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Ron Hadfield

Ron Hadfield

Ron Hadfield is editor of ACU Today magazine and assistant vice president for university communication at Abilene Christian, where he began work in 1983 overseeing Creative Services at his alma mater.

ACU Remembers: Dr. Forrest McCann

ACU Remembers: Dr. Forrest McCann

By on November 23, 2020 in ACU Remembers with 5 Comments

Dr. Forrest Mason McCann, professor emeritus of English and an esteemed historian in church hymnology, died Nov. 23, 2020, in Abilene, Texas at age 89. A graveside service will be held at the Lometa (Texas) City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Nov. 25, 2020, under the direction of Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut, Abilene, Texas 79602). […]

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ACU Remembers: Jeannette Lipford

ACU Remembers: Jeannette Lipford

By on September 25, 2020 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 3 Comments

Nellie Jeannette Scruggs Lipford (’49), the matriarch of Homecoming musicals and beloved voice professor for generations of students at Abilene Christian University, died Sept. 22 2020, in Abilene, Texas, at age 91. A celebration of life service will be held later this fall under the direction of Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut St., Abilene, Texas […]

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ACU Remembers: Bill Gilbreth

ACU Remembers: Bill Gilbreth

By on July 15, 2020 in ACU Remembers with 6 Comments

Abilene Christian University baseball icon William Freeman “Bill” Gilbreth (’69) died July 12, 2020, in Abilene, Texas, following complications with emergency heart surgery at age 72. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. CST at the University Church of Christ (733 E.N. 16th St., Abilene, Texas 79601). Gilbreth was […]

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ACU Remembers: U.S. Olympic legend Bobby Morrow

ACU Remembers: U.S. Olympic legend Bobby Morrow

By on June 2, 2020 in ACU Remembers, Alumni News with 1 Comment

Bobby Joe Morrow, whose exploits in track and field as a student at Abilene Christian University made history and put his alma mater on the world map, died May 30, 2020, at age 84 at his home in San Benito, Texas. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Buck […]

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ACU Remembers: Debbie Stewart

ACU Remembers: Debbie