Author Archives: Ron Hadfield

ACU Remembers: Bill Hart

Award-winning sportswriter Bill F. Hart (’52), who wrote about Abilene Christian University athletics for decades while forging a storied newspaper career in West Texas, died April 21 at age 83 in Baird, Texas. A memorial service for Hart will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Baird Church of Christ (Interstate 20 and F.M. 2047), with internment at […]

Category: Alumni News, Sports


10 Questions with Opry-bound Zane Williams

A native of Abilene, Zane Williams (’99) nearly gave up his dreams of a music career, nine years after pursuing it in Nashville, Tenn, following graduation. After a return to Texas, his instinctive feel for songwriting began to open doors. His poignant album title cut, “Hurry Home,” won the $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year honor in the John […]


ACU Remembers: Harold Lipford

Former Abilene Christian Schools administrator and ACU fundraising professional Harold Thomas Lipford (’50) died April 18, 2015, in Abilene, Texas, at age 92. A memorial service will be held at University Church of Christ on Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m. with a private burial service at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. Services are under the direction of Piersall Funeral […]

Category: Alumni News


Baseball team still slinging stones at Goliaths

The Abilene Christian University baseball team is 6-9 in the Southland Conference as it prepares to host Sam Houston State University this weekend at Crutcher Scott Field. That’s the same Bearkat squad that traveled to Austin earlier this week and shutout The University of Texas, 5-0. But don’t let the Wildcats’ overall record (8-26) fool you. If they keep slinging, they will land a stone […]

Category: Events, Sports


Ideas on stage at university’s first TEDxACU

Abilene Christian University’s first TEDx event begins this morning in Cullen Auditorium, where its “ReThink” theme features 13 speakers making short presentations of “ideas worth spreading”. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the […]


ACU Remembers: Karen Griffith

Abilene Christian University staff member Karen Leigh (Wood ’06) Griffith, 62, died April 12, 2015, in Abilene. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 16, at Woodlawn Church of Christ (3185 N. 10th St., 79603) at 10 a.m., with burial following in Hamby Cemetery. Visitation is today at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home (5701 Highway 277 S., 79602) from 5-7 p.m. […]

Category: Alumni News


Saturday’s meet the biggest at ACU in 55 years

The most high-powered meet in 55 years – featuring three full NCAA Division I teams – will christen Abilene Christian University’s new Elmer Gray Stadium this Saturday, harkening memories of ACU’s longtime history near the epicenter of the track and field world. Competition Saturday in the second annual Wes Kittley Invitational between teams from ACU, Texas Tech […]


Zane Williams to follow Aaron Watson at Opry

In a place where country music history runs deep, a little ACU tradition is starting to emerge as well. Earlier this month, Aaron Watson (’00) became the third former Abilene Christian University student to play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Later this month, Zane Williams (’99) will become the second Wildcat in a […]

Category: Alumni News


VIA News: New track as fast as it is purple

Keith Barnier may not sleep well April 10, the night before Abilene Christian University hosts TCU and Texas Tech University in the biggest triangular track and field meet in ACU in more than half a century, but it will have nothing to do with the purple – and fast – running surface at new Elmer […]


Jacob’s Dream lands on ‘The Texas Bucket List’

Jacob’s Dream, the popular sculpture site at Abilene Christian University, will be featured regionally Easter weekend on a new episode of “The Texas Bucket List” TV show. The show can be seen in Abilene on KTXS-TV at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, and on more than two dozen other Texas stations. See your local cable […]

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