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Apple, ACU featured on NBC Nightly News

NBC Nightly News’ coverage of today’s Apple announcement of the iPad includes a spotlight on the innovative mobile-learning initiative here at Abilene Christian University, where the iPhone and iPod touch are being integrated throughout the academic environment. Anchor Brian Williams introduces the story by George Lewis, which has footage from an Abilene Christian biology class … Continued

JMC to publish The Optimist on new iPad

ACU’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication has announced plans to publish its award-winning student newspaper, The Optimist, on Apple’s new iPad device. The iPad, larger than a smartphone but smaller than a laptop, was announced today by the company, and ACU’s JMC department already has big dreams for how to use it in the … Continued

Home Again

The remaining two flights are uneventful, thankfully, and it’s 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when we land at DFW International Airport. ACU trustee Jerry Strader, D.D.S., and I keep each other awake on the drive home back to Abilene, arriving about 5:30 a.m. I spend most of Tuesday sleeping. Upon returning to the office, I am amazed … Continued

The doctor is, uh, not in

[Monday] Dr. Jerry Strader, pictured here in happier times, became the third victim of intestinal drama on Sunday afternoon – the day we left Madagascar. He had gone to a nearby church and then to meet with Malagasy Scouting leaders – one of his chief objectives for this trip. A longtime Scouting leader (and former … Continued

Lemur of the Day: Monday

And this is also about how close we had to stand next to our hot, sweaty, tired, fellow travelers for three hours in the Paris airport.

De Mess at de Gaulle

[Monday] Upon entering the lower level of the terminal where we we need to secure our boarding passes, we find a large crowd of unhappy people who have been standing for two hours in the non-air-conditioned entryway while French security cleared the terminal because of an unattended piece of luggage. Babies and children are restless … Continued

Our 24 Malagasy scholars

Nearly all of the students are back in Madagascar and will meet us in Antananarivo. Here are the 24, with the degree(s) they earned from ACU, and their major in parentheses: Bachelor of Business Administration • Manampiaina Andrianelinjaka from Antanarivo, Madagascar (Accounting and Finance) • Tojo Hery Patrick Andrianony from Antananarivo, Madagascar (Marketing) • Moustafa … Continued