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Theatre graduates headline Spring 2011 issue

2006 ACU graduate Annika Johansson (above) performed on the recently completed national tour of The Phantom of the Opera, as did Juliette (Miller ’06) Trafton.
The honor of being the first dancing, singing warthog to appear on the cover of ACU Today falls to 2006 Abilene Christian University graduate Ben Jeffrey, who can be seen these days playing Pumbaa in The Lion King on Broadway in New York City.
Jeffrey is one of several talented young ACU theatre graduates profiled in “Uptown Downstage,” the cover story of our Spring 2011 issue, which mailed last week. The 100-page online version can be viewed below.
Other major features include coverage of the August 2010 Inauguration of ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert (’91), including his inaugural address; “Beyond the Printed Page,” insights into the future of books by Dr. William Rankin; “Formed in Faith,” Katie (Noah ’06) Gibson‘s look at the 100+ years of daily Chapel tradition at ACU; and “Undying Gratitude,” a Second Glance essay by Dr. Charlie Marler (’55) about a recent high honor for his former ACU journalism professor, Dr. Heber Taylor, a decorated World War II veteran.
The online-only Bonus Coverage features “Wide Open,” a profile by Grant Boone (’91) of ACU all-America wide receiver and NFL Draft prospect Edmond Gates. This 32-page section also includes a photo essay of the 2010 fall sports seasons, which featured several Lone Star Conference championships and appearances in NCAA regional and national tournaments by the Wildcats.
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