ACU AlumNotes Email Newsletter
August 23, 2005
Vol. 7, Issue 6
The Centennial Convocation officially welcomed the start of ACU's 100th year of educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. The 100th opening of school included traditional ceremonies such as the Parade of Flags, performances by the Big Purple Band, the singing of "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" and the reading of Acts 17. This year's Parade of Flags represented 47 states and 57 nations.
For up-to-date information on ACU's Centennial, including history, news and a schedule of events, see the Centennial Web site. The university will celebrate this milestone occasion through Sept. 11, 2006.
SHOOT FOR SUCCESS
Today is the last day to register for the "Shoot for Success" Sporting Clays Tournament at Elm Fork Shotgun Sports Range in Dallas on Saturday, Aug. 27. The tournament is coordinated by several alumni, including Lance Malone ('92), Bill Minick ('82), Garry ('72) and Andrea (Williamson '73) Bills, Julie Thigpen ('99), Don Williams ('67), Bart Castle ('82), Chris Doggett ('92) and Troy Stirman ('91).
MAKING THEIR CASE
ACU's Creative Services was recently honored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with two Circle of Excellence awards for its Centennial film and a photograph by David Leeson ('78). The film was a collaborative effort between Martin Perry ('83), associate producer for Phillips Productions Inc., and Ron Hadfield ('79), director of Creative Services.
WRITING THE PRIME MINISTER
Dr. William Martin ('58) is the author of the cover article for the August issue of Texas Monthly. The article, titled "Prime Minister," follows the career of Joel Osteen, preacher for the 30,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston. Martin has also written "With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America," a book originally published in 1996 and recently re-released by Broadway Books.
Dr. Neal Coates ('87), assistant professor of political science, and Cam Hurst ('74), principal of Abilene's Thomas Elementary, climbed the 19,341-foot peak Uhuru of Mt. Kilimanjaro in late July. The two were part of a group that traveled to Tanzania for the climb after working with the Zambia Medical Mission for two weeks.
HOOD BROTHERS TO COACH
Brothers Don D. Hood ('87) and Derek Hood ('90) were recently named the new head coaches for ACU track and field and cross country, respectively. They are the sons of former ACU head coach Don Hood ('55).
MAKING TRACKS TO NEBRASKA
The University of Nebraska recently named Kris Grimes ('89) as its new assistant coach. He was a three-time NCAA All-American pole vaulter while at ACU and has been a coach for 17 years.
NEW DEPARTMENT HEAD
Dr. Gary R. Acuff ('79) is the new head of the department of animal science at Texas A&M University after serving as interim director since November.
CALM IN THE STORM
Stormy Higgins ('86), counselor and founder of Resources for Living, was featured in the Abilene Reporter-News for his work as a counselor with Wal-Mart employees. Higgins now works privately in Abilene, handling personnel issues for local employers, and serves on the Abilene City Council.
Aleta (Brown '73) Caraway is co-founder and director of a student performing group called the Freedom Fiddlers. The group and their leaders were featured in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Rellia (Wilson '69) Dillinger recently received the Beverly Benham Special Education Administrator of the Year Award at the Arkansas Educational Administrators Conference. Dillinger, a special education coordinator for the North Little Rock School District, supervises approximately 600 students and 75 teachers in special education programs at four middle schools and two high schools.
REACHING OUT FOR HELP
When Drew ('99) and Chandra (Morrow '00) Perkins were informed by doctors that their son, Canon, had a rare liver disease and was in need of a transplant, they knew something had to be done. Their story was featured in the Amarillo Globe News.
20 YEARS OF SERVICE
The Conroe Church of Christ recently honored minister Steve Yates ('75) for his 20 years of ministry in the local congregation.
SUMMER WORKSHOP SURPRISE
During the recent ACU Summer Workshops, B.B. Stevens ('57) and his wife, Jerry ('57), were honored for more than 50 years of outstanding service through Bible teaching and Christian education. The Stevens were surprised with the award at the workshop's Friday evening banquet.
DANTE GOES PORTUGUESE
Ronald Prater's ('74) translation of Dante's "The Divine Comedy" into Portuguese is scheduled for release this month. Prater, minister of the Capital Church of Christ in Brazil, authored "The Calls of God," also in Portuguese.
ALUMNI BUSINESS CARDS
Post your business information on the ACU alumni Web site to tell other alumni about your business or to help promote your products and services. You can also browse other alumni business cards. It's a free benefit of the ACU Alumni Association.
PROUD TO BE A WILDCAT
ACU once again scored in the top quartile of quality and as a "Best Value" in one of the nation's most prestigious college guides - the 2006 U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Colleges."