What's new at ACU for the 1999-2000 school year
For immediate release
August 19, 1999
As Abilene Christian University students, faculty and
staff return to campus for the 1999-2000 school year Monday,
Aug. 23, they will greet several new elements of campus life
and many physical improvements at ACU.
Some of the more significant differences will be:
Establishment of the Office for Student and Multicultural
Enrichment: This office was created to provide multicultural
enrichment opportunities for students during the process of
educating them to be servants and leaders in intercultural
Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, ACU provost, said, "We desire a
seamless organization where educators (faculty and campus
life professionals) are partners in student development;
where we all have the same educational goals; where we are
intentional about learning objectives in all contexts -
inside and outside of the classroom, in the residence halls
and laboratories, in the curriculum and co-curriculum."
Bob Gomez has been named assistant for student
multicultural enrichment and spiritual life. He will be
creating and enhancing ways to promote and encourage
multiculturalism on campus and nurturing the spiritual life
of ACU students.
"We are emphasizing multiculturalism because as
Christians, it's the right thing to do," said Dr. Royce
Money, ACU president.
Establishment of a new multicultural enrollment program:
Aaron Ashford has been named associate director of
admissions to lead this operation to specialize in outreach,
admissions counseling and transition to college for minority
Creation of the First Year Program: ACU has hired Dr.
Mark Davis as dean of the First Year Program, a new
initiative beginning this semester. The purpose of the
program is to provide integrated learning experiences inside
and outside the classroom for students who are in their
initial year at ACU.
Grand opening of new Campus Store: ACU's Campus Store has
been replaced by a 2000-caliber department store that Jack
Rich, ACU's executive vice president, said resembles a
transition from a 1960s Woolworth to a 1990s Nieman-Marcus.
Along with traditional bookstore offerings, the new Campus
Store offers such lines as housewares, bath and body
luxuries, Texas-theme gifts and one of the largest
selections of Christian music in the Texas Midwest.
Residence Hall improvements: Improvements made to several
residential halls on campus during the summer include new
carpet and windows for Mabee Hall, new room and lobby
furnishings for McKenzie Hall and new room furnishings for
Complete Ethernet connections in residence halls: During
the 1999 summer, a project to install Ethernet connections
in every residence hall room was completed. The project was
started in 1998. Now, ACU offers 'a port-per-pillow' in
every residence hall room on campus for Ethernet
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