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Brantlys share thoughts on returning to Africa five years after Kent nearly died from Ebola

Brantlys share thoughts on returning to Africa five years after Kent nearly died from Ebola

By on September 10, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 3 Comments

When Kent Brantly, M.D., (’03) and his wife, Amber (Carroll ’06) told their young children they were moving back to Africa five years after Kent nearly lost his life to Ebola, a tangle of emotions emerged – sad, excited, happy, nervous. Ten-year-old Ruby describes it by saying “most of me is excited,” said her mom, […]

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Southwest Airlines communications director honored as distinguished alumna

Southwest Airlines communications director honored as distinguished alumna

By on August 14, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 1 Comment

A group of ACU staff and alumni gathered at ACU’s Dallas campus in Addison, Texas, in August to celebrate Katie Coldwell (’00), one of the university’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Citation recipients. Coldwell’s friends and colleagues celebrated not only her successes at Southwest Airlines, where she serves as communications director, but the journey she has taken […]

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Christian Health Service Corps attracts ACU alumni to serve as medical missionaries

Christian Health Service Corps attracts ACU alumni to serve as medical missionaries

By on August 1, 2019 in Alumni News, missions with 1 Comment

It seemed like destiny when Dr. Tony Rector noticed a change of address from where he had been sending checks to support a medical missionary he knew. The checks had been sent to Christian Health Service Corps at an address in Boerne, near San Antonio. Now, the address said “Fruitvale, Texas,” located in East Texas just […]

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Alumna artist makes her mark in Honduras with abstract creations

Alumna artist makes her mark in Honduras with abstract creations

By on August 1, 2019 in ACU News, Alumni News with 0 Comments

In Honduras where contemporary and realistic traditional art is the normal, Helga Sierra (’12) has surprised the market with her abstract creations. “There’s not a lot of art education here, which has been one of the main hurdles with doing abstract art,” Helga said. “Here people are used to seeing portraits or landscapes, and if […]

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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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