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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

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