Kirby fund a resource for students in need

Katie Kirby

Glasses. Diapers. Groceries. Rent.

Staff members in the office of Student Life at Abilene Christian University each year encounter students who need help paying for all of these life necessities as they encounter difficult situations and personal hardships during their time here.

For example, one student paying her and her brother’s way through school needed assistance with a utility bill so they could have water in their apartment. Another couldn’t afford a $40 textbook not covered with financial aid.

Another student, who had recently lost both of his parents to illness, couldn’t afford to replace his broken pair of glasses. His eyesight was so bad, he was unable to drive and concentrate in class.

Without a support network of family and friends, students like these often struggle to succeed. They are determined to be self-sufficient, but they lack relief of their immediate burden and access to opportunities to not only survive, but thrive.

That’s why Student Life created the Katie Kirby Student Care Fund, through which the student was able to receive two new pairs of glasses.

The Katie Kirby Student Care Fund provides critical, immediate resources to students in need who have been referred to the Student Opportunities, Advocacy and Resources (SOAR) Program by themselves or others. Led by Shannon (Buchanan ’07) Kaczmarek, director of student advocacy programs, SOAR staff work with students to find solutions to barriers in their lives, connecting them with campus and community resources, serving as advocates in discussions with faculty and staff, and providing a safe, caring environment where they can find support.

“Soon after I lost my glasses, I reached out to the SOAR program on campus, a program designed to advocate on behalf of students and walk with them through difficult seasons, and asked for help,” the student who received glasses wrote in a thank you email. “Thankfully, my request for help was granted and I now own two pairs of quality glasses that assist me in my learning and daily life. The gift of vision is not something that I take for granted, and I am very thankful for SOAR’s generosity.”

Not all students referred to SOAR require financial assistance, but some do. Through careful consideration and significant interaction with the student, Kaczmarek said, money from the fund is used to pay bills or purchase food, clothing, personal hygiene items, or books and basic school supplies not covered by financial aid.

Previously called the Student Success Relief Fund, it was renamed in Fall 2016 after 19-year-old Katherine “Katie” Laura Kirby, a sophomore from Friendswood, died unexpectedly.

“This is a way to honor Katie’s life and the spirit of what she was about here at ACU and beyond,” said dean of students Mark Lewis (’95 M.M.F.T.).

“Through the fund, students are able to get assistance to address their immediate situation, but they’re also worked with in order to look at ways to find solutions moving forward,” Lewis said. “In other words, this is meant not to be a handout, but a hand.”

Here are several messages sent to SOAR staff from students who have received support:

“Life has been overwhelming of late. This situation as well as recent distress started to break my morale and positive outlook on life. [Your help] truly showed me the love and compassion ACU offers and the realness of God’s presence on campus. That is why I chose your university. … Yes, you all helped me with this financial burden, but you also showed me that people do care and that I am not alone in this fight (something that I struggle with believing on a daily basis). For that, I am forever grateful.”

“Thank you so much for helping me. This is a very scary time for me. I hope you know how much I appreciate this. I am just trying to push through to get my degree. I am so close, and I don’t want to lose this opportunity to succeed.”  

“Thanks so much for helping me, Shannon. I really do appreciate you working so graciously with me. I also appreciate your willingness to help students, especially those who might be struggling a little more.”

Every cent donated to the Katie Kirby Student Care Fund goes directly to students, and ACU is highlighting this fund as part of its first-ever Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Donations made now through 11:59 p.m. that day will help us reach our goal of helping more students in years to come.


Lee presented with honorary doctorate

ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert (’91), Dr. Eddie Lee and ACU provost Dr. Robert Rhodes

Eddie Lee, superintendent of Midland Christian School, on Saturday received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for distinction in education and contributions to society.

Lee was awarded the degree, one of Abilene Christian University’s highest honors, at May Commencement in Moody Coliseum. He is the 85th person to receive such an award in the university’s 111-year history.

Midland Christian School has seen exponential growth under the direction of Lee, who has served as superintendent for 32 of his 42 years at the school. At a ceremony at Midland Christian on May 1, president Dr. Phil Schubert (’91) extolled Lee’s career in education.

“Eddie has devoted more than 40 years to private, Christian education, teaching and mentoring thousands of students and effectively managing hundreds of educators and employees in multiple disciplines,” Schubert said. “The impact he has made on the growth and development of private school education in Texas and nationally has been tremendous.”

