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 […]


Angels and Demons: Clothed in righteousness

For two-and-a-half hours on a recent Saturday, Mike McConathy was the worst dressed man in college basketball. The men’s head coach of Northwestern State University had arrived at Moody Coliseum decked out smartly in a gray sport coat with crossing purple stripes, black slacks and a dark mock turtleneck. But just before his team tipped […]


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 […]


Halbert-Walling Research Center opens

The Abilene Christian University community came out in force Feb. 17 to celebrate the grand opening of the Halbert-Walling Research Center, one of the pillars of ACU’s Vision in Action initiative. Hundreds gathered at the ceremony and toured the 54,000-square-foot facility that serves as the new home for the departments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry and […]


Missionaries, advocate honored at Alumni Day

Chelsea (Thornton ’01) Buchholtz still can’t believe she’s Abilene Christian University’s 2017 Young Alumna of the Year. Just look at the previous recipients of the award, she told attendees at the Alumni Day lunch Feb. 19: 2016’s Gilbert Tuhabonye (’01), an inspirational speaker, author, running coach and philanthropist; and 2015’s Dr. Kent (’03) and Amber (Carroll […]


ACU Remembers: Wendell Broom

Beautiful Feet. That was the theme of the World Missions Workshop when Wendell Broom (’45) brought it to the Abilene Christian University campus in Fall 1972. Footprints painted on sidewalks across the campus led students and visitors to Moody Coliseum. Broom died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Dallas at age 93, but his footprints can be found around […]


Super Man: Gabriel soars to NFL stardom

The straightest line between the points of Mesquite, Texas, and NRG Stadium in Houston is 250 miles. Taylor Gabriel (’15) took the scenic route. Barely three years since completing his record-setting career at Abilene Christian University, Gabriel will be the latest Wildcat player to reach the Super Bowl when his Atlanta Falcons take on the […]


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 […]


Pit Stop: ACU returns to Lobos’ hoops haven

Dr. David Wray (’67) didn’t score the most famous two points in the history of the University of New Mexico’s legendary basketball arena known as The Pit. That distinction belongs, now and forever, to Lorenzo Charles whose unintentional alley oop dunk at the buzzer led North Carolina State University and fiery coach Jim Valvano to […]

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