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ACU Centennial book wins international gold medal

June 27, 2006

Abilene Christian University's Centennial book, The ACU Century, has won a gold medal in international competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's 2006 Circle of Excellence awards program.

The book, already a writing and design award-winner in CASE regional competition, was one of 13 gold medal winners from 651 entrants in the Visual Design in Print category. Other award-winning universities were Brigham Young University, Lehigh University, Middlebury College, Penn State University and Stanford University. The book will be displayed July 9-11 at CASE's annual assembly in New York City.

CASE is the largest international association of colleges and universities, representing more than 40,000 professionals in alumni relations, communications and marketing, advancement services, and development at more than 3,200 schools.

Michelle Morris, ACU vice president of university and alumni relations, said she's not surprised the book won an international award.

"The book is absolutely beautiful," Morris said. "The pictures are wonderful and span our 100-year history, and the essays capture the essence of ACU. It is a treasure that everyone will want to own."

The 192-page, full-color, oversized hardcover book gives a primarily photographic perspective on ACU's first century. The photographs from ACU's archives – many never seen before – serve as the book's foundation, chosen by the staff of the university’s award-winning ACU Today magazine.

Also included are essays by noted alumni authors about some of ACU's most memorable people, events and traditions.

The editor is Ron Hadfield, ACU director of creative services, while ACU's Greg Golden and Ken Stewart handled the book's graphic design.

"The book should be an indispensable keepsake of the Centennial for alumni, students, parents and friends," said Hadfield. "We used some of the best feature writing from the pages of Horizons and ACU Today magazines, as well as new essays from some of our best alumni writers. It was a privilege to work on this book, especially because it represents the best efforts of people collaborating to tell the story of a university they love."

Copies of The ACU Century can be purchased at Texas Star Trading Company, online at or at The Campus Store in ACU's McGlothlin Campus Center.

If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact ACU's Public Relations Office.