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Bono at Fulbright Prize

ACU administrator’s nomination netted Bono a national prize

Irish rock musician Bono is the Grammy-award winning lead singer of U2, admired worldwide as an activist and humanitarian, an honorary knight in the United Kingdom, and one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for 2005. And thanks to Dr. Jason Morris (’96), dean of the Honors College at Abilene Christian University, he can … Continued
Katelyn Cole, The Bookcase Beauty

Third-grade teacher becomes inadvertent Instagram influencer

By day, Katelyn (McLarty ’14) Cole is an elementary school teacher, wrangling third-graders for the Northwest ISD in Fort Worth, Texas. But in her off time, the ACU alumna has become a popular Instagram influencer with more than 60,000 followers who share her passion for books. An avid reader – she made her way through … Continued

Nursing, engineering students turn classwork into real-world missions experience

In a country where more than 50 percent of the population lives in poverty and an estimated 150,000 children are orphans, hope is a precious commodity. A group of nursing and engineering students from ACU traveled to Honduras in May to work with Living Hope, a nonprofit ministry focusing on families, children and abandoned or … Continued

Grace Russell and fellow agricultural and environmental science majors from ACU, working on a sustainable organic garden for villagers in Nicaruaga.

Students lend a hand in Nicaragua with Wildcat Academics on Mission program

Grace Russell (’21) stepped out of her comfort zone to travel to Nicaragua last summer on a combination study abroad and mission trip.  “I had always been too nervous or shy to go on mission trips or lacked the resources,” she said.  But ACU’s Wildcat Academics on Mission (WAM) program put both of those concerns … Continued

Academic News

Brad East

Dr. Brad East named ACU’s 2022 Teacher of the Year

Dr. Brad East is assistant professor of theology, and he’s known since high school he wanted to be just that. Now, only five years into his dream job, he’s earned the honor of Abilene Christian University’s Teacher of the Year for 2022. “The very idea that I could read, write and teach about theology for … Continued

ACU to award degrees in three outdoor ceremonies

Abilene Christian University will award 836 degrees this weekend in three Commencement ceremonies taking place on Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium. The Friday, May 6, ceremony at 8 p.m. will award 257 master’s and 42 doctoral degree recipients. On Saturday, May 7, 537 bachelor’s degrees will be presented in two ceremonies – 10 a.m. and … Continued

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ACU faculty honor 50 graduates as University Scholars

A group of top students from Abilene Christian University’s May 2022 graduating class were honored April 28 during the University Scholars awards ceremony in the Chapel on the Hill auditorium. Approximately 50 scholars are selected annually by the Faculty Senate based on nominations from the academic departments. Each department is invited to designate one scholar … Continued

Alumni News

ACU Day of Giving aims to serve students, change lives

Projects benefiting from Abilene Christian University’s fifth annual Day of Giving on April 26 – scholarship programs, transformational student experiences, cutting-edge technology – are all designed to help students dream bigger and aim higher. On this designated day of generosity, alumni and friends of ACU can contribute gifts of any amount to any of nine student-focused projects. … Continued

Halbert, Osborne presented with top awards at 2022 Alumni Day Luncheon

For those in attendance of ACU’s 2022 Alumni Day Luncheon, one fact was very clear: Thousands of lives have been changed thanks to the work of the two guests of honor. Family, friends, coworkers and hundreds of others gathered Feb. 19, 2022, at the Hunter Welcome Center to celebrate Kathy (Gay ’78) Halbert and Brandon … Continued

ACU to honor Halbert, Osborne with alumni awards

Abilene Christian University has named its Outstanding Alumna of the Year and Young Alumnus of the Year and will present the awards Saturday, Feb. 19, to Kathy (Gay ’78) Halbert and Brandon Osborne (’05). Kathy, cofounder of the Caris Foundation, is ACU’s Outstanding Alumna of the Year. Brandon, executive director of Abilene Youth Sports Authority, … Continued

Campus News

Bird Scooters return to ACU

Abilene Christian University and Bird, a leader in environmentally friendly electric transportation, are once again teaming up to bring shared e-scooters to the campus. The eco-friendly transportation option can be activated through a free mobile phone application and used to replace gas-powered car trips around Abilene. Bird will provide quarterly donations to ACU based on … Continued

ACU enters agreement to serve Coca-Cola products on campus

Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages will be the new beverage provider for Abilene Christian University beginning May 2. ACU signed a five-year contract with the Dallas-based bottler, which will bring Coca-Cola products to the university’s main cafeteria, The World Famous Bean; on-campus retail dining locations; concession stands; and vending machines.   A recent survey of faculty, staff and … Continued


18th annual FilmFest showcases student creativity

Ten short films representing the work of more than 70 ACU students premiered to a packed Paramount Theatre during ACU’s 18th annual FilmFest gala April 7. The teams behind this year’s submissions included students from 15 different majors from across campus. At the event, awards were given in 11 categories including writing, acting and cinematography. … Continued