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‘We Light the Fire’ music video highlights ACU’s new branding campaign

ACU has produced an original music video to accompany its new branding campaign, We Light the Fire Within. “ACU has a special spark that carries beyond the classroom,” said Linda Bonnin, senior vice president for marketing and strategic communications, who created the brand story. “The impact our graduates have on their communities through their personal … Continued
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10 Questions with Paralympic coach Shannon Utley

While most of the attention at the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be on the athletes, one of the faces you may see on the sidelines will be that of ACU alumna Shannon Utley (’00) of North Richland Hills, Texas.  She is assistant team lead/track operations for the U.S. Paralympic Team, and this year will mark … Continued

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Alumna Katie Orman making history with experience design

When history major Katie (Barnard ’10) Orman was a sophomore at ACU, she decided she wanted to work in historical museums. For the next two years, she pursued that dream with the help of her professors, even creating her own film documentary for a military veterans’ museum. She learned oral interview methods, film editing, and … Continued

Pandemic adds twist to alumna’s job with Clinical Trials of Texas

Cindi (Patterson ’86) Nellis had a full-circle moment when she received her COVID-19 vaccine in December. The inoculation represented her work since April as senior director of marketing and recruitment at Clinical Trials of Texas (CTT), one of the many groups conducting patient trials for the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. “It was really a moving moment,” … Continued

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Former ACU sprinter Sayon Cooper in fourth Olympics for Liberia

Wearing stylish clothing created by designer Telfar Clemens and noted in The New York Times, former Abilene Christian University standout sprinter Sayon Cooper (’98) and the small track and field contingent from Liberia made a big splash in recent days at the Opening Ceremonies of the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan.  It was not Cooper’s … Continued

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Michael Sadler

Dr. Michael Ervin Sadler, former Abilene Christian University faculty member, died June 20, 2021, in Abilene at age 73. A memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Ministry Activity Center at University Church of Christ (733 E.N. 16th St., Abilene, Texas 79601), and visitation with his family will be Friday from 6-8 … Continued

Shirley and Bob are the namesakes of ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center, which opened in 2009. (Photo by Jeremy Enlow)

ACU Remembers: Shirley Hunter

Shirley Margaret Long Hunter, namesake with her husband of Abilene Christian University’s Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center, died June 12, 2021, at age 88 in Abilene, Texas, after a long illness. A celebration of her life is planned for Aug. 6, 2021, at the Hunter Welcome Center on ACU’s campus. She was born April … Continued

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Financial management major finds her calling as advocate for victims

While many high school students spend their free time with friends, Destanie Crist found a greater calling – pouring herself into girls her age who were victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, cyberbullying and abuse. Now a financial management major at Abilene Christian University, Destanie has brought her compassion and leadership skills to ACU’s College … Continued

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New LEAN Lab kitchen opens in Money Center

Nutrition majors in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition have new space and equipment to help them learn to prepare, cook and teach about food. The Laboratory for Experiential Activities in Nutrition (LEAN Lab) opened in Fall 2020 in the Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and includes industrial equipment similar to … Continued