ACU AlumNotes Email Newsletter
Friday, June 17, 2005
Vol. 7, Issue 4
Back-to-School Bashes are in the works to send incoming and current students to Abilene this fall with a hometown blessing. The informal gatherings allow students to get together with their friends and to meet other students they might not know. For alumni, it's a great opportunity to reconnect with ACU friends in your hometown or meet new friends who share a common affection for our dear Christian college. Attend a bash in your area or help host an event.
The conclusion of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships brought a well-deserved win to the ACU Wildcats on their home turf at Elmer Gray Stadium. The men's team captured its fourth straight outdoor title and 15th NCAA Division II outdoor championship overall. The national title was ACU's 53rd overall national track and field championship. Olympian Bobby Morrow ('58) was also honored during the weekend festivities as ACU's Athlete of the Century.
SPACE SHUTTLE TRIBUTE BIKE
Ron Crawford ('70), a NASA operations specialist for Lockheed-Martin, is one of many NASA space shuttle builders and technicians being honored with a chopper-style motorcycle that honors the spirit of the space program. The stars of The Discovery Channel's TV series "American Choppers" are constructing the tribute bike.
PICK YOUR OWN LAVENDER
Danny ('91) and Cherisse (Yungblut M.S. '96) Flanagan are opening the fields of Joyce Lavender Ranch to the public. Their family's two-acre ranch, located 75 miles northwest of Abilene at the foot of the Double Mountains, offers a whiff of Provencal lavender fields - but with a Texas twist.
HOUSE HONORS HUNTER
Texas State Representative Bob Hunter ('52) was recently honored by a House resolution as an ambassador of goodwill and diplomacy. Hunter, senior vice president emeritus, has served in the House since his election in 1986.
PLAYING THE PIPES
Luke Senter ('04) is one of seven members of The Abilene Pipers, a group comprised of traditional Scottish bagpipe players and enthusiasts. He was recently featured in the Abilene Reporter-News.
LENS OF FAITH
Pulitzer Prize recipient and acclaimed photojournalist David Leeson ('78) has captured numerous moments in the lives of the inhabitants of warring countries like Kuwait, Sudan and Turkey. His story is featured on the Web site for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
A KING'S RANSOM
Thom Lemmons' ('77) book, "King's Ransom," is one of three historical fiction finalists for the Christy Awards, which honor outstanding works of Christian fiction. The book by Lemmons, managing director of ACU Press, and co-authored by Jean Beazely, follows the story of the Bulgarian King Boris III and his successful protection of Jews during World War II.
Rodney Goodman ('83) serves the Abilene community in many capacities: as business manager for the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, as chairman of the Board of the Fireman's Relief and Retirement Fund, and as a member of the Abilene Fire Department. He was recently featured in the Abilene Reporter-News.
Leah (Jones '99) Cypert and her husband, Paul, are serving as missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand, working through an outreach program called Rahab Ministries. The program offers alternative employment in a hair salon, providing a second chance to prostitutes and others employed in the sex industry.
Sue (Giallombardo '67) Walker was re-appointed for a second term as the Texas chair of the International Council of Shopping Center's Alliance Program, which encourages public and private partnerships in retail development. Walker is also vice president of economic development with the Richardson (Texas) Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Paul A. Parrish ('66) received the 2005 Phi Beta Delta Norman Borlaug International Award for his years of service to the chapter as its president for two years and to the national association through his collaboration with other researchers. This is the third award Parrish, who currently serves as the Regents Professor and head of the Department of English at Texas A&M University, has received for his international efforts.
Janet (Cox '75) Ardoyno, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene, was recently honored as one of 70 Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award recipients from around the world.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES
"True Women and Westward Expansion" is the title of the book by Adrienne (Rigsby '93) Caughfield, which was released in May by Texas A&M University Press. According to the Web site, Adrienne mines the diaries and letters of some 90 Texas women to uncover the ideas and enthusiasms they brought to the Western frontier.
SOUNDS OF GLORY
A new album entitled "This Little Light" has been released by The Sounds of Glory gospel quartet. This new CD features long-time member Dan Stevens ('94) and Rodney Britt, the original bass singer from Acappella, who has just joined the group.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME
Join ACU alumni, students and friends for an evening of fun at a Houston Astros baseball game Friday, July 8, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Come before the game for all-you-can-eat hot dogs or just come to watch as the Astros take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. To reserve tickets, call 800-373-4220 (toll free) or purchase online.
ACU's College of Biblical Studies is hosting its annual Summer Workshop from July 28-30. This year's workshop will focus on the theme "Set Your Hearts on Things Above." For more information about the Summer Workshops, contact the office of Ministry Events at 325-674-3750 or visit their Web site.
PROUD TO BE A WILDCAT
During the two commencement ceremonies on May 7, 583 ACU students were awarded degrees. To find out the recipients of various awards or to learn more about commencement activities, see the ACU news release.