ACU AlumNotes Email Newsletter
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Vol. 7, Issue 2
SPRING BREAK CAMPAIGNS
More than 500 students are participating in Spring Break Campaigns this week in 35 locations across the United States and in Mexico, Scotland, El Salvador, Canada and the Dominican Republic.
Construction is underway on ACU's newest home for students. A.B. Barret Hall, named after the university's founder and first president, will open in August of 2005, coinciding with the start of ACU's Centennial year. The hall will house up to 172 students with an innovative design composed of 11 eight-bedroom suites that feature two living areas each. Each bedroom houses two students and has its own bathroom. For 2005-06, Barret Hall will be a sophomore women's residence hall.
STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY
President Royce Money ('64) is taking ACU on the road again this semester, this time to Nashville and Houston. He'll be highlighting the state of the university and the upcoming Centennial Celebration during the events, which also include a complimentary dinner and opportunities for networking with other ACU alumni. The gathering in Nashville is March 29. Invitations for Houston will be mailed in the next couple of weeks for the April 19 event. For more information, to see who's planning to attend or to RSVP online, see the Web site.
The president of the Republic of Madagascar, an island nation of 17.5 million people off the southeastern coast of Africa, was on campus in February to visit the 24 Malagasy students attending ACU. See a video clip of the president's visit produced by ACU alumnus Grant Rampy ('87) of Tribune Broadcasting. The segment aired on the Dallas/Fort Worth WB 33 station.
George Kiadii ('89) is one of about 12 candidates seeking the presidency of the Republic of Liberia. He is deputy director-general for broadcasting for the Liberia Broadcasting System and once served as ambassador at-large and special envoy for Liberia to the U.S. Kiadii spent a day in Randolph County, Ga., paying homage to his slave ancestors buried there and working to establish economic and religious ties to the community.
SEVENTH IN THE WORLD
Kelly Jordon ('94) caught four fish weighing a total of 23 pounds in the last 30 minutes of a FLW pro bass tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Florida to win the January tournament. He's currently the seventh-ranked pro bass fisherman in the world.
YOUNG GUN IN REAL ESTATE
Chris Doggett ('92), vice president of marketing for Fobare Commercial in Dallas, was ranked No. 1 for leasing in "Black's Guide," a commercial real estate industry publication. Chris was listed in the Top 35 Under 35 (Young Guns) in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Kent Smith ('85), a partner in the labor and employment section of Jackson Walker LLP in Fort Worth, has been selected by his peers as one of Tarrant County's top attorneys for 2004 in labor and employment. The announcement was published in the December 2004 issue of "Fort Worth" magazine.
IN THE NEWS
Dallas developer Sam Ware ('80) was featured in the "Dallas Business Journal." He launched Lazarus Property Corp. in 1991.
Karen Black ('89) was included in a story about Medina Children's Home in the "Bandera Bulletin." She grew up at the children's home and chose to return there to work. She credits the organization with providing her with stability and giving her and her siblings a chance to stay together.
Craig Smith ('84) is the new president of Fort Worth Christian School and was highlighted in the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram." He previously worked for 17 years at World Bible Translation Center - the last two years as president.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARD
In recognition of their service, leadership and commitment to Christ, Jon ('53) and Joan (Brooks '57) Jones will receive the Christian Service Award on Sunday, March 20, at Richland Hills Church of Christ, where they have been longtime servants. They will be honored with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
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.
If you have open entry-level positions in your company or business, consider an ACU grad. Potential May graduates are beginning to look for jobs this spring. Through CareerLink employers can explore the database and download resumes, post job and internship opportunities, and even manage on-campus interviews. Jobs are also posted for alumni with experience. For more information, contact Matt Boisvert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-674-2653.
PROUD TO BE A WILDCAT
Senior Elizabeth Alvarez, daughter of Abel ('82) and Diane (Palmer '82) Alvarez of McAllen, is the first ACU student in 22 years to qualify for the American Forensic Association's national debate tournament, and the first student from ACU to qualify for the National Forensic Association tournament twice. She was featured in a Q&A in the "Abilene Reporter-News."