During his tenure, Midland Christian’s enrollment has grown from 330 to more than 1,250 students.

“Many of his students make their way to Abilene Christian to continue their education and bring with them the qualities we look for in Wildcats: Strong character, exceptional academic ability and a passion for serving God,” Schubert said. “No doubt Eddie’s guidance plays a role in the formation of these remarkable young men and women.”

Lee earned his bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University in 1976, his master’s degree from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1982, and his superintendent certification in 1985.

He and his wife of 40 years, Carol, have two children, Jared Lee (’03) and Cari King, and two grandchildren. Lee also has served as an elder for 16 years at the Golf Course Road Church of Christ in Midland.


Lost Lobo: ACU says goodbye to the Wolf

One of Dewitt Jones’ biggest hugs following the 1977 Apple Bowl win in Seattle’s Kingdome was for Jerry Wilson (right). Jones was head coach and Wilson was defensive coordinator of the Wildcats, whose victory that day captured the NAIA Division I national championship.

The old guard came home to huddle one last time around the one they called Wolf. To do for him, once and for all, what he’d never done for himself.

Jerry “Wolfie” Wilson (’71) died April 25 at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer. His nickname came from Ron Willingham (’54), whose work in leadership development with the ACU football team, among other contributions, earned him induction into the ACU Sports Hall of Fame last year. In a session with players in 1968, he asked each to introduce himself. He thought Wilson said “Wolf.” The moniker stuck. And so did Wilson.

Boone is the radio-TV voice of the Wildcats

His resume says he played football at Abilene Christian University for Wally Bullington (’53) from 1968-70 then became an assistant for him and five other ACU head coaches in three different decades. And that he was also the Wildcats’ head baseball coach from 1973-75 and coached football at a handful of high schools across West Texas.

But it doesn’t explain what brought, by the dozen, men he had led into battle on gridirons and diamonds for nearly 30 years and across multiple generations back to Abilene this week to say goodbye through tears. To understand that, you might have to get in the car for a 1,200-mile round trip from Abilene to Greenville, Miss., the very voyage Wilson made each Thanksgiving and Christmas during the mid-1970s to make sure the Montgomery boys were home for the holidays.

“Those drives back and forth were special to me,” says older brother Wilbert (’77), whose 76 touchdowns made him ACU’s career leading scorer. “I think about those drives a lot, especially now when I’m taking my kids different places. I think about Jerry driving me and [younger brother] Cle (’78) up and down the road and leaving his family behind. The time he gave up to make sure that we were happy tells you everything you need to know about Jerry Wilson.”

Or grab a spoon and notepad and sit in with the coaches for an all-day film session, week after week, the way Wilson did with his fellow ACU Sports Hall of Fame member Don Harrison (’75) when they coached together.

“Most coaches watching film would be surrounded by beer bottles,” Harrison laughs. “ ‘Wolfie’ and I would have empty cartons of Blue Bell ice cream. On Sundays, we’d go to the Bean and get all their leftover brownies and potato chips and munch on those while we broke down the tape of the next week’s opponent.”

As a graduate assistant fresh off the playing field, Harrison was devouring more than the snacks.

“I didn’t know how to be a coach, so I watched Jerry,” he recalls. “How to chart film, how to recruit – making relationships over the phone over and over. And the characteristics of loyalty and dedication and work ethic; I learned that from Jerry Wilson more than anyone else. And that has served me well the rest of my life.”

Or maybe to understand why Wilson was so beloved you need to get up in the middle of the night when you think no one is looking to do something for someone else.

“I rolled back in to campus from playing Kingsville around 3 a.m. one morning, and there was Jerry,” remembers ACU head baseball coach Britt Bonneau, who delivered a moving tribute Wilson at Tuesday’s memorial service. “Even though the city was under water rationing restrictions, he’d decided to reseed the bare spot between the two fields before spring football started. You couldn’t run sprinkler systems but were allowed to use a hose during certain times of the day. So there he was, at 3 a.m., hand watering the grass.”

