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Preparation underway for VIA projects

As fundraising continues for ACU’s historic Vision in Action initiative, preparation is underway this summer for construction of two new science buildings and two new on-campus stadiums. Crews this morning began groundwork on what will become a new stadium for ACU’s legendary track and field program and dominant women’s soccer team – clearing and leveling … Continued

Metaxas expounds on grace, responsibility

You can count on one hand the best-selling authors who have spoken in daily Chapel at Abilene Christian University, and still have a few fingers left. Those writers who begin by leading the crowd in singing “Amazing Grace” is an even shorter list, and Eric Metaxas is likely at the top by himself. The author … Continued

Lucado to be inducted into TIPA Hall of Fame

Max Lucado (’77) will soon become the fourth Abilene Christian University graduate to be added to the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Hall of Fame, joining an esteemed group of journalists and media pioneers with higher education roots in the Lone Star state. Lucado, a former writer on The Optimist newspaper in the late 1970s at … Continued

Marrs named Pepperdine's next provost

For the third time in its history, Pepperdine University today named a scholar with an Abilene Christian University background to be its chief academic officer. Dr. Rick Marrs (’73), dean of Pepperdine’s Seaver College since 2008, was named to succeed former ACU faculty member Dr. Daryl Tippens as provost, effective Aug. 1. Veteran administrator Dr. William Adrian … Continued

Spring Break focuses on academics, missions

A number of groups of Abilene Christian University students and faculty, and some alumni, devoted their Spring Break week March 9-15 to travel for academic experiences, often with missions opportunities. Several shared their experiences and images with us. Dr. Tom Lee, professor and chair of ACU’s Department of Biology, took his General Mammalogy class to the Big … Continued

Students meet Uruguayan president Mujica

Abilene Christian University students participating in Study Abroad programs around the world gain some memorable experiences each semester. Last week on a public street in the Uruguayan oceanside capital of Montevideo, ACU students Lindsay Urban, Anna Beasley and Elise Brimberry ran into the unconventional president of their host country. Jose “Pepe” Mujica has been the elected leader … Continued

10 Questions with Dr. Charles Ivey

One of those with a keen interest in this week’s physics conference hosted by Abilene Christian University is Dr. Charles Ivey (’65), professor and chair of ACU’s Department of Physics from 1969-81. He built a program of distinction in physics at Abilene Christian by hiring talented faculty members and securing grants that helped provide research opportunities for … Continued

Casey featured in ‘Religion & Politics’ profile

As a career theologian, Dr. Shaun Casey (’79) has always answered to a higher power. These days he also finds himself influencing United States diplomacy in the nation’s capital as the only Abilene Christian University graduate working in the State Department for Secretary of State John Kerry. His office has a view of the Washington … Continued

Atchley, Minick, Shedd named to ACU board

Abilene Christian University announces the addition of three members to its Board of Trustees: Bill Minick (’82) of Dallas, Rick Atchley (’78) of North Richland Hills and Marelyn B. Shedd of Abilene. Bill Minick is president of PartnerSource, the largest consulting firm on alternatives to workers’ compensation. He graduated summa cum laude from ACU in … Continued

Landmark gifts shaped by roots, relationships

It’s Valentine’s Day 2014 on the Hill, where some selfless people are putting their money where their hearts are. In all the excitement of today’s announcement of the largest single gift ($30 million) and largest collection of gifts ($55 million) ever made at one time in Abilene Christian University’s history, we should not lose sight … Continued