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ACU to confer 100 Centennial Change the World awards

For immediate release
Feb. 22, 2006

Abilene Christian University presented 100 "Change the World" awards Feb. 19 as part of the university's Centennial celebration.  Recipients include alumni and friends who quietly make a difference in small and large ways on campus, in their communities and throughout the world.

The 100-plus honorees (some honorees were couples) were presented to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500. ACU president Dr. Royce Money recognized each honoree.

"These are the people who are really making a difference every day," Money said.

The "Change the World" is an award-winning integrated marketing campaign for ACU launched in 2000-01. It not only captures the essence of ACU's missions statement, but has helped demostrate in a visible, consistent manner the way alumni, students and employees endeavor to live each day.

Of the 100 awards presented to alumni from across the nation, 40 of the recipients are Abilene residents.  More than 100 people will be honored becuase some awards go to husband-and-wife teams or special groups.

From Abilene, honorees include:

  • Dr. Clyde ('53) and Shelia (Hunter '53) Austin
    Champions of church planting and missionary care and support, including two books listed in bibliographies in Christian literature worldwide.
  • Marilyn (Clark '80) Coates
    Avid volunteer for Women for ACU, Wildcat Parents and Abilene Christian Schools, taking advantage of every opportunity to promote Christian education.
  • Stephen Corbett ('96)
    Youth minister with wisdom beyond his years and a passion to help teenagers become what God wants them to be.
  • Joyce Dalzell ('77)
    Founded Faith Works, a non-profit program that helps equip the perpetually unemployed with job skills that will help them find and keep jobs.
  • Larry Davis ('78)
    Director of Special Education for Abilene Independent School District, which allows him to pursue his passion for helping people with speical needs.
  • Star (Light '82) Ferguson
    Key member of the Zambia Medical Missions, who serves as a focal point for obtaining and organizing inexpensive medications to distribute during mission trips each summer.
  • Jack ('68) and Kathleen (Tome '66) Fry
    Mentors to countless "adopted" ACU students over the past 12 years, having them in their home, cooking for them and even housing them.
  • Mary Frances (Ganus '43) Fry
    Perpetual recruiter with her always handy 3"x5" cards to record student information wherever she goes.  There's no telling how many students she has personally recruited to ACU and how many she personally mentored while they were here.
  • Shirley Garner
    Ardent supporter of international students from Kenya, generously sharing her money and even her home.  During numerous mission trips to Kenya, she helps teach life skills to improve living conditions of the African people.
  • Bryan Gibbs ('77)
    Part of the first Rio team to Brazil, he now recruits and trains new mission teams for Continent of Great Cities.  He is important in the evangelization of Central and South America.
  • Ann (Faubus '65) Griggs
    Mentors young mothers through MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers).  Continually reaching out to young mothers to tutor them in family relationships.
  • Moses Hall Jr. ('85)
    Passionate public school teacher and now administrator.  Dedicated to bringing out the very best in every student.  Plans to do extended mission work in Eastern Zambia when he retires from teaching.
  • Mark ('80) and Jana (Gilpatrick '81) Hanner
    Three-term co-presidents of Wildcat Parents, who have revatilized programs with increased parent participation and re-engineered student offerings for a stronger organization.  They're also generous sponsors for special projects.
  • Valerie (Rude '81) Hilliard
    Quiet servant who takes care of her family and makes time to help with her husband's business and numerous church and community activities.
  • Shirley Hunter
    The smile behind the smile -- wife of Dr. Bob Hunter.  Cheerful, loving, wonderful behind-the-scenes partener.
  • Maj. Glenda (Hines '84) Jones
    Life of quiet service and purposeful evangelism. Active in the U.S. Army Reserves and carries her evangelical torch wherever she goes, making hundreds of friends along the way.
  • Betty Nelson
    Steadfast volunteer for Women for ACU and queen of the WACU kitchen.  Has cooked and served thousands of meals for the group in 35 years as a volunteer.
  • Robert Jr. ('81) and Jenny (Linn '81) Oglesby
    They coordinate the Fit to Be Tied pre-martial program at Southern Hills Church of CHrist where more than 350 young couples have participated in 10 years with only a 2 perent marriage failure rate. Their successful concepts have been incorporated into the worldwide curriculum.
  • *Dr. Lowell Perry ('47)
    One fo the founders of World Christian Broadcasting who had a dream of telling the world about Jesus via shortwave radio. With a station in Alaska and one on the island of Madagascar, more than 80 percent of the world's population can be reached.
  • Dewby (Adams '50) Ray
    Devoted and enthusiastic supporter of all things ACU.
  • Dr. Tony Roach Sr. ('79)
    Longtime preacher at Minda Street Church of Christ with his finger on the pulse of the African American community.
  • Roy and Bonnie (Sargent '63) Shake
    For almost 40 years, they shared their home with more than 100 foster babies waiting to be placed for adoption.

