ACU Remembers: W.C. ‘Dub’ Orr

Former longtime ACU trustee and respected church leadership consultant Wilson Clark “Dub” Orr (’50) died June 9, 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 89. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Abilene’s Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602). A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 23, at Highland Church of […]


Day of Giving largest in ACU history

The Abilene Christian University community came together like never before on our first-ever Day of Giving on May 23: ACU received 926 gifts totaling more than $140,000. That’s the most gifts given in a single day to the university in its 111 years. “I am overwhelmed by the tremendous generosity shown by ACU’s friends and […]


Ballards seek organ donor with rare blood type

An Abilene couple whose hopes were buoyed by the way ACU Today readers responded to another alum’s need for a unique kidney donor last year, has asked for their story to be shared as well. Brent (’69) and Cheryl Ballard of Abilene are part of a multi-generational ACU family. Cheryl, 69, seeks a potential donor with rare A negative […]


Kirby fund a resource for students in need

Glasses. Diapers. Groceries. Rent. Staff members in the office of Student Life at Abilene Christian University each year encounter students who need help paying for all of these life necessities as they encounter difficult situations and personal hardships during their time here. For example, one student paying her and her brother’s way through school needed […]


Lee presented with honorary doctorate

Eddie Lee, superintendent of Midland Christian School, on Saturday received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for distinction in education and contributions to society. Lee was awarded the degree, one of Abilene Christian University’s highest honors, at May Commencement in Moody Coliseum. He is the 85th person to receive such an award in the […]


Lost Lobo: ACU says goodbye to the Wolf

The old guard came home to huddle one last time around the one they called Wolf. To do for him, once and for all, what he’d never done for himself. Jerry “Wolfie” Wilson (’71) died April 25 at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer. His nickname came from Ron Willingham (’54), […]


Candlelight devo tradition burning bright

Some traditions at Abilene Christian University begin quite intentionally but others have inauspicious roots. The Candlelight Devotional at ACU is a little of both, and this fall celebrates its 25th anniversary on the Hill. Devotionals – devo for short – are no strangers to our landscape. A Tuesday night one for decades was held on […]


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 […]


Friends honor ‘Doc’ through scholarship​

Several Dallas-area businessmen and ACU alumni are spearheading an effort to honor the legacy of the late C.E. “Doc” Cornutt (’71) at the university he loved. Cornutt, former Abilene Christian University trustee and board chair, died in Dallas in 2016 after an extended illness shortened his life and career of service. Among survivors are his wife, Linda (Core ’70) Cornutt; daughters Sara (Cornutt ’99) […]

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