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ACU lands Apple Distinguished Program honor

Abilene Christian University’s award-winning mobile-learning initiative has helped the university land another honor as an Apple Distinguished Program, it was announced yesterday. ACU is one of 49 programs across the nation – and only nine among colleges and universities – to be recognized as a center of educational excellence and leadership. Dr. William Rankin, director … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Keith Justice

Ninety-one-year-old Dr. John Keith Justice, who was professor of agronomy at Abilene Christian University for 35 years, died Christmas day in Abilene. A memorial service will be held Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. at Graham Street Church of Christ. Justice was born Aug. 26, 1920, in Martinsville and reared on his family’s small farm in … Continued

Mobile-Learning Report now available online

Abilene Christian University’s 2010-11 Mobile-Learning Report is now online. The annual report for ACU’s award-winning mobile-learning initiative was first introduced Oct. 5-6 to participants at the university’s Connected Open House. The limited-enrollment Open House brought 105 administrators, educators and technologists to campus from 20 universities and 10 K-12 schools. The guests toured the new AT&T Learning … Continued

New five-part TEA video series features ACU

A new series of videos sponsored by the Texas Education Agency profiles the groundbreaking work being done by Abilene Christian University’s Department of Teacher Education to prepare future educators to infuse technology in their classrooms. POWER ON TEXAS includes five video segments, “ACU’s Mobile-Learning Initiative Model of Innovation,” “A Model for 21st-Century Educator Preparation,” “Learning … Continued

Innovation, value draw kudos from U.S. News

Abilene Christian University received a number of notable recognitions this week in the 2012 “America’s Best Colleges” publication by U.S. News & World Report, including another No. 1 ranking in its region and classification as an Up-and-Coming School. That makes three of the last four years for ACU to be at the top of a … Continued

Band packing its new instruments and ‘Funk’

Abilene Christian University’s Big Purple Band has plenty of experience marching on NFL-branded turf, but it’s been a while. All that will change this weekend when the popular marching ensemble performs in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Nine times previously, the Big Purple entertained crowds at halftime of home games for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver … Continued

Famous photos featured in ‘Freedom Road’

ACU Today Summer 2011 Alumni magazine for Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas Two of the most iconic images from the American civil rights movement anchor the layout of  “Freedom Road,” a feature story in the Summer 2011 issue of Abilene Christian University’s ACU Today magazine. Thanks to the generosity of the estate of James … Continued

We’re still ‘Living in Our Brave New World’

Ten years ago, our readership probably wasn’t waiting breathlessly to see how ACU Today would cover the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. TV news accounts such as those you see rerun this weekend did enough of that without our help. But alumni magazines are bellwethers of their institutions, and there were few publications such … Continued

New Abilene school to carry Martinez' name

The next public school built in the Abilene Independent School District will be named after an Abilene Christian University graduate with a passion for education. Myra P. Martinez Elementary School will be built on the site of the old Franklin Middle School on the corner of North 12th and Merchant streets, and honor the memory … Continued

California voters elect Janice Hahn to Congress

Janice Hahn (’75), three-term member of the Los Angeles City Council, has become the second Abilene Christian University graduate to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, joining U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (’70) of Houston. She won a runoff election last night over Republican Craig Huey to represent California’s Congressional District 36. Hahn won … Continued