2015 Friends of ACU Library Summit Luncheon, with John Allen Chalk

From our president, Dr. Jonathan Camp:

On behalf of the Friends of ACU Library, we invite you to our annual Summit Luncheon at 12 pm on Monday, September 21, in the lower level of the Margaret and Herman Brown Library. The luncheon program will celebrate the completion of the Herald of Truth collection, which is now ready for use by teachers and researchers who are interested in exploring the tremendous influence Herald of Truth has played in the shaping of the Churches of Christ during the post-WW2 era. Accordingly, our special guest speaker is John Allen Chalk, whose nationally-broadcast “Herald of Truth” sermons in 1968 played a pivotal role in improving race relations within Churches of Christ.
The Luncheon is free of charge and limited to 100 guests. RSVP here.
Please consider renewing or beginning your FACUL membership today, by clicking here.

We hope to see you there!

2015 Event Summary

The Spring Event was a grand success! Below you will find some words from our board and pictures of the event. Thank you for supporting us!

Greetings, dear Friends of the ACU Library. I asked our newest board-member, Mrs. Kate Ferguson from Albany, to write her reflections on the recent FACUL dinner. Be well, – Jon Camp, FACUL President

If Elmer Kelton is correct in his assessment of writers as liars and thieves, then FACUL’s spring dinner and fundraiser might have raised some eyebrows. Fortunately, the pretty centerpieces, good food, and eloquent speakers offset any possible convictions.

The evening’s keynote speaker, Glenn Dromgoole, wisely stated there are at least two stories involved with a book. One is between the pages, and the other lies outside of the pages, in the history of the book’s journey from writer to publisher to reader. The FACUL spring dinner was just such an opportunity to explore this newspaper editor turned author’s own outer story, and how Dromgoole’s books are born, reared, and preserved.  He gave his audience a thoughtful and humorous glimpse into the processes behind three of his 24 books, and even introduced us to some characters, some admittedly drawn from real life. His newest title, 101 Essential Texas Books, a book about – well – books, is sure to get us thinking about our personal libraries at home. I am grateful to ACU Press for having the foresight to include the Texas Star owner in its hall of writers, as Dromgoole has helped to secure Abilene’s place on the literary map.

Other moments from the evening are imprinted; Carisse Berryhill’s thoughtful prayer remembered the people who took us on their knee and read to us as children. John Weaver recognized volunteers Linda Foster, Chris Shields and Don Waldrop, for their dedication behind the scenes to make the lives of readers better. Weaver acknowledged the hours they give as a true gift, and also named the library as that vital place where we may go to reconnect and restore. This makes being a friend of a library a reward in itself.

-Kate Ferguson, FACUL board member

Dr. Brent Isbell, board member, gives a report from the Nomination Committee

Dr. Brent Isbell, board member, gives a report from the Nomination Committee

Dr. Jonathan Camp, president of FACUL, welcomes the guests

Dr. Jonathan Camp, president of FACUL, welcomes the guests

Dr. John Weaver, dean of the ACU Library, thanks the library's volunteers.

Dr. John Weaver, dean of the ACU Library, thanks the library’s volunteers.


Dr. Christopher Hutson, vice president, introduces Glenn Dromgoole

Dr. Christopher Hutson, vice president, introduces Glenn Dromgoole

Glenn Dromgoole reads a selection from West Texas Christmas Stories

Glenn Dromgoole reads a selection from West Texas Christmas Stories

2015 Spring Event


 – We have sold all the seats and tables for this event –


We are very excited to share with you the news of this year’s Friends of ACU Library Spring Event. Our speaker this year is Glenn Dromgoole, owner of the Texas Star Trading Company and author of twenty-seven books covering a wide range of topics and styles, mixing whimsy with a generous dose of optimism.

Dromgoole’s topic for the evening will be, “101 Essential Texas Books, and Other Fun Stuff.”

 2015 FACUL Spring Event


Date – Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time – 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Place – Hunter Welcome Center on the ACU Campus


A Perfectly Seasoned Chicken Breast Fried Crispy with a Lemon Herb Batter, Hickory Smoked Brisket, Spinach Salad, Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and Mediterranean Style Potatoes, Walnut Layer Cake, Fresh Baked Bread with Butter, Iced Tea with Lemon, Java City Coffee and Iced Water. (or substitute chocolate mousse and seasonal fruite parfait).

More about our speaker:

Most of Glenn Dromgoole’s books are still in print, including What Dogs Teach Us, which was a New York Times Bestseller Plus selection for eight weeks, reaching number twenty-four in hardcover nonfiction in 1999-2000. Other books have dealt with fishing, baseball, kindness, small towns, and regional Texas topics.

Four of his books have been published by ACU Press – Coleman Springs USA, Abilene Stories, West Texas Christmas Stories, and his latest book, 101 Essential Texas Books.

Glenn and his wife Carol own Texas Star Trading Company in Abilene, featuring Texas books, gourmet and gifts. He is founder and chairman of the West Texas Book Festival, held annually in September in Abilene since 2001 and benefiting the Abilene Public Library. His column on Texas books runs weekly in Abilene, Lubbock, San Angelo and Bryan-College Station.

A resident of Abilene since 1985, Glenn served as editor of the Abilene Reporter-News until 1997 when he started writing books. In 2013 the Abilene Chamber of Commerce honored him as Abilene’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year.


If you have any questions about the 2015 FACUL Spring Event, please email us at facul@acu.edu or give us a call at (325) 674-2538.

On Libraries and Volunteering


Submitted by Don Waldrop.

Who wouldn’t like to work in a place where you can sit around and read all the books that you always wanted to read, and have first pick when the new books arrive? The library is the ideal place to volunteer for those very reasons. All those who believe that stand on your head and whistle the Hallelujah Chorus through a straw.

Being a librarian is hard never-ending work. If nothing else, it makes your brain tired. And there is a always a gallimaufry of jobs that must be done if the time can be found to do them. Enter the volunteer. My first job in special collections was to make a list of things that were not on any previous list and were, therefore, unknown. Now those items are in a computer and can be searched and then found by the people who need them. It is a great learning experience for the volunteer. I have learned to label things properly. Tapes labeled “2002” or “Ralph’s speech” do not tell much about what is on the tape or disc. They do, however, make an otherwise dull job slightly more exciting an make the imagination run madly in all directions.

Presently I am entering pictures into a computer. I forget how dull the work is because I enjoy looking at all the pictures. If I were not here to do this work, my boss would have to do it. He would not like it, and I am sure the skilled labor could be used more advantageously. My boss had to think, set up programs, set the machines, instruct the volunteers and oversee. I punch little buttons and go home.

I enjoy the work because I do not have to deal with the alphabetically or numerically challenged people or lazy people who cannot find what they are looking for. I do not have to answer dumb questions. All I really have to do is whatever the boss tells me to do. Besides, where else does the boss bring you a cup of coffee as you work?


Don Waldrop volunteers three hours each week in the Digital Scholarship Center. He is currently digitizing 35mm slides from the Forrest Waldrop collection. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Forrest is Don’s father, and the collection is just one of the great collections being held and preserved inside ACU’s Special Collections. We are grateful for Don and all of our other volunteers.  To learn more about volunteering, please contact Donald Simpson for more details.

Don Waldrop digitizing 35mm slides from the Forrest Waldrop collection, located in ACU's Special Collections.

Don Waldrop digitizing 35mm slides from the Forrest Waldrop collection, located in ACU’s Special Collections. Special Collections is located on the lower level of ACU’s Brown Library.