ACU Remembers: William F. Hooten

Former longtime Abilene Christian University trustee William F. “Bill” Hooten of Johns Creek, Ga., died Oct. 2 at age 88. He was born Aug. 13, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., married Joanne “Jan” Jeans on Aug. 1, 1949, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy […]


VIA News: Onstead groundbreaking scheduled

Donors have given more than $41 million of the needed $45 million to a trio of science projects on the south side of the Abilene Christian University campus, paving the way for groundbreaking on the Onstead Science Center next month. A ceremonial groundbreaking event is scheduled for after Chapel on Monday, Nov. 10, outside the […]


Brantly: Focus on stopping Ebola in Africa

While this week’s developing news about a second diagnosis of Ebola in Dallas is worrisome to some Metroplex residents, the comments of local and federal health officials there are echoing what Samaritan’s Purse physician Dr. Kent Brantly (’03) said Friday at Abilene Christian University, his alma mater. Nina Pham, a nurse among other healthcare workers who […]


ACU Remembers: Gayle Taylor

A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. in Abilene Christian University’s Chapel on the Hill for Linda Gayle Taylor, 68, who died Oct. 12 in Abilene. Taylor, who endeared herself to tens of thousands of students while working at ACU for 20 years, was born Sept. 22, 1946, in Abilene. She graduated […]


Brantlys’ journey takes unexpected detour

“Where are you right now?” That question came in an urgent phone call yesterday to Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly (’03). Brantly and his family happened to be on a road trip to Abilene where he and his wife, Amber (Carroll ’06), are scheduled to speak Friday on the ACU campus. Doctors from Nebraska were […]


10 Questions with Dawne Meeks

Life sometimes comes full circle. That’s something  Dawne (Swearingen ’95) Meeks, director of this year’s Homecoming musical Big Fish, can tell you about. Meeks came to ACU as a freshman in 1991, the same year Adam Hester (’77) became chair of the theatre department. After graduating from Abilene Christian in 1995, she went on to […]


Gabriel making most of NFL opportunity

At 167 pounds, he is often the slightest player on the field, but 5-foot-8 Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (’14) keeps making big plays to justify his coaches’ decision to give the speedy rookie from Abilene Christian University a shot in the National Football League. With four catches for 97 yards, Gabriel was the […]

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ACU Remembers: Jimmy Jividen

A memorial service was held this afternoon for 1951 Abilene Christian University graduate Delta “Jimmy” Jividen, 84, a longtime popular evangelist and author who died Thursday in Abilene. Jividen was born Nov. 26, 1929, in Woodward County, Okla. He was Students’ Association president at ACU, where he met his wife, Shirley Jones (’54). The couple […]

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10 Questions with Amber Brantly

When Dr. Kent (’03) and Amber (Carroll ’06) Brantly accepted a call to the medical missions field in Liberia in 2013, they had no inkling their lives might one day be the making of international headlines. “It still feels bizarre to me that people know about us, that it even mattered to so many people […]


ACU alum leading NCTC through bus tragedy

Abilene Christian University knows all too well the effects a tragic bus accident can have on an academic community. It’s been a little less than three years since a busload of students and faculty from ACU’s Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was involved in an accident that killed sophomore Anabel Reid and injured 15 others, some critically. […]

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