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Leap of faith, mom’s encouragement took Gonzalez on ‘impossible’ journey

Leap of faith, mom’s encouragement took Gonzalez on ‘impossible’ journey

By on May 30, 2019 in Alumni News, Features with 0 Comments

Sam Gonzalez (’93) remembers clearly the words he spoke when Bible professor Carl Spain called, inviting Sam to enroll at ACU. That would be impossible, Sam said, because his family didn’t have the money. But Sam also remembers the words his mother spoke when Sam told her the gist of the conversation. “You’re going to […]

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Criminal justice professor featured on crime documentary

Criminal justice professor featured on crime documentary

Bob Delony didn’t need any more credentials to earn the respect of the students in his criminal justice classes at ACU, but he got them anyway. His students weren’t prepared for what they were about to see one day in class when Delony directed their eyes to the projection screen. Soon, a new episode of […]

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Dalton receives Fulbright award to teach in Malaysia

Dalton receives Fulbright award to teach in Malaysia

By on April 17, 2019 in Academic News, ACU News with 0 Comments

Applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, much less getting it, wasn’t on Mackenzie Dalton’s mind when she enrolled at ACU as a freshman. Then she met Dr. Jason Morris, dean of the university’s Honors College. He mentioned the opportunity and convinced her to apply. Mackenzie, who is from Little Rock, Arkansas, is an accounting major […]

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Jirik receives Fulbright award to teach in Colombia

Jirik receives Fulbright award to teach in Colombia

By on April 16, 2019 in Academic News, ACU News with 3 Comments

Angela Jirik doesn’t know exactly where’s she going yet and may not know until she touches down in Colombia in late July. The South American country is definite but beyond that, the details are sketchy for one of ACU’s latest recipients of a Fulbright Scholar Award, given by the U.S. Department of State. “The city […]

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Students present Parkinson’s research with special significance for retired professor

Students present Parkinson’s research with special significance for retired professor

By on April 8, 2019 in Academic News, ACU News with 0 Comments

Within months of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Lorraine Wilson (’76) had a plan of action in place. “I don’t move slow if I don’t have to,” she said, in her matter-of-fact way. The diagnosis came in February 2017 when Wilson was 62. Other ACU faculty and students didn’t know it at the time, but […]

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Nursing, premed students find inspiration in helping with medical missions

Nursing, premed students find inspiration in helping with medical missions

By on April 5, 2019 in Academic News, Features with 0 Comments

Sometimes students get more than they bargained for when participating in medical mission trips to other countries. In fact, the experience may be so profound that they end up changing their major or become committed to making medical missions a part of their future. Dr. Cynthia Powell (’81), associate professor of chemistry and director of […]

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Speech-language alumna creates online help for Parkinson’s patients

Speech-language alumna creates online help for Parkinson’s patients

By on April 4, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 6 Comments

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month and probably no one in the country is observing it in a more dramatic way than ACU alumna Hannah (Orozco ’08) Grassie. On April 1 – no fooling – Hannah launched a private telemedicine practice to offer one-on-one therapy sessions with PD patients via a confidential video conference. Hannah’s […]

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Timely MD offers high-tech medical care for students

Timely MD offers high-tech medical care for students

By on March 7, 2019 in ACU News, Parents with 0 Comments

Ever worry about your son or daughter living away from home for the first time, wondering what would happen in case of illness? The family doctor is hundreds of miles away from your child’s college campus and you’re not positive he or she fully absorbed all that information about healthcare during orientation. If your child […]

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Cross-cultural experiences help Morgan connect with students in and out of classroom

Cross-cultural experiences help Morgan connect with students in and out of classroom

By on February 20, 2019 in ACU News, Faculty Spotlights with 1 Comment

Students love to stop by Dr. Janine (Paden ’77) Morgan’s office, just to talk about life, faith and ministry. Jacob Keahey, a senior missions major, is one of those, and it’s no mystery to him why students cherish the opportunity for a visit with Morgan. “I get a lot of peace being around her,” Keahey […]

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Teacher of the Year Ashlock known for genuinely caring

Teacher of the Year Ashlock known for genuinely caring

By on December 12, 2018 in ACU News, Faculty Spotlights with 2 Comments

One of the student comments that led to Dr. Rodney Ashlock’s selection as ACU’s 2018 Teacher of the Year must have been especially pleasing. When the award was presented in May, several of the comments were read, but one may stick with Ashlock forever. “He is supportive of all students, recognizes their success publicly, remembers […]

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