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Halbert gift tops science capital campaign

A recent gift of nearly $3 million from alumni Jon (’82) and Linda (Ellis ’83) Halbert has helped Abilene Christian University reach its capital goal in the Vision in Action (VIA) initiative to build three major science facilities. The generosity of the Dallas couple means ACU has raised $45 million to build the 54,000-square-foot Halbert-Walling … Continued

Brantlys begin national book tour in NYC

One of the busiest weeks in the lives of Dr. Kent (’03) and Amber (Carroll ’06) Brantly begins today in New York City where the two Abilene Christian University graduates begin a national book tour. Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us Into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic is released Tuesday, July 21, a year to … Continued

Off-beat pageant showcases frontier skills

Four years ago, Jeff Salmon (’91), executive director for Frontier Texas, asked Abilene Christian University’s student-run advertising agency Morris & Mitchell to come up with an idea to help promote the history museum. The result was a novel scholarship pageant for local college women called Miss Frontier Texas. It is billed as a competition for “women … Continued

Smiley headlines conference honoring Olbricht

Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht won’t be present but the 35th annual Christian Scholars’ Conference beginning Wednesday at Abilene Christian University still bears his name and reflects his enthusiasm for biblical research. “Tom is the academic renaissance man, with a Ph.D. in rhetoric, an M.Div. from Harvard and substantive scholarship in Restoration history,” said conference director Dr. David Fleer … Continued

Harbers presented with honorary doctorates

Known throughout the Southwest for their generosity, Lacy (’61) and Dorothy Harber became the recipients today of one of Abilene Christian University’s highest accolades: an honorary doctorate. Each of the Harbers were presented today with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of the leadership they have demonstrated through lives of selfless service to others. A citation … Continued

Ideas on stage at university's first TEDxACU

Abilene Christian University’s first TEDx event begins this morning in Cullen Auditorium, where its “ReThink” theme features 13 speakers making short presentations of “ideas worth spreading”. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the … Continued

Helton chosen to lead Alberta Bible College

Dr. Stanley N. Helton (’92 M.S.) was selected this week to be the next president of Alberta Bible College in Alberta, Canada. He begins work July 1. Helton will become the sixth Abilene Christian University graduate to serve in 2015 as president of a college or university, joining Dr. Phil Schubert (’91) of ACU, Dr. John Tyson (’81) of Rochester College, Dr. … Continued

VIA News: Halbert 'proud' of building

Dean Walling (’30) – scientist, entrepreneur, benefactor – was “larger than life” to his grandson, David D. Halbert (’78). “The older I get,” Halbert said Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new science facility that will bear both men’s names, “the larger he gets.” Now the legacy of both men and their families will be quite … Continued

McNeal headlines April 9 leadership seminar

Missional church leadership expert Dr. Reggie McNeal will be the featured speaker April 9 when CitySquare and Abilene Christian University’s Siburt Institute host a half-day Equipping for Ministry seminar in Dallas. McNeal, author of Kingdom Come: Why We Must Quit Our Obsession Over Fixing the Church and What We Should Do Instead, will speak on “Developing Kingdom Leadership.” … Continued

VIA News: H-W groundbreaking scheduled

The campus transformation begun 13 months ago under the Vision in Action initiative continues next week, as crews break ground on the new Halbert-Walling Research Center. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. next Tuesday, March 31, after which crews will begin constructing the 54,000-square-foot classroom and laboratory facility serving ACU’s biology, chemistry and biochemistry, and … Continued