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Featured News

Creative U welcomes Alan Beard

Creative U is an annual celebration of creativity and the creative process. Regardless of your field of study or your current industry, creativity is for everyone. This year’s theme will focus on “faith and the entrepreneur” but will include valuable insights that will benefit anyone. There will be two sessions led by keynote speaker, Alan Beard, CEO of Synonymous (Los Angeles, CA) and co-founder of McBeard, the world’s foremost social media agency and pioneer in social media marketing having worked with some of the biggest brands, including AT&T, Disney, Fox, Coca-Cola, Sony, Universal, and dozens more. The noon session is geared towards students, and the evening session is open to ACU faculty, staff, and students, and is also open to the Abilene community.

Kate Bowler giving a presentation

Kate Bowler keynotes FACUL fundraising dinner; Hutsons named 2021 Friends of the Year

Friends of ACU Library hosted its spring fundraising dinner on March 3, featuring Kate Bowler, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, cancer survivor, and Duke University professor. The sellout crowd of 250 heard Kate cheerfully demolish the perfectionism that prevents joy and even hilarity during grief, illness, and disappointment. Before Kate’s speech, James Wiser, Dean of Brown Library, recognized Christopher and Mary Lou Hutson as the 2021 Friends of the Year for their endowment gift to fund the Africana Studies Collection.


Great Songs of the Church

A Century of Great Songs: E. L. Jorgenson’s Remarkable Hymnal

Located in the main display area of Special Collections and Archives, this exhibit celebrates the centennial of the 1921 publication of the landmark hymnal Great Songs of the Church that was used by congregations, schools, colleges and universities, and singing assemblies around the world.

Max Lucado Collection:

Tell Me the Easter Story

Located in the Learning Commons Max Lucado Collection case is a new library exhibit called “Tell Me the Easter Story” that invites meditation during the Easter season on the passion of Jesus Christ and features seventeen works about the death and resurrection of Jesus written by Max Lucado between 1986 and 2013.