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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


‘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 […]


Women’s hoops stars grace cover of new issue

It’s been 20 years since women’s basketball was the cover story of ACU Today magazine. That’s when the 1995-96 team, led by senior Jennifer Clarkson Frazier and sophomore Shalonda Bowden, went 31-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight. Our newest issue features four student-athletes who are helping the Wildcats reach new heights in NCAA Division I. Twins Lizzy and Suzzy Dimba, along with Alexis […]


Lucado visits with students about writing craft

The last time Max Lucado (’77) likely visited the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication’s news room, he was a shaggy-haired columnist for The Optimist newspaper in the mid-1970s. Last Tuesday the best-selling Christian author sat in a chair, sipping coffee and sharing wisdom about the craft of writing with Abilene Christian University students. Lucado was honored April […]


Five organ donors respond to Alvarez’ need

In his spare time, Abel Alvarez (’82) is a mobile-learning consultant who knows well the power of social media. But the minister in McAllen, Texas, is still amazed at the quick response by the Abilene Christian University community to his critical search for a kidney donor. A mid-day post March 2 on the ACU Today blog described his urgent need to find someone who also shared […]


We think ewe will love ElderLink story, art

Assigning writers and photographers/artists to ACU Today feature stories can be a bit of a Match Game at times, although not exactly like the long-running (1962-82) and often rollicking TV panel game show from years gone by. Pairing Grant Boone (’91) and Bobby Gombert (’93) on “Flock Management” – a look at ElderLink’s first 15 years as an influential Abilene […]


New issue of ACU Today takes flight

The newest issue of ACU Today magazine mailed recently. And while our cover story has never before been tied to Second Glance, the one-page essay near the end of each issue, this one is not your everyday subject. “The Songbird who gives ACU voices their wings” is about one of the most beloved women in university history, voice teacher […]


Medical Missions: Guatemala with HTI

Many ACU students get their first taste of medical missions as undergraduates studying to become future doctors, dentists, nurses, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals. Two of those students – Jeremy Aymard, senior biology major from San Francisco, Calif., and Selvin Villeda, senior biology major from Rockwall, Texas – shared photos from their Spring Break trip […]

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