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ACU alumni, students, friends go extra miles this week for Wildcat Week of Service

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March 14, 2006

    Service is the theme for Spring Break 2006 at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, and students, alumni and friends of the university are carrying out that theme under the Wildcat Week of Service banner. Approximately 100 service projects are underway this week in Abilene, throughout the United States and in several international locations.
    The concentrated service effort sprung from ACU celebrating its Centennial this year with a planning team suggesting ACU mobilize its students and alumni to bring to life the university's mission of educating students for Christian leadership and service throughout the world.
    Billed as Wildcat Week of Service, students are conducting Spring Break campaigns in 26 locations, spreading the story of Jesus through actions and words. Also, alumni and friends have put together service projects ranging from cleaning up trash and debris to building houses in their communities.
    Participating alumni range in age from Abilenian Imogene Mickey, class of 1935, to children as young as two years old.
    Highlights of the week include:
  • Algiers, La. –Tim ('87) and Shelly Boren, Chris ('88) and Stacie (Wetsel '89) Hatchett, Scott and Julie Thannum, Madeline Fanning, Brad Mick ('08), Larry and Teressa Mick and Karaline Walters, and others are helping rebuild in Algiers, La., after hurricane devastation, in conjunction with Richland Hills Church of Christ in Fort Worth.
  • Dallas – Liz Robinson ('04), Marjon Zabihi ('04), Kim Dowdy ('04), Karri Horner ('04), Valerie Blum ('04), Cody Blair ('04), Jamie Milstead ('01), Janie White, Joe ('01) and Rachel (Cass '01) Varney, and others are volunteering time to work art projects with young patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
  • Florence, Italy – Sarah Bailey ('01) is helping paint the Florence Church of Christ building and distributing church literature.
  • Golden, Colo. – Matthew Shaw ('01) is offering his services at Winter Park for ski instruction for disabled athletes, volunteering with the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
  • Lubbock – Morris ('49) and Nell ('51) George, Rodney and Debra (George '73) Rogers, Rob ('71) and Sandy (Thurston '69), Jason Core ('99), Lauren (Pruett '00) Rogers and Lindsey Rogers ('01) are transforming a storm shelter at Children's Home of Lubbock into "Kid City," an education center for younger children.
  • Nashville – Larry Musick ('84), Jim Anderson ('69) and others are coordinating alumni efforts among several Nashville churches to assist with Room-in-the-Inn and Healing Hands International projects.
  • Pierre, S.D. – Robert ('76) and Teresa ('76) Duncan, Charlie ('81) and Jeane ('80) Wharton, and Becky Osbourne are coordinating a team to clean an eight-mile stretch of roadside ditches along Grey Goose Road in Pierre, S.D.
  • Searcy, Ark. – Tiffany (Kondrup '98) Sanders and Jayme (Jeal '97) Covington are coordinating a "baby shower" for underprivileged pregnant women in the Searcy area.
  • Weatherford – Ron ('88) and Gena (Lemmons '89) Hunn, Camilla (Crutsinger '83) Walton, Bobby ('82) and Marcy (St. Clair '84) Atchley, Donald ('97) and Susan (Stork '99) Newton, Mike ('83) and Joy (Smith '83) Ballard, Randall ('84) and Kathy (Strickland '86) Ferrell, Scott ('83) and Christie (Horstman '86), and a large host of other volunteers are cleaning and landscaping a yard for a military family who just settled in their area.
    Geographically, projects are taking place throughout Texas, from Hawaii to Alaska, Washington to Florida, California to New York, and several international locations. Go to http://www.acu.edu/centennial/involved/wildcat_week_of_service/projects.html to see a comprehensive list of projects
    "Our alumni have come together in an amazing way. They're doing wonderful service projects, and at the same time having fun and reconnecting with other alumni," said Amber Peck, director of alumni relations and chair of the ACU's Centennial task force for special events. "We've been adding new project locations every day for the past two weeks."
    While the overall effort has been orchestrated in Abilene, alumni leaders in their respective locations have been the driving forces for individual efforts. Each alumni leader has had the freedom to develop his or her own project.
    "All we asked for is one hour during this special week to celebrate ACU's mission of service throughout the world," Peck said. "But, in almost every situation our alumni are giving much more than that."
    ACU, a national leader in Christian higher education with 4,700 students from around the world, was founded Sept. 11, 1906. The university is celebrating its Centennial year from Aug. 22, 2005 to Sept. 11, 2006 with the theme "Called to Faith and Excellence."
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