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A conversation with filmmaker Brent McCorkle

Nashville filmmaker Brent McCorkle was on the Abilene Christian University campus in May talking to students interested in the film industry. The director and writer of the 2012 film Unconditional spoke to students at the invitation of ACU alumnus and award-winning music video producer Randy Brewer (’93), owner of Nashville-based Revolution Pictures. Originally from the Metroplex, McCorkle studied … Continued

ACU Remembers: Charlene Ricketts

Phyllis Charlene Ricketts, retired veteran administrative coordinator in the Advancement Office at Abilene Christian University, died Tuesday morning in a Lubbock hospital from injuries following an automobile accident Monday in Abilene. She was 87. Born Nov. 8, 1925, in Mora, Mo., she married William “Bill” Ricketts on July 7, 1945. Charlene attended Central Missouri State … Continued

ACU team presents at World Maker Faire

This past weekend, more than 65,000 people converged on the New York Hall of Science for World Maker Faire, an international event that speaks its own unique language: makerspaces, hackerspaces, 3D printing, CNC routers and Raspberry Pi. World Maker Faire is one of 60 events sponsored by MAKE magazine this year to showcase the energy and creativity of a … Continued

Alumnus takes risk to fight rare blood disorder

Abilene Christian University graduate Hunter Hanner (’05) was born with chronic granulomatous disease, a rare blood disorder that left his body unable to fight off infection. Despite a poor prognosis, Hunter beat the odds and made it to adulthood, settling into life as an Abilene businessman and father of three who is married to Jennifer (Hathorn ’05). Yet … Continued

Watson grateful to escape Colorado flooding

One of the nation’s biggest rescue airlifts since Hurricane Katrina is underway today in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, where thousands of residents have been displaced, more than 1,200 are unaccounted for and seven have died in the region’s worst flooding in a century. As a flatlander who lived in West Texas for … Continued

Tippens to leave Pepperdine, return to ACU

When he left Abilene Christian University’s English faculty 13 years ago to become Pepperdine University’s chief academic officer, Dr. Darryl Tippens reminded his long-faced friends and colleagues here that “The road between Pepperdine and Abilene is two-way.” He was right. Pepperdine announced today that Tippens will retire July 31, 2014, but his next career move … Continued

Summit looks at ministry to people at margins

For thousands of people, an annual pilgrimage to Abilene for Summit began a few days ago and ends at Moody Coliseum tonight. Known prior to 2008 as Bible Lectureship, the 107th annual event Sept. 15-18 packs lectures, classes, panels, concerts and discussion with fellow Christians into four days, an experience designed to encourage, educate and … Continued

Spying claim added dimension to Study Abroad

Editor’s note: Dr. Susan (Lester ’92) Lewis is vice provost and associate professor of journalism and mass communication at ACU. She taught Perspectives in Mass Communication: Germany, Spain and Czech Republic, a Study Abroad course this summer in Leipzig, Germany. Here’s a not-very-closely-guarded secret: professors love relating current events to the lessons we are teaching – … Continued

Wildcats’ Division I adventure is underway

While the women’s soccer and volleyball teams are already out of the gate, the first game of Abilene Christian University’s new football era in NCAA Division I is Saturday night. Head coach Ken Collum’s Wildcats play Concordia College of Selma, Ala., at 7 p.m. in Shotwell Stadium, broadcast locally on Sports Radio 98.1 FM The … Continued

Atchley helps open ACU’s 108th school year

Quoting from Ecclesiastes and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Rick Atchley (’78) implored students attending Opening Assembly on Monday at Abilene Christian University to “start your race like you want it to end,” by not focusing on what he considered the more “over-rated” parts of their young lives. ACU’s 108th school year began with several traditions … Continued