ACU Remembers: Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen

Former Abilene Christian University provost Dr. Dwayne Dale VanRheenen, 72, died Aug. 11, 2016, in Washington state following an illness. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28, at Abilene’s Highland Church of Christ (425 Highland Ave., Abilene, Texas 79605). A reception will follow with the family. VanRheenen was born in […]


‘A God Thing’: Perrys, WCB, ACU, Madagascar

Susan Perry (’77) says their vacation scrapbooks while growing up had as many images of radio equipment as family members. That happens when your forward-thinking father is an expert in using short wave technology for mass communication and world evangelism. “Dad was always taking pictures of towers and turntables, scouting out places to share with […]


Thoughts on a transformative provost

Abilene Christian University provost emeritus Dr. Dwayne D. VanRheenen, 72, died Aug. 11, 2016, in Washington state following an illness. Plans for a memorial service are in progress. VanRheenen was provost from 1996-2010, leading the academic side of ACU with distinction and serving as champion over a number of new initiatives and innovations that have strengthened the […]


ACU Remembers: Dr. Donice Kelly Pruitt

Dr. Donice (Hawes) Kelly Pruitt, former longtime chair of the Abilene Christian University home economics department, died July 7, 2016, in Lubbock at age 94. Pruitt was born April 21, 1922, in Benton, Kan., and graduated from high school in Whitewater, Kan., in 1940. She attended Harding University before earning a bachelor’s degree in home economics education in 1943 and a […]


ACU Remembers: Erma Jean Loveland

Longtime Abilene Christian University library archivist Erma Jean (Alkire ’58) Loveland, 79, died June 22, 2016, in Abilene. She was born Oct. 2, 1936, in Greene County, Ind., and graduated from Kimberly (Idaho) High School in 1954. She earned a B.S. degree in education with special emphasis on business from ACU, a M.S. in education […]


ACU Remembers: Bonnie Bailey

Bonnie Mignon (Pitt) Bailey, 68, a former longtime administrative assistant at Abilene Christian University, died May 30, 2016, in Abilene. A visitation with the family is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on June 3 at Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut St., Abilene, Texas 79602). A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. on June 4 in the Hillcrest Church of Christ (650 […]


Lucado visits with students about writing craft

The last time Max Lucado (’77) likely visited the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication’s news room, he was a shaggy-haired columnist for The Optimist newspaper in the mid-1970s. Last Tuesday the best-selling Christian author sat in a chair, sipping coffee and sharing wisdom about the craft of writing with Abilene Christian University students. Lucado was honored April […]


The Hamiltons dig love and biblical history

When Old Testament scholar Dr. Mark Hamilton (’90 M.Div.) told me about his upcoming semester in Israel with his wife, Dr. Samjung Kang-Hamilton (’88 M.R.E.), revisiting the place where they first met nearly 30 years earlier, my story-telling wheels began to turn. It will likely embarrass the two Abilene Christian University professors but Hepburn and Olivier in […]


We think ewe will love ElderLink story, art

Assigning writers and photographers/artists to ACU Today feature stories can be a bit of a Match Game at times, although not exactly like the long-running (1962-82) and often rollicking TV panel game show from years gone by. Pairing Grant Boone (’91) and Bobby Gombert (’93) on “Flock Management” – a look at ElderLink’s first 15 years as an influential Abilene […]


Scholarship campaign passes $50 million mark

Thanks to a $20 million commitment from Lacy (’61) and Dorothy Harber of Denison, Texas, Abilene Christian University’s Partnering in the Journey campaign has exceeded its goal to raise $50 million for endowed scholarships for students to assist in making college more affordable. Partnering in the Journey now stands at $50,075,647 in commitments. The $20 […]

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