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VIA News: New track as fast as it is purple

Keith Barnier may not sleep well April 10, the night before Abilene Christian University hosts TCU and Texas Tech University in the biggest triangular track and field meet in ACU in more than half a century, but it will have nothing to do with the purple – and fast – running surface at new Elmer … Continued

Jacob's Dream lands on ‘The Texas Bucket List’

Jacob’s Dream, the popular sculpture site at Abilene Christian University, will be featured regionally Easter weekend on a new episode of “The Texas Bucket List” TV show. The show can be seen in Abilene on KTXS-TV at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and on more than two dozen other Texas stations. See your local cable … Continued

Helton chosen to lead Alberta Bible College

Dr. Stanley N. Helton (’92 M.S.) was selected this week to be the next president of Alberta Bible College in Alberta, Canada. He begins work July 1. Helton will become the sixth Abilene Christian University graduate to serve in 2015 as president of a college or university, joining Dr. Phil Schubert (’91) of ACU, Dr. John Tyson (’81) of Rochester College, Dr. … Continued

Smitty: A man for all seasons

On the recruiting trail, Don Smith (’53) was relentless. I found out firsthand one night in 1990. Smith and I had just broadcast Abilene Christian University’s football game against Texas A&M-Kingsville University. It was the Wildcats’ 10th straight loss and “Smitty,” as he was affectionately known around ACU for the better part of half a … Continued

VIA News: Halbert 'proud' of building

Dean Walling (’30) – scientist, entrepreneur, benefactor – was “larger than life” to his grandson, David D. Halbert (’78). “The older I get,” Halbert said Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new science facility that will bear both men’s names, “the larger he gets.” Now the legacy of both men and their families will be quite … Continued

Hundreds of Wildcats serve their neighbors

2015 Wildcats Serving Recap Stay connected! https://blogs.acu.edu/acutoday ACU Wildcats Abilene Christian University https://acu.edu More than 250 members of the Abilene Christian University community – students, parents, alumni, prospective students and trustees – turned out on Saturday to serve their neighbors in the inaugural statewide Wildcats Serving day. Events were held in Abilene, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and … Continued

10 Questions with country star Aaron Watson

The spotlight is pretty much the same shape as the well-worn piece of wooden stage underneath the WSM radio microphone at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, where Abilene Christian University graduate Aaron Watson (’00) is about to find out how it feels to step into country music’s most famous circle, literally and figuratively. And he’s not nervous … Continued

VIA News: Chambers’ generosity made a mark

Although the building bearing the Chambers name is gone, the legacy of E.D. and Julia Chambers continues on. Chambers Hall was demolished over Spring Break – the spot where it stood for 85 years now empty, awaiting a new chapter with construction of the Halbert-Walling Research Center. With attention turning to the future, let’s take a moment to appreciate … Continued

Benny and the Jets: An NFL wedding at ACU

Daryl Richardson (’14) had 541 runs and catches in three seasons as a running back for the Abilene Christian University football team, and not once did he fumble. But when he took a knee last Dec. 31 in New York City, the ball dropped. Displaying some of the same dramatic flair he flashed in a … Continued

Leap of faith: West takes plunge twice

Forgive Whitney West if she didn’t quickly catch on to the fact that Tanner Swinford was asking her to marry him. She was a little wet behind the ears. It was Sunday, Jan. 25, and the junior point guard on the Abilene Christian University women’s basketball team had just been baptized – along with Swinford … Continued