All the while, Wilson was planting and watering seeds of faith in players and coaches, including Bonneau. As Wilson began to succumb to the effects of dementia in recent years, baseball became a fountain of his youth where plays and players of old would splash along the banks of his memory. Bonneau made him an honored guest at practices and games and had him throw out the first pitch at a game at Crutcher Scott Field on Feb. 28. When Wilson was hospitalized after his cancer diagnosis in February, Bonneau visited him often to talk baseball and to say thanks. He was with Wilson the day before he passed.

“I’m so glad that yesterday I got to spend … to spend …” Bonneau’s voice cracked in a pregame radio interview just an hour after news of Wilson’s death reached the dugout. “Got to spend a morning with him. Talking about a big win we had Sunday and holding his hand and getting a little response out of him. He never missed a practice. He loved being out here and being part of the team. And the guys loved being around him.

Some are legends because of what they achieved in a single moment. Wilson became a Wildcat hero in miles and meals and months. The hard way has no shortcuts.

Dub Stocker (’74) played with Wilson, then played for him. When I asked what made Wilson special, he answered with a question of his own: “Who have you ever known who gave like he did?” queried Stocker, one of many who traveled long distances to visit Wilson in his final days. “No one. He gave and never once wanted anything in return.”

It’s possible Wilson never wanted anything because of what he felt like he already had. Born in Sausalito, California, and raised in Big Spring, Texas, Wilson found family at ACU – literally and figuratively. He married Diane Stevens (’70) and, thus, joined one of the university’s most influential clans. Diane’s father, Dr. Clark Stevens, was the chair of the ACU biology department; her uncle, Dr. John Stevens (’38), was Abilene Christian’s eighth president. Football connected Wilson with all-time ACU great Bullington, his head coach and first boss. He was grafted into the assistant coach fraternity alongside men like Don Smith (’53), Ted Sitton (’54) and K.Y. Owens, whose focus on building men helped build a national powerhouse.

“He’s everything ACU is about,” says Bonneau. “A true believer in teaching young men how to grow up one day to be Christ followers. I don’t know how many people have impacted my life like he did.”

The ultimate self-demoter, Wilson often characterized his career in coaching as having never worked a day in his life and described his half-century association with ACU by saying he was the luckiest man in the world.

‘Wolfie’ was wrong. We were the lucky ones because we knew him.

Wilson was a coach of ACU’s national championship football teams in 1973 and 1977.


Candlelight devo tradition burning bright

Some traditions at Abilene Christian University begin quite intentionally but others have inauspicious roots. The Candlelight Devotional at ACU is a little of both, and this fall celebrates its 25th anniversary on the Hill.

Devotionals – devo for short – are no strangers to our landscape. A Tuesday night one for decades was held on the steps of the Hardin Administration Building. But candles were not introduced until Amy (Nichols ’92) Boone and Chris Seidman (’92) were tasked in 1991 with the spiritual life component to Welcome Week (now known as Wildcat Week), the multi-day event introducing freshmen to ACU each August.

Boone recounts the backstory of their adventure in the Second Glance essay of our new Winter-Spring 2017 issue (click on the reader above).

Candle-lit devotionals like it have since been started at Homecoming for alumni to enjoy. Tonight, a “send-off” version for graduating seniors takes place at 8:30 p.m. in the same Beauchamp Amphitheatre where Boone and Seidman’s idea first bloomed into what has since become a signature experience for tens of thousands of students.

Members of the Golden Anniversary Reunion Class of 1967 are in town this week and will be invited to participate. Other faculty, staff and alumni also are welcome to help send off another class of Wildcats into the next stage of their lives with a worshipful blessing.

As it did when they were freshmen a few short years ago, a small candle lights the way.


ACU Remembers: Dr. Gary Thompson

Dr. Gary Thompson (’60), Abilene Christian University professor emeritus of political science and former Texas state representative, died April 13, 2017, in Blacksburg, Virginia, at age 80 following a brief illness.

Visitation will be at 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home (6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78752). Interment will be at 4 p.m. at the Texas State Cemetery (909 Navasota St., Austin, Texas 78702), with a reception to follow.

Thompson was born June 15, 1936, in Vernon, Texas, and graduated from Tyler (Texas) High School in 1954. He earned a B.S.E. degree in history from ACU (1960), an M.A. in political science from the University of Arkansas (1964), and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Texas (1974). He taught and coached junior high and high school students in Lovington, New Mexico (1960-63), and Chinle, Arizona (1964-67), before moving to Abilene.

