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10 Questions with Kent Brantly, M.D.

The COVID-19 pandemic might feel like déjà vu for Kent Brantly, M.D. (’03), who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 while serving as a medical missionary in Liberia. He became the first Ebola patient to receive the experimental drug ZMapp and the first to be flown back to the U.S. for treatment. Six years … Continued
Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley named ACU 2021 Teacher of the Year

One of her graduating students described her as “entertaining,” saying she “makes even the most boring lectures engaging,” and Rachel Riley, the 2021 Teacher of the Year at Abilene Christian University, found that particularly striking because she can relate. “I enjoy a good dose of humor in all things,” Riley said. “If it’s not fun, … Continued

Commencement 2020

ACU to award degrees in three outdoor ceremonies

Abilene Christian University will award 1,206 degrees this weekend in three ceremonies taking place in Wildcat Stadium. The Friday, May 7, ceremony at 8 p.m. will include 360 master’s and 102 doctoral degrees. On Saturday, May 8, 744 bachelor’s degrees will be presented in two ceremonies – 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Because the university … Continued

Autumn Vaught

ACU student named Fulbright recipient for 2021-22

Abilene Christian University senior Autumn Vaught’s career plans involve cross-cultural teaching, so it’s fitting that she was studying abroad in Uruguay when she first discovered the prestigious Fulbright program, and she was teaching English at an Abilene high school when she learned she had been selected one of its next honorees. Vaught, a secondary education … Continued

2020-21 Debate Team

ACU debate team ranked 4th in the nation

The Abilene Christian University debate team finished the 2020-21 season ranked fourth in the nation. The team also placed fourth in the International Public Debate Association National Championship Tournament this month. “By all accounts and records that I can find, they just completed the best debate and forensics season for ACU in almost 40 years,” … Continued

NEXT Lab student researcher awarded National Science Foundation fellowship

When Keaton Brewster graduates in May with a degree in physics and mathematics, he’ll be taking with him more than a diploma. A research proposal stemming from his work in ACU’s NEXT Lab has earned him a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowships Program. With his annual stipend of $34,000, Keaton … Continued

Mary Lou and Christopher Hutson

ACU Brown Library receives endowment gift for Africana Studies Collection

Dr. Christopher and Mary Lou Hutson of Abilene have made a gift to the Abilene Christian University Brown Library establishing the Christopher and Mary Lou Hutson Africana Studies Collection Endowment.  “This generous gift will provide consistent funding to build a great collection in the areas of African American and Africana Studies,” said James Wiser, ACU … Continued

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The Princeton Review ranks ACU among best game design programs

For the sixth consecutive year, Abilene Christian University has earned a top spot on The Princeton Review’s list of best game design programs. ACU is ranked No. 29 in the “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Game Design for 2021” list released on March 23.  “It’s rewarding for our faculty and students to be consistently recognized … Continued

ACU Online launches RN to B.S.N. program

Abilene Christian University is launching a new online degree offering – Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing – beginning in May 2021. The degree is offered through ACU Online and is designed for licensed RNs who want to pursue a B.S.N. degree while continuing to practice.  “This is a great opportunity for ACU … Continued

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ACU vice provost named ACE Fellow

Dr. Susan Lewis, vice provost at Abilene Christian University, was selected as one of 52 emerging college and university leaders for the 2021-22 class of the ACE Fellows Program, the longest-running leadership development program in the U.S.  Since 1965, the ACE Fellows Program has strengthened institutions in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty, … Continued