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Kehl, McCurley to run in Boston Marathon

Four Abilenians have qualified to compete April 16 in the 116th Boston Marathon, and two of them are ACU staff and faculty members. Dr. Kevin Kehl, executive director of the Center for International Education, and Dr. Libby McCurley, assistant professor of kinesiology and nutrition, will be two of the anticipated 26,000 runners to navigate Boston’s … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Colleen Durrington

Abilene Christian University trustee and longtime former professor and administrator Dr. Rose Colleen (Stockburger ’77 M.Ed.) Durrington, 75, died Monday in Abilene, Texas. Her health failed in recent months from a sudden illness experienced following an overseas trip in June 2011. Born March 23, 1937, in Fayetteville, Ark., she graduated from McMurry University with a … Continued

Red Thread's Partridge named Truman Scholar

At 17, Brittany Partridge went on a mission trip to Romania where she met other girls her age. These girls, however, lived a life far different than her own. They were among the millions of young people around the world being bought and sold like objects, sometimes for child labor, more often for sex. The … Continued

ACU Remembers: Sue Ann Gibson

Sue Ann (Chance) Gibson, 49, former longtime administrative coordinator in Abilene Christian University’s Center for International Education (CIE), died March 30 in Abilene after a battle with cancer. Born May 25, 1962, in Tulia, Texas, she attended school in Brownfield and graduated from Shamrock High School and attended West Texas A&M University before marrying Russell … Continued

ACU, McAllen ISD sponsor conference

Much like Abilene Christian University, McAllen Independent School District takes seriously its efforts to integrate mobile learning into the classroom. In fact, it may be the largest district in the United States working to place mobile technology into the hands of all its students – from kindergartners to high school seniors – more than 25,000 … Continued

ACU medical missions trip aids Guatemalans

Another of the Spring Break traditions for Abilene Christian University students – especially those studying toward a career in the health professions – is a medical missions experience in Central America, conducted by Health Talents International (HTI). This past week, 20 students were accompanied by ACU’s Terri Aldriedge, R.N., to observe and volunteer in Clinica … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Doug “Fessor” Fry

Dr. Douglas “Fessor” Fry Sr., 95, one of Abilene Christian University’s most beloved band directors, died March 16 in Abilene. A private burial will be held for Fry in Tyler, and a public memorial service will be held later in Abilene. Born July 15, 1916, in Spicewood, Fry (’40) graduated from Levelland High School in … Continued

Students in Haiti to help with relief efforts

While traditional Spring Break Campaign groups from Abilene Christian University are focusing this year on domestic missions opportunities, one group of 14 students decided to use this week to get another up-close look at the medical missions work of the Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (MMDR) team near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While not an official ACU Spring … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Thomas Kim

Dr. Thomas Kim, former visiting professor of economics and economist-in-residence at Abilene Christian University, died yesterday in Abilene at age 83. He was the longest-tenured university president of the past 40 years in Abilene, having served McMurry in that role from 1970-93. Under his leadership, McMurry moved from college to university status in 1990. A … Continued

Senior art shows in full swing in Shore Gallery

The fifth Senior Art Show of the spring semester was tonight in Abilene Christian University’s Shore Art Gallery. So, what’s a student to do when her parents live in New Jersey and can’t make it for their daughter’s big night? Lauren McDuff used the last 30 minutes to walk her laptop around the room and, … Continued