ACU to face SMU after WNIT upset of OSU

Two days after their biggest win since beginning a transition to NCAA Division I, Julie Goodenough’s ACU team (23-8) is preparing for the second round of the postseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament and a matchup Monday night in Dallas against SMU (18-14). Tipoff is 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus, where ACU’s opponent […]


Stillwater Ran Deep: Coach recalls OSU days

Stillwater, Okla., wasn’t Julie Goodenough’s first rodeo. But heading back there 15 years later to lead Abilene Christian University into a women’s basketball battle against against her former team, Goodenough admits the bull was bigger than she thought. “I honestly had no clue,” she recalls, “about the vast difference between coaching in the Big 12 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Wildcat hopes flying high after standout season

Opponents of the women’s basketball team know Lizzy Dimba, Sydney Shelstead, Alexis Mason and Suzzy Dimba as a hard-working quartet of players who helped put Abilene Christian University hoops on the map during ACU’s transition to NCAA Division I. While posing for us recently, they took a moment to enjoy a selfie during a photo shoot for “Junior Achievement,” the cover […]


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 […]


ACU 101: What it takes to be a Wildcat mascot

It’s September and the West Texas Fair and Rodeo is here, which means it’s time for cooler weather and rain to bedevil the event’s historic parade. If not for a downpour this past Saturday morning, the parade through downtown Abilene would have marked the 83rd anniversary of Bob Thomas‘ debut. Bob Thomas, if you didn’t know, was the name of Abilene Christian […]


Summit program booklet, app now available

Abilene Christian University’s 110th annual Summit is set to run Sept. 18-21, 2016, and you can begin now to choose the classes and other sessions to attend. The theme is “Love God, Love Your Neighbor: Living the Greatest Commandments.” To make travel from the event more convenient for out-of-town guests, Summit programming will end at noon on […]


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 […]

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