ACU AlumNotes Email Newsletter
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Vol. 7, Issue 3
President George W. Bush has nominated former Arlington Chamber of Commerce President David A. Sampson (D.Min '90) to be deputy commerce secretary, the No. 2 position in a department that reaches every corner of American life, including the Census Bureau, trade and weather forecasting. Sampson is currently assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, a position he has held since 2001. The position requires Senate confirmation.
The ACU men's team defended their NCAA Division II indoor track and field championship in Boston last month. It was the ninth indoor championship in the last 10 years for the Wildcats and the 31st national track and field championship for the ACU men's program. ACU has won 52 team national championships in men's and women's track and field.
ACU is hosting the NCAA Division II Track and Field Outdoor Championships, May 26-28, at Elmer Gray Stadium. The Centennial Champions Celebration Luncheon on May 28, will help kick off ACU's upcoming Centennial.
STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY
President Royce Money ('64) will be in Houston on Tuesday, April 19, for a State of the University address. Dr. Money will talk about ACU and the upcoming Centennial Celebration during the event, which also includes a complimentary dinner and opportunities for networking with other ACU alumni. To see who's planning to attend or to RSVP online, see the Web site.
Send your children to an ACU Leadership Camp. Sessions are available for youth entering 1st grade all the way through 2005 high school grads. Each Leadership Camp is uniquely designed to encourage the growing faith of the youth who attend, help kids build positive peer relationships, and challenge young people to boldly lead the life of a disciple of Jesus at any age! To register online or view more information, see the Leadership Camps Web site.
Calvin Cooley ('62) spent his 66th birthday in the company of some of ACU's most celebrated track stars, who are also some of his best friends. About 17 former members of ACU's track team gathered to celebrate Cooley's birthday, including Bobby Morrow ('58) and Bill Woodhouse ('59).
DRIVE THRU HISTORY
Dave Stotts ('96) is star of a new cable show called Drive Thru History on TBN. The show is described as a joyride through the fast lane of times-gone-by.
Max Lucado ('77) is featured in the cover story of "Reader's Digest" magazine in an article titled "America's 100 Best." He is listed as Best Preacher. Max recently released a new book titled "Come Thirsty: The Church Experience."
Tom Craig ('89), who began buying and selling antiques at age 10, was featured in the "Abilene Reporter-News" in a local business article called "Secrets of My Success." Tom is owner of The Antique Station in downtown Abilene.
John Baack ('97), former pitcher for the Wildcats and the minor league Abilene Prairie Dogs, now runs Strike Zone, a popular indoor batting cage and instructional facility in Abilene. His story was highlighted in the Abilene newspaper.
Martin Haught's ('76) tree service was spotlighted in the business section of the "Abilene Reporter-News." Haught's sons Allan, a former ACU student, and Dan ('90) are both in related work. Allan owns and operates the tree service with his father. In 1992, Dan bought the landscaping and lawn portion of the business and formed his own company, named MasterScapes.
Dr. Frances (McBroom '63) Thompson, professor of mathematics at Texas Women's University, received the 2005 Morlan Medal from the ACU Department of Education and Kappa Delta Phi education honor society. The award, which was named in honor of Dr. Grover C. Morlan, who taught at ACU for 42 years and served as chair of the Department of Education and Psychology for a total of 36 years.
30+ YEARS OF SERVICE
Bob ('62) and Jan (Cothran '64) Randolph will be honored with an appreciation dinner on May 6, during the Pepperdine Bible Lectures for more than 30 years of work with the Brookline Church of Christ in Brookline, Mass.
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Dr. Craig Carroll (MA '95) has been selected to receive the Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he is an assistant professor. USC was selected as a pilot school for this award, along with Princeton University, Brown University and Oberlin College. Craig teaches courses in PR research and corporate reputation at the Annenberg School of Journalism.
MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME
Gary Pieratt ('80), a professional martial arts instructor and 5th degree black belt, was recently inducted into "Action" magazine's Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his contributions and participation in the arts for the past 25 years. In May 2004, he was also honored by the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Anna (Vinton '84), own and operate the Castroville Karate Club in Castroville, Texas.
Darrell G. Stewart ('83) was selected by his peers as one of San Antonio's top attorneys in the area of business litigation. The announcement was published in the August 2004 issue of "Scene in SA Monthly" magazine.
NEW WORSHIP MUSIC
An ACU alum and three students are featured on a compilation CD of new worship songs produced through a partnership with Hallal Music and Spring Hill Music Group. The project is called "Songs from The Bennett House" and includes songs from newcomers Cole Young ('04) and the group Keren, which is students Shaylee Busch, Jenna Lucado and Kelci Young.
A new album by Avery Stafford ('92) is reviewed on SoGospel.com. Samples of Avery's music are available on his Web site.
The Centennial Collections Task Force encourages alumni of all ages to donate memorabilia and historical items in honor of ACU's upcoming Centennial Celebration. Some categories of interest include Sing Song props and costumes, club memorabilia, equipment and clothing used by student athletes, clothing from any era, decorations/furniture used in residence halls, syllabi and notes from classes, and photography.
For a limited time, ACU is offering patron opportunities in "The ACU Century," a full-color, hardcover book celebrating the first 100 years of ACU in words and pictures produced by the award winning staff of "ACU Today" magazine. Patrons receive free first-edition books, recognition on a special patron page, plus honorary invitations to special events. Limited space is available. Offer ends May 15.
SECOND ANNUAL TOURNAMENT
Guy ('79) and Julie (Grasham '80) Blasingame are again coordinating the Rachel Blasingame Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament in memory of their daughter, who was killed in an automobile accident the spring before she was to attend ACU. This year's tournament will be Monday, June 6. The Blasingames are currently asking restaurant managers, business owners, etc. to donate gift certificates or items from their stores as prizes. For more information, contact the Blasingames at email@example.com.
PROUD TO BE A WILDCAT
Members of the class of '55 were on campus last week to celebrate their Golden Anniversary Reunion. Eighty-seven alumni from the class were inducted into the Golden Anniversary Club.