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Alumni, faculty and other members of the ACU community often stand out as thought leaders in their fields. Here is a collection of their opinion pieces as shared by various media outlets.

In an article for Mashable, ACU trustee Elise (Smith ’83) Mitchell writes about the “three podcasts that will help millennials take over the world.” Elise is CEO of Mitchell,  an award-winning strategic communications firm and has received numerous awards, including being named PRWeek Agency Public Relations Professional of the Year and a Top 50 Power Player in PR.

Dr. Mark W. Hamilton (’89) weighs in on the current political climate in this commentary for the Dallas Morning News titled “How some evangelical Christians are complicit in the cruelty of politics. Hamilton is a professor of Old Testament at ACU.

Dr. Ben Ries, associate dean for vocational formation at ACU Dallas, explores the connection between our work and our faith in a Vocatio Talks seminar. Watch the first installment in the series, which he filmed from Potter’s House in Washington, D.C. Ries holds a doctor of ministry degree and is a consultant for ACU’s Duncum Center Solutions.

Pain often is the best teacher, writes Jackie Halstead, Ph.D. (’87), who teaches in ACU Online’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program. Halstead explores the topic of broken hearts in this column for The Christian Chronicle.

You don’t have to be a professional meeting planner to pull off a killer meeting. This advice from includes tips from ACU psychology professor Dr. Steve Allison (’76).