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 […]


Baseball team still slinging stones at Goliaths

The Abilene Christian University baseball team is 6-9 in the Southland Conference as it prepares to host Sam Houston State University this weekend at Crutcher Scott Field. That’s the same Bearkat squad that traveled to Austin earlier this week and shutout The University of Texas, 5-0. But don’t let the Wildcats’ overall record (8-26) fool you. If they keep slinging, they will land a stone […]

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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 […]


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 […]


Smitty: A man for all seasons

On the recruiting trail, Don Smith (’53) was relentless. I found out firsthand one night in 1990. Smith and I had just broadcast Abilene Christian University’s football game against Texas A&M-Kingsville University. It was the Wildcats’ 10th straight loss and “Smitty,” as he was affectionately known around ACU for the better part of half a […]


VIA News: Halbert ‘proud’ of building

Dean Walling (’30) – scientist, entrepreneur, benefactor – was “larger than life” to his grandson, David D. Halbert (’78). “The older I get,” Halbert said Tuesday at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new science facility that will bear both men’s names, “the larger he gets.” Now the legacy of both men and their families will be quite […]


Hundreds of Wildcats serve their neighbors

More than 250 members of the Abilene Christian University community – students, parents, alumni, prospective students and trustees – turned out on Saturday to serve their neighbors in the inaugural statewide Wildcats Serving day. Events were held in Abilene, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, coordinated by university relations director Craig Fisher (’92) and his team […]

Category: Alumni News, Events


VIA News: Gray Stadium demo begins Monday

Demolition of old Elmer Gray Stadium, a venerable U.S. track and field venue for decades at Abilene Christian University, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 30. It will make way for the eventual footprint of the proposed Wildcat Stadium and a return to on-campus football games for the first time since World War II. Just to the southwest, new Elmer […]


McNeal headlines April 9 leadership seminar

Missional church leadership expert Dr. Reggie McNeal will be the featured speaker April 9 when CitySquare and Abilene Christian University’s Siburt Institute host a half-day Equipping for Ministry seminar in Dallas. McNeal, author of Kingdom Come: Why We Must Quit Our Obsession Over Fixing the Church and What We Should Do Instead, will speak on “Developing Kingdom Leadership.” […]


Wildcats playing NCAA’s top baseball teams

Wildcat fans who may still be in denial that Abilene Christian University is playing major NCAA Division I competition need to head to Crutcher Scott Field in April. Kudos to head baseball coach Britt Bonneau, whose team plays in the historically strong Southland Conference, for not shying away from challenging the best competition in the Southwest. Scheduling such heavyweights can be hard on […]

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