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ACU Remembers: Dr. Jim Cooke

Dr. James C. “Jim” Cooke (’72), longtime Abilene Christian University professor, outdoorsman and environmental educator, died Jan. 13, 2018, in Abilene after a brief illness at age 69. A family visitation is planned for 5-7 p.m. today at Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602). Services honoring his life will be conducted Thursday, Jan. … Continued

ACU Remembers: Dr. William J. Teague

Dr. William J. Teague (’52), chancellor emeritus of Abilene Christian University, died in Abilene on Nov. 28, 2018, at age 91. Funeral services are planned for Dec. 6, at 11:57 a.m. in the ACU Teague Center. He was born July 12, 1927, in Olney, Texas, the youngest of six sons. His father died when he … Continued

10 Questions with Duke professor Charles Holton, J.D.

    Not everyone who needs a lawyer can afford one, and sometimes their stories are the most heart-breaking: A single mother who found herself homeless and her two children placed into foster care because of a clerical error a local public housing authority refused to fix. Or an 80-year-old retired teacher who lost her … Continued

Freedom Stones founded by ACU grads to fight human trafficking

Some are 12-year-old girls who have been prostituted in bars and brothels in downtown Bangkok. Some are young boys who have been forced into the fishing trade on the lakes of Ghana. Some are women who know they cannot return to their villages with the stain of prostitution attached to their names. Some are simply … Continued

10 Questions with Debut Dagger winner Sherry Rankin

When Sherry Rankin heard her first full-length novel, Strange Fire, had won this year’s Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers, she was stunned. “To be honest, I entered it mostly as a way to toughen up and learn to deal with rejection,” said Rankin, assistant professor of English at ACU. She had just completed … Continued

10 Questions with ‘Cats’ director Jeremy Varner

ACU Theatre is producing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit musical Cats for Homecoming 2017 on Oct. 20-22. Directing and choreographing the student actors is program alumnus Jeremy Varner (’10), who performed in several Cats productions in Atlanta. The New York actor took a break from rehearsals to talk about why the ACU and Abilene community should … Continued

ACU Remembers: Chris Kyker

Jewell Christine “Chris” (White ’46) Kyker, Abilene Christian University’s 2008 Outstanding Alumna of the Year,

10 Questions with Mike and Michelle Patterson

Alumni couple picks up pieces after deadly Texas twister Many breathe a sigh of relief now that the peak of another tornado season has passed in the Lone Star State. One alumni family in Rockwall, Texas, knows the feeling all too well. It’s taken nearly two years, but Mike (’90) and Michelle (Kehoe ’90) Patterson … Continued