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Thomsen hired as coach at Arizona State

Chris Thomsen (’00 M.Ed.), head coach and architect of Abilene Christian University’s revival in recent years as a small college football power, has been hired as offensive backs coach at Arizona State University, the Pac-12 Conference school announced today. Thomsen joins new head coach Todd Graham’s staff in Tempe; Graham recently was hired by ASU … Continued

EEM celebrates 50 years of missions work

An excellent feature story in the Christian Chronicle reports that 2011 is the 50th anniversary of Eastern European Mission, the highly successful evangelism project energized in 1961 when seven couples from Abilene Christian University moved to Vienna, Austria. A Sept. 8, 1961, story in the Abilene Reporter-News said the group planned “to conduct extensive personal … Continued

ACU Remembers: Robert J. Hall

A memorial service was held earlier today at Abilene’s Hillcrest Church of Christ for Robert J. Hall, 82, one of ACU’s longtime leaders among alumni and trustees, and a respected member of every church and community in which he was involved. A native of Big Spring, Texas, Hall earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree … Continued

Runkel to appear Monday on ‘Today’ show

Best-selling author Hal Runkel (’00 M.M.F.T.) is scheduled to appear Monday on NBC’s “Today” show at about 7 a.m. CST. Runkel, founder and president of The ScreamFree Institute, will be talking about how to tame temper tantrums in children. Runkel’s ScreamFree Parenting was a 2007 best-selling book that has helped him become known as an … Continued

The singing that stirs, and soothes, the soul

Sunday night I listened to the a cappella singing of more than 800 Abilene Christian University students at their traditional Nine O’Clock devotional in the auditorium at University Church of Christ. This particular event was not traditional: a special service to comfort the ACU family, which has been reeling from news of last Friday’s bus … Continued

San Angelo concert to feature Willie, Watson

Rising country music star Aaron Watson (’00) may not yet be on a first-name basis with fans, but next Thursday night, he’ll be performing on stage with one who is. The 2011 Abilene Christian University Young Alumnus of the Year will be a special guest on stage with Willie Nelson in a concert Nov. 17 … Continued

Undefeated soccer team nearing post-season

One of the best success stories in Abilene Christian University athletics and Lone Star Conference history is the Wildcat women’s soccer team, which has exceeded all expectations in an amazingly short period of time. Just five seasons after ACU began an intercollegiate soccer program for women, the Wildcats have rocketed to a No. 2 national … Continued

World Series has an ACU sound to its music

Some of the musical talent on display in the 2011 World Series, at least before and during games played in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this week, has a distinct Abilene Christian University sound to it. M.Sgt. Erika Stevens’ (’87) last performance for a large ACU audience was during Sing Song in February 1987, when she … Continued

Football and faith: Ramsey weighs in on Tebow

If there is a state more rabid about its professional football than Texas, it may be Colorado, where the Denver Broncos are nearly a certifiable obsession for its mile-high sports fans. And if there is a pro football player with a more devoted – and at times, rabid – following than Broncos’ second-year quarterback Tim … Continued

Effervescent Ibok brought joy to lives of many

Sunday Ibok (’06), a graduate of Abilene Christian University’s theatre program, died Thursday after suffering a brain aneurysm four days earlier, and an outpouring of prayers and support on Facebook quickly ensued from friends in all areas of Ibok’s life. Ibok, who took part in “Seussical,” “Jekyll and Hyde,” and the Centennial Pops Concert during … Continued