Author Archives: Ron Hadfield

ACU Remembers: William F. Hooten

Former longtime Abilene Christian University trustee William F. “Bill” Hooten of Johns Creek, Ga., died Oct. 2 at age 88. He was born Aug. 13, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., married Joanne “Jan” Jeans on Aug. 1, 1949, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy […]


Former Walmart CEO talks faith, business

Mike Duke’s five years as CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. capped a nearly 20-year tenure with the retail giant but his influence over its operations may far outlive him. Duke spoke about faith and business at Abilene Christian University on Tuesday as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by ACU’s College of Business Administration […]


Brantly: Focus on stopping Ebola in Africa

While this week’s developing news about a second diagnosis of Ebola in Dallas is worrisome to some Metroplex residents, the comments of local and federal health officials there are echoing what Samaritan’s Purse physician Dr. Kent Brantly (’03) said Friday at Abilene Christian University, his alma mater. Nina Pham, a nurse among other healthcare workers who […]


ACU Remembers: Gayle Taylor

A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. in Abilene Christian University’s Chapel on the Hill for Linda Gayle Taylor, 68, who died Oct. 12 in Abilene. Taylor, who endeared herself to tens of thousands of students while working at ACU for 20 years, was born Sept. 22, 1946, in Abilene. She graduated […]


Graham recovering from hiking accident

During his star-studded career as a distance runner in college, Drew Graham became known for amazing sprints from far back in the pack during cross country and track and field meets. Online videos of his races show a blond-haired young man repeatedly making thrilling runs – often on the back stretch of the last lap […]

Category: Campus News, Sports


Gabriel making most of NFL opportunity

At 167 pounds, he is often the slightest player on the field, but 5-foot-8 Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (’14) keeps making big plays to justify his coaches’ decision to give the speedy rookie from Abilene Christian University a shot in the National Football League. With four catches for 97 yards, Gabriel was the […]

Category: Alumni News, Sports


ACU Remembers: Jimmy Jividen

A memorial service was held this afternoon for 1951 Abilene Christian University graduate Delta “Jimmy” Jividen, 84, a longtime popular evangelist and author who died Thursday in Abilene. Jividen was born Nov. 26, 1929, in Woodward County, Okla. He was Students’ Association president at ACU, where he met his wife, Shirley Jones (’54). The couple […]

Category: Alumni News


ACU alum leading NCTC through bus tragedy

Abilene Christian University knows all too well the effects a tragic bus accident can have on an academic community. It’s been a little less than three years since a busload of students and faculty from ACU’s Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was involved in an accident that killed sophomore Anabel Reid and injured 15 others, some critically. […]


McLaughlin opens Summit program Sunday

Abilene Christian University’s 108th annual Summit begins tonight when Don McLaughlin, pulpit minister at North Atlanta (Ga.) Church of Christ, is the 7 p.m. theme speaker. More than 130 top preachers and teachers are scheduled to present Sunday through Wednesday on the theme “Earthed: Discovering Our Origin in God.” Watch live major presentations here by featured guest presenters […]


VIA coverage includes a look back at Bennett

Since 1930, one of the workhouse buildings on the Abilene Christian University campus has been Bennett Gymnasium, which is receiving new life this year as the future home of laboratories for the Department of Engineering and Physics. Paul Anthony (’04), ACU’s advancement communication coordinator, described the transformation in our new Spring-Summer issue as “trading in […]

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