A conversation with author Nika Maples

Motivational speaker and author Nika Maples suffered a lupus-induced stroke that led to quadriplegia during her sophomore year at Abilene Christian University. She recently returned to campus to share the story of her journey of hope and recovery. “The courage Nika showed in battling against a disease that nearly killed her is truly inspirational,” says […]


105th Summit to feature Isaiah messages

The 105th annual version of Summit at Abilene Christian University includes thought-provoking presentations by more than 130 speakers, including minister and best-selling Christian author Max Lucado (’77), during four days of programming centered around messages from Old Testament-era prophet Isaiah. Summit, known for years at ACU as the university’s Bible Lectureship, is “a conversation where […]


Homecoming Week: Queen for a Day, Part 3

In 1979, Evelyn Lynette Howard became the first African-American to be chosen Homecoming Queen by her fellow students at Abilene Christian University. In this classic moment from halftime at Shotwell Stadium, she reacts to hearing her name announced to the crowd. She was escorted by her late father, T.R. Howard. Lynette is a native of […]

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Baker celebrates 103rd birthday in church

Hattie Bentley Baker, an Abilene Christian University alumna from the Class of 1928, celebrated her 103rd birthday with friends at the place she most wanted to be on a recent Sunday morning – at church. ACU Today featured the centenarian in “One Hundred and Counting” in its Winter 2009 issue. David Rogers, minister of the […]

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Roach prepares video for Oprah competition

Dr. Tony Roach (’92 D.Min.), longtime evangelist of Abilene’s Minda Church of Christ, is auditioning for Oprah Winfrey’s “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star” competition that winds down this weekend. The winner will host his or her talk show on Winfrey’s new network sometime in 2011. Roach was profiled by the […]

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Johansson recounts whirlwind trip to Phantom

On a recent trip back home to Amarillo, Texas, former Abilene Christian University theatre graduate Annika Johansson (’06) sat down for a 30-minute interview on PBS affiliate KACV-TV 2 that provides a fascinating look inside her journey from an award-winning Austin Live Theatre actor to a part-time school teacher to the national tour of The […]

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