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Opening day, Inauguration draws large crowd

Moody Coliseum hosted a near-capacity audience Monday morning to watch Abilene Christian University’s 105th Opening Assembly and the Inauguration of its 11th president. Dr. Phil Schubert (’91) encouraged each of ACU’s nearly 5,000 students to “outlive your life” and learn to make a real difference in the world. He gave several examples of those who … Continued

Welcome Week heats up for freshman class

A new school year at Abilene Christian University is not far behind when hundreds of freshmen arrive for ACU’s annual Welcome Week, which was nearing its mid-point on Wednesday night. New ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert (pictured here) was one of the orange-shirted Move-in Crew to volunteer Saturday, Aug. 14, assisting those moving into residence … Continued

Faubus gave wings to ACU's business program

One of Abilene Christian University’s legendary professors, Dr. A. Overton Faubus, died Sunday at his home in Abilene at age 96. Faubus, whose influence helped bring ACU’s business department to College of Business Administration (COBA) status and international accreditation, is often recalled by former students as “the best professor I ever had.” He was remembered … Continued

Profs reflect on Year Two of mobile learning

As the second year of ACU’s award-winning mobile-learning initiative draws to a close, faculty members are reflecting on lessons they’ve learned – and some important shifts in the classroom. “You can’t stuff a classroom into a little device,” says Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik, director of faculty enrichment at ACU’s Adams Center for Teaching and Learning. “Because … Continued

Money Center construction underway

Construction on the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center at Abilene Christian University is already giving hints of the change the 113,000-square-foot facility will make on campus. You can follow the progress of the project, which will be named in honor of ACU president Dr. Royce Money (’64) and his wife, Pam (Handy ’65), here, … Continued

AT&T awards $1.8 million contribution to ACU

Abilene Christian University and AT&T have been partners in mobile learning since its beginning. Several years ago, the university partnered with AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent in developing its wi-fi network, and the several thousand mobile devices distributed through ACU’s mobile-learning initiative are powered by an AT&T connection. The company has long been committed to higher education, … Continued

Scott leads California community colleges

There is a nice profile of the irrepressible Dr. Jack Scott (’54), chancellor of the California Community College system, in the Fall 2009 issue of Affinity magazine. Scott, who was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzennegger, leads an organization of 109 colleges serving 2.6 million students. As a former state senator, he was chair of California’s … Continued

The Optimist breaks new ground with iPad app

After eight frantic weeks of hard work and unprecedented collaboration across three academic disciplines, Abilene Christian University’s award-winning student newspaper, The Optimist, is now iPad ready. The first wave of apps available for download from Apple for its iPad – which was released April 3 to the public – includes ACU’s oldest student medium. First … Continued

Theatre alums shine in Lion King, Phantom

Visitors to New York City this summer who have attended Abilene Christian University theatre productions may spot a familiar face onstage. Ben Jeffrey (’06) has just landed the role of Pumbaa in the Tony Award-winning hit,  The Lion King, on Broadway. While an ACU student, Jeffrey starred in Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Seussical, … Continued

ACU looks at uses for iPad

With the recent announcement of Apple’s new iPad device, ACU is considering the implications of this device – and other similar ones that may follow it – for the future of mobile learning on campus. The Abilene Reporter-News ran an article on Friday detailing some of the university’s plans, which include working to make The … Continued