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Missions intern witnesses physical, spiritual healing in Honduras

Missions intern witnesses physical, spiritual healing in Honduras

By on April 3, 2018 in Academic News, Features with 0 Comments

Renique Rodriguez only had 30 minutes to prepare a devotional. She was the youngest person on her mission team, she couldn’t speak much Spanish and the devotional was for men at a drug and alcohol rehab center in Honduras. “I was just praying and asking God for the words to say to speak to these […]

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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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Aspergers101 offers help for families dealing with autism

Aspergers101 offers help for families dealing with autism

By on March 26, 2018 in Alumni News, Features with 0 Comments

Jennifer (England ’85) Allen has worn many hats in the world of communication since she graduated from ACU, but her current job as executive director of Aspergers101 is closest to her heart. She formed the nonprofit organization to provide resources related to high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome after learning her oldest son had the condition. […]

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‘Community’ takes on special meaning for student diagnosed with cancer

‘Community’ takes on special meaning for student diagnosed with cancer

By on February 28, 2018 in ACU News, Campus News, Features with 1 Comment

Daniel Tapia enrolled at ACU as a junior in the fall of 2015 after spending two years at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, his home state. When it came time to move on to a four-year university, Tapia didn’t have to think about where to go. Two sisters, Nora (Tapia ’04) Perez and […]

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Parker uses business acumen to help the homeless

Parker uses business acumen to help the homeless

By on January 16, 2018 in Alumni News, Features with 0 Comments

Molly Parker (’07) earned a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders but found her calling as an entrepreneur whose business provides an income for her family but also helps the homeless.  Molly began Graceful Remedies in February of 2014 out of a passion for organic home and personal care products. The parent company now has […]

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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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Childhood experience leads alumnus to create mentoring program for boys

Childhood experience leads alumnus to create mentoring program for boys

By on December 16, 2017 in Features with 2 Comments

When Zach Garza (’04) asked the 65 boys he coached on a junior high football team how many lived in a home with no father, 45 raised their hands. He wasn’t too surprised. Zach, too, had grown up with no father. He had gotten lucky when several older men intervened in his life, steering him […]

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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

By on December 12, 2017 in ACU Missions, Features with 0 Comments

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

By on December 4, 2017 in 10 Questions, Features with 0 Comments

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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