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VIA News: Onstead groundbreaking scheduled

Donors have given more than $41 million of the needed $45 million to a trio of science projects on the south side of the Abilene Christian University campus, paving the way for groundbreaking on the Onstead Science Center next month. A ceremonial groundbreaking event is scheduled for after Chapel on Monday, Nov. 10, outside the … Continued

Former Walmart CEO talks faith, business

Mike Duke’s five years as CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. capped a nearly 20-year tenure with the retail giant but his influence over its operations may far outlive him. Duke spoke about faith and business at Abilene Christian University on Tuesday as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by ACU’s College of Business Administration … Continued

Brantly: Focus on stopping Ebola in Africa

While this week’s developing news about a second diagnosis of Ebola in Dallas is worrisome to some Metroplex residents, the comments of local and federal health officials there are echoing what Samaritan’s Purse physician Dr. Kent Brantly (’03) said Friday at Abilene Christian University, his alma mater. Nina Pham, a nurse among other healthcare workers who … Continued

Dawne Meeks demonstrates some moves to member of the Big Fish cast.

10 Questions with Dawne Meeks

Life sometimes comes full circle. That’s something  Dawne (Swearingen ’95) Meeks, director of this year’s Homecoming musical Big Fish, can tell you about. Meeks came to ACU as a freshman in 1991, the same year Adam Hester (’77) became chair of the theatre department. After graduating from Abilene Christian in 1995, she went on to … Continued

VIA coverage includes a look back at Bennett

Since 1930, one of the workhouse buildings on the Abilene Christian University campus has been Bennett Gymnasium, which is receiving new life this year as the future home of laboratories for the Department of Engineering and Physics. Paul Anthony (’04), ACU’s advancement communication coordinator, described the transformation in our new Spring-Summer issue as “trading in … Continued

Brantly grateful to be released from hospital

“Today is a miraculous day. I‘m thrilled to be alive, to be well, and to be reunited with my family.” Those words – the first Abilene Christian University graduate Kent Brantly, M.D. (’03), has said publicly since he contracted the Ebola virus two months ago – came during a Thursday morning news conference at Atlanta’s Emory … Continued

Moore asks grads to shower the world with love

Dr. Steven Moore, associate professor of language and literature, was the featured Commencement speaker Aug. 8 in Moody Coliseum at ACU. A native of Prince William, Va., he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1994, and a master’s (1996) and doctorate (2007) from the University of Nebraska. Moore was named ACU’s Teacher … Continued

Kinnaman to share research about Mosaics

David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group research firm and a best-selling author of books about trends regarding young people’s views of the church, will present “Your Role in the Faith Journeys of the Next Generation” at an Aug. 12 luncheon at Abilene Christian University. The content is especially designed for ministry professionals, church leaders, educators and … Continued

Abilene worshippers pray for Ebola patients

More than 250 people gathered at Abilene’s Southern Hills Church of Christ last night for a prayer service on behalf of Kent Brantly, M.D. (’03), Nancy Writebol and others suffering with the Ebola virus. Both work for Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia; Brantly is a physician serving a two-year fellowship and Writebol is a nursing coordinator. “Over the … Continued

New VA secretary faces a tough challenge

Editor’s note: Dr. Rick Lytle is professor of marketing and dean of ACU’s College of Business Administration. We asked him to offer some reflections on Bob McDonald, retired president and CEO of Procter & Gamble, who was approved this week to lead the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. McDonald was on campus last fall to speak … Continued