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ACU offers free speech program for preschoolers

Abilene-area preschoolers have an opportunity to receive free language enrichment services this fall from Abilene Christian University speech-language pathology graduate students through the Program to Assist Language and Speech Skills. PALS is designed for children ages 3-5 with delayed language skills or whose speech is hard to understand but who haven’t yet received intervention or … Continued
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ACU names Anthony Williams as chief diversity officer

Abilene mayor Anthony Williams will be the new chief diversity officer at Abilene Christian University. Williams has served at ACU for nearly 25 years, most recently as an advancement and executive community relations officer. He has been an elected official in Abilene for more than 20 years, including the last four as mayor, and inclusion … Continued

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ACU sees record giving levels in FY2021

Despite the widespread challenges presented by COVID-19 over the last year and a half, Abilene Christian University donors contributed financially to the mission of the university in record numbers for the fiscal year 2021 with $75.8 million in gifts, besting the previous record in 2014 of $49.8 million. “Even in the midst of a pandemic … Continued

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ACU to rename Cullen Auditorium after Pat Boone

Both the physical building and the name of Abilene Christian University’s Cullen Auditorium will undergo renovation this fall with the facility emerging in the summer of 2022 as the Pat Boone Theatre, an upgraded performance venue honoring an iconic recording artist with a long history of ACU connections. In his singing career, Boone sold more … Continued

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Soccer camp offers skills, fun to local refugee children

A group of Abilene refugee children spent last week playing, making friends and learning new skills during a free soccer camp at Abilene Christian University, thanks to a collaboration between local volunteers, the ACU women’s soccer team and the International Rescue Committee. Drs. Heidi and Jason Morris both teach at ACU. Heidi is an associate … Continued

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ACU’s Summit shifts format to better serve church leaders

Beginning in October 2021, Abilene Christian University’s traditional gathering for church leaders will take a new shape with two events each year, both focused on specific small-group communities with an emphasis on fellowship and dialogue. The 115th annual ACU Summit will take place Oct. 14-15 with a theme of “Seeking Hope, Finding Joy.” The new two-day … Continued

New USPS stamps illustrated by ACU faculty member

Many late nights of work spent obsessing over tiny lines and dots will culminate on July 23 when the U.S. Postal Service releases four new designs of its Forever stamps, all illustrated by Ryan Feerer, associate professor of design, director of the graphic design program and designer in residence at Abilene Christian University. Feerer was … Continued

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ACU Remembers: Dr. William E. Wright

Dr. William E. “Bill” Wright (’51), professor emeritus of accounting and finance, died June 20, 2021, in Abilene, Texas, at age 92. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. His body is being donated to science. He was born Dec. … Continued

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Michael Sadler

Dr. Michael Ervin Sadler, former Abilene Christian University faculty member, died June 20, 2021, in Abilene at age 73. A memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Ministry Activity Center at University Church of Christ (733 E.N. 16th St., Abilene, Texas 79601), and visitation with his family will be Friday from 6-8 … Continued

Shirley and Bob are the namesakes of ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center, which opened in 2009. (Photo by Jeremy Enlow)

ACU Remembers: Shirley Hunter

Shirley Margaret Long Hunter, namesake with her husband of Abilene Christian University’s Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center, died June 12, 2021, at age 88 in Abilene, Texas, after a long illness. A celebration of her life is planned for Aug. 6, 2021, at the Hunter Welcome Center on ACU’s campus. She was born April … Continued