Texas Gov. Bill Clements and Dr. Gary Thompson

He worked for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas from 1986-95; otherwise, he taught political science at ACU from 1967 until retirement in 2011, serving as the first chair of the department. He chaired the Faculty Senate, and directed ACU’s American Enterprise Forum and Taft Institute for Teachers. Thompson was an insightful and popular teacher who taught future Congressmen, judges, professors, federal and state employees, teachers, journalists and others who loved public service.

Elected in 1978 to the first of four terms in the Texas House of Representatives, Thompson served on numerous committees and commissions, including Ways and Means, Sunset Advisory, State Affairs, and County Affairs, which he chaired.

In 1958, he wed Nancy Thomas (’59), a fellow student at ACU. She was his beloved companion in marriage and as longtime members of University Church of Christ in Abilene, where he served as elder and for many years in the prison outreach ministry. They established the Gary and Nancy Thompson Endowed Scholarship for political science students at their alma mater.

Thompson was a member of Kiwanis International, and served in leadership roles on the boards or advisory councils of the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, West Central Texas Council of Governments, Meals on Wheels, Agape for Children and Youth, Hospice of Abilene, Boys Club of Abilene, and Texas Mental Health Association. He chaired Leadership Abilene in 1982-83.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Floy Thompson; and Nancy, his wife of 56 years.

Among survivors are a son, Dr. Tom Thompson (’85); a daughter, Jane (Thompson ’88) Koble; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. James Thompson (’64).


Nike innovator Hatfield is a master maker

For someone with an impressive clientele of world-class athletes and products to his credit, Nike’s Tobie Hatfield (’87) keeps a bit of a low profile.

That changed a bit with our new issue of ACU Today magazine, which takes a look at the “Master Maker” whose work as senior director of athlete innovations at Nike has helped a who’s who of the sporting world make headlines. A short list includes Michael Johnson, Mary Decker Slaney, Troy Polamalu, Maria Sharapova and Tiger Woods, among others.

Hatfield, the son of a legendary Oregon high school and Olympic track and field coach, was one of the stable of standout vaulters tutored by Don W. Hood (’55) at Abilene Christian University for more than three decades. Wildcat teams on which Tobie competed won NCAA Division II national titles in 1984, 1985 and 1986, and he was an assistant coach of ACU teams winning national championships in 1987 and 1988.

The writer of Hatfield’s profile – former longtime sports information director Garner Roberts (’70) – was a natural for the assignment. Roberts is a member of the ACU Sports Hall of Fame who chronicled Hatfield’s accomplishments when Tobie was a student-athlete at the university.

Our front cover featuring Hatfield was illustrated by Ron Finger of Brainerd, Minn., an award-winning artist who also produced the Spring-Summer 2015 cover portraying Kent Brantly, M.D. (’03).

The feature concludes with a look at ACU’s Maker Lab, which director Dr. Nil Santana (’00 M.S.) describes as “a place where innovation and creativity converge.” The venue, housed on the first floor of the John and Ruth Stevens Wing of Brown Library, helps learners of all ages develop innovation skills, whether local elementary school students or graduate occupational therapy program students from ACU.


Friends honor ‘Doc’ through scholarship​

Several Dallas-area businessmen and ACU alumni are spearheading an effort to honor the legacy of the late C.E. “Doc” Cornutt (’71) at the university he loved.

Cornutt, former Abilene Christian University trustee and board chair, died in Dallas in 2016 after an extended illness shortened his life and career of service. Among survivors are his wife, Linda (Core ’70) Cornutt; daughters Sara (Cornutt ’99) Boucher and Shelly (Cornutt) Goguen; a son, Chris Cornutt (’01); a sister, Molly (Cornutt ’71) Goodwin; and a brother, Dr. James Cornutt (’72).

Having made such a significant impact on the Dallas community, as a leader and philanthropist, his friends wanted to honor not only his achievements but who he was as a person, said Jim Orr (’86), J.D., vice president for advancement at ACU.

They are building support for the C.E. “Doc” and Linda Cornutt Endowed Scholarship, which benefits students in the College of Business Administration (COBA). Gifts to the scholarship from friends and fellow ACU alumni so far total approximately $125,000, with the goal of reaching $200,000.

