2016 Graduation Dinner

Last week we gathered to celebrate all of our 2016 graduates (May, August, and December). We are immensely proud of this group of young people who are going on from ACU to do exciting things, but their absence from the program will definitely be felt. Thank goodness we get to keep our December graduates for just a bit longer!

As an added blessing to the evening, the graduates surprised Dr. Moore and me with gifts! He received an amazing tie with our logo on it, and I was given a scrapbook of thank you notes and pictures from the students. We were both touched more than we can verbalize. Graduations are bittersweet around here, but, thankfully, the excitement of anticipating what the future has in store for these exceptional people is a healing balm. Our love and blessings go with you all!! (Be sure to click on the pictures to see them larger.)


NCUR 2016

So much has been going on this spring that we’ve been a bit neglectful of our blog. To get back into the swing of news, we wanted to highlight our recent trip to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research hosted by the University of North Carolina – Asheville. The weather was chilly, but the beautiful campus and the surrounding area made up for that in spades! Our presenters did a fantastic job and learned a bit more of what this academic life is like. While there, we also had the opportunity to explore the historic Biltmore estate. All around, it was a wonderful opportunity for all of us! Don’t forget to click on the pictures to see them larger.

UNM Conference 2015

A group of 8 scholars and I traveled to Albuquerque, NM, for the 2015 UNM McNair Scholars Research Conference. We had a great time on the University of New Mexico campus, and our scholars did a fantastic job with their research presentations. We enjoyed good food, great scholarship, and an early morning trip to the International Balloon Fiesta. It was a super trip! Be sure to click on one of the thumbnails to scroll through the larger images.


We’ve been busy!!

The month of June was busy for the research interns. While still meeting Monday through Thursday in the library for some collective work time, we also had weekly Town Hall meetings to discuss what it means to be a professional in the academy. In addition, the scholars had the opportunity to experience a mock interview, with the help of ACU’s Career Center, and (just in case all of this wasn’t enough) we also took three afternoons to hear each scholar’s first run-through of their research presentations. Whew! All of the scholars did a great job handling everything we threw at them this month. Now all they have left to do is finish up their projects! (To see the pictures in full size, be sure to click on one and scroll through the gallery.)


May Graduation Dinner

This year, we had six wonderful scholars graduate in May. We are so proud of each of them and will miss their energy and the leadership they provided for the other scholars. May God richly bless your future endeavors as richly as we have been blessed by each of you!


(Be sure to click on the photos to see them in a larger format.)