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27th annual Gutenberg Celebration to honor outstanding alumni

The ACU Department of Journalism and Mass Communication will honor three distinguished alumni during the 27th annual Gutenberg Celebration. Introduced in 1993, the Gutenberg Award recognizes distinguished professional achievements of Journalism and Mass Communication Department alumni. The Gutenberg Celebration will take place in Hunter Welcome Center on Thursday, October 17. A reception will begin at … Continued

Social clubs celebrate milestone anniversaries in Homecoming Parade

    Two ACU women’s social clubs celebrate milestone anniversaries with special activities at ACU Homecoming next week. Ko Jo Kai will mark its 100th anniversary by inviting its oldest living member, 102-year-old Eloise (Reynolds ’37) Carruthers, to join members in the parade. Sigma Theta Chi will celebrate its 50th anniversary by inviting social club … Continued

ACU outranks other Texas universities in ‘U.S. News’ national benchmark

    Abilene Christian University is the highest-ranking university in Texas in a new U.S. News and World Report benchmark focused on student success. The university also achieved its highest overall regional ranking ever – 12th – in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Colleges,” an improvement of nine places over 2019. U.S. … Continued

ACU grads Matthew Kacsmaryk and Brantley Starr confirmed as federal judges

Two Abilene Christian University graduates, Matthew Kacsmaryk, J.D., and Brantley Starr, J.D., have been confirmed as U.S. District judges. “It is rare for any Christian university to have a federal judge confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” said Dr. Neal Coates, chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, “and since January ACU now … Continued

Adjunct ACU criminal justice professor named FBI assistant director

FBI director Christopher Wray has named an ACU adjunct criminal justice professor as an FBI assistant director. Stuart Platt is the new FBI assistant director overseeing the Office of Professional Responsibility, located at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Platt was sworn in Aug. 27. The Office of Professional Responsibility strives to ensure that FBI … Continued

Dr. Marcia Straughn named as dean of ACU’s School of Nursing

Dr. Marcia Straughn has been named as dean of ACU’s School of Nursing. Straughn previously served as department chair. She has been involved with all program levels within the School of Nursing, ranging from classroom and clinical courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to work on the Doctor of Nursing Practice project … Continued

Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society receives national awards

ACU’s Omega Gamma Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding activities in 2018-19. This is the sixth year in its history that Abilene Christian enjoys this prestigious distinction. In addition, because ACU maintained Honor Chapter status each year of the 2016-19 triennium, … Continued

Southwest Airlines communications director honored as distinguished alumna

A group of ACU staff and alumni gathered at ACU’s Dallas campus in Addison, Texas, in August to celebrate Katie Coldwell (’00), one of the university’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Citation recipients. Coldwell’s friends and colleagues celebrated not only her successes at Southwest Airlines, where she serves as communications director, but the journey she has taken … Continued