Social Club Advisors
All from Abilene, these social club advisors have been working with their organizations for more than a lifetime in the age of most of their students.  They're mentors, counselors, teachers and more often than not, friends.

  • Ed Allred ('76), Kinsmen/Gamma Sigma Phi -- 28 years
  • Marsha (Jennings '76) Allred, Ko Jo Kai -- 26 years
  • Betsey (Bolin '85) Craig, GATA -- 21 years
  • Bobbie (McCullough '88) Dickson, Sigma Theta Chi --34 years
  • Sylvia (Ravanelli '67) McCaleb, Sigma Theta Chi -- 34 years
  • Larry "Satch" Sanders ('75), Frater Sodalis -- 27 years
  • Karen (Osborn '66) Sharp, Ko Jo Kai -- 26 years


  • Marilyn (Treat '70) Trabold
    Single mother, teacher and a "light to all of us." A true example of a giving, loving Christian woman.
  • Joan VanRheenen
    Behind-the-scenes volunteer, particularly taking care of all new faculty spouses to make sure they are encouraged and get connected. She also "adopts" several international students each year and makes sure they have the things they need. 
  •  Phil Ware ('77)
    Through Heartlight, he has literally touched thousands and thousands of lives.  His vision and technological skills have created an online resource that is recognized as one of the best spiritually oriented Web sites in the world.
  • Tim Yandell ('85)
    Coordinated a $100,000 fundraising campaign for lighting and improvements to Larry C. "Satch" Sanders Field for student intramurals.
  • Bill ('57) and Ann (Kennamer '57) Young
    Longtime ministers in congregations across Texas. Paved the way for Dr. Charles Siburt's Church Relations work.

Honorees outside of Abilene include:

