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VIA News: Ground broken for Onstead Center

Abilene Christian University celebrated groundbreaking Monday for the new Robert R. and Kay Onstead Science Center, ceremonially beginning the third of five projects in the university’s historic Vision in Action initiative. The event, which took place outside Walling Lecture Hall on the campus’ south quad, honored the generosity of Kay Onstead, whose $10 million gift for a … Continued

Mayor, city press on in quest for future water

Rain the past two days in West Texas has fallen on some of the thirstiest ground around. The wet-weather system – fueled in part by dying hurricane Vance (now a tropical storm) as it spins off the southwestern coast of Mexico and saunters ashore – is exactly what the doctor ordered to help fight a … Continued

Ballot drama delays Shirley's opportunity

Navajo Nation voters had the opportunity today to elect Abilene Christian University graduate Dr. Joe Shirley Jr. (’73) to a record third term of office as president. But late-breaking drama in the process has caused the election to be postponed until its executive, legislative and judicial leaders can sort out the pieces of a disagreement … Continued

Alum launches 'simple' plan to fight Ebola

Abilene’s Global Samaritan Resources, led by executive director Danny Sims (’85) and inspired by Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly (’03), has launched a project to help with the Ebola crisis in West Africa. “Simple Works – West Africa” is a plan addressing three critical needs: purified water, fortified food and medical supplies. “We wanted to focus … Continued

McCaleb's guest speakers enrich campus life

The recent visit of W. Mark Lanier, J.D., to campus was more than an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to hear from a difference-maker. The noted Houston trial lawyer was another example of thought-provoking leaders from all walks of life brought to ACU by Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64) and the university’s Center for Building Community. … Continued

VIA News: Onstead groundbreaking scheduled

Donors have given more than $41 million of the needed $45 million to a trio of science projects on the south side of the Abilene Christian University campus, paving the way for groundbreaking on the Onstead Science Center next month. A ceremonial groundbreaking event is scheduled for after Chapel on Monday, Nov. 10, outside the … Continued

Brantly: Focus on stopping Ebola in Africa

While this week’s developing news about a second diagnosis of Ebola in Dallas is worrisome to some Metroplex residents, the comments of local and federal health officials there are echoing what Samaritan’s Purse physician Dr. Kent Brantly (’03) said Friday at Abilene Christian University, his alma mater. Nina Pham, a nurse among other healthcare workers who … Continued

Brantlys’ journey takes unexpected detour

“Where are you right now?” That question came in an urgent phone call yesterday to Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly (’03). Brantly and his family happened to be on a road trip to Abilene where he and his wife, Amber (Carroll ’06), are scheduled to speak Friday on the ACU campus. Doctors from Nebraska were … Continued

Gabriel making most of NFL opportunity

At 167 pounds, he is often the slightest player on the field, but 5-foot-8 Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (’14) keeps making big plays to justify his coaches’ decision to give the speedy rookie from Abilene Christian University a shot in the National Football League. With four catches for 97 yards, Gabriel was the … Continued

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10 Questions with Amber Brantly

When Dr. Kent (’03) and Amber (Carroll ’06) Brantly accepted a call to the medical missions field in Liberia in 2013, they had no inkling their lives might one day be the making of international headlines. “It still feels bizarre to me that people know about us, that it even mattered to so many people … Continued