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Physics graduate embraces opportunities in sciences, arts

Kaden Vasquez, a May 2024 physics graduate from Wichita Falls, came to ACU during the pandemic, a time of uncertainty for many. After his senior year of high school, he struggled to find the motivation to attend college in a world that was changing rapidly.  Still, he knew he had a passion for learning, so … Continued

ACU awards honorary degree to longtime supporter Kay Onstead

Abilene Christian University recently presented Kay Onstead with an honorary Doctor of Science at a private ceremony in Houston.  The degree was awarded for her contributions to the university and society, said Dr. Phil Schubert, ACU president. “Kay’s extraordinary contributions to ACU continue to inspire the generosity of our community,” Schubert said. “I’m thankful for … Continued

ACU to be first Texas university in unique refugee partnership

Abilene Christian University is set to be the first Texas university to join the Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) program, designed to partner U.S. colleges and universities with their local refugee resettlement agency as a co-sponsor to host refugees on campus grounds and support them in their resettlement.  ACU and the Abilene office of the … Continued

Four ACU students receive major scholarships

A record number of Abilene Christian University students have been awarded major national scholarships this spring. Among the recipients are two graduating seniors who have been honored with Fulbright grants, a third student who will be participating in a Fulbright summer research institute, and a student receiving a 2024 Goldwater Scholarship. Erin Hodgson, a senior … Continued

ACU to confer degrees, honors at May Commencement

ACU will award 840 degrees this weekend in three Commencement ceremonies taking place at Moody Coliseum Friday and Saturday. The Friday, May 10, ceremony at 7 p.m. will award 246 master’s and 53 doctoral degrees. On Saturday, May 11, 541 bachelor’s degrees will be presented in two ceremonies – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Undergraduate … Continued

Dr. Rachael Milligan, dean ACU's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

ACU announces new dean for College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Rachael Milligan has been named the new dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Abilene Christian University.  Milligan joins ACU from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she has served in various leadership roles, including assistant dean for innovative programs and partnerships in the College of Education and executive director … Continued

ACU professor to benefit from annual Kirk Goodwin Run

Dr. Cindy Roper, professor of communication at Abilene Christian University, will be the beneficiary of this year’s Kirk Goodwin Run, a nonprofit event sponsored by ACU’s Galaxy fraternity. The run, which annually raises funds to assist people facing ongoing medical expenses, will take place May 4 at 7 p.m. at the Hunter Welcome Center. In … Continued

NRC completes environmental assessment of ACU NEXT Lab

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recently completed its environmental assessment of Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing (NEXT) Lab, a significant milestone in its goal to build a Molten Salt Research Reactor (MSRR). NEXT Lab – in collaboration with Natura Resources – has set out to design, license and commission an MSRR to be … Continued

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Cornyn visits ACU’s NEXT Lab, praises nuclear research

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn visited Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory (NEXT Lab) April 2 to learn more about ACU’s research into advanced molten salt reactors, sponsored by Natura Resources. Cornyn toured the new Dillard Science and Engineering Research Center where nuclear research is underway and where the reactor will be housed. He … Continued

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ACU president affiliates with Excelencia in Education’s Presidents for Latino Student Success Network

Dr. Phil Schubert, president of Abilene Christian University, has joined the national network of Presidents for Latino Student Success (P4LSS) through Excelencia in Education, the nation’s premier authority on efforts accelerating Latino student success in higher education. The P4LSS network comprises a group of  presidents and chancellors who have committed to making their campuses learning … Continued