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ACU Remembers: Dr. Arlie Hoover

Longtime Abilene Christian University history professor Dr. Arlie J. Hoover died Dec. 11 in Pasadena, Texas, at age 78. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at Clear Lake Church of Christ in Houston (938 El Dorado Blvd., 77062). Hoover was born March 14, 1936, in Slaton, Texas, and graduated […]


Time, Life, SI: Wildcats have covered them all

This is Dec. 10 and it’s been 58 years – to the day – since Wildcats appeared on the front covers of Life and Time, two of the most iconic news-feature magazines in the world. Bobby Morrow and Kent Brantly, M.D., were the honorees, the first an Abilene Christian University junior who was an Olympic hero and […]


ACU Remembers: Dr. Ted Starnes

Dr. Ted Duncan Starnes (’55), former Abilene Christian University theatre technical director and director of university events, died Dec. 7, 2014, in Abilene, Texas, at age 81, following a 38-career in higher education at ACU and Pepperdine University. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Hillcrest Church of Christ […]


ACU Remembers: Don M. Shultz

Donald M. Shultz (’52), former longtime trustee of Abilene Christian University, died Dec. 6 at age 85 in Atlanta, Ga. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the North Atlanta Church of Christ (5676 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338). Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at Sandy Springs Chapel (136 […]

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Wildcats make headlines, history in Division I

It’s taking a little longer than expected for students and some fans of Wildcat athletics to warm up to life in NCAA Division I, but the David vs. Goliath moments are coming fast and furious, and Abilene Christian University is winning its share of them. Just by playing in the Southland Conference, ACU (Fall 2014 enrollment […]


For the Least of These: A home for Elliott

One of the feature stories in the Spring-Summer issue of ACU Today is “For the Least of These,” a look at several Abilene Christian University alumni involved in helping rescue orphans around the world. The opening spread is an engaging portrait of Elliott, a youngster who spent most of his first two years of life […]


De Leon brings Division I experience to role

It’s been a dozen years since Abilene Christian University went “out of network” to hire a director of athletics, but it’s not as unusual as one might think for the Wildcats to lean on someone for that job who does not have a framed ACU diploma on the wall. Lee De Leon was introduced to […]


Rhodes featured in Veterans Day Tribute

The story behind Saving Private Ryan – Steven Spielberg’s intense, cinematic masterpiece that was nominated in 11 categories (and won five) in the 71st Academy Awards – especially resonates with me today. In the 1988 film, Pvt. James Francis Ryan, a World War II paratrooper portrayed by Matt Damon, became the object of an intense search […]


Mayor, city press on in quest for future water

Rain the past two days in West Texas has fallen on some of the thirstiest ground around. The wet-weather system – fueled in part by dying hurricane Vance (now a tropical storm) as it spins off the southwestern coast of Mexico and saunters ashore – is exactly what the doctor ordered to help fight a […]

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Ballot drama delays Shirley’s opportunity

Navajo Nation voters had the opportunity today to elect Abilene Christian University graduate Dr. Joe Shirley Jr. (’73) to a record third term of office as president. But late-breaking drama in the process has caused the election to be postponed until its executive, legislative and judicial leaders can sort out the pieces of a disagreement […]

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