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Katelyn Cole, The Bookcase Beauty

Third-grade teacher becomes inadvertent Instagram influencer

By day, Katelyn (McLarty ’14) Cole is an elementary school teacher, wrangling third-graders for the Northwest ISD in Fort Worth, Texas. But in her off time, the ACU alumna has become a popular Instagram influencer with nearly 60,000 followers who share her passion for books. An avid reader – she made her way through 130 … Continued

Nursing, engineering students turn classwork into real-world missions experience

In a country where more than 50 percent of the population lives in poverty and an estimated 150,000 children are orphans, hope is a precious commodity. A group of nursing and engineering students from ACU traveled to Honduras in May to work with Living Hope, a nonprofit ministry focusing on families, children and abandoned or … Continued

Grace Russell and fellow agricultural and environmental science majors from ACU, working on a sustainable organic garden for villagers in Nicaruaga.

Students lend a hand in Nicaragua with Wildcat Academics on Mission program

Grace Russell (’21) stepped out of her comfort zone to travel to Nicaragua last summer on a combination study abroad and mission trip.  “I had always been too nervous or shy to go on mission trips or lacked the resources,” she said.  But ACU’s Wildcat Academics on Mission (WAM) program put both of those concerns … Continued

The wild history of ACU’s mascot

You all know Willie the Wildcat, but did you know ACU’s first mascot was an actual, live cat? In 1923, Sam Cox of Ozona, Texas, donated a young bobcat that had been captured on his ranch near the banks of the Devil’s River to become the university’s first Wildcat mascot. Bob Thomas made his debut … Continued

Academic News

ACU moves up to doctoral tier in latest Carnegie classifications

Abilene Christian University earned Doctoral/Professional University status, as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in its latest update, released Dec. 15. The Doctoral/Professional University classification (also known as R3) includes institutions that award at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees each year. ACU had previously been part of the Master’s Colleges and … Continued

America's Top Online Colleges 2022

ACU named among America’s Top Online Colleges by Newsweek

Abilene Christian University has been named one of America’s Top Online Colleges for 2022. The award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. “Since 2015, ACU Online has significantly grown our online degree offerings in a variety of disciplines to meet today’s learners where they are,” said … Continued

Cynthia Coates

New endowments provide support for faculty, students in political science and criminal justice, music

Two generous gifts to Abilene Christian University will provide funding for faculty in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and a student scholarship in the Department of Music. Dr. Neal Coates, professor and ​​chair of political science and criminal justice, established the two endowments in honor of his late wife, Cynthia Coates. The … Continued

Alumni News

Katelyn Cole, The Bookcase Beauty

Third-grade teacher becomes inadvertent Instagram influencer

By day, Katelyn (McLarty ’14) Cole is an elementary school teacher, wrangling third-graders for the Northwest ISD in Fort Worth, Texas. But in her off time, the ACU alumna has become a popular Instagram influencer with nearly 60,000 followers who share her passion for books. An avid reader – she made her way through 130 … Continued

Cynthia Coates

New endowments provide support for faculty, students in political science and criminal justice, music

Two generous gifts to Abilene Christian University will provide funding for faculty in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and a student scholarship in the Department of Music. Dr. Neal Coates, professor and ​​chair of political science and criminal justice, established the two endowments in honor of his late wife, Cynthia Coates. The … Continued

ACU alumni to gather for Homecoming on campus Oct. 14-17

Abilene Christian University’s Homecoming will return to an in-person format after missing last year due to pandemic concerns. Alumni will be back in Abilene for traditional Homecoming festivities Oct. 14-17 with the theme “Any Dream Will Do.”  Many of the weekend’s activities, including Chapel and class reunions, are taking place outdoors to reduce the spread … Continued

Campus News

Keith Patterson

ACU selects veteran FBS defensive coordinator as new head football coach

Keith Patterson, currently the defensive coordinator at Texas Tech University, will be the next head football coach at Abilene Christian University.                  Patterson’s experience includes 13 years leading some of the nation’s top defenses at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. The FBS teams he coached … Continued

Zack Lassiter

ACU names Zack Lassiter as vice president for athletics

Zack Lassiter, deputy athletics director for external operations at Oregon State University, will be the new vice president for athletics at Abilene Christian University, ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “We had a strong pool of talented candidates from across the nation,” Schubert said. “Zack really stood out because … Continued

Aaron Watson

Aaron Watson concert, tree lighting to kick off Christmas Around the World celebration at ACU

Singer-songwriter and Abilene Christian University alumnus Aaron Watson will headline a concert at ACU Nov. 7 as the first event of Christmas Around the World, a two-week-long celebration sponsored by the Student Government Association and the International Students’ Association. The Nov. 7 kick-off event will include food trucks, vendors, photo spots and displays showcasing a … Continued