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Seidman: Live from the blessing, not for it

Chris Seidman (’92), senior minister of The Branch Church, a multi-site fellowship in Dallas, was the featured Commencement speaker May 4 in Moody Coliseum at ACU. One of the most involved students to ever study on the Hill, he co-founded the memorable Candlelight Devotional experienced by freshmen each August during Wildcat Week. He began his career in ministry … Continued

Lucado visits with students about writing craft

The last time Max Lucado (’77) likely visited the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication’s news room, he was a shaggy-haired columnist for The Optimist newspaper in the mid-1970s. Last Tuesday the best-selling Christian author sat in a chair, sipping coffee and sharing wisdom about the craft of writing with Abilene Christian University students. Lucado was honored April … Continued

Alumna's farm focuses on earth-friendly food

Earth Week is a great time to appreciate the planet we call home, and one ACU alumna is using the skills she honed as an agricultural and environmental sciences major to provide chemical-free produce and meat from her Little Acorn Farm near Abilene. Wiepie (Rojas ’13) Cross, who spent 10 months as a Fulbright Scholar … Continued

Five organ donors respond to Alvarez' need

In his spare time, Abel Alvarez (’82) is a mobile-learning consultant who knows well the power of social media. But the minister in McAllen, Texas, is still amazed at the quick response by the Abilene Christian University community to his critical search for a kidney donor. A mid-day post March 2 on the ACU Today blog described his urgent need to find someone who also shared … Continued

The Hamiltons dig love and biblical history

When Old Testament scholar Dr. Mark Hamilton (’90 M.Div.) told me about his upcoming semester in Israel with his wife, Dr. Samjung Kang-Hamilton (’88 M.R.E.), revisiting the place where they first met nearly 30 years earlier, my story-telling wheels began to turn. It will likely embarrass the two Abilene Christian University professors but Hepburn and Olivier in … Continued

Rain buoys Abilene civic leaders' water plans

Dr. Norman Archibald’s heart, and hometown lake, are full today. As of this week, Archibald (’76 M.S.) – Abilene’s current mayor now in his fourth term of office – would need a flotation device or ladder to stand under the same dock where he was pictured for our Spring-Summer 2014 issue. At the time, Abilene Christian University’s hometown was … Continued

Dillard Hall to house sophomore women

Sophomore women living on campus will soon have a new housing option: Gayle and Max Dillard Hall. Thanks to a major gift from Gayle (’57) and Max Dillard of Dallas, Texas, Abilene Christian University has purchased the apartment building formerly owned and operated by Christian Village of Abilene and is renovating it as a sophomore … Continued

Court Adjourned: Six ready for senior moment

The scene unfolding before Joe Golding (’99) looked like a cross between Norman Rockwell and one of those cheesy, straight-to-Christian-bookstore feature films. In his first year as the men’s basketball head coach at Abilene Christian University, Golding had gone to Trinity Christian High School in Lubbock to recruit diminutive sharp-shooting point guard and straight A … Continued

ACU trustee Alvarez in search of kidney

For years, Abel Alvarez has had a heart for his alma mater and hands quick to lead students from his hometown to Abilene. Today, he needs a kidney. The 1982 Abilene Christian University graduate, trustee and ACU’s 2015 winner of a Distinguished Alumni Citation has a rare blood type. It’s O negative, shared by only … Continued

Scholarship campaign passes $50 million mark

Thanks to a $20 million commitment from Lacy (’61) and Dorothy Harber of Denison, Texas, Abilene Christian University’s Partnering in the Journey campaign has exceeded its goal to raise $50 million for endowed scholarships for students to assist in making college more affordable. Partnering in the Journey now stands at $50,075,647 in commitments. The $20 … Continued