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ACU Remembers: Dr. Doug “Fessor” Fry

Dr. Douglas “Fessor” Fry Sr., 95, one of Abilene Christian University’s most beloved band directors, died March 16 in Abilene. A private burial will be held for Fry in Tyler, and a public memorial service will be held later in Abilene. Born July 15, 1916, in Spicewood, Fry (’40) graduated from Levelland High School in … Continued

Students in Haiti to help with relief efforts

While traditional Spring Break Campaign groups from Abilene Christian University are focusing this year on domestic missions opportunities, one group of 14 students decided to use this week to get another up-close look at the medical missions work of the Mobile Medical Disaster Relief (MMDR) team near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While not an official ACU Spring … Continued

Bacon coaches high school team to state title

A sizeable number of Abilene Christian University students have played on high school state championship teams, but only one moonlights as head coach of a squad that captured one over the weekend: Michael Bacon. The ACU senior interdisciplinary major’s after-school job involves serving as the head boys’ basketball coach at nearby Abilene Christian High School, … Continued

Alum featured at National Prayer Breakfast

Curt Cloninger, a 1976 Abilene Christian University theatre graduate, has performed one-man shows about faith before crowds as large as 30,000, but no group has been as prominent as the one gathered recently for the National Prayer Breakast series of events Feb. 1-2 in Washington, D.C. Although the overall event is a gathering chiefly covered … Continued

Sing Song tickets still available for the weekend

While some 8,000 people are expected to catch “Wild at Heart,” the 56th annual Abilene Christian University Sing Song this weekend, some good seats are still available for two of the three shows in Moody Coliseum. Saturday night’s performance is sold out but the Friday night (8 p.m.) and Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.) shows still … Continued

Alaska provided new frontiers for Coates’ work

Nelson Coates (’84) has no shortage of environmental and physical challenges in his work as a Hollywood production designer, but his latest project, “Big Miracle,” provided some not previously encountered for a feature-length film. Shot entirely in Alaska, the new film from Universal Pictures – starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski and three migratory sea mammals … Continued

Relive ACU’s ‘Prairie Home Companion’ show

This is KACU-FM’s 25th year of bringing National Public Radio programming to Abilene and the Big Country, as you’ll read in the upcoming issue of ACU Today magazine. It’s been quite a run for KACU-FM, which draws heavily on Abilene Christian University and its Department of Journalism and Mass Communication for on-air talent and day-to-day … Continued

Prairie Dogs to reappear, but not at Scott Field

One of the best lines about the future of professional baseball in Abilene was from former mayor Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64), who was quoted in our Spring 1995 issue regarding the best reason why a team named the Prairie Dogs could eventually make itself at home here: “Because, whatever happens, a Prairie Dog always comes … Continued

ACU lands Apple Distinguished Program honor

Abilene Christian University’s award-winning mobile-learning initiative has helped the university land another honor as an Apple Distinguished Program, it was announced yesterday. ACU is one of 49 programs across the nation – and only nine among colleges and universities – to be recognized as a center of educational excellence and leadership. Dr. William Rankin, director … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Keith Justice

Ninety-one-year-old Dr. John Keith Justice, who was professor of agronomy at Abilene Christian University for 35 years, died Christmas day in Abilene. A memorial service will be held Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. at Graham Street Church of Christ. Justice was born Aug. 26, 1920, in Martinsville and reared on his family’s small farm in … Continued