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Madagascar presidential elections offer hope

A lot has transpired on the island nation of Madagascar since 2008. That’s when 24 students in the Madagascar Presidential Scholars Program graduated from Abilene Christian University, anticipating roles in the government Marc Ravalomanana had formed in 2002 to lead their homeland to brighter days, or to use his considerable influence to secure careers in the private … Continued

Lady CRU contest seeks difference-makers

Darbie Angell (’03), founder of CRU Dinnerware, is the epitome of a woman using her talents to make a real difference in the world. The Georgetown native, whose passion for art was kindled at ACU, launched her company in 2008 when she was put on bed rest during a difficult pregnancy. In the five years … Continued

Tyson inaugurated as Rochester president

Presidential inaugurations, especially for colleges and universities, are mostly solemn events. Former ACU development vice president Dr. John Tyson (’81) became Rochester (Mich.) College’s ninth president Oct. 10 in ceremonies at the Rochester Church of Christ. ACU chancellor Dr. Royce Money (’64) was one of the guest speakers. Tyson is the fourth Abilene Christian graduate selected as president of Rochester College. … Continued

Maxwell’s Sacred Spaces exhibit ends Oct. 24

Abilene Christian University sculptor Jack Maxwell (’78) is again bringing his unique talents to life with Sacred Spaces, an exhibit of 19 oil paintings at the ACU Downtown Gallery. The exhibit is open noon to 3 p.m. through Oct. 24 at 1133 N. 2nd St. in Abilene. The artist, a longtime professor of art and design … Continued

A conversation with Dr. Carlos Stroud

Dr. Carlos Stroud, professor at the Institute of Optics and Department of Physics at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), met with students at Abilene Christian University this October. Stroud is a world-renowned leader in the fields of quantum optics and laser science. He also is a distinguished traveling lecturer for the Division of Laser Science … Continued

ACU team presents at World Maker Faire

This past weekend, more than 65,000 people converged on the New York Hall of Science for World Maker Faire, an international event that speaks its own unique language: makerspaces, hackerspaces, 3D printing, CNC routers and Raspberry Pi. World Maker Faire is one of 60 events sponsored by MAKE magazine this year to showcase the energy and creativity of a … Continued

Tippens to leave Pepperdine, return to ACU

When he left Abilene Christian University’s English faculty 13 years ago to become Pepperdine University’s chief academic officer, Dr. Darryl Tippens reminded his long-faced friends and colleagues here that “The road between Pepperdine and Abilene is two-way.” He was right. Pepperdine announced today that Tippens will retire July 31, 2014, but his next career move … Continued

10 Questions with theatre chair Adam Hester

Longevity was probably not on the mind of Adam Hester (’77) when he took the reins in 1990 of the Abilene Christian University Department of Theatre from his ACU mentor, icon Dr. Lewis Fulks (’48). But Hester, now professor and chair, and the late Fulks have largely been the face of ACU’s esteemed program for … Continued

Summit looks at ministry to people at margins

For thousands of people, an annual pilgrimage to Abilene for Summit began a few days ago and ends at Moody Coliseum tonight. Known prior to 2008 as Bible Lectureship, the 107th annual event Sept. 15-18 packs lectures, classes, panels, concerts and discussion with fellow Christians into four days, an experience designed to encourage, educate and … Continued

Spying claim added dimension to Study Abroad

Editor’s note: Dr. Susan (Lester ’92) Lewis is vice provost and associate professor of journalism and mass communication at ACU. She taught Perspectives in Mass Communication: Germany, Spain and Czech Republic, a Study Abroad course this summer in Leipzig, Germany. Here’s a not-very-closely-guarded secret: professors love relating current events to the lessons we are teaching – … Continued