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Destanie Crist

Financial management major finds her calling as advocate for victims

While many high school students spend their free time with friends, Destanie Crist found a greater calling – pouring herself into girls her age who were victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, cyberbullying and abuse. Now a financial management major at Abilene Christian University, Destanie has brought her compassion and leadership skills to ACU’s College … Continued
Scott Warren, ACU’s director of grounds and landscaping, and his crew keep the campus looking beautiful year-round and aim to brighten the day of every person who spends time on the Hill.

Deep-rooted mission: Warren works to keep campus beautiful, help students thrive

It may be quieter inside the residence halls and classrooms now that the calendar has flipped to summer, but out on the grounds of the ACU campus, life doesn’t slow down for Scott Warren and the landscaping and grounds crew. Summer is a prime opportunity for Warren, ACU’s director of grounds and landscaping, and his … Continued

10 Questions with Kent Brantly, M.D.

The COVID-19 pandemic might feel like déjà vu for Kent Brantly, M.D. (’03), who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 while serving as a medical missionary in Liberia. He became the first Ebola patient to receive the experimental drug ZMapp and the first to be flown back to the U.S. for treatment. Six years … Continued

jack oduro

Ghana native inspired to use business, ministry degrees to advance family’s nonprofit

During his seven years at Abilene Christian University, Jack Oduro found a place to call home – a community, he says, that has offered “parent figures, mentors, friends of a lifetime and opportunities for growth that have shaped the person I am today.” But a piece of his heart remains with the people of his … Continued

Academic News

ACU Online Master of Healthcare Administration

ACU Online launches Master of Healthcare Administration

Abilene Christian University is launching a new online degree program – Master of Healthcare Administration – beginning in August 2021. The degree is offered through ACU Online and is designed for professionals working in healthcare settings who want to enhance their leadership and administrative skills. “This is a great opportunity for ACU to expand our … Continued

ACU awarded CCCU STEM research grant

Abilene Christian University is one of nine recipients of a grant to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics research through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and its U.K. subsidiary, Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford.  Nine CCCU member institutions were selected to receive the grant, which will provide funding to advance scientific research and … Continued

Therapist Consulting Couple

ACU receives accreditation for online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program

Abilene Christian University has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education for its online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree program. The M.M.F.T. degree is offered through ACU Online and is designed for graduate students who want the convenience and flexibility of an online program.  The COAMFTE accreditation … Continued

Alumni News

Masseys Outlive Your Life 2021

Duke neurologists honored with Outlive Your Life Award

Abilene Christian University honored Wayne Massey, M.D., and Janice Massey, M.D., with the Dale and Rita Brown Outlive Your Life Award at May Commencement. The couple both graduated from ACU and are now professors and neurologists at Duke University School of Medicine.  The Outlive Your Life Award is named for its first recipients, Dale and … Continued

Dr Joel Wells

Joel Wells chose medicine over MLB and look where he is now

He could have been a household name. Kids could have had his baseball card to trade, and other fans might have chatted about his stats while watching him swing a bat at lightning speed. Dr. Paul Morris (’66), professor emeritus of physics, certainly knows the name and the man who carries it: Joel Wells, M.D. … Continued

Dr. Megan Maxwell

New mom, physician helping guide UT Southwestern through pandemic

In the early days of the pandemic, Megan (Gentry ’06) Maxwell, M.D., had one N95 mask. As an anesthesiologist at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she needed one at all times on the job. But that type of personal protective equipment (PPE) was in short supply. So she wore it every day for … Continued

Campus News

Architectural rendering of Bullock Hall

New residence hall to be named Bullock Hall

Abilene Christian University’s newest residence hall, scheduled for completion in August, will be named Bullock Hall in honor of JoLynn (Calk ’59) and the late Joe Bullock, parents of ACU Board of Trustees chair April (Bullock ’89) Anthony. Joe and JoLynn were both active teachers, mentors and leaders in their church, with Joe serving as … Continued

Jason Ellis police chief

ACU hires Frisco lieutenant Jason Ellis as police chief

Abilene Christian University hired Jason Ellis, a lieutenant with the Frisco, Texas, Police Department, as its new chief of police. Ellis will begin at ACU in July. “We were impressed with his leadership, innovative ideas, and how quickly he built a strong rapport with those he interacted with,” said Kevin Campbell, senior vice president for … Continued

Lean Lab at ACU

New LEAN Lab kitchen opens in Money Center

Nutrition majors in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition have new space and equipment to help them learn to prepare, cook and teach about food. The Laboratory for Experiential Activities in Nutrition (LEAN Lab) opened in Fall 2020 in the Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and includes industrial equipment similar to … Continued