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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her first full-length novel, Strange Fire, had won this year’s Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers, she was stunned.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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10 Questions with ‘Cats’ director Jeremy Varner

10 Questions with ‘Cats’ director Jeremy Varner

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

ACU Theatre is producing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit musical Cats for Homecoming 2017 on Oct. 20-22. Directing and choreographing the student actors is program alumnus Jeremy Varner (’10), who performed in several Cats productions in Atlanta. The New York actor took a break from rehearsals to talk about why the ACU and Abilene community should […]

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10 Questions with Mike and Michelle Patterson

10 Questions with Mike and Michelle Patterson

By on August 31, 2017 in 10 Questions, ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

Alumni couple picks up pieces after deadly Texas twister Many breathe a sigh of relief now that the peak of another tornado season has passed in the Lone Star State. One alumni family in Rockwall, Texas, knows the feeling all too well. It’s taken nearly two years, but Mike (’90) and Michelle (Kehoe ’90) Patterson […]

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10 Questions with Broadway actor Ben Jeffrey

10 Questions with Broadway actor Ben Jeffrey

By on October 22, 2015 in 10 Questions, Alumni News, Features, Series with 0 Comments

One of Abilene Christian University’s most accomplished young graduates is Ben Jeffrey (’06), who has played Pumbaa in Broadway’s The Lion King since 2010. Jeffrey will be performing a one-man show, 1,700 Miles to Broadway, on Nov. 10, as the fall semester Lights Up! event to raise funds for the Department of Theatre. What can someone in the […]

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10 Questions with Opry-bound Zane Williams

10 Questions with Opry-bound Zane Williams

By on April 23, 2015 in 10 Questions, Alumni News, Features, Series with 1 Comment

A native of Abilene, Zane Williams (’99) nearly gave up his dreams of a music career, nine years after pursuing it in Nashville, Tenn, following graduation. After a return to Texas, his instinctive feel for songwriting began to open doors. His poignant album title cut, “Hurry Home,” won the $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year honor in the John […]

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10 Questions with country star Aaron Watson

10 Questions with country star Aaron Watson

The spotlight is pretty much the same shape as the well-worn piece of wooden stage underneath the WSM radio microphone at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, where Abilene Christian University graduate Aaron Watson (’00) is about to find out how it feels to step into country music’s most famous circle, literally and figuratively. And he’s not nervous […]

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10 Questions with Dawne Meeks

10 Questions with Dawne Meeks

Life sometimes comes full circle. That’s something  Dawne (Swearingen ’95) Meeks, director of this year’s Homecoming musical Big Fish, can tell you about. Meeks came to ACU as a freshman in 1991, the same year Adam Hester (’77) became chair of the theatre department. After graduating from Abilene Christian in 1995, she went on to […]

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10 Questions with Amber Brantly

10 Questions with Amber Brantly

By on October 2, 2014 in 10 Questions, Alumni News, Features, Series with 2 Comments

When Dr. Kent (’03) and Amber (Carroll ’06) Brantly accepted a call to the medical missions field in Liberia in 2013, they had no inkling their lives might one day be the making of international headlines. “It still feels bizarre to me that people know about us, that it even mattered to so many people […]

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10 Questions with attorney Lori Windham

10 Questions with attorney Lori Windham

As senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Lori (Halstead ’01) Windham, J.D., has argued some controversial cases, among them the right of a Santeria priest to conduct animal sacrifice in the garage of his Texas home. Now as a member of the legal team representing Hobby Lobby’s challenge of the Affordable Care […]

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10 Questions with Dr. Charles Ivey

10 Questions with Dr. Charles Ivey

One of those with a keen interest in this week’s physics conference hosted by Abilene Christian University is Dr. Charles Ivey (’65), professor and chair of ACU’s Department of Physics from 1969-81. He built a program of distinction in physics at Abilene Christian by hiring talented faculty members and securing grants that helped provide research opportunities for […]

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