Author Archives: Robin Saylor

ACU alum leads life-changing initiative at Nike

New footwear designed by Nike innovator and former Abilene Christian University pole vaulter Tobie Hatfield (’87) is a game-changer for people with disabilities. The newest Lebron Zoom Soldier 8 uses Flyease technology, a wraparound design allowing for rear entry with no laces to tie while still providing needed ankle support. The new sneakers will be released to consumers in limited quantities beginning July […]

Category: Alumni News, Sports


Off-beat pageant showcases frontier skills

Four years ago, Jeff Salmon (’91), executive director for Frontier Texas, asked Abilene Christian University’s student-run advertising agency Morris & Mitchell to come up with an idea to help promote the history museum. The result was a novel scholarship pageant for local college women called Miss Frontier Texas. It is billed as a competition for “women […]


Cuban-born artist makes his mark on Abilene

Internationally acclaimed Cuban-American artist and ACU alumnus Rolando Diaz (’79) has made a big splash on the city where he got his start as a professional years ago. This particular splash is a nearly 145-foot-long ocean-themed mural along the side of an historic building on South First Street between Butternut and Cedar in Abilene. Diaz, […]

Category: Alumni News


For the Least of These: The Roses

Trevor Rose (’04) has experienced both sides of the adoption process as an adopted child and now an adoptive parent. “Looking back on the process from start to finish, we see God’s hand sculpting this work. The timing was too perfect to be anything other than God’s timing,” he says. Enjoy his story as we […]


ACU to open new Metroplex campus

Abilene Christian University has announced plans to expand its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with a new campus and several new graduate programs. “The Metroplex expansion is part of a strategic plan to diversify and extend ACU’s reach,” said president Dr. Phil Schubert (’91). “It allows us to serve a greater number of students […]


ScreamFree Parenting gets viral video shoutout

A viral video created by an infant formula maker shows just how mainstream ACU alumnus Hal Runkel’s ScreamFree Parenting brand has become. Runkel (’00 M.M.F.T.) is founder and president of The ScreamFree Institute. His 2007 best-seller ScreamFree Parenting launched his reputation as an expert in helping families face conflict and create healthy relationships. “Years ago, […]

Category: Alumni News


For the Least of These: The Johnsons

Teresa (Johnson ’78) Terry’s parents were nearly 60 years old when they adopted her youngest brother, Mike. Read her story as we continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their hearts to adopt. Never Too Old My parents both attended ACU as did my siblings and I. My dad, Roland Johnson (’40), liked to work out […]


For the Least of These: The Winklers

As a crisis mental health therapist, Angie Winkler (B.S. ’01) has worked with numerous children who were in foster care. The need she saw inspired her to become a foster parent herself, and then an adoptive mother, even though she had many reasons not to. Angie adopted her son, Nathan, at age 4. He had been living […]


For the Least of These: The Browns

When sixth-grader Annie Brown wrote a school essay about adoption, the ball started rolling. When it came to a stop, a toddler from Uganda named Moses had become part of Alan (’92) and Holly (McLeod ’92) Brown’s family. Enjoy their story, as we continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their […]


For the Least of These: The Steeles

Greg (’08) and Tiffany (Thompson ’09) Steele met while students at Abilene Christian University and found a common bond in the idea of adopting a child. “Many people think that adoption is a fall-back plan or a safety net for infertile couples,” Tiffany says. “Adoption is anything but that. It is pure love, joy and completely […]

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