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Abilene community enjoys a full weekend of activities at ACU Centennial Birthday Celebration

Centennial Celebration

September 11, 2006

Thousands of people attended a variety of events at ACU from Friday to Sunday as the university enjoyed its Centennial Birthday Celebration, said Dr. Michelle Morris, Centennial Celebration director.

"The weekend was wonderful," Morris said.  "God blessed us with perfect weather, and we were so honored that the community turned out to help us celebrate our 100th birthday.  I hope they return again and again to enjoy 'Jacob's Dream' and to walk on the Lunsford Foundation Trail."

Saturday, the magnificent sculpture Jacob's Dream was dedicated to the university in honor of Grace L. Woodward and her gift to ACU.  This almost 40-foot bronze sculpture depicts the biblical account of Jacob's dream. Grace Woodward's son, Bob, and his wife, were present as ACU honored his mother with this sculpture.

After the dedication, many moved to the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building to ask their favorite ACU friends, alumni and employees to sign their copy of "The ACU Century." For almost two hours, people flowed through the Hall of Servants, where more than 60 people autographed books.

Saturday afternoon, crowds of all ages gathered in the ACU mall area to enjoy the Centennial Birthday Carnival.  Large inflatables were available for young children through college students, and families filled the area.  County commissioner Chuck Statler read a proclamation from Taylor County, and Dr. Royce Money, president, and some ACU Big Purple band members led in the singing of "Happy Birthday" to ACU. Confetti and streamers burst from the giant cake built onto the GATA Fountain, and purple and white cupcakes were enjoyed by everyone.

Music lovers enjoyed a live concert from the Christian rock band Caedmon's Call Saturday night.  More than 300 brought blankets and chairs to Elmer Gray Stadium to hear great music and watch fireworks light up the sky following the concert.

More than 1,600 people attended the three performances of "Abilene 1906," written by retired ACU music professors Jack Boyd and Ed George.  Throughout Saturday, guests to the campus toured the buildings and enjoyed a final day of the Centennial Walking Tour.

"I want to say thank you to all the people who made these events possible - the staff and volunteers who did everything necessary to make our Birthday Weekend - and our entire Centennial Celebration year - truly meaningful and fun," Morris said.





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