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New issue ready for mailbox splashdown

The Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center has been visited more than 160,000 times since it opened last September. The new issue of ACU Today magazine, which mails this week, will give you a behind-the-scenes look without breaking a sweat.

The new leisure pool in the Money Center
The cover story of our 80-page Winter 2012 issue, “Wave Reviews,” begins with a dramatic image of sophomore Jess Weeden, a member of the U.S. Deaflympic team who uses the lap pool in the Money Center for her workouts. Inside, you’ll find 23 pages of coverage dedicated to the sparkling new building, as seen through the lens of photographer Jeremy Enlow. A profile of Weeden by Paul A. Anthony (’04) is included as well.
Other stories you won’t want to miss:

  • “You Will See,” Anthony’s profile of Zechariah Manyok Biar, who earned two master’s degrees from ACU and works in the government of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan;
  • Information about the strategically important $50 million Partnering in the Journey affordability campaign and how your generosity can make a significant difference in the lives of students;
  • “House of the Rising Son,” a look by Deana (Hamby ’93) Nall at four alumni behind the success of Chiang Rai International Christian School in northern Thailand, where Brent (’93) and Julie (Griggs ’94) Pennington and Dr. Troy (’98) and Tanya (Morris ’97) Stuart recently moved their growing K-12 school to a new campus;
  • A profile of the new and improved Summer Academy program, which now offers one-week and two-week programs so talented high school students can earn college credit while taking interesting courses and touring national treasures such as Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico;
  • The Second Glance essay, “Signs of His Times,” tells of the efforts of thoughtful alumni in Texas and Tennessee who helped make possible two public recognitions of the life and work of ACU founder A.B. Barret; and
  • other exciting ACU news, including the latest from your classmates in EXperiences.
Zechariah Manyok Biar
Online Bonus Coverage adds another 12 pages to our printed edition, and features “South Sudan’s Price of Freedom,” a narrative essay by Biar. Images for both stories about South Sudan were shot by award-winning photographers Tim Freccia, Lynsey Addario, Gary Knight and Marcus Bleasdale, each of whom has extensive experience as a photojournalist in the conflict-torn Central Africa region. The VII Photo Agency provided images of Sudan from the portfolios of Addario, Knight and Bleasdale. Addario won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for her photography in “Talibanistan,” a 2008 story covered by a team of New York Times journalists. She is the third Pulitzer winner whose images have appeared in ACU Today. Others are David Leeson (’78) and Robert Hallinen.
The print edition should be in your mailbox soon, and you can enjoy the expanded online edition here:
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