September 2005

ACU AlumNotes Email Newsletter
Sept. 23, 2005
Vol. 7, Issue 7
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KEEP UP WITH THE CENTENNIAL
The calendar for ACU's 100th year is bursting at the seams with all sorts of conferences, speakers, presentations and special events.  Check out the Web site for the latest information, for merchandise, ways to get involved, to share your memories and other special features.
http://www.acu.edu/centennial

The artwork of ACU alumni, faculty and friends will be on display at The Grace Museum Sept. 24 through Dec. 31, during the ACU Centennial Art Exhibition.  More than 30 artists from around the country are participating.  The show will open to the public Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit.  For a list of artists, see the news release.
http://www.acu.edu/events/news/archives2005/050920_art_exhibit.html

ALL-SCHOOL REUNION
Get ready for this year's Homecoming celebration of A SpectACUlar Century, Oct. 13-16.  New this year, the All-School Reunion is for members of every class, not just reunion years.  It's on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.  Come early for the carnival and stay late for JamFest!  It's going to be a great weekend for reconnecting with old friends and former classmates.  See the Web site for the schedule and to make online reservations.
http://www.acu.edu/alumni/events/homecoming.html

PARENTS OF THE YEAR
John ('75) and Jean (Nelson '75) Isom of Tuscola have been named Parents of the Year by ACU Wildcat Parents.  They will be honored in Chapel on Sept. 30, followed by a reception in the Living Room of the Campus Center.  They were nominated by their daughter, Jordan, a senior English major.
http://acu.edu/events/news/archives2005/050929_parents_of_year.html

TRIBUTE BIKE READY FOR LIFT-OFF
Ron Crawford ('70) was the first to ride the completed Space Shuttle Tribute Bike, which was created by the stars of the television series "American Choppers" to honor NASA employees. The construction of the bike will air Oct. 3 and 10 on The Discovery Channel.
http://www.spaceshuttletributebike.org
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/space/3321073

IF THE SNOWSHOE FITS
Colorado native Ryan Alford ('99) has a passion for snowshoeing, and his enthusiasm is snowballing through his online Snowshoe Magazine.  Alford and his publishing crew are working on the first print copy, due out this December. To learn more about this wintry sport or subscribe to the magazine, check out the Web site.
http://www.snowshoemag.com/

OPINION LEADER
David Gibson ('91), director of project management for the ACU Department of Information Services, was featured in an article in eWeek.com about Oracle's long-delayed update to its Collaboration Suite.
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1850554,00.asp

TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Phyllis Gilbreth ('69) was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Texas Christian Schools Association for her 25 years in the Abilene Christian Schools.
http://www.reporter-news.com/abil/nw_local/article/0,1874,ABIL_7959_4014113,00.html

STEVENS REMEMBERS PARIS
Dr. John C. Stevens ('38), chancellor emeritus, recounted the 61st anniversary of the liberation of Paris during World War II in a story in the Abilene Reporter-News on Aug. 29.  He and the soldiers of the 28th Infantry Division marched through Paris and were captured in one of the most famous photographs from World War II.
http://acu.edu/events/news/archives2005/050829_stevens_paris.html

NEW PRESIDENT
Sherri (Todd '81) Statler is the new president of Christian Homes of Abilene, a nonprofit organization that specializes in adoption, maternity care and foster care.  She will oversee the daily operations, public relations and fund-raising for the organization.
http://www.reporter-news.com/abil/nw_business/article/0,1874,ABIL_7948_3999211,00.html

TEAM OF THE CENTURY
ACU's tradition of athletic excellence was recently commemorated with the naming of 56 players and two coaches to its all-century football team. Men like Wally Bullington ('53) and Wilbert Montgomery ('77) were among the Wildcats included in this all-star team.
http://www.reporter-news.com/abil/sp_fb_coll_univ/article/0,1874,ABIL_8000_4046270,00.html

PROUD TO BE A WILDCAT
ACU faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends are involved in numerous efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.  One alum in particular, Paul West ('81), and his family, were featured in the Houston Chronicle for assisting a family.
http://www.acu.edu/hurricanekatrina
http://www.acu.edu/events/news/archives2005/050903_helping_evacuees.html
http://www.acu.edu/events/news/archives2005/050908_cisco_evacuees.html
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/special/05/katrina/3352909

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