Two home crowds said “thanks” to Abilene Christian University’s president and first lady in recent events on campus as part of a series of special evenings created to help friends share An Evening With Royce and Pam.
A gathering of about 350 – most of them faculty, staff and administrators – had their opportunity last Tuesday night in the Teague Special Events Center to honor Dr. Royce Money (’64) and his wife, Pam (Handy ’65). One of 12 similar events scheduled around the nation this spring, it featured three tribute speakers and a 20-minute film as part of a tw0-hour dinner gathering. Hayley (Legler ’03) Webb, director of student retention and services; Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate dean of the Graduate School of Theology; and Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64), vice president of the university, spoke passionately about the Moneys’ influence on the campus the past 19 years.
Afterward, students and faculty from ACU’s Department of Music treated the audience to a tribute concert in Cullen Auditorium to thank the Moneys for their support of the arts while Royce served as the university’s 10th president.
On April 19, ACU students organized their own “White Out Party With the Moneys” in the World Famous Bean cafeteria. More than 750 white-shirted students – the Moneys were asked to wear purple so they’d stand out in the crowd – enjoyed cake, ice cream, grape Jones Soda (with Royce and Pam’s likeness on the bottle) and a student rock band that left an impression on the Moneys (and a little ringing in their ears). Students posed for photos with life-size cutout figures of the honored couple.
An Evening With Royce and Pam events continue May 6 in southern California (at the Pepperdine University Bible Lectures), and conclude with what is expected to be the series’ largest tribute dinner May 20 in the Abilene Civic Center for colleagues and members of the community. Buffalo Gap’s world-famous Perini Ranch Steak House will cater the Abilene event.
A scheduled event in the series on May 1 in Brentwood, Tenn., was postponed because of dangerous weather that spawned tornadoes and dumped up to 22 inches of rain in the Nashville area in 24 hours. The dinner has been rescheduled for May 18 at the same location and time.
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