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Alumna grows craft fair to benefit local businesses

Alumna grows craft fair to benefit local businesses

By on June 19, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 0 Comments

Achieving your dreams is never a straight path, and Jennifer (Fuentes ’06) Harmel, creator of A People Party Productions, has traveled a winding road as her business has grown from a single pop-up market to a full-on marketing tool for businesses. Jen started her business in 2013. At the time, she was a teacher and […]

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Social media expertise pays off for ACU grad Ryan Cantrell

Social media expertise pays off for ACU grad Ryan Cantrell

By on June 6, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 0 Comments

Many young men grow up dreaming of playing in the major leagues. While most do not make it, ACU alumnus Ryan Cantrell (’11) is doing the next best thing. Cantrell, a Fort Worth native who earned a degree in broadcast journalism, works for the Texas Rangers as a social media coordinator where he assists with […]

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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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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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Third Day of Giving makes ACU history

Third Day of Giving makes ACU history

By on April 10, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 0 Comments

The ACU community broke a record for the university’s third Day of Giving on April 9: ACU received more than 1,000 gifts that, thanks to matching funds, totaled more than $268,000 to help current students. That’s the most gifts given in a single day to the university in its history. “We are thrilled to have […]

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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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Blanton, Wilson García honored on Alumni Day

Blanton, Wilson García honored on Alumni Day

By on March 5, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 1 Comment

Emotions were high and standing ovations were plentiful at the 2019 Alumni Day luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 17, which honored Michael Blanton (’73) as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, and Kara Wilson García (’07) as Young Alumna of the Year, both of whom were praised as compassionate and kind servant leaders.   Both were visibly […]

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Alumnus dubbed ‘catering whiz’ brings talents to President’s Circle Dinner

Alumnus dubbed ‘catering whiz’ brings talents to President’s Circle Dinner

By on February 25, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 0 Comments

Attendees at the President’s Circle Dinner on Feb. 16, 2019, were treated to dinner catered by Vestals Catering out of Dallas, Texas, helmed by chef Jordan Swim (’07). In many ways, the job was a way of coming full circle for Swim and his time studying abroad as a student. His experiences in Oxford, England, […]

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20 Under 40: ACU alumni recognized

20 Under 40: ACU alumni recognized

By on February 21, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 2 Comments

20 Under 40 is an awards program from the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, conducted with the Abilene Reporter-News, to recognize local business leaders under the age of 40 who make a positive impact on the community. We are proud of our alumni who have been recognized for 2019. Stories and photos  courtesy of Abilene Reporter-News. Allison Carroll (’04) Age: 35 […]

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20 Under 40: Taylor Sturgis

20 Under 40: Taylor Sturgis

By on February 21, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 0 Comments

Age: 32 Business: Key Appraisal Group Job title: Owner, certified real estate appraiser Why are you working in this industry? I was approached by a customer, in my previous profession in Fort Worth, about becoming a trainee with his appraisal firm. After working with his firm for two years, we moved to Abilene and, shortly after, we started […]

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