  • Susan (Bell '80) Adkins, Waxahachie
    Longtime pre-school teacher and quiet, influential mother of four Christian-education children, three of whom are ACU alumni.
  • Fielden Allison ('88), Kenya, East Africa
    Recognized as the "grandfather of missions" in Kenya, who has helped plant hundreds of churches.
  • Chris Anderson ('92), Paris, France
    Awar-winning photojournalist, covering assignments all over the world.  Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a feature on Haitian boat people.
  • Joe Baisden ('59), Belton
    Longtime preacher in Belton, including an early ministry to people with AIDS.
  • Brown Bannister ('75), Franklin, Tenn.
    Pioneering producer and songwriter for Christian music, including work with artists such as Amy Grant, White Heart, Steven Curtis Chapman and Avalon.
  • Carol Bartley ('69), Euless
    Freelance editor for numerous Christian publishers and managing editor of the International Children's Bible.  Max Lucado calls her "the best editor in America."
  • Lizbeth (Durham '80) Bonham, Southlake
    Talented illustratorfor Christian children's books, including The King Without a Shadow by R.C. Sproul, The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado and Timeless Moments by Alton Howard.
  • Don Booker ('80), Houston
    Community and church leader in Southwest Houston, who goes above and beyond to promote ACU to prospective students.
  • Ron Booker ('80), Sugar Land
    Voluntarily represents abandoned children and actively volunteers for Lifeline Chaplaincy.
  • Terra (Hardin '92) Brimberry, Austin
    Known for her generous hospitality, which has included taking people into their home for extended periods.  Some of her guests have included young adults who needed help finding themselves, a young man released from prison, and a family of refugees from Iran.
  • Sherry (Martin '65) Campbell, Fort Worth
    Longtime teacher and counselor with a passion for Christian education and a love for young people. 
  • Dr. Brad Cheves ('84), Dallas
    Through his involvement in university administration, he has touched the lives of countless students with his servant attitude and desire to see young people reach their full potential through higher education.
  • Deborah Cleveland ('76), Fort Worth
    Life of quiet dedication helping and serving others as an estate-planning specialist.  Gives liberally of her time, money and professional expertise to assist people.
  • Dr. Todd Coleman ('87), Batesville, Ark.
    Dedicated volunteer recruiter and loyal alum in the though Arkansas recruiting market. Mans numerous college night programs at local high schools and writes letters to potential students.
  • Reg Cox ('84), Littleton, Colo.
    Well-known motivational Christian speaker at Christian camps and youth rallies all over the world. Also a notable ACU volunteer, particularly in helping coordinate events in the Denver area.
  • Malik Crowder ('93), Austin
    Champion for ACU in Austin's African-American commynity, especially promoting ACU to prospective students.  Also a dedicated volunteer and community partner. 
  • Arthur ('86) and Donna (Southerland '89) Culpepper, Misawaka, Ind.
    Loyal ACU supporters who have lived all over the country and promote the university in places where ACU is not as widely known, particularly in local congregations.
  • Sgt. Maj. Michael Dudley ('72), Stafford, Va.
    Director of the U.S. Army Chorale, which has performed for presidents, kings, diplomats and other dignitaries.
  • Jeff Duncum, D.D.S. ('86), Dallas
    Longtime supporter of ACU recruiting efforts, including college night programs in local high schools and is an active volunteer in the youth ministry of his church.
  • Judi (Hines '68) Eager, New Braunfels
    Provides pro bono counseling services in the local school district, along with marriage and family counseling services in the San Antonio area.
  • Dr. Geoffrey Ellis ('54), Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    President of Great Lakes Christian College, who does his work with grace and dedication. He is held high regard by the church in Canada and many other parts of the world.
  • Dr. Paul Faulkner ('52), Driftwood
    Legendary preacher and professor, who recently helped plant a new church in Austin and whose business has opened huge doors to share the message of the Kingdom.
  • Dr. Cecil ('78) and Diane (Herndon '81) Fincher, Lubbock
    Anesthesiologist and caretaker who helped save the life of a Sudanese baby wth potentially fatal heart problems.
  • Caryl (Ellis '74) Fry, Missouri City
    Epitomizes quiet leadership that reflects Christian values in her sphere of influence in the educational world and in her community.
  • *Don Gardner ('48), Mount Dora, Fla.
    Worked to begin Ohio Valley College and helped strengthen Michigan Christian, Cascade and York colleges.  Founded the National Christian School Association.
  • Dr. Leroy Garrett ('42), Denton
    Author of "Restoration Review," a landmark periodical that taught love and tolerance at a time when feuds and debates were tearing churches apart throughout the country.  Also wrote what many consider the definitive history of the Churches of Christ.
  • Jean Good ('49), Lake Jackson
    Retired librarian, amazing mother of six (four ACU alums), and now a community and church volunteer.
  • Jennifer Hance ('97), Houston
    Executive director of the Youth Development Center, which offers after-school programs to inner-city youth in Houston. She resurrected the dying program and improved student reading levels an average of two grade levels in her first year.
  • Chris Harris ('77), Franklin, Tenn.
    Influential leader in the Christian music industry, producing albums for Avalon and others.
  • Scott Heft ('83), Vilnius, Lithuania
    Vocational missionary in a third world country. Teaches English privately and edits English documents for local companies, along with working with the local church.
  • Don ('90) and Wynn (bradley '92) Heyen, Wichita Falls
    Dynamic volunteers for both admission and development.  Active in hosting Back-to_school Bashes and Purple & White Parties, along with serving as class agents for their class campaigns and The Annual Fund.

His Little Ones
Helped found his Little Ones, a non-profit ministry that helps orphans in Andrei's home country of Romania. The mission of the organization is to provide for the spiritual, emotional, physical, educational and financial needs of Romanian orphans.

