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Landscape crew inherited Sheriff's green thumb

Abilene Christian University students chipped in to buy groundskeeper Jim S. “Sheriff” Burgess a suit of clothes for his 80th birthday in 1956. When he retired in 1960 at age 84, they gave him a rocking chair, a hat and a double-barrel shotgun. The Sheriff was that beloved on campus, having planted trees and nurtured flowerbeds, served … Continued

ACU Remembers: Altus “Al” Scott

Abilene Christian University baseball benefactor Altus “Al” Victor Scott (’61) died Oct. 6 at age 75 in Abilene. His memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at University Church of Christ with Dr. Gary McCaleb officiating. Burial is at Elmwood Memorial Park following the service. A visitation will be held tonight from 5-7 p.m. at Piersall-Benton Funeral … Continued

A conversation with Dr. Carlos Stroud

Dr. Carlos Stroud, professor at the Institute of Optics and Department of Physics at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), met with students at Abilene Christian University this October. Stroud is a world-renowned leader in the fields of quantum optics and laser science. He also is a distinguished traveling lecturer for the Division of Laser Science … Continued

Catch Wildcat football in Frisco Saturday

Alumni and other fans of Abilene Christian University have had an opportunity three of the last four years to watch the Wildcats play football in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This Saturday, the team will be in Frisco (north of Dallas) to host Tarleton State University at 4 p.m. CST. The game will be played in … Continued

A conversation with filmmaker Brent McCorkle

Nashville filmmaker Brent McCorkle was on the Abilene Christian University campus in May talking to students interested in the film industry. The director and writer of the 2012 film Unconditional spoke to students at the invitation of ACU alumnus and award-winning music video producer Randy Brewer (’93), owner of Nashville-based Revolution Pictures. Originally from the Metroplex, McCorkle studied … Continued

ACU Remembers: Charlene Ricketts

Phyllis Charlene Ricketts, retired veteran administrative coordinator in the Advancement Office at Abilene Christian University, died Tuesday morning in a Lubbock hospital from injuries following an automobile accident Monday in Abilene. She was 87. Born Nov. 8, 1925, in Mora, Mo., she married William “Bill” Ricketts on July 7, 1945. Charlene attended Central Missouri State … Continued

ACU team presents at World Maker Faire

This past weekend, more than 65,000 people converged on the New York Hall of Science for World Maker Faire, an international event that speaks its own unique language: makerspaces, hackerspaces, 3D printing, CNC routers and Raspberry Pi. World Maker Faire is one of 60 events sponsored by MAKE magazine this year to showcase the energy and creativity of a … Continued

Alumnus takes risk to fight rare blood disorder

Abilene Christian University graduate Hunter Hanner (’05) was born with chronic granulomatous disease, a rare blood disorder that left his body unable to fight off infection. Despite a poor prognosis, Hunter beat the odds and made it to adulthood, settling into life as an Abilene businessman and father of three who is married to Jennifer (Hathorn ’05). Yet … Continued

Watson grateful to escape Colorado flooding

One of the nation’s biggest rescue airlifts since Hurricane Katrina is underway today in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, where thousands of residents have been displaced, more than 1,200 are unaccounted for and seven have died in the region’s worst flooding in a century. As a flatlander who lived in West Texas for … Continued

Tippens to leave Pepperdine, return to ACU

When he left Abilene Christian University’s English faculty 13 years ago to become Pepperdine University’s chief academic officer, Dr. Darryl Tippens reminded his long-faced friends and colleagues here that “The road between Pepperdine and Abilene is two-way.” He was right. Pepperdine announced today that Tippens will retire July 31, 2014, but his next career move … Continued