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Bible professor finds healing, answers through solitude

Bible professor finds healing, answers through solitude

By on September 10, 2018 in Faculty Spotlights with 1 Comment

A young Jerry Taylor spent a lot of time wrestling with the same question over and over, “Why me?” An older Dr. Jerry Taylor finally got his answer. “I now understand why,” he said, sitting in his office in ACU’s Biblical Studies Building. Taylor discovered his “why” through years of questioning – and listening. He […]

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Haley brings advertising experience into the classroom

Haley brings advertising experience into the classroom

Having a great professor can change a student’s outlook on college. Joyce Haley, who teaches advertising in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, is that and more. Students love her spunky attitude and the way she brings an advertising agency feel to life in the classroom. In addition to teaching, she also serves as […]

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Aquino’s love of teaching stems from love of learning

Aquino’s love of teaching stems from love of learning

The irony of the last name isn’t lost on Dr. Fred Aquino. It’s pronounced “Aqueeno” and comes from the same root as “Aquinas,” as in Thomas Aquinas, the 13th century Dominican friar who heavily influenced Western thought and is regarded as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Both names derive from the town of […]

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Rusty Towell: Innovative scholar, down-to-earth teacher

Rusty Towell: Innovative scholar, down-to-earth teacher

By on January 25, 2018 in Academic News, Faculty Spotlights with 2 Comments

Remember the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” when meeting Rusty Towell (’90) for the first time. More to the point, don’t pre-judge Towell based on the cover of his scholarly books, publications and presentations. Don’t let titles like “Recent Measurements With the NIFFTE Fission TPC and the Potential to Advance Thorium Fueled […]

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Jessup challenges students to ‘real world’ research

Jessup challenges students to ‘real world’ research

By on December 19, 2017 in Academic News, Faculty Spotlights, Features with 0 Comments

On the soccer field students know him as Ryan, striker, and one of the “old guys” who are – to students’ surprise – actually good. When he began teaching at ACU, Dr. Ryan Jessup helped start a weekly pick-up soccer game where faculty, staff and students play as equals. He came to ACU in 2011, […]

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Chemistry professor, students bring message of love to children in Peru

Chemistry professor, students bring message of love to children in Peru

Brad Rix went from zero children of his own to helping “raise” more than 1,000 who belong to other people – and he wouldn’t change a thing. Brad, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, began that journey 10 years ago when he lived in Austin and one of his church friends […]

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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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Centuries-old play unearthed by professor takes the stage in London

Centuries-old play unearthed by professor takes the stage in London

It’s not every day you find something significant when searching the internet. But Dr. Joe Stephenson recently did just that. He unearthed a manuscript of a play called The Dutch Lady, hidden for centuries in the archives of the Boston Public Library. The play is more than 300 years old and has been chilling in […]

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Bible professor Dr. John Willis retires after 61 years

Bible professor Dr. John Willis retires after 61 years

Moody Coliseum was brand new and half the buildings on campus today had not been built when Dr. John Willis (’55) returned to his native Abilene in 1971 with his wife, Evelyn (Forrest ’56), and four school-aged children. He brought with him 15 years of experience on the faculty at Lipscomb University and a scholarly […]

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Faculty member turns trauma into encouragement

Faculty member turns trauma into encouragement

By on July 19, 2017 in Faculty Spotlights, Features with 0 Comments

Pregnant and restricted to a hospital room for 11 weeks, Jenn Rogers found comfort in handwritten notes from a group of mothers she had never met. Those mothers had once been on bedrest too, and their words gave Rogers solace through the dark time in the hospital. After her son was born at 36 weeks […]

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