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Entrepreneurial sisters grow consignment sale after Springboard win

  For eight years, sisters Summer (Pierson ’99) Walters and Kate (Pierson ’03) Stover have built their company on the idea of “Reduce. Reuse. Resell.” My Sister’s House, a pop-up consignment sale hosted by the two Wildcats with a passion for giving, got a running start by winning the Springboard Idea Challenge sponsored by ACU’s … Continued

Anthony kids know their CEO-mom’s balancing act, and approve

Working moms sometimes face unfounded assumptions about what their kids missed when business priorities beckoned. April believes that with the help of a supportive spouse and “some inherently great kids,” the Anthonys overcame those limitations. “I think the kids are actually better prepared for life as a result of the lessons they learned from a … Continued

Latest issue celebrates new Gameday culture

With Wildcat Stadium’s second season about to begin, the cover story of ACU Today’s new Spring-Summer 2018 issue offers a retrospective of the inaugural year of a game-changing athletics venue for Abilene Christian University. “Game On” provides a look at ACU’s first season at Anthony Field through the camera lenses of talented photographers Jeremy Enlow, Kim Leeson, Scott Delony … Continued

Mary Claire Marcear

Sacred Art: Ministry major finds inspiration painting Bible covers

    Water drips from her paintbrush as she strokes it across her unconventional canvas. Using extravagant colors and designs to dress the cover of a Bible, she sings along to “Son of God” by Chris Renzema. Since the summer of her freshman year, Mary-Claire Marcear has used Bible covers to make tangible people’s personal … Continued

Career move fulfills promise Johnson made to himself while at ACU

“Following your passion and being committed to your passion will be challenging, but it will be more rewarding than you can ever believe.”   These words are what present-day Terry Johnson (’02) would tell college-age Terry, as he navigated his career path and ultimately discovered God’s calling on his life. Terry knew he wanted to … Continued

Rankin Dean Bullard, a junior theatre major from Colorado City.

Theatre major drawn to ACU by FilmFest, other opportunities

Ever since he was in high school, working in the film industry has been a dream for Rankin Dean Bullard. As a 12-year-old, he started making funny videos with his mom’s camera. Then, in his junior year of high school, he started acting in theatre and fell in love with it. When he was 18, … Continued

Callarmans work to make vision of intentional community come to life

The day the vision was confirmed for three families seeking a different way to live came when a landowner changed his mind and decided to sell them the property they had their eye on. It wasn’t just that the landowner changed his mind. It was why he changed his mind that was affirming, said Rosten … Continued

Company founded by alumnus helps nonprofits prosper

So, what comes “next after” this? It’s a question people ask every day, whether about the next work project or the next step in life. For Jeff Giddens, ACU Class of 2005, and two friends, the answer was in the question itself, as they formed NextAfter, a company that helps nonprofit organizations leverage conversion rate … Continued

Lauren Franco

Journalism student turns dream of photography business into reality

For many students, dreams of running a business are just that, dreams. Students think big but aren’t always sure how to go about the actual execution. But through hard work and many hours of photo shoots and editing, one student in particular has made this dream a reality. Lauren Franco, a convergence journalism major from … Continued

Darbie Angell (’04) | Cru Dinnerware CEO and designer

Darbie Angell didn’t wish upon a star. It took hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit to make her dreams come true. But come true they have – and in a big way. Angell’s company, CRU Dinnerware, entered into a lucrative partnership with Disney that swept her into a magical world of creating designs for the global entertainment giant. … Continued