  • Andrei Duta ('97), College Station
  • Gayla (Campbell '79) North, Plano
  • Nancie Sawyer ('99), Granbury
  • Steven Schlegel ('99), Plano
  • Casey Tipton ('97), Mesquite
  • Andrew Wilmot ('99) The Colony


  • Dr. Lanny Hunter ('58), Sedona, Ariz.
    Former surgeon in Vietnam, then built a successful clinic in Flagstaff, the Northern Arizona Dermatology Center. Has published several books, the latest of which is What Your Doctor and Your Pastor Want You to Know about Depression.
  • Jim Keyes ('66), Fort Worth
    A man of great integrity.  Honest, kind-hearted, respectful, extremely patient and a peaceful negotiator - with his employees, fellow church-goers and family.
  • Sherry (Adams '73) Kidd, Snyder
    For more than 20 years, she has worked with disabled and handicapped children at West Elementary Life Skills classroom, showing them love and teaching them simple skills to help improve their lives.
  • Dr. Jeff Kimble ('71), La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
    Cal Tech professor, whose work includes the study of quantum physics and teleportation' personally mentioned in the introduction of Michael Crichton's 1999 best-selling novel, Timeline.
  • Paul Lee ('90), Leander
    Co-editor of and vice president of Hearlight Internet Ministries that reaches more than half a million users a month. His images are used in thousands of churches every Sunday.
  • Dr. Ellen Little ('92), Kampala, Uganda
    Has made medical missions her life's work. Currently in Uganda, she recently helped a Sudanese baby get life-saving heart surgery in Lubbock. Has also worked in Guatemala, Nigeria and Mexico.
  • Dr. Ellis Long ('57), Ephrata, Pa.
    Brazilian missionary who helped establish the Brazil Breakthrough to recruit a mission team for each of the capital cities in Brazil and then South America. The project eventually became Continent of Great Cities.
  • Dr. David Lowry ('75), Edmond, Okla.
    Author of many papers and books in the academic world. His involvement in the university went beyond teaching, including vision and leadership in his church and on campus.
  • Lara Mahaney ('92), South Pasadena, Calif.
    Director of corporate and entertainment affairs for Parents Television Council, whose primary mission is to promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in answer to America's demand for positive, family-oriented television programming.
  • Rick McCall ('81), Pflugerville
    Dynamic youth minister at Westover Hills in Austin, who continually encourages kids to attend ACU. Many also pursue careers in youth and family ministry because of his impact of their lives.
  • Jacqueline Mitchell, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Longtime missionary in Buenos Aires, Argentia, who continuesthe work even after her husband's death.
  • Paul Morgan ('78), Arlington
    Leader in his church, community and business, who promotes the purple and white by hiring new grads and hosting alumni and recruiting events. An even greater example as a husband and father.
  • Jeff Nelson ('79), San Antonio
    Incredible worship leader at Oak Hills Church, who also produces worship videos and CDs to share with Christians all over the world.
  • Dr. Marcus Nelson ('94), San Antonio
    One of the youngest-ever high school principals in the state of Texas. Now a school administrator, teen radio show host and notable motivational speaker.
  • Russell Noll ('79), Boerne
    Real estate investor by trade, Young Life leader by passion. Has almost single-handedly kept the program going and now flourishing. Has a heart for bringing Christ to young people.
  • Young-Ho Pak ('00), Denver, Colo.
    First-generation Korean American who works with troubled teens with chemical dependency and abusive backgrounds. Has a passionate love for God and intensely cares for those around him.
  • Lt. Adam Parish ('99), Washington, D.C.
    Seahawk helicopter pilot on the USS Kitty Hawk, where he flies in a number of roles, including anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, druge interdicition, anti-ship warfare, cargo life and special operations, not to mention humanitarian roles.
  • Brent ('93) and Julie (Griggs '94) Pennington, Bangkok, Thailand
    Missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand, who were especially active in relief efforts to help victims of the tsunami.
  • Greg Perry ('84), Nashville, Tenn.
    Executive director of World Wide Youth Camps, an international missions ministry focused on planting the seed of Christ in the hearts of children of every tongue, tribe and natio, touching almost 50,000 children.
