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Chris Monroe (’89) | College of Business Administration

If you think your fuel bill is high, meet Chris Monroe (’89). His bill is a staggering $500 million per month. Monroe, treasurer for Southwest Airlines, was featured in a CNBC report in May 2012 about his fuel-hedging efforts that have saved the airline more than $3 billion over the past decade. Southwest Airlines has … Continued

Hollie Young (’05) | Marriage and Family Studies

Children can find much to frighten them in a hospital setting – syringes, anesthesia, loud machines, strangers in white coats. Hollie (Rambo’ 05) Young, a certified child life specialist at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, uses familiar objects to help young patients cope with their fears. Child-friendly environment Whether the child is in ER, day surgery … Continued

Noll Childers

Three unmarked graves from WWI point to Wildcats who died serving their country

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Charlie Marler (’55), Abilene Christian University professor emeritus of journalism and mass communication, spends a good bit of his retirement time researching the history of his alma mater. One area of particular interest involves the way the lives of students, faculty, staff and alumni were affected by military conflict. On this Memorial Day, … Continued

Rebecca Barker

Rebecca Barker (’04) | Deep In The Heart Art Foundry

Head Patineur and Conservator, Deep In The Heart Art Group As an art student at ACU, Rebecca Barker (’04) helped shape one of the campus icons, Jacob’s Dream, an almost 40-foot bronze sculpture, surrounded by weathered stones. Now Rebecca helps shape other artists’ work as head patineur and conservator of Deep In The Heart Art … Continued

Haitian graduate has big plans for his ACU education

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies, a master of divinity, and minors in political science and business administration, Megeste Pierre (M.Div. ’18) is ready for just about anything he might be interested in. He’s interested in all those topics and has great plans for using them. Megeste, a native of Haiti, got his master … Continued

Nil Santana | Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Director of Maker Lab

The integration of technology into the 21st-century classroom is an essential part of the ACU experience. However, for professors in ACU’s creative arts programs the use of technology requires – ironically – more creativity. Today, there is a sense of communal construction of knowledge. Students are not restricted to the walls of the classroom, nor … Continued

Childhood emergency with horse led to veterinary career

When Jennifer Grimes (’03) was 14, one of her family’s quarter horses was stricken with colic and required emergency surgery to save its life. That was the day she decided to become a veterinarian. The family rushed the horse to Texas A&M University’s surgical facilities and rejoiced when the surgery was successful. For Jennifer, however, … Continued

The Bookcase

Selections of books published by Abilene Christian University or those written, edited, compiled or contributed by ACU alumni, faculty, staff and students. To submit books for consideration, email hadfieldr@acu.edu. Reconciliation Reconsidered ADVANCING THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON RACE IN CHURCHES OF CHRIST Edited by Tanya Smith Brice ISBN 978-0891123880 • 220 pages acupressbooks.com https://store.acupressbooks.com/products/reconciliation_reconsidered Essays by Dr. … Continued

Renique Rodriguez kneeling with a child - ministry

Missions intern witnesses physical, spiritual healing in Honduras

Renique Rodriguez only had 30 minutes to prepare a devotional. She was the youngest person on her mission team, she couldn’t speak much Spanish and the devotional was for men at a drug and alcohol rehab center in Honduras. “I was just praying and asking God for the words to say to speak to these … Continued

Jennifer Allen, founder of Aspergers101, at a press conference.

Alumna’s autism advocacy leads to statewide initiative

All parents worry about their teens driving, but parents of children with autism face special concerns. An autistic teen pulled over for a traffic violation or involved in a car accident may not be able to make himself or herself understood and an atypical demeanor may cause concern for law officers. Jennifer (England ’85) Allen, … Continued