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LJ Brodie Dancing

Dance is more than art for LJ Brodie – it’s a way to live out his mission

The conviction that art can challenge, bless and inspire others motivates everything LJ Brodie (’21) does. The senior musical theatre major from Mesquite, Texas, who will be the first graduate from ACU Theatre’s dance program, has been blessing others through performances since childhood, from work on his church’s step team to theatre in high school, … Continued

Q&A with a December graduate in a most unusual year

  Although COVID-19 precautions precluded the usual 2020 December Commencement ceremony, more than 250 ACU students completed course requirements and are official college graduates. They’ll be invited to return for the traditional pomp and circumstance in May. Congratulations to the newest Wildcat alumni! Jessi Herrera Hometown: Schertz, Texas (near San Antonio) Major: Accounting with a … Continued

Q&A with a nursing major who’s a wife, mom and Army veteran

Laura Hamilton is a junior at Abilene Christian University, but she’s also a wife, a mom and a military veteran. After several years as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Army, Hamilton set her sights on serving in a different way and chose ACU’s School of Nursing as the path to her next chapter. … Continued

Karla Mendoza

First-generation ACU student leads program to help other students

Abilene Christian is the highest-ranking university in Texas in a U.S. News and World Report benchmark focused on student success. Here is a look at some of the people and programs that make our student experience exceptional. When Karla Mendoza, who graduated with a marketing degree in December, describes her college experience at Abilene Christian … Continued

Paris ballet dancer, Abilene native Alex Maryianowski teaches ACU theatre workshop

COVID-19 shutdowns around the world brought ballet dancer Alex Maryianowski from performing with the Paris Opera Ballet back to his hometown of Abilene, and Abilene Christian University students were the beneficiaries of that pandemic side effect, as he offered a guest workshop Tuesday in ACU’s Department of Theatre. Maryianowski visited as a guest artist in … Continued

Nursing grad finds rewards outweigh challenges at remote hospital in Mexico

After working for three years as a nurse at a large teaching hospital in Dallas, Haley McNeese (’17) was well-versed in her chosen profession. But she still faced a steep learning curve when she joined Christian Health Service Corps in June to serve at Hospital Mision Tarahumara, working with indigenous people in the Sierra Madre … Continued

anne carroll graduation

Newest grad puts bookend on Carroll family’s 20-year purple and white legacy

Anne Carroll-Amerine hasn’t had a typical college experience, so it’s perhaps fitting that her graduation will be an unusual one as well.  She will be one of the 600-plus Abilene Christian University graduates who have signed up to walk the stage at this weekend’s Commencement ceremonies at Wildcat Stadium. May graduation was rescheduled for Aug. … Continued

Randy Brewer, Executive Producer, Revolution Pictures

ACU taps award-winning producer Randy Brewer to tell online alumni stories

Randy Brewer (’93), producer of award-winning music videos for Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, is putting his talent to work for his alma mater creating a series of TV commercials to air throughout Texas beginning in July. Brewer, founder of Nashville-based Revolution Pictures, has created memorable work with dozens of high-profile clients, including Underwood, Swift, Verizon, Brad … Continued

Stephanie Hamm

University’s chief diversity officer brings life experience to her role

Dr. Stephanie (Toombs ’90) Hamm is the great-granddaughter of an enslaved person, the granddaughter of an activist and the daughter of an activist – “all people who love Jesus,” she said. Growing up, she heard stories of the efforts to integrate schools in Little Rock, Arkansas. “My grandfather was one of the initial parents who insisted … Continued