  • Gil Peters, Holliday
    Longtime preacher, prison minister and vocal ACU supporter. A leavening voicse of reason on behalf of ACU in the Wichita Falls area.
  • Rich and Karen Quinn, Tomball
    Courageous adoptive parents of 19 children of various ethnic origins and various levels of good health.
  • Robert Reagan ('84), Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Longtime missionary in Chaing Mai, Thailand, who represents the best of the best in missions. Few ACU graduates have focused on and exemplified the goal of ACU as completely and unrelentingly.
  • Dwight Roberts ('74), Houston
    President and CEO of U.S. Rice Producers who travels nationally and internationally to promote agriculture and rice production.
  • Ronnie Sellers ('69), Conroe
    A quiet, unassuming servant that has dedicated his heart and soul to helping the needy at the Impact Church in Houston.
  • Don ('63) and Kay (Coleman '62) Skelton, Denison
    Dedicated volunteers in the Sherman/Denison area, who spearheaded Back-to-School Bashes and Purple & White Parties before they were official ACU events.
  • Brad Small ('84), Amarillo
    Minister for the Amarillo South Church of Christ, which has grown from 200 to more than 2000 in less than six years. They also celebrate more than 200 baptisms a year.
  • *Belinda (Berryman '82) Smith, Houston
    Influential leader who left a wonderful legacy of a quiet Christian servant.
  • Dr. Lawrence Smith ('58), Kerrville
    Uses his skills, knowledge and experience to improve every life he touches. An excellent example of someone who is changing the world through ministry in the church, Boy Scouts and education.
  • Sam and Seanne Sparks, Santa Rosa
    Community leaders in the Valley and across the border in Mexico, helping scores of under-privleged and indigent children.
  • Dr. Tim Summerlin, ('68), Kerrville
    Respected president of Shreiner University where the commitment is to continuous learning, both in and out of the classroom.
  • Dr. Gary ('62) and Kay (Allen '62) Taliaferro, Salado
    Special friends who minister to others in a very powerful way...examples of true Christianity and the mission of ACU.
  • Joann (Gause '58) Taylor, Lake Jackson
    Touches an amazing number of lives, especially in her ministry to young women. She has allowed numerous young women to live with her - some for a short time, others for many years.
  • Randy Truxal ('81), Denison
    Acu champion in the Sherman/Denison area, especially for recruiting students to attend ACU. He covers college night programs at local high schools, writes letters to prospective parents and carries the ACU banner high.
  • Dr. David Walker ('83), Sugar Land
    Active in Fath in Practice, a life-changing medical mission program to Guatemala.
  • Matt ('00) and Nikki (Schweikhard '98) Wallace, Indian Hills, Colo.
    Missionaries in downtown Denver fr Dry Bones, a non-profit ministry that works with homesless and runaway youth who live on the streets. They build relationships and try to connect with the teens through physical resources, better nutrition, new friends, entertainment and the gospel.
  • Linda (Owens '91) Webb, Norman, Okla.
    Director of Ally's House, a non-profit organization for assisting families of children with cancer in Oklahoma.
  • Mitch Wilburn ('90), Tulsa, Okla.
    Longtime youth minister at Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, now the community minister and a mentor to dozens of young youth ministers and ministry students.
  • "Big" Don Williams ('59), Cyril, Okla.
    Pioneer of youth ministry as one of the first in the country. Also one of the most popular speakers of his time, sometimes traveling more than 45 weekends a year to speak at youth rallies and retreats all over the country.
  • Lyndon Williams ('72), Barksdale
    Provides humanitarian support for Holocaust survivors.
  • Robert Harold "Tex" Williams ('50), Cedar Park
    Missionary to South Africa and head of World Bible School. Former head of the Sunset School of Missions. Responsible for thousands and thousands coming to the Lord.
  • Larry ('77) and Connie (Lemons '76) Zinck, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Have spent their lives in mission work in Brazil. Part of Max Lucado's first team, but have stayed on and been very influential. He was a brilliant student who has devoted himself to missionary service.


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