July 2005

ACU AlumNotes Email Newsletter
Monday, July 11, 2005
Vol. 7, Issue 5
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WRESTLER TURNS INVESTOR
John Layfield ('89), known as "Bradshaw" to World Wrestling Federation fans, has made a career crossover - to finance. After extensive research and investing and a short stint as a CNBC financial analyst, Layfield decided to try his hand at radio. His syndicated program, The John "Bradshaw" Layfield Show, focuses on business and current events and can be heard on six Texas stations. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/highprofile/stories/050105.html http://www.wwe.com/superstars/smackdown/jbl/jblradio/

NEW BUSINESS BLOOMS
Upon returning from a year of floral design study in London, Robyn Wise ('03) opened a floral design studio and luxury gift shop in Dallas' Mockingbird Station. This Texas native's trendy new business, called Cymbidium, was featured in a recent article in the Dallas Morning News. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/fashion/stories/DN-stylemaker_0508liv.ART.Dallas.html

BLASINGAMES AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS
Guy and Julie Blasingame recently awarded $16,000 in scholarship funds to 11 students who will be ACU freshmen this fall. The scholarship money was raised through the 2nd Annual Rachel Blasingame Scholarship Golf Tournament, which the Blasingames established in memory of their daughter.
http://www.valleycreek.net

JUMPING FOR THE ARTS
Once a high jumper for ACU and participant in the 1954 Armed Forces Olympics in Athens, Les Vanover (‘xx) now makes his living as a wildlife painter in Grandbury, Texas. The story of Vanover’s adventures abroad as a world-class high jumper and his return to rural Texas life was recently featured in the Hood County News. http://www.hcnews.com/news/get-news.asp?id=9903&catid=3&cpg=get-news.asp

FIRST VOLUME RELEASED
Zondervan Press has released Everett Ferguson’s (’53) first volume of Church History: From Christ to Pre-Reformation. Ferguson’s book covers the first 1300 years of Christian history, including the cultural contexts that shaped its spread and development. To read more about Church History or to order a copy for yourself, visit the Zondervan Web site.
http://www.zondervanchurchsource.com/product.asp?ISBN=0310205808

NATIONAL APPOINTMENT
Chris Kyker(‘xx) was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry as a Texas delegate to a meeting of the White House Council On Aging. Kyker will join 1200 other delegates, as well as the President, Congress, and the state governors, in Washington DC to develop aging policies for the United States.
http://www.whcoa.gov/about/history.asp

KEEPING HIS COOL
Hal Runkel ('94) is the man behind ScreamFree Living Inc., an organization designed to help people live life without all the yelling, and author of the new book ScreamFree Parenting: Raising Your Kids By Keeping Your Cool. Runkel and his laid-back philosophy were recently featured in the Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/headline/features/3238684 http://www.screamfree.com

HARDWICK CENTER NAMES CEO
Jennifer Goode (’96, ’98) was recently promoted from her position in the Betty Hardwick Center’s mental health/ mental retardation services to its chief executive officer. Goode will replace Bill Dillard who is retiring this year. http://www.reporter-news.com/abil/nw_business/article/0,1874,ABIL_7948_3858376,00.html

TWO WEDDINGS AND A FIRE
ACU centennial activities coordinator Jennifer Ellison (’04) was a recent winner in the Hampton Roads Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Meeting Planner Sound Off contest, which awards prizes for the most outrageous meeting stories. Ellison, formerly with the T&P Event Center, submitted a winning story about two weddings and a fire. http://www.keepmedia.com/pubs/CorporateMeetingsIncentives/2005/07/01/917337

BY THE LAMP LIGHT
Dr. Bill Humble (’48), ACU professor emeritus of Bible, generously donated his ancient oil lamp collection, which he assembled during several visits to Israel. The collection, which contains about 75 oil lamps and nine Roman period vases, is on display in the Hall of Servants. http://www.reporter-news.com/abil/fe_people/article/0,1874,ABIL_7933_3870549,00.html

A HEART FOR SUDAN
Cecil (‘78) and Diane (maiden ‘81) Fincher and Dr. Ellen Little (‘92) were the driving forces behind an effort to save a 14-month-old Sudanese girl. After gathering support from the Monterey Church of Christ and Covenant Health System, the Finchers and Dr. Little were able to provide complicated heart surgery for Salama, this Sudanese infant. http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D89U4MS00.html http://kampala-ministry.org

INTERNSHIPS SET SAIL
ACU senior Destiny Guevara and students from other Abilene universities are working hard this summer through internships with all kinds of businesses from advertising agencies to theatrical productions to business development centers. Using services like ACU’s CareerLink, students, such as Guevara, can make connections with employers and alumni. http://www.reporter-news.com/abil/nw_business/article/0,1874,ABIL_7948_3890058,00.html
http://acu.edu/campusoffices/careerservices/careerlink.html

SHOOT FOR SUCCESS
The First Annual ACU Charity Shoot will be held at the Elm Fork Shotgun Sports Range in Dallas on Saturday, August 27. Take this opportunity to warm up for dove season or support ACU College of Business scholarships and Texoma Youth Camp. To find out more about the charity shoot or to register yourself, contact Colette Rogers. http://www.elmfork.com/contact_us.htm

PROUD TO BE A WILDCAT
The ACU Alumni Association wants to send a FREE purple canvas CatPack to every 5-year-old child of an alum in our database. CatPacks, along with Wildcat BabyWear, are part of a legacy program to keep alumni and their children connected to ACU. To make sure your children receive a CatPack or Wildcat BabyWear, visit our Web site and complete the online form.
http://www.acu.edu/alumni/perks/catpacks.html

Alumni Business Cards are yet another perk of being an ACU Alum! You can browse other alums’ business information on our Web site or post your own information for FREE.
http://www.acu.edu/alumni/perks/Alumni_Business_Cards.html

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