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Graduating Senior Reception

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Technical Writing Internship Opportunity

0 Commentsby   |  04.22.10  |  Job & Volunteer Opportunities

hands writtingTechnical Writing Intern
Quality Assurance Department
Milsoft Utility Solutions
Abilene, Texas

Primary Responsibilities:
The Technical Writing Intern will be expected to assist in creating new software documentation, maintaining current documentation, maintaining the internal wiki, and proofreading presentations. The intern will also be expected to test and document software functionality as a part of the writing process.

Preferred Experience and Education:
–    Experience proofreading for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and technical accuracy
–    Experience creating documents using given formatting and style guidelines
–    Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment
–    Coursework in English (composition), Journalism, or related areas

The internship will run from 5/17/2010 to 8/13/2010. Compensation rate will be based on a combination of experience and performance on related tests during the interview.

Interested candidates are invited to send a resume to Chandra McFarlen at For more information about Milsoft Utility Solutions, visit

Jessica Haseltine, Class of 2007

0 Commentsby   |  04.22.10  |  Alumni Spotlight

jessica haseltineJessica Haseltine, a 2007 ACU graduate, went on to get a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Hardin Simmons University, graduating in 2009. She currently works as a technical writer for Milsoft Utility Solutions in Abilene. She has been accepted to Texas Tech School of Law and will be starting there this fall.

Summer 2010 Online Course Descriptions

0 Commentsby   |  04.09.10  |  Advising Information, Announcements, Course Reading Lists

BIBL 211 – Message of the Old Testament (3-0-3). An overview of the Old Testament providing an outline of special themes and the overall purpose of the books. The basic message of the Old Testament as a whole, including content and theological themes, will be examined. May be used to satisfy Bible University Core requirements. Syllabus

Session I:  May 10 – 27

Session II: June 1 – 17

Session III: June 21 – July 8

Session IV: July 12 – 29

BIBL 212 – Christianity in Culture (3-0-3). Examines some of the fundamental elements of Biblical theology and explores the basic principles of the Christian faith. Intended to promote the practice of theological reflections and investigate the relationship of basic Christian values with some of the realities of contemporary culture. May be used to satisfy Bible University Core requirements. Syllabus

Session I:  May 10 – 27

Session II: June 1 – 17

COMS 111 – Fundamentals of Communication (3-0-3).  An introductory communication course which overviews human communication principles and skills. Specifically, the course focuses on how to build skills in the preparation and delivery of informative and persuasive presentations, listening, and interpersonal relationships. Satisfies the Speech University Core requirements. *Note: Students must have access to a video camera for video taping speeches, and 5 adults as an audience for each speech. Syllabus

Combined Sessions I & II:  May 10 – June 17

Combined Sessions II & III:  June 1 – July 8

Combined Sessions III & IV:  June 21 – July 29

ECON 260 – Principles of Macroeconomics (3-0-3). Supply and demand, the framework of the free enterprise system, national income accounting, unemployment and inflation, fiscal policy and public debt, monetary system and monetary policy, international trade, economic growth, and selected concepts of business ethics. Prerequisites: 24 graded hours. Syllabus

Session IV: July 12 – 29

ECON 261 – Principles of Microeconomics (3-0-3).  Economics of the firm and industry; supply and demand; revenue and costs; profits; consumer behavior; markets; the price system; the role of government; inequality; comparative economic systems, as well as selected concepts of business ethics.  NEW!

Session III:  June 21 – July 8

EDUC 221 – Educational Psychology (3-0-3). An introduction to theories of development, learning, motivation, memory and intelligence.  Syllabus

Session II: June 1 – 17

Session III: June 21 – July 8

ENGL 221 – Major British Writers I (3-0-3). A survey of major authors, periods, and themes of British literature from Beowulf to Gulliver. Through readings of key texts and online discussions, students will consider how England’s literature, history, and values have shaped the world we live in today. Prerequisite: completion of freshman English requirements as required by degree plan. May be used to satisfy Core English requirements. Syllabus

Combined Sessions I & II:  May 10 – June 17

Combined Sessions II & III:  June 1 – July 8

Combined Sessions III & IV:  June 21 – July 29

ENGL 326 – Business and Professional Writing (3-0-3). Introduction to the theory and accepted practices of composition in occupational fields, including correspondence and report writing based on content in upper-division courses in the student’s major field. Some oral work required. Prerequisites: completion of sophomore literature requirements and junior standing. *Note: Students must have access to Microsoft Word. The University only offers this course through the duration of both Summer I and Summer II sessions (approximately 2 months in length). Syllabus

Combined Sessions II – IV: June 1 – July 29

MUSM 232 – Survey of Popular Music (3-0-3).  Surveys the musical, historical and social aspects of popular music in America from the late nineteenth century to the present. Emphasis on representative genres (including Tin Pan Alley, Blues, Country and Western, Big Band, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Punk, Heavy Metal, and Hip Hop), characteristics, styles and performers.  Syllabus

Session I:  May 10 – 27

Session II: June 1 – 17

NUTR 120 – Nutrition and Wellness (3-0-3).  This course addresses current trends in nutrition (information and misinformation), basic nutrient information, the impact of nutrients, diet, and weight control on health, food safety issues, and world nutrition.  It empowers the student to ask questions and seek answers appropriately. Syllabus NEW!

