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U.S. Senate confirms Pitman as federal judge

Abilene Christian University graduate Robert Pitman (’85), who has been serving as a U.S. attorney, was recently confirmed by the Senate as federal judge of the Western District of Texas, a lifetime position in San Antonio. President Barack Obama nominated Pitman in June 2014 to fill a role vacant since 2008, when W. Royal Furgeson Jr. retired … Continued
Brown family

For the Least of These: The Browns

When sixth-grader Annie Brown wrote a school essay about adoption, the ball started rolling. When it came to a stop, a toddler from Uganda named Moses had become part of Alan (’92) and Holly (McLeod ’92) Brown’s family. Enjoy their story, as we continue our series about Abilene Christian University alumni who have followed their … Continued

Hawkins, Smiley bring comedy to campus

Two of the nation’s most popular “clean” comedians will bring their high-energy humor to Abilene Christian University’s Moody Coliseum on Feb. 28 when Tim Hawkins and Bob Smiley (’94) perform in concert at 7 p.m. The family-friendly event is a fundraiser for Abilene Christian Schools that is sponsored by ACU, Arrow Ford and Chick-fil-A. General admission, group and premium … Continued

Erik Steele

For the Least of These: The Steeles

Greg (’08) and Tiffany (Thompson ’09) Steele met while students at Abilene Christian University and found a common bond in the idea of adopting a child. “Many people think that adoption is a fall-back plan or a safety net for infertile couples,” Tiffany says. “Adoption is anything but that. It is pure love, joy and completely … Continued

Hot-shooting Wildcats ready for CBS telecast

On the eve of its biggest home game in years, the Abilene Christian University men’s basketball team is grateful what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. Scuffling along with a 4-6 record in late December after road losses to Tulsa, California-Riverside, Houston, Loyola-Chicago and Boise State, few fans expected head coach Joe Golding’s team to do much more than … Continued

Brandon and Lori Whitaker with their children, from left, James, 5; Jovanika, 6; and Avery, 9.

For the Least of These: The Whitakers

Brandon Whitaker (’96) and his wife, Lori, always knew they wanted to adopt but had never considered an international adoption and had certainly never considered adopting siblings. That all changed when Lori took a missions trip with her church to Haiti. Brandon tells how James and Jovanika joined their family, as we continue our series … Continued

For the Least of These: The Porters

Kevin (’99) and Rebekah (Dawes ’00) Porter knew that God had called them to adopt. “Even still, without shame, I admit that we were all scared to death,” Rebekah says. The 9-month-old twin boys they were presented for adoption had been born eight weeks premature, and because of trauma, abuse and neglect were only at … Continued

ACU Remembers: Colby McDaniel

Colby Elizabeth McDaniel, a 19-year-old freshman at Abilene Christian University, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 21, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. A memorial service was held yesterday at Altamesa Church of Christ, her hometown congregation in Fort Worth. She was born Oct. 12, 1995, and graduated in 2014 from Southwest Christian School, where she was a talented … Continued

lara family

For the Least of These: The Laras

Mona (’05) and Joe Lara of Abilene never intended to adopt a child. “That was God’s plan,” Mona says. “Thankfully we listened to the small quiet voice urging us to open our home, and we’ve been blessed beyond measure by the gift of adoption.” Mona shares her story as we continue our series about Abilene … Continued

windham family

For the Least of These: The Windhams

As foster parents, John (’08) and Brenna (Pittman ’06) Windham have had 14 children – and counting – come through their home. They’ve been able to adopt two of their foster children, 6-year-old Grace and 3-year-old State, and are in the process of trying to adopt two more. “We wanted to become foster parents because … Continued