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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

Atchley helps open ACU’s 108th school year

Quoting from Ecclesiastes and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Rick Atchley (’78) implored students attending Opening Assembly on Monday at Abilene Christian University to “start your race like you want it to end,” by not focusing on what he considered the more “over-rated” parts of their young lives. ACU’s 108th school year began with several traditions … Continued

Affordable Care Act webinar to help ministers

The Siburt Institute for Church Ministry at Abilene Christian University has every minister’s best interests at heart.  That’s why its teaming with Christian Leaders Benefits Alliance (CLBA) to present a live webinar on healthcare to give ministers insights into the government’s new Affordable Care Act. The webinar will take place Monday, Aug. 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. CDT. ACU … Continued

Deana, Chad and ACU: Long live the love

Deana (Hamby ’93) Nall is a frequent contributing writer for ACU Today magazine who lives in Bryant, Ark. Her series of 2011 posts, “Camp Confessions,” about her family’s experiences at Abilene Christian University Leadership Camps, was a reader favorite. Today is the 20th wedding anniversary for Deana and Chad (’94), who met at ACU. Her … Continued

Hamilton reminds grads: You are not alone

Dr. Mark W. Hamilton, professor of Old Testament, was the featured speaker at Abilene Christian University’s August Commencement, held Aug. 9 in Moody Coliseum. He served as editor-in-chief in 2009 of The Transforming Word: a one-volume Bible commentary, and is now working on a textbook introducing the theological and literary dimensions of the Old Testament for … Continued

ACU Remembers: Irvin Hiler

A hand-lettered poster by Dana Tanamachi in my house reflects I Thessalonians 4:11 and describes an admonition that seems to fit Irvin D. Hiler (’45) perfectly: “Live a quiet life and work with your hands.” Hiler, whose hands touched nearly every publication and printed piece produced by Abilene Christian University for 41 years, died July … Continued

Hello, Division I: New era begins today

Abilene Christian University is no stranger to playing teams from much larger institutions, but today marks the start of a new era in which the entire Wildcat intercollegiate athletics program is affiliated with NCAA Division I. As the new Spring-Summer 2013 issue of ACU Today magazine explains, preparations for a return to the Southland Conference are … Continued