Session I:  May 10 – 27

Todd Womble

0 Commentsby   |  04.09.10  |  Student Spotlight

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Todd Womble

Major: English

Minor: History

Hometown: Abilene

Career Goal: Professor

1. What do you appreciate the most about the ACU English curriculum? I really enjoyed all of the upper-level English classes because of the books that we read and mainly because of my professors. The English professors are all great and they definitely are the reason that I enjoyed my time in the department.

2. Why did you become an English major? After spending two years being undecided, I realized that what I really liked to do was read and write. It just seemed right to be an English major, I didn’t want to be in business or anything else.

3. What advice would you give to future English majors? Take advantage of the professors and also the Literature classes. Don’t be afraid to speak up in class and share your opinions, however different you might think they are from everybody else’s. Even though it is at a small Christian university, the English department is very open and encouraging to new ideas and thoughts.

4. How has studying English prepared you for your career goals? My time in the English department has greatly increased my love for Literature and also for writing about books and stories that I have read, which is a great basis on which I can work to get my Master’s and PhD and hopefully go on to be a professor at a university someday. I believe that there is no greater way to learn than by reading, and no better way to display your knowledge than by writing. Studying English extensively has given me a firm academic foundation.

It’s a Novel-Tea (next Thursday, April 8)

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Next week, Thursday, April 8 from 7-8 p. m, we will have the Second Annual Culp Professor of English Reading in the Living Room of the Campus Center. Like last year, the reading will feature some elements I hope will be entertaining as well as new additions. I am on record as saying I don’t like “stodgy” literary readings, so this is my attempt to create a different sort of creature…at The Novel-Tea.

  • Some of my best students will warm us up by reading their poetry.
  • I’ll unveil two chapters chapters from a novel I have in progress. (The story is about ordinary Christians in the suburbs and what happens when they unexpectedly encounter “signs and wonders” in the most unlikely places.)
  • I’ll read some new poems I’ve written about Jesus that try to get at both his humanity and his wild and beyond comprehension divinity.
  • There will be a cello player at the event to provide Bach musical interludes.
  • Tea and cookies will be served.
  • There will be door prizes. Yes, seriously. You might win something just by being there!
This is the busy time of the year, so don’t feel obligated, but if you can make it, I’d be honored.
best – al

Financial Assistance

0 Commentsby   |  03.23.10  |  Advising Information, Announcements, Scholarship

Money, scroll, capAre You A Student in Financial Need?

ACU’s administration and Board of Trustees are committed to providing a high quality education at an affordable price. Even with the price increase to $717 per credit hour ($21,510 for 30 hours), ACU is priced well below the median tuition rate for a private college or university ($26,273 in 2009).

Even so, ACU realizes there may be returning students who will struggle with the rising cost of attendance and in response has created the Application for Additional Financial Assistance to award an additional $500,000 to those in need for the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters.

Eligibility Requirements

Returning undergraduate students (excluding BAS) seeking additional financial assistance must:

1) Complete the Application for Additional Financial Assistance at

2) File the 2010-11 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

3) Submit all required documentation (e.g., Institutional Verification Form, Disclosure Statement and Residency Affidavit [DSRA], etc.).                                                                                                                                                                                                       Forms are available at

4) Participate in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program at the annual loan limit for their grade level ($3,500 up to 29 hours; $4,500 up to 59 hours; $5,500 greater than 60 hours).

The 2010-11 Application for Additional Financial Aid Assistance is due by April 30, 2010. Students requesting additional aid will be notified by email to their ACU student account by   5 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2010. Any questions regarding the application or the process of awarding additional financial assistance should be directed to The Depot at (888) 588-6083.

Graduation Information

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We have all the information you need to know to graduate and participate in Commencement. Click on the links below to discover the processes and forms that must be completed before you can become an ACU graduate.

Commencement Ceremony
Steps to Graduation
Graduation Requirements
Applications and Deadline
Intent to Graduate Form
Alumni Records Information Form
Commencement Information Form

Only complete this form if you have been notified by the Registrar’s Office that you have been cleared to participate in Commencement in May 2010. If you have not been cleared, please contact your advisor.

Last Department Chapel of the Semester

0 Commentsby   |  03.12.10  |  Announcements, Department Chapel

Zorba Chapel

This will be the last Chapel for this semester.  Devotional thoughts will be led by Dr. Steven Weathers and the ENGL 499 class.

Movie Night for English Majors

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Movie Night