“Doc and Linda exemplify our mission of educating students for Christian service and leadership,” Orr said. “They are widely admired, and it speaks highly of them and the university that people not affiliated with ACU would support our students as a way of honoring their friends. They can see the difference our alumni make in the world.”

Cornutt’s career included time as executive vice president of Woodbine Development Corporation; chair of Hunt Oil Company and Hunt Refining Company; president of Hunt Realty Corporation and Hunt Financial Corporation; and chair and CEO of Argent Property Company.

He served as a trustee of Abilene Christian from 1989-2010, including three years as board chair (2007-10). He co-chaired the university’s $100 million “To Lead and To Serve” and its $150 million Centennial campaigns, received a Distinguished Alumni Citation in 2005, and chaired the COBA Advisory Board.

Chancellor Dr. Royce Money (’64) worked closely with Cornutt during his tenure as ACU’s 10th president.

“Doc Cornutt had a passion for many things – his family, his church, his business career, and certainly on that list, Abilene Christian University,” Money said. “He gave generously of his time, his abilities and his resources so that many who follow him might have the same ACU experience that so profoundly shaped his life.”

ACU’s endowment is managed by an award-winning investment team, and every year, a portion of the interest generated from the endowment provides money for numerous programs and scholarships such as the one named for the Cornutts. (Click here for a list of endowed scholarships.)

As of Dec. 31, 2016, ACU has received $189 million in endowment gifts while disbursing $274 million in scholarships and other funding. The endowment has a value of $386 million.

“Funding or contributing to an endowed scholarship is a great way to honor a loved one that also will make a difference in generations of students’ lives,” Orr said.

To learn more about the C.E. “Doc” and Linda Cornutt Endowed Scholarship or how to contribute, please call Jim Orr at 325-674-2659 or make a gift online here.


Gilbreth’s MLB career celebrated in new issue

A new MLB season begins in earnest today but a special one in the life of Wildcat baseball great Bill Gilbreth (’69) is celebrated in the Winter-Spring 2017 issue of ACU Today magazine.

“A Tiger in My Hometown” is my recollection of a trip last June to Detroit with Gilbreth and Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64), vice president of the university. It commemorated the 45th anniversary June 25, 2016, of Gilbreth’s MLB debut as a hard-throwing left-hander from Abilene and ACU.

Gary and I hatched this plan for several months last year, revealing it to Gilbreth on a trip one spring night to a Texas Rangers game in Arlington. The Tigers were gracious hosts for our weekend trip in June, thanks to Elaine Lewis, the club’s vice president for community and public affairs.

Gilbreth and MLB Hall of Famer Al Kaline say goodbye after a visit June 25, 2016, in the Tigers’ front office, where Kaline is a special assistant to the general manager.

Bill was reunited with former teammates Al Kaline, Willie Horton and Gene Lamont, and other members of the 1971 staff. He was a special guest at the annual meeting of the Mayo Smith Society, where former teammate and 1968 World Series MVP Mickey Lolich was the speaker at a luncheon attended by about 200 fans at the Hockeytown Cafe.

He saw the house he and his wife, Phyllis (Collier ’69), once rented from fellow Texan and teammate Norm Cash. He visited with longtime Detroiters and former Wildcat baseball players Eric Vaughn (’92), Randy Rodriguez (’80) and Cory Rodriguez (’79), and found his commemorative paver on the Walk of Fame at Comerica Park.

A commemorative paver on the Walk of Fame at Comerica Park marks Gilbreth’s years as a pitcher for the Tigers.

Perhaps the best memory was being the last current or former player to stand on the mound at the historic site of Tiger Stadium. That revered piece of real estate on the corner of Michigan and Trumbell avenues has now been completely razed so the Willie Horton Field of Dreams, part of an urban youth sports complex, can rise instead.

Many thanks to mlive.com freelance photographer Mike Mulholland for his excellent work documenting Bill’s return trip to Motown.

Be sure to read the 10 additional pages of Bonus Coverage in our online edition, where extra images and stories reside. See the viewer above.

Gilbreth autographs photos shot for one of his 1970s-era Topps baseball cards.

(From left) Former ACU baseball players Dr. Gary McCaleb, Cory Rodriguez, Ron Hadfield, Bill Gilbreth and Eric Vaughn in Dearborn, Mich.

