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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.

COVER STORY: Aaron Watson’s journey to the top

COVER STORY: Aaron Watson’s journey to the top

By on August 17, 2017 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

Kimberly (Calkins ’01) Watson is happily married to her college sweetheart, who says he is “not 
a big awards show guy.” 
That would be her husband, Aaron (’00), who usually declines ticket offers to the 
Academy of Country Music’s annual extravaganza and others like it, preferring to spend time on a rare open weekend with […]

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ACU Remembers: Richard Lunsford

ACU Remembers: Richard Lunsford

By on July 4, 2017 in ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Richard Weldon Lunsford (’55), a former longtime member of the Board of Trustees whose family gifts created popular contemplative landmarks on the Abilene Christian University campus, died July 1, 2017, at age 83 on his Praise the Lord Ranch in Olney, Texas. Visitation with be 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, at Lunn Funeral Home […]

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ACU Remembers: W.C. ‘Dub’ Orr

ACU Remembers: W.C. ‘Dub’ Orr

By on June 21, 2017 in ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Former longtime ACU trustee and respected church leadership consultant Wilson Clark “Dub” Orr (’50) died June 9, 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 89. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Abilene’s Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602). A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 23, at Highland Church of […]

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Ballards seek organ donor with rare blood type

Ballards seek organ donor with rare blood type

By on June 5, 2017 in ACU News with 2 Comments

An Abilene couple whose hopes were buoyed by the way ACU Today readers responded to another alum’s need for a unique kidney donor last year, has asked for their story to be shared as well. …

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Candlelight devo tradition burning bright

Candlelight devo tradition burning bright

By on April 27, 2017 in Alumni News with 0 Comments

Some traditions at Abilene Christian University begin quite intentionally but others have inauspicious roots. The Candlelight Devotional at ACU is a little of both, and this fall celebrates its 25th anniversary on the Hill. …

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Gary Thompson

ACU Remembers: Dr. Gary Thompson

By on April 18, 2017 in ACU Remembers with 1 Comment

Dr. Gary Thompson (’60), Abilene Christian University professor emeritus of political science and former Texas state representative, died April 13, 2017, in Blacksburg, Virginia, at age 80 following a brief illness. …

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Nike innovator Hatfield is a master maker

Nike innovator Hatfield is a master maker

By on April 17, 2017 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

For someone with an impressive clientele of world-class athletes and products to his credit, Nike’s Tobie Hatfield (’87) keeps a bit of a low profile. That changed a bit with our new issue of ACU Today magazine, which takes a look at the “Master Maker” whose work as senior director of athlete innovations at Nike has helped a who’s who of the sporting world make headlines. …

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Gilbreth’s MLB career celebrated in new issue

Gilbreth’s MLB career celebrated in new issue

By on April 3, 2017 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

A new MLB season begins in earnest today but a special one in the life of Wildcat baseball great Bill Gilbreth (’69) is celebrated in the Winter-Spring 2017 issue of ACU Today magazine. “A Tiger in My Hometown” is my recollection of a trip last June to Detroit with Gilbreth and Dr. Gary McCaleb (’64), vice president of […]

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ACU to face SMU after WNIT upset of OSU

ACU to face SMU after WNIT upset of OSU

By on March 18, 2017 in Sports with 0 Comments

Two days after their biggest win since beginning a transition to NCAA Division I, Julie Goodenough’s ACU team (23-8) is preparing for the second round of the postseason Women’s National Invitational Tournament and a matchup Monday night in Dallas against SMU (18-14). Tipoff is 7 p.m. in Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus, where ACU’s opponent […]

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New issue headlined by Nike’s Tobie Hatfield

By on March 16, 2017 in ACU Today Magazine with 1 Comment

ACU Today Winter/Spring 2017 Alumni magazine for Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas Nike’s Tobie Hatfield (’87) is featured on the new Winter-Spring 2017 issue of ACU Today magazine, which mailed last last week. The former ACU pole vaulter has helped Nike soar to new heights while serving as senior director of athlete innovations at the company’s world […]

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