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Robin Saylor

After nearly two decades 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, e-newsletters and other communication channels.

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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OMA video projects bring misunderstood diversity issues to light

OMA video projects bring misunderstood diversity issues to light

By on November 30, 2017 in ACU News, Campus News, Features

Christi Lim, president of the International Students’ Association, hoped to challenge misconceptions about cultural differences when she launched an online photography project called “Broken Views of Unbroken People.” The idea was conceived after Lim, a senior graphic design/advertising major from Malaysia, sat in a meeting where someone said all of ACU’s multicultural student organizations were […]

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Unique course teaches students how to give well

Unique course teaches students how to give well

By on November 27, 2017 in Academic News, ACU News, Campus News with 1 Comment

An Abilene nonprofit organization was awarded $25,000 from a national group thanks to two students from ACU’s Strategic Philanthropy course who brought skills they learned to the 2017 Philanthropy Lab Ambassadors Conference in Dallas. Anna Casey, a marketing major from Willow Park, Texas, and Rees Heizelman, a management major from Abilene, joined 34 students from 17 universities across the […]

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