Author Archives: Ron Hadfield

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


ACU to face SMU after WNIT upset of OSU

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 […]


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 […]


ACU Remembers: Judge Jack Pope

Judge Andrew Jackson “Jack” Pope (’34), retired Texas Supreme Court justice and 103-year-old giant of Lone Star State judicial history, died Feb. 25, 2017, in Austin. Services honoring his life today at Austin’s University Avenue Church of Christ were followed by his burial at the Texas State Cemetery. Flags across Pope’s beloved home state will fly half-staff March 3-7 […]


Dorrel answers new calling: ACU head coach

College football’s winningest active head football coach today accepted a new job as Wildcat leader, saying he’s ready for a fresh challenge in his career and feeling like he’s being called to Abilene Christian University for a higher purpose in his life. Adam Dorrel, whose Northwest Missouri State University team two days ago won its third NCAA […]


ACU Remembers: Waymond Griggs

Waymond E. Griggs (’58), a member of Abilene Christian University’s Sports Hall of Fame and one of the top sprinters in the world during a standout collegiate career, died Nov. 30, 2016, in Abilene at age 80. A graveside service will be held Monday, Dec. 5, at Hamby Cemetery in Jones County, Texas, under the direction […]


ACU Remembers: Holly Dunn

Singer-songwriter Holly Suzette Dunn (’79), the only Abilene Christian University graduate to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry, died Nov. 14, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M., following a short battle with cancer. She was 59. Funeral arrangements are pending. Dunn was born Aug. 22, 1957, in San Antonio. An ACU Sing Song hostess in 1979 and member of the Hilltoppers […]


Wildcat hopes flying high after standout season

Opponents of the women’s basketball team know Lizzy Dimba, Sydney Shelstead, Alexis Mason and Suzzy Dimba as a hard-working quartet of players who helped put Abilene Christian University hoops on the map during ACU’s transition to NCAA Division I. While posing for us recently, they took a moment to enjoy a selfie during a photo shoot for “Junior Achievement,” the cover […]

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