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ACU Brown Library to receive TexTreasures digitization funding

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission recently awarded funding to Abilene Christian University’s Brown Library through its TexTreasures grant program. The $25,000 grant will facilitate digitization of the full print run of The Christian Chronicle, a major, global newspaper serving Churches of Christ since 1943. “We are grateful to the Texas State Library and … Continued

ACU student places in national photo competition

David Mitchell, an Abilene Christian University student and photographer for ACU’s student newspaper, earned a spot in the top 20 in a national photojournalism contest. Mitchell, a senior psychology major, placed 18th nationally in the 2020 Photojournalism Championship, part of the Hearst Journalism Awards competition. “The Hearst Awards are the most distinguished college media awards … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. Mark Riggs

Dr. Mark Riggs (’75) liked to help people – students, colleagues, research scientists. “He never said ‘No,’ ” said Dr. David Hendricks (’87), professor and chair of mathematics at Abilene Christian University. “If you had a problem, he would help you.” Riggs, the professor of mathematics and past chair, died Dec. 14, 2020, of the … Continued

ACU Remembers: Former trustee Randy Nicholson

George Randolph “Randy” Nicholson, an entrepreneur, benefactor and influential former trustee of Abilene Christian University, died Dec. 11, 2020, in Abilene at age 83. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut Street, Abilene, Texas 79602). A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. at … 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

ACU Remembers: Dr. Forrest McCann

Dr. Forrest Mason McCann, professor emeritus of English and an esteemed historian in church hymnology, died Nov. 23, 2020, in Abilene, Texas at age 89. A graveside service will be held at the Lometa (Texas) City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020, under the direction of Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602). … Continued

Major renovation of ACU’s Moody Coliseum to begin in December

The half-century-old domed home of Abilene Christian University’s basketball games, volleyball matches, Chapel services, Sing Song performances and Commencement ceremonies – to name a few – will receive a significant upgrade over the next two years. “Moody Coliseum is at the heart of many of our campus traditions and is a critical part of our … 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

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