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Alumni couple’s nonprofit focuses on education in Haiti

Alumni couple’s nonprofit focuses on education in Haiti

By on April 17, 2018 in Alumni News with 0 Comments

Bill (’76) and Janet (Marshall ’74) Montgomery started their nonprofit, Just Mercy, in 2010 after an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people. With 1.5 million people displaced, Bill took his background in construction, mechanics, farming and gardening to the impoverished country. Since then the nonprofit has grown, and with the help of others, […]

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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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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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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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2017 Distinguished Alumnus: Kevin Starks

2017 Distinguished Alumnus: Kevin Starks

By on August 25, 2017 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

In Fall 1993, when Kevin Starks (’98) was an incoming ACU freshman on the men’s basketball team, he encountered a question about his personal ambition on ACU’s Athletics Publicity Questionnaire. His answer was nearly prophetic: “To become a coach or preacher or maybe do both.” Almost 20 years later, Starks serves as associate head of […]

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2017 Distinguished Alumni Citation: Tasha Lemley

2017 Distinguished Alumni Citation: Tasha Lemley

By on August 25, 2017 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

He was there every day. Tasha (French ’02) Lemley walked past the same bench every morning on her way to work. Day after day, the same homeless man was sitting there as she hurried by. She had graduated from ACU with a photojournalism degree, but had become interested in graphic design, moving to Nashville to […]

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2017 Distinguished Alumni Citation: Dr. Shaun Casey

2017 Distinguished Alumni Citation: Dr. Shaun Casey

By on August 25, 2017 in ACU Today Magazine with 1 Comment

When Dr. Shaun Casey (’79) was growing up, family conversation around the dinner table often centered on two topics: religion and politics. “I’ve always been intrigued by the public implications of religious belief and practice,” Casey said. “For a lot of Americans, belief is a matter of consumer choice. But I’ve always thought there was […]

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2017 Young Alumna of the Year: Chelsea Buchholtz

2017 Young Alumna of the Year: Chelsea Buchholtz

By on August 25, 2017 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

Chelsea (Thornton ’01) Buchholtz, J.D., still can’t believe she’s ACU’s 2017 Young Alumna of the Year. Just look at the previous recipients of the award, she told attendees at the Alumni Day lunch Feb. 19: 2016’s Gilbert Tuhabonye (’01), an inspirational speaker, author, running coach and philanthropist; and 2015’s Dr. Kent (’03) and Amber (Carroll […]

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COVER STORY: Aaron Watson’s journey to the top

COVER STORY: Aaron Watson’s journey to the top

By on August 17, 2017 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

Kimberly (Calkins ’01) Watson is happily married to her college sweetheart, who says he is “not 
a big awards show guy.” 
That would be her husband, Aaron (’00), who usually declines ticket offers to the 
Academy of Country Music’s annual extravaganza and others like it, preferring to spend time on a rare open weekend with […]

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