Author Archives: Ron Hadfield

VIA News: Gray Stadium demo begins Monday

Demolition of old Elmer Gray Stadium, a venerable U.S. track and field venue for decades at Abilene Christian University, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 30. It will make way for the eventual footprint of the proposed Wildcat Stadium and a return to on-campus football games for the first time since World War II. Just to the southwest, new Elmer […]


McNeal headlines April 9 leadership seminar

Missional church leadership expert Dr. Reggie McNeal will be the featured speaker April 9 when CitySquare and Abilene Christian University’s Siburt Institute host a half-day Equipping for Ministry seminar in Dallas. McNeal, author of Kingdom Come: Why We Must Quit Our Obsession Over Fixing the Church and What We Should Do Instead, will speak on “Developing Kingdom Leadership.” […]


10 Questions with country star Aaron Watson

The spotlight is pretty much the same shape as the well-worn piece of wooden stage underneath the WSM radio microphone at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, where Abilene Christian University graduate Aaron Watson (’00) is about to find out how it feels to step into country music’s most famous circle, literally and figuratively. And he’s not nervous […]


Wildcats playing NCAA’s top baseball teams

Wildcat fans who may still be in denial that Abilene Christian University is playing major NCAA Division I competition need to head to Crutcher Scott Field in April. Kudos to head baseball coach Britt Bonneau, whose team plays in the historically strong Southland Conference, for not shying away from challenging the best competition in the Southwest. Scheduling such heavyweights can be hard on […]


VIA News: Follow construction on webcams

Want an eagle’s eye view of the various Vision in Action construction projects at Abilene Christian University? You can follow along with the help of three webcams positioned to document progress. This webcam (click on the image for a live view) follows the new Elmer Gray Stadium site as it prepares for grand opening on April 10 and the first […]


VIA News: This one-story building stood tall

This blog post will be the only fanfare Tuesday for a structure about to meet its demise on the Abilene Christian University campus, one perhaps best known by its nearly anonymous description: “that one-story building between Bennett Gym and Chambers Hall.” History shows it actually helped speak volumes about ACU for more than 50 years. One of […]


Watson, album are on top of country world

A little more than 52 miles of pavement on Highway 84 separate their West Texas hometowns – Abilene and Coleman – but Aaron Watson (’00) and Ronnie Dunn (’76), respectively, share an alma mater, a fierce independent spirit and now, a piece of music history. Today, Watson became the second former Abilene Christian University student in nearly four years to […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Jerilyn Pfeifer

Dr. Jerilyn (Kyker ’70) Pfeifer, a former ACU professor and administrator who was the first woman to be named principal of an Abilene high school, died Feb. 22, 2015, in Abilene at age 66. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Highland Church of Christ (425 Highland Ave, Abilene, Texas 79605). A private […]


Watson to play iconic Nashville music venues

You can pinch Aaron Watson (’00) and let the Abilene Christian University graduate know he’s no longer dreaming: He’s about to put his well-worn Cowboy boots on two of the biggest stages in his chosen line of work. One of the brightest young stars in Texas country music, Watson will perform Sunday night (Feb. 15) at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, […]

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