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10 Questions with sociology professor, podcaster Dr. Daniel Morrison

The Annex, one of the top social science podcasts in the nation, has a new host – Dr. Daniel Morrison, associate professor of sociology at Abilene Christian University. Morrison began working with The Annex, hosted at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), during the 2020-21 academic year and joined the team as a … Continued

ACU alumna overcomes obstacles to launch career with Google

Overcoming challenges is nothing new for Ikumi Kobayashi (’15), who traveled more than 6,000 miles from her hometown of Ibaraki, Japan, to study at Abilene Christian University. She grew up with a profound hearing loss in both ears and relies on lip-reading as well as hearing aids to help her communicate. She also faced the … Continued

10 Questions with ACU trustee and energy expert Doug Robison

A thin volume of Galileo’s 1610 landmark treatise The Starry Messenger sits on a bookshelf at oil and gas executive Doug Robison’s Abilene home. Within its pages, the famous astronomer, who turned his telescope to the stars to provide firsthand observation that ours is a sun-centered solar system and not an Earth-centered one, describes his … Continued

Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, dean of the College of Education and Human Services

10 Questions with CEHS dean Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Dr. Jennifer (Wade ’92) Shewmaker, recently named dean of the College of Education and Human Services, believes the university is uniquely poised to take on the challenges facing higher education today. “I believe ACU has the flexibility and ingenuity to step into the future with hope and excitement,” she says. “Our mission is timely, and … Continued

10 Questions with Debut Dagger winner Sherry Rankin

When Sherry Rankin heard her first full-length novel, Strange Fire, had won this year’s Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers, she was stunned. “To be honest, I entered it mostly as a way to toughen up and learn to deal with rejection,” said Rankin, assistant professor of English at ACU. She had just completed … Continued

10 Questions with ‘Cats’ director Jeremy Varner

ACU Theatre is producing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit musical Cats for Homecoming 2017 on Oct. 20-22. Directing and choreographing the student actors is program alumnus Jeremy Varner (’10), who performed in several Cats productions in Atlanta. The New York actor took a break from rehearsals to talk about why the ACU and Abilene community should … Continued

10 Questions with Mike and Michelle Patterson

Alumni couple picks up pieces after deadly Texas twister Many breathe a sigh of relief now that the peak of another tornado season has passed in the Lone Star State. One alumni family in Rockwall, Texas, knows the feeling all too well. It’s taken nearly two years, but Mike (’90) and Michelle (Kehoe ’90) Patterson … Continued