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After a career as a professional journalist, Robin Saylor (M.S. ’03) returned to her alma mater, where she is director of content strategy for University Marketing and editor of ACU Today online. In addition to writing and editing, she develops strategies to promote the university through web, social media, print publications, video and other communication channels.

Dr. Denise Barnett | Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Denise Barnett | Communication Sciences and Disorders

By on June 19, 2018 in ACU News with 0 Comments

Dr. Denise Barnett is one of the first faces to greet incoming students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. And she can definitely relate to these students. After graduating high school, Barnett left her hometown of Monahans to come to ACU and major in speech-language pathology. She had never even seen the campus before […]

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Darbie Angell (’04) | Cru Dinnerware CEO and designer

Darbie Angell (’04) | Cru Dinnerware CEO and designer

By on June 19, 2018 in ACU News with 0 Comments

Darbie Angell didn’t wish upon a star. It took hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit to make her dreams come true. But come true they have – and in a big way. Angell’s company, CRU Dinnerware, entered into a lucrative partnership with Disney that swept her into a magical world of creating designs for the global entertainment giant. […]

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Cliff Pruett (’14) | Biochemistry

Cliff Pruett (’14) | Biochemistry

By on June 18, 2018 in ACU News with 0 Comments

Like many students who enter college, Cliff Pruett didn’t really know what he wanted to do. He was drawn to the field of medicine and thought perhaps he would find his calling in a research lab. “It wasn’t until the summer before my junior year when I did a research internship at University of Kansas that I […]

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Chris Monroe (’89) | College of Business Administration

Chris Monroe (’89) | College of Business Administration

By on June 18, 2018 in ACU News with 0 Comments

If you think your fuel bill is high, meet Chris Monroe (’89). His bill is a staggering $500 million per month. Monroe, treasurer for Southwest Airlines, was featured in a CNBC report in May 2012 about his fuel-hedging efforts that have saved the airline more than $3 billion over the past decade. Southwest Airlines has […]

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Hollie Young (’05) | Marriage and Family Studies

Hollie Young (’05) | Marriage and Family Studies

By on June 18, 2018 in ACU News with 0 Comments

She’s not there to set broken bones or diagnose elusive ailments. Instead, she finds ways to help the child deal with a frightening situation. Children can find much to frighten them in a hospital setting – syringes, anesthesia, loud machines, strangers in white coats. Hollie (Rambo’ 05) Young, a certified child life specialist at Children’s […]

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Rebecca Barker (’04) | Deep In The Heart Art Foundry

Rebecca Barker (’04) | Deep In The Heart Art Foundry

By on May 24, 2018 in ACU News with 0 Comments

Head Patineur and Conservator, Deep In The Heart Art Group As an art student at ACU, Rebecca Barker (’04) helped shape one of the campus icons, Jacob’s Dream, an almost 40-foot bronze sculpture, surrounded by weathered stones. Now Rebecca helps shape other artists’ work as head patineur and conservator of Deep In The Heart Art […]

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Alumna’s autism advocacy leads to statewide initiative

Alumna’s autism advocacy leads to statewide initiative

By on March 26, 2018 in Alumni News, Features with 1 Comment

All parents worry about their teens driving, but parents of children with autism face special concerns. An autistic teen pulled over for a traffic violation or involved in a car accident may not be able to make himself or herself understood and an atypical demeanor may cause concern for law officers. Jennifer (England ’85) Allen, […]

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Dr. Mark Riggs | Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Mark Riggs | Professor of Mathematics

By on January 21, 2018 in ACU News with 0 Comments

Dr. Mark Riggs’ area of expertise is statistics, but at heart he is a musician. And, he notes, the two often go hand in hand. “Many people seem to link an aptitude in mathematics with music, and I am no exception,” says Riggs, professor of mathematics at ACU. “I have played the viola almost all […]

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Kayla McMurry (’17) | Computer Science

Kayla McMurry (’17) | Computer Science

By on January 18, 2018 in ACU News with 0 Comments

ACU offered “a world of opportunities that I could never have imagined before coming here,” says Kayla (Holcomb ’17) McMurry, a computer science major from Wichita Falls. One of those opportunities was to conduct research on automated assessment tools alongside two of her professors in the School of Information Technology and Computing. The resulting paper was published by […]

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10 Questions with Debut Dagger winner Sherry Rankin

10 Questions with Debut Dagger winner Sherry Rankin

When Sherry Rankin heard her first full-length novel, Strange Fire, had won this year’s Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers, she was stunned. “To be honest, I entered it mostly as a way to toughen up and learn to deal with rejection,” said Rankin, assistant professor of English at ACU. She had just completed […]

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