Long Story: How Ove got a leg up on history

The man who kicked the world’s longest field goal had never so much as seen an American football game six weeks before. On Abilene Christian University’s Homecoming weekend in 1976, Ove Johansson (’77) booted a 69-yarder through Shotwell Stadium’s south end zone uprights, eclipsing the record set earlier in the day and establishing one that […]

LiveBeyond leaders eye ominous hurricane

A short message left Sunday afternoon on the Facebook page of Abilene Christian University alumnus David M. Vanderpool, M.D., was direct yet confident with a potential disaster looming on the horizon: “The LiveBeyond team is prepared to act as first responders when Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti with clean water, food and medical care.” Matthew, the most powerful […]

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The King and I: ACU alums remember Palmer

I was 25 years old when I met The King. It was August 1994 in Tulsa, Okla., and golf legend Arnold Palmer, who died last Sunday at the age of 87, had just played his last round ever at the PGA Championship – his 37th appearance in that event as a competitor and my first […]

Tag Team: ACU great throws hat in radio ring

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. West Texas football legend becomes a college all-America, plays a little pro ball, takes up professional wrestling, during which time he builds a portfolio as a financial guru on network television while enjoying his off hours cutting grass on the field where he heads up a rugby program […]

Dr. John’s 9/11 advice ‘In Times Such as These’

For the Winter 2002 issue of ACU Today magazine, we asked Abilene Christian University alumni from various walks of life to reflect on the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 – 9/11, as it had come to be known. We called our cover story “Living in Our Brave New World.” One wrote about the ministerial work of members […]

West leads former Wildcats in NFL, CFL

The National Football League is the land of opportunity each season for several former Abilene Christian University football standouts, and when his proverbial moment in the sun arrived last year, Charcandrick West (’14) literally took the ball and ran with it. No one player on the 2015 Chiefs’ roster could have been expected to replace veteran Jamaal Charles when he […]

Category: Alumni News, Sports

Willis, others making waves in science world

Writing feature stories in ACU Today magazine does not always require taking a short course in quantum physics, but with “Making Waves,” we came close. Writer Sarah Carlson (’06) was a good sport about tackling this feature in the newest issue, which involved tracking down globetrotting Dr. Josh Willis (’97) and putting into layman’s terms a bit of […]

At Dillard Hall, community is center

Abilene Christian University celebrated the grand opening of its 11th on-campus residence for students, Gayle and Max Dillard Hall, on Aug. 19, 2016, in a ceremony honoring its namesakes. More than 180 sophomore women have moved into Dillard Hall’s apartments, which contain a living space, bedroom and kitchen for two to four students. The facility […]

ACU Remembers: Dr. Bruce Evans

Dr. Bruce Max Evans (’59), veteran former administrator at Abilene Christian University and The ACU Foundation, died Aug. 25, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas, at the age of 79. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. at Southern Hills Church of Christ (3666 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, Texas 79605), with […]

‘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 […]

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