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Matt Maxwell filming Midland family in "Finding Home in Boomtown".

Award-winning filmmaker Maxwell uses storytelling as catalyst for change

Stories have the power to change the world, and ACU alumnus Matt Maxwell (’07) believes this so full-heartedly that he has devoted his life to telling them. Matt’s film Finding Home in Boomtown will be featured at this year’s ACU Summit Film Festival. The documentary film, set in Midland, Texas, tells the story of a … Continued

ACU grads Matthew Kacsmaryk and Brantley Starr confirmed as federal judges

Two Abilene Christian University graduates, Matthew Kacsmaryk, J.D., and Brantley Starr, J.D., have been confirmed as U.S. District judges. “It is rare for any Christian university to have a federal judge confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” said Dr. Neal Coates, chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, “and since January ACU now … Continued

Adjunct ACU criminal justice professor named FBI assistant director

FBI director Christopher Wray has named an ACU adjunct criminal justice professor as an FBI assistant director. Stuart Platt is the new FBI assistant director overseeing the Office of Professional Responsibility, located at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Platt was sworn in Aug. 27. The Office of Professional Responsibility strives to ensure that FBI … Continued

Dr. Marcia Straughn named as dean of ACU’s School of Nursing

Dr. Marcia Straughn has been named as dean of ACU’s School of Nursing. Straughn previously served as department chair. She has been involved with all program levels within the School of Nursing, ranging from classroom and clinical courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to work on the Doctor of Nursing Practice project … Continued

Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society receives national awards

ACU’s Omega Gamma Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities in 2018-19. This is the sixth year in its history that Abilene Christian enjoys this prestigious distinction. In addition, because ACU maintained Honor Chapter status each year of the 2016-19 triennium, … Continued

Upperclassmen, recent grads give advice to new students

Stepping onto a college campus for the first time can be intimidating, exciting and terrifying all at once. We asked a few ACU senior and recent graduates to share words of wisdom, reflecting on their time at ACU. We hope their answers will bless our new students as they take that first step into the … Continued

Southwest Airlines communications director honored as distinguished alumna

A group of ACU staff and alumni gathered at ACU’s Dallas campus in Addison, Texas, in August to celebrate Katie Coldwell (’00), one of the university’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Citation recipients. Coldwell’s friends and colleagues celebrated not only her successes at Southwest Airlines, where she serves as communications director, but the journey she has taken … Continued

Brockingtons, both physicians, live out their calling at Kenya hospital

“Doc, can you help…” That’s the lead-in to an article on a blog hosted by Drs. Jared (’07) and Jenny (Fulkerson ’07) Brockington, both ACU graduates now practicing medicine at PCEA Chogoria Hospital in Kenya. But those words, “Doc, can you help…” are more than a title on a blog entry. That is a desperate … Continued

ACU earns national accreditation of teacher education program

The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) has awarded full seven-year accreditation to the Abilene Christian University Teacher Education Program. After reviewing the evidence collected through a process of self-study and peer review, the AAQEP Accreditation Commission issued the decision at its July 10 meeting along with the following rationale: The program presented … Continued