(From left) Eric Vaughn, Bill Gilbreth, Randy Rodriguez and Ron Hadfield at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

Former ACU baseball players Dr. Gary McCaleb (left) and Ron Hadfield (right) accompanied Gilbreth on his return trip to Detroit, the first since Bill’s MLB debut 45 years earlier.


ACU to face SMU after WNIT upset of OSU

Senior guard Alexis Mason calls a play while being guarded by OSU’s Katelyn Loecker.

Two days after their biggest win since beginning a transition to NCAA Division I, Julie Goodenough’s ACU team (23-8) is preparing for the second round of the postseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament and a matchup Monday night in Dallas against SMU (18-14).

Tipoff is 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus, where ACU’s opponent has a 12-3 record this season. Purchase tickets here for the game.

On Thursday night in Stillwater, ACU overcame an early run by Oklahoma State University to build a 12-point lead and eventually a 66-56 upset win over their opponent from the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats earned a game with SMU after the Lady Mustangs beat Louisiana Tech University on Friday night.

Against OSU, the Wildcats were powered by double-digit scoring from each of their starters: seniors Lizzy (14 points) and Suzzy Dimba (12), Sydney Shelstead (12) and Alexis Mason (10), plus freshman Breanna Wright (11). Shelstead lead ACU in rebounds with seven.

Here’s a look at some of the action, shot by photographer Steven Christy, from the big win over OSU:

Sydney Shelstead outreaches teammate Alexis Mason (15) to grab a rebound against OSU.

Lizzy Dimba is one of ACU’s four seniors this season.

Suzzy Dimba drives around OSU’s Rodrea Echols.

Freshman Breanna Wright was ACU’s “X factor” in the win, according to head coach Julie Goodenough. She played 40 minutes, scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds.

ACU head coach Julie Goodenough was OSU’s head coach from 2002-05.


New issue headlined by Nike’s Tobie Hatfield

Nike’s Tobie Hatfield (’87) is featured on the new Winter-Spring 2017 issue of ACU Today magazine, which mailed last last week. The former ACU pole vaulter has helped Nike soar to new heights while serving as senior director of athlete innovations at the company’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., near Portland.

Hatfield has designed competition-ready footwear worn by some of the world’s top athletes, such as the gold spikes sprinter Michael Johnson first used to win gold medals during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Other beneficiaries of Hatfield’s handiwork are amputee marathon and triathlon star Sarah Reinertsen and Florida teen Matthew Walzer, whose pioneering Flyease shoes were named an Invention of the Year by Time magazine.

Former longtime ACU sports information director and track and field guru Garner Roberts (’70) wrote 0ur profile of Hatfield and the front cover illustration by Minnesota artist Ron Finger captures Nike’s “Master Maker” as we describe Tobie. The profile of Hatfield is accompanied by a sidebar from assistant editor Robin (Ward ’82) Saylor about ACU’s Maker Lab, where the next generation of Abilene Christian innovators get their start.

Other content in this issue – which, including 50 pages of online-only Bonus Coverage – totals 136 pages:

  • An update on the Vision in Action initiative shows the Halbert-Walling Research Center as it prepared for an open house celebration, and progress on new Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium through the eyes of Hoar Construction project manager Sean Cagle (’06), a former Wildcat football player.
  • “A Tiger in My Hometown,” my travelogue about teaming with Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64) to take former ACU and MLB star pitcher Bill Gilbreth (’69) to Detroit, Mich., last June for the 45th anniversary of his debut in the majors. In our online edition, this story is followed by Bonus Coverage of Gilbreth’s amazing experience. 
  • A celebration of Dewby (Adams ’50) Ray, recipient last spring of the Dale and Rita Brown Outlive Your Life Award.
  • Profiles of students from around the nation who are enrolled in ACU Online graduate degree programs.
  • Our Second Glance essay was written by Amy (Nichols ’92) Boone, one of the two originators of ACU’s now iconic Candlelight Devotional in Beauchamp Amphitheatre. The event celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall, and Boone shares its backstory.
  • Bonus Coverage this issue also includes memorable images from “So Long, Shotwell,” a photo essay shot by freelancer Jeremy Enlow of the final home football game last November in Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium.

Watch this blog in the days to come for backstories of some of these major articles. Enjoy the full issue by clicking on the viewer above.