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A conversation with Shannon Wilburn

In 1997, Shannon (McKnight ’92) Wilburn had a simple idea: Make extra cash by selling “gently used” children’s clothes from the living room of her home. Her side business has since grown into Just Between Friends, a national children’s and maternity consignment franchise she co-founded that made Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies, Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 500 Franchises and Kiplinger magazine’s “One … Continued

A conversation with author Hal Runkel

Hal Runkel (’00 M.M.F.T.), best-selling author of ScreamFree Parenting, ScreamFree Marriage and The Self-Centered Marriage, spoke on the Abilene Christian University campus this semester as part of the university’s Sacred Relationships series. Runkel, a graduate of ACU’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program and a 2012 recipient of ACU’s Distinguished Alumni Citation, is an expert on helping families face conflict and … Continued

Phillips Education Building dedicated

What’s in a name? For Danny Phillips (’81), it’s the love for Christian education modeled by his parents, Paul (’58) and Linda Phillips, whom the newly named Phillips Education Building now honors. “My mom and dad, they devoted their lives to education,” Phillips told about 100 friends, relatives, and ACU faculty and students at the … Continued

2013 Summit program booklet available online

Abilene Christian University’s 107th annual Summit may still be several months away (Sept. 15-18), but you can explore the program booklet for it today. “Margins: Following Jesus at the Edge in Luke’s Gospel” is the theme, as the popular event formerly known as Bible Lectureship takes a look at how to minister to people from … Continued

Jack Pope is ACU’s newest centenarian today

Jack Pope (’34), one of Abilene’s most famous sons and an esteemed state jurist who has inspired two generations of public servants at his alma mater, will be showered with greetings today in Austin when he turns 100 years old. The only Abilene Christian University graduate to serve as chief justice of the Texas Supreme … Continued

Summerall’s memorable message: his faith

One of the most distinctive voices from Abilene Christian University’s Centennial Celebration was that of Pat Summerall, the American sports broadcasting legend who died today in Dallas at age 82. The Centennial Speakers Series audience gathered Nov. 8, 2005, in ACU’s Teague Special Events Center expected to hear about the former NFL player’s experiences and, … Continued

Academic colloquy to honor Everett Ferguson

What do you get an esteemed church historian for his 80th birthday? Colleagues from around the world who are fans of Dr. Everett Ferguson (’53) think an academic colloquy is in order. The life and work of Ferguson, ACU’s distinguished scholar-in-residence and LeMoine G. Lewis Professor Emeritus of Church History, will be honored during Eucharist & Ecclesiology, … Continued

Scholarship campaign passes $20 million mark

Rex Fleming’s battle against brain cancer inspired many in the ACU and broader Abilene communities. Now his parents have begun the process of making sure his life, which ended too quickly in December 2012 at age 10, affects people for generations to come. The Rex Fleming Endowed Scholarship is one of more than 60 endowed … Continued

The healing sights, sounds of Sing Song

Linda (LaBounty ’87) Smith brought her husband, Todd (’87), and sons Connor and Dawson to campus on Sing Song weekend, just a few weeks after her daughter, 20-year-old Abilene Christian University student Lindsey, died in a two-vehicle accident. Linda did not look forward to the trip, but as she explains in the following narrative, the … Continued

Bynum, Nelson honored with alumni awards

In an emotional conclusion to Abilene Christian University’s busiest weekend of the spring, two graduates accepted the university’s most prestigious alumni awards on Sunday at a luncheon in the Hunter Welcome Center. University president Dr. Phil Schubert (’91) gave Dr. Marcus Nelson (’94) the Young Alumnus of the Year Award then honored Cmdr. David Bynum (’84) … Continued