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Alumna’s firm wins U.S. Supreme Court case

An Abilene Christian University alumna is in the national spotlight today after the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., announced its ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. Lori (Halstead ’01) Windham, J.D., senior counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is a member of the legal team representing Hobby Lobby’s challenge of the Affordable Care […]

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10 Questions with attorney Lori Windham

As senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Lori (Halstead ’01) Windham, J.D., has argued some controversial cases, among them the right of a Santeria priest to conduct animal sacrifice in the garage of his Texas home. Now as a member of the legal team representing Hobby Lobby’s challenge of the Affordable Care […]

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A conversation with Lisa Shannon

Lisa Shannon visited Abilene Christian University on March 3, 2014, to speak at the ACU Peace Conference sponsored by the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution. Shannon, founder of Run for Congo Women, was the first national grassroots activist in the United States working to raise awareness of the forgotten humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of […]

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A conversation with Rebecca Balcarcel

Poet Rebecca Balcarcel will visit Abilene Christian University on April 3 to help celebrate National Poetry Month with a free, open reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Core Classroom adjacent to the Brown Library. Listen as she talks about her writing technique, her early influences and her favorite poem. She also shares one of her […]


A conversation with Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald, retired president, board chair and CEO for Procter & Gamble and a pioneer in the areas of global trade and economic growth, recently visited the ACU campus where he addressed students in the College of Business Administration. He also was featured in COBA’s Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon in the Hunter Welcome Center, an event well […]


Lady CRU contest seeks difference-makers

Darbie Angell (’03), founder of CRU Dinnerware, is the epitome of a woman using her talents to make a real difference in the world. The Georgetown native, whose passion for art was kindled at ACU, launched her company in 2008 when she was put on bed rest during a difficult pregnancy. In the five years […]


Kirby’s CHS video is finalist in GMA contest

Students at Cooper High School in Abilene let out a “roar” that has been heard across the nation, and Deborah (Talley ’09) Kirby, a graduate of Abilene Christian University’s Department of Teacher Education, was roaring right along with them. The students created a video that was named one of five finalists in a “Good Morning […]

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A conversation with Dr. Carlos Stroud

Dr. Carlos Stroud, professor at the Institute of Optics and Department of Physics at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), met with students at Abilene Christian University this October. Stroud is a world-renowned leader in the fields of quantum optics and laser science. He also is a distinguished traveling lecturer for the Division of Laser Science […]


A conversation with filmmaker Brent McCorkle

Nashville filmmaker Brent McCorkle was on the Abilene Christian University campus in May talking to students interested in the film industry. The director and writer of the 2012 film Unconditional spoke to students at the invitation of ACU alumnus and Grammy Award-nominated music video producer Randy Brewer (’93), owner of Nashville-based Revolution Pictures. Originally from the Metroplex, McCorkle studied film […]


Alumnus takes risk to fight rare blood disorder

Abilene Christian University graduate Hunter Hanner (’05) was born with chronic granulomatous disease, a rare blood disorder that left his body unable to fight off infection. Despite a poor prognosis, Hunter beat the odds and made it to adulthood, settling into life as an Abilene businessman and father of three who is married to Jennifer (Hathorn ’05). Yet […]

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