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ACU alumna overcomes obstacles to launch career with Google

Overcoming challenges is nothing new for Ikumi Kobayashi (’15), who traveled more than 6,000 miles from her hometown of Ibaraki, Japan, to study at Abilene Christian University. She grew up with a profound hearing loss in both ears and relies on lip-reading as well as hearing aids to help her communicate. She also faced the … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. William E. Wright

Dr. William E. “Bill” Wright (’51), professor emeritus of accounting and finance, died June 20, 2021, in Abilene, Texas, at age 92. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. His body is being donated to science. He was born Dec. … Continued

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Michael Sadler

Dr. Michael Ervin Sadler, former Abilene Christian University faculty member, died June 20, 2021, in Abilene at age 73. A memorial service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Ministry Activity Center at University Church of Christ (733 E.N. 16th St., Abilene, Texas 79601), and visitation with his family will be Friday from 6-8 … Continued

Shirley and Bob are the namesakes of ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center, which opened in 2009. (Photo by Jeremy Enlow)

ACU Remembers: Shirley Hunter

Shirley Margaret Long Hunter, namesake with her husband of Abilene Christian University’s Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center, died June 12, 2021, at age 88 in Abilene, Texas, after a long illness. A celebration of her life is planned for Aug. 6, 2021, at the Hunter Welcome Center on ACU’s campus. She was born April … Continued

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ACU Remembers: Benny Gallaway

Former longtime history professor Benny Paul Gallaway died May 1, 2021, in Abilene at age 92. Visitation with family will be Friday, May 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Piersall Funeral Home (733 Butternut Street, Abilene, Texas 79601). A family graveside service will be held May 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Dublin, Texas. Gallaway was born … Continued

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Larry Bradshaw

Dr. Larry Bradshaw (’65), longtime Abilene Christian University professor and founding general manager of National Public Radio affiliate KACU-FM, died March 17, 2021, in Abilene, after an extended illness. He was 77. A visitation with family will be Sunday, March 21 from 2-4 p.m. at Piersall Funeral Directors, (733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602). The family … Continued

ACU Remembers: Don Drennan

Donald “Don” Drennan (’58), longtime Abilene Christian University administrator, Abilene City Council member and community servant, died Feb. 3, 2021, at age 85 following an extended illness. Services honoring his life are planned Sunday at 1 p.m. at ACU’s Beauchamp Amphitheatre. A visitation with family will be Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at Piersall Funeral Directors … Continued

Biochemistry major Bao Catteau on a mission trip in Guatemala.

Childhood health issues lead to desire to become a doctor

Bao Catteau’s start in life was filled with uncertainty. Now he is certain – he wants to become a physician. Born in Shenzhen, China, Bao was abandoned as an infant. A police officer found him and placed him in an orphanage, where he was given his name and a place to live. When he was 5 … Continued

Nursing grad finds rewards outweigh challenges at remote hospital in Mexico

After working for three years as a nurse at a large teaching hospital in Dallas, Haley McNeese (’17) was well-versed in her chosen profession. But she still faced a steep learning curve when she joined Christian Health Service Corps in June to serve at Hospital Mision Tarahumara, working with indigenous people in the Sierra Madre … Continued