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WACU to sponsor 'Open Houses on the Hill'

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March 22, 2005

Several homes near Abilene Christian University will be open for viewing April 3 as a fundraiser for Women for ACU.

Five ACU families will open their homes on April 3 from 3-6 p.m. for WACU's "Open Houses on the Hill." Faculty, staff and retired employees of ACU will participate, including:

• Chuck and Marisue Meyer at 1401 Washington Blvd.

• Drs. Wayne and Mimi Barnard at 1682 Newcastle

• Dr. Jon and Darlene Ashby at 866 Canyon Court

• Eddie and Carole Mahanay at 610 Gill

• Bettye Shipp at 834 East North 18th

Marisue Meyer and Jon Ashby are retired ACU employees. Carol Mahanay worked in the Music Department for several years. Shipp's late husband, Skipper, taught at ACU for a number of years. Wayne Barnard is dean of campus life and assistant provost for student development, and Mimi Barnard is director of residence life education and housing.

WACU is an organization of women interested in nurturing Christian education.  This organization promotes worthy projects and fundraisers to benefit ACU. During its 35-year history, it has provided more than $1 million, primarily for student scholarships and campus improvements.

The organization established the WACU Jennings House Museum at 1602 Campus Court across from the campus.  The museum showcases items depicting the 99-year history of the school.  It also serves as a gift shop with handmade items, collectibles, and consignments.  The museum will be open April 3 during "Open Houses on the Hill," and refreshments will be served there.

Entrance fee for the event is $10 per person, and is all are invited to attend. Tickets may be purchased at all five homes and at the museum on the day of the event.

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