Athletic Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 12th at Christ’s Church of the Valley’s Scottsdale Campus. Join us in celebrating the outstanding athletic contributions, spiritual leadership, and educational achievements of Arizona Christian University’s 2015-16 student athletes. The dessert reception and red carpet arrival will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. This is a black tie optional occasion. Please join us for this historic event! Tickets are available online. General admission is $10 and ACU students are $5 with ID. To guarantee seats together, table sponsorships are available for $80 (includes 8 tickets). Please print your ticket or have it available on a mobile device the night of the event. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE The Westphal Athletic Fund at Arizona Christian University is dedicated to honoring the spiritual, educational, and athletic legacy of Paul Westphal. Together, members of the Westphal Athletic Fund provide invaluable support for all Arizona Christian University student athletes. Every gift has a positive impact on their ability to succeed in the classroom, in competition, and in the... read more
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