Swab story: Young starts life-giving relay

Earl Young (’62) had the finest of his many memorable moments on a track running the second leg of a relay. Last Monday at Moody Coliseum, he went first. The man who as a 19-year-old sophomore at Abilene Christian University helped the United States win a gold medal and set a world record in the […]


ACU Remembers: Bill Hart

Award-winning sportswriter Bill F. Hart (’52), who wrote about Abilene Christian University athletics for decades while forging a storied newspaper career in West Texas, died April 21 at age 83 in Baird, Texas. A memorial service for Hart will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Baird Church of Christ (Interstate 20 and F.M. 2047), with internment at […]

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10 Questions with Opry-bound Zane Williams

A native of Abilene, Zane Williams (’99) nearly gave up his dreams of a music career, nine years after pursuing it in Nashville, Tenn, following graduation. After a return to Texas, his instinctive feel for songwriting began to open doors. His poignant album title cut, “Hurry Home,” won the $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year honor in the John […]


ACU Remembers: Harold Lipford

Former Abilene Christian Schools administrator and ACU fundraising professional Harold Thomas Lipford (’50) died April 18, 2015, in Abilene, Texas, at age 92. A memorial service will be held at University Church of Christ on Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m. with a private burial service at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene. Services are under the direction of Piersall Funeral […]

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Ideas on stage at university’s first TEDxACU

Abilene Christian University’s first TEDx event begins this morning in Cullen Auditorium, where its “ReThink” theme features 13 speakers making short presentations of “ideas worth spreading”. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the […]


ACU Remembers: Karen Griffith

Abilene Christian University staff member Karen Leigh (Wood ’06) Griffith, 62, died April 12, 2015, in Abilene. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 16, at Woodlawn Church of Christ (3185 N. 10th St., 79603) at 10 a.m., with burial following in Hamby Cemetery. Visitation is today at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home (5701 Highway 277 S., 79602) from 5-7 p.m. […]

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Saturday’s meet the biggest at ACU in 55 years

The most high-powered meet in 55 years – featuring three full NCAA Division I teams – will christen Abilene Christian University’s new Elmer Gray Stadium this Saturday, harkening memories of ACU’s longtime history near the epicenter of the track and field world. Competition Saturday in the second annual Wes Kittley Invitational between teams from ACU, Texas Tech […]


Masters degree: Purple and White see green

Unless you’re a children’s show dinosaur or Gotham’s Joker – and that surely eliminates a sizable chunk of you – purple and green aren’t much of a match. But through the years, Abilene Christian University’s primary color has interwoven significantly with the trademark tint of the Masters Tournament, the 79th edition of which is being […]


Zane Williams to follow Aaron Watson at Opry

In a place where country music history runs deep, a little ACU tradition is starting to emerge as well. Earlier this month, Aaron Watson (’00) became the third former Abilene Christian University student to play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Later this month, Zane Williams (’99) will become the second Wildcat in a […]

Category: Alumni News


VIA News: New stadium will open with a bang

With the crack of a starter pistol, a ceremonial first lap at Abilene Christian University’s new Elmer Gray Stadium will be covered by some of those who made the old stadium of that name legendary in the annals of track and field. Olympic relay gold medalist Earl Young (’62) will take the baton and break the tape about noon this […]

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