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Bonner, Curl saluted at Opening Assembly

Opening Assembly at Abilene Christian University may take place on the first day of school each fall at Abilene Christian University, but for two alumni yesterday, it felt more like Commencement. Dr. Billy Curl (’64) and Larry Bonner (’64), ACU’s first two African-American undergraduate students in Fall 1962, marched into Moody Coliseum on Monday morning … Continued

New local elementary school honors Martinez

The first new elementary school built in Abilene in 20 years was dedicated Aug. 15 to the memory of a young teacher and alumna of Abilene Christian University who died in 2004 but left an enduring legacy in the community. Myra P. Martinez Elementary School, named after a 1994 ACU graduate who taught at College … Continued

10 Questions with pole vaulter Billy Olson

The highest-flying Wildcat pole vaulter of all time was Billy Olson (’81), a 1988 U.S. Olympian who  was projected by many to make the 1980 team in Moscow until President Jimmy Carter announced a boycott to protest the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He finished seventh in the 1984 Olympic Trials, but was competing on a foot … Continued

10 Questions with Delloreen Ennis-London

The most accomplished female track and field athlete in Abilene Christian University history is Delloreen Ennis-London (’99), who is a volunteer hurdles coach for her alma mater and a recent inductee to the Lone Star Conference Hall of Fame. She and decathlete/pole vaulter Tim Bright (’83) each competed in three Olympics. Ennis-London comes from the … Continued

Olympic Diary: Politics, sport often mix

We discovered this rare photograph recently and were amazed at the history it represented. The Olympic Games, for as hard as they work to give sport a venue to overcome politics and international discord, are often prime showcases for them. The Olympic spirit, however, seems to largely find a way to overcome dissension and restore … Continued

Olympic Diary: Ramsey covers the Games

David Ramsey (’81) is in London covering the Games of the XXX Olympiad for the Colorado Springs Gazette, a newspaper for which he is a featured sports columnist. The award-winning writer covers professional and collegiate sports in and around Colorado Springs, the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Olympic Training Center. He also writes … Continued

Southland Conference team concludes visit

Southland Conference commissioner Tom Burnett said his group of league officials wrapped up what he called a “great” tour of the Abilene Christian University campus today, satisfied that all parties had an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better. For two days this week, the SLC group toured campus facilities, met with deans … Continued

Ten Wildcats pursuing pro football dreams

Ten former Abilene Christian University standouts are busy pursuing their livelihoods this week in professional football, seven of them with NFL teams whose camps are kicking into high gear in preparation for the upcoming season. Houston’s Danieal Manning (’07) is expected to be the Texans’ starting free safety and kick returner in his seventh season. … Continued

ACU Remembers: Robert Isham

Memorial services are scheduled for tomorrow in Decatur, Texas, for Robert O. Isham, who served as a trustee of Abilene Christian University from 1985-95. Isham, 73, died July 28. Born Feb. 6, 1939, in Overton, Texas, he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1963. He married Jeanne … Continued

10 Questions with track guru Garner Roberts

Garner Roberts (’70) likes to joke that between the two of them, he and former NFL All-Pro runningback Wilbert Montgomery (’77) scored 70 touchdowns in their Wildcat careers. Wilbert, now an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens, scored all the TDs and Garner wrote about each of them in his 25-year role as sports information … Continued