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Ron Hadfield

Ron Hadfield

Ron Hadfield is editor of ACU Today magazine and assistant vice president for university communication at Abilene Christian, where he began work in 1983 overseeing Creative Services at his alma mater.

ACU Remembers: Calvin Cooley

ACU Remembers: Calvin Cooley

By on July 9, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Calvin Wayne Cooley Sr. (’62), a former member of Abilene Christian University’s world and collegiate record-setting relay teams, died July 3, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, at age 80. Born April 2, 1939, in Abilene, Texas, he grew up in nearby Hodges and graduated high school in Hawley in 1957 after a standout athletic career in […]

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ACU Remembers: Robert McLeod

ACU Remembers: Robert McLeod

By on July 9, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 2 Comments

Robert McLeod (’62), one of the finest athletes in Abilene Christian University history, died July 6, 2019, in Houston, Texas, at age 80. A private memorial service for his family will be held at a later date. McLeod was born Nov. 10, 1938, in Merkel, Texas, graduating from high school there in 1959 after a […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Marion Cawood

ACU Remembers: Dr. Marion Cawood

By on July 1, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Professor emerita of music Dr. Elizabeth Marion Cawood died June 22, 2019, in Abilene Texas, at age 77. Cawood was born Sept. 14, 1941, in Harlan, Kentucky, where her father was superintendent of schools for 38 years. She graduated in 1958 from Harding Academy in Searcy, Arkansas, and attended Tulane University and Lipscomb University before […]

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Wildcats, Rangers fans gather for ACU Night at the Ballpark

Wildcats, Rangers fans gather for ACU Night at the Ballpark

By on June 5, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 0 Comments

Nearly 900 Abilene Christian University and Texas Rangers fans turned out last night for the annual Arlington version of ACU Night at the Ballpark. The home team rallied big in the ninth inning but fell short, 12-11, against the visiting Baltimore Orioles. Men’s basketball coach Joe Golding (’99) threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch (see […]

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March Madness: ACU basketball band makes big sound, impression at NCAA Tourneys

March Madness: ACU basketball band makes big sound, impression at NCAA Tourneys

By on March 23, 2019 in ACU News, Features, Sports with 2 Comments

The loudest, most spirited fans in the house at Abilene Christian University basketball games take up the smallest space. But it wouldn’t be March Madness without them, so when the official travel parties for ACU headed this week to the men’s and women’s Division I NCAA Tournaments in Jacksonville and Waco, the basketball band’s inclusion […]

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March Madness: As coach and mentor, Tate modeled what it meant to love his players

March Madness: As coach and mentor, Tate modeled what it meant to love his players

By on March 21, 2019 in ACU News, Sports with 0 Comments

The first Abilene Christian University head basketball coach to take a Wildcat team to a national tournament was the late Willard Tate, who died in 2010. His talented 1979-80 team finished 27-5, advancing to the second round of the NAIA Division I tourney in Kansas City, Missouri. This year’s men’s team matched that win total last […]

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March Madness: Kohl and Daniels are the long and short of ACU matchup with Kentucky

March Madness: Kohl and Daniels are the long and short of ACU matchup with Kentucky

By on March 20, 2019 in ACU News with 0 Comments

No one is taller nor shorter in Thursday night’s NCAA Tournament game with the University of Kentucky than two Abilene Christian University Wildcats here in Jacksonville, Florida. Stretching the tape one way is 7-0 sophomore center Kolton Kohl, while 5-7 freshman guard Damien Daniels, is the shortest player in the game. They are near the perimeter of […]

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Tournament Time: Wildcats have two basketball teams in Southland spotlight

Tournament Time: Wildcats have two basketball teams in Southland spotlight

By on March 11, 2019 in ACU News, Sports with 0 Comments

Abilene Christian University’s two resurgent basketball programs take another major step forward Friday when they play in the Southland Conference postseason tournament at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. Both are looking for a league title and the Wildcats’ first-ever berth in Division I’s annual NCAA men’s and women’s March Madness tournament featuring […]

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ACU football returns to campus with opening of Wildcat Stadium

ACU football returns to campus with opening of Wildcat Stadium

By on January 16, 2019 in ACU Today Magazine, Campus News with 0 Comments

With fireworks booming, fans cheering and the Big Purple blasting another tune into the September night sky, football returned home to the Hill in a big way last fall. It never left, you might say, and you’d be correct … in a way. For the past half century or so, ACU games were held and […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Jim Cooke

ACU Remembers: Dr. Jim Cooke

By on January 16, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 2 Comments

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. […]

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