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English professor, folklorist George Ewing dies

The 101st meeting of the Texas Folklore Society is coming to Dr. George Ewing’s neck of the woods in early April 2010, but he won’t be here – in Abilene – to help host the colleagues he loved spending time around. Ewing, 87, died Feb. 9, leaving behind a colorful 37-year career of teaching at … Continued

Video of today's announcement

Here are video excerpts from today’s announcement in Chapel that Dr. Phil Schubert has been selected by ACU trustees as the university’s 11th president. Sharron Drury is the speaker you see first on the stage in Moody Coliseum; ACU president Dr. Money is at her left and university trustee James R. Porter is on her … Continued

ACU's 11th president: Dr. Phil Schubert

Dr. Phil Schubert, a 1991 graduate of Abilene Christian, will be introduced to his alma mater’s community as its 11th president at Chapel this morning in Moody Coliseum. Sharron Drury and Jim Porter, ACU trustees and co-chairs of the Presidential Transition Team, have shared the following message with students, faculty, staff, alumni and other friends of … Continued

Vanderpools, others help minister to Haiti

A family with strong ACU roots is active in the effort to help bring medical and humanitarian aid to victims of the powerful earthquakes in Haiti. Brentwood, Tenn., physician David M. Vanderpool M.D. (’81) and his son, ACU junior David Vanderpool, have been working in the devastated region this past week, the former with Mobile … Continued

Remembering Neil Fry

By now, we hope you’ve received ACU Today’s Fall 2009 issue in the mail. You may have noticed news about the death of 81-year-old Edward Neil Fry (’50) on page 46 of EXperiences. It always pains me to see the fascinating lives of people summarized in a few lines of an obituary, even more so for people I … Continued

Lytle, Schubert chosen as presidential finalists

After considering applicants from what ACU Board chair Don W. Crisp (’64) called a “national pool of experienced and outstanding professionals,” the Presidential Search Advisory Committee has chosen Dr. Richard S. Lytle and Dr. Phil Schubert (’91) as finalists to become the university’s 11th president. Lytle is dean of ACU’s College of Business Administration and … Continued

Alum helps produce History in Plain Sight

Most people who live in Abilene, or have been to school here, know the names of the major streets: Ambler, Treadaway, Sayles, North 1st and South 1st, Willis, Leggett. Most people have driven by Rose Park, in the center of town, and driven on Highway 80. But most people don’t know the history behind these … Continued

Sons of Wildcats make bowl game headlines

The family trees of several players starring on the college football bowl scene the past week have a decidedly purple hue, despite the burnt-orange-and-white and red-and-black uniforms seen by their fans on TV. The University of Texas Longhorns play the University of Alabama Crimson Tide for all the football marbles tonight in the Citi BCS … Continued

Top Cat

By now, I hope you’re enjoying the new and hopefully improved look of the Winter 2009 issue of the magazine. The design has undergone a much-anticipated (at least from my perspective) makeover, with cover boy (and former ACU classmate) Lance Barrow as the headliner. This blog will be getting a corresponding facelift this summer to … Continued