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Olympic Diary: The wide world of ACU sports

A few years ago, I was walking through a terminal in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when a man passing by pointed at the purple and white monogrammed shirt I was wearing. “ACU. Great track teams,” he said. As quick as I could turn around, he disappeared into the crowd. The words still resonate, and I … Continued

Olympic Diary: Earl Young won gold in Rome

The full-color postcard, with a hand-tinted photo-illustration of London’s Buckingham Palace on one side and addressed to “Mr. Robert Hunter, Abilene Christian College, Abilene, Texas USA” on the other, said a lot in just a few handwritten words in 1960: “Dear Bob, Hope you can read this (the bus is bouncin’). Am now in route … Continued

Olympic Diary: Morrow put ACU on the map

[youtube 96vssj1Nnj0] Abilene Christian University (then still a college) and its hometown were the same size before Bobby Morrow (’58) won three gold medals in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. But afterward, it seemed like the world discovered both, nearly overnight. Morrow was the star of the U.S. team, “the fastest man in the world” … Continued

Olympic Diary: ACU's ‘Texas Sports Dynasty’

More than a few jaws dropped around the state when Texas Monthly magazine’s December 1999 issue hit the newsstand. Its cover story was titled “The Best of the Texas Century,” with pony-tailed Willie Nelson (Entertainer of the Century), track star Carl Lewis (Athlete of the Century) and computer mogul Michael Dell (Entrepreneur of the Century) … Continued

‘Outlive Your Life’ film wins three Telly Awards

An Abilene Christian University documentary about alumni and students who make a real difference in the world has won three times in the 33rd annual Telly Awards. “Outlive Your Life,” Abilene Christian University’s 2011 President’s Circle film, won Tellys in the Education, Fundraising and Religion/Spirituality categories. The film profiles Eternal Threads founder Linda Egle (’73) … Continued

ACU Remembers: Grant Feasel

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills for Grant Feasel (’83), a first-team all-America center for Abilene Christian University who played eight years in the NFL. He died Sunday in Fort Worth at age 52. Feasel was selected by the Baltimore Colts in … Continued

Clardy latest ACU alum to vie for state office

Abilene Christian University has a distinguished legacy of alumni who have been elected to serve in state and national office, and other careers in public service. Travis Clardy (’84) is trying to be the next. Clardy is in a Republican primary runoff election July 31 to determine the next person to serve the 11th District … Continued

Singh is British Open bound after Scottish win

Former Abilene Christian University golf star Jeev Milkha Singh (’96) won today’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in Inverness, Scotland, to earn a spot in this week’s 141st British Open. Now age 40, he earned his 19th professional title – and fourth PGA European Tour title – by shooting the lowest round of the day, … Continued

How to make a memorial gift to ACU

We’ve received many inquiries recently about how to make memorial gifts to Abilene Christian University in honor of a loved one. In general, any individual can be remembered through a gift to ACU. Last year, the university received more than 300 memorial gifts that helped provide books for the library, scholarships for students and much … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Charles Siburt

Dr. Charles A. Siburt Jr., who served as one of Abilene Christian University’s leading voices in Churches of Christ for more than two decades, died early this morning in Abilene at age 65 of complications from a nearly three-year battle with IgM Multiple Myeloma. Following a private family graveside service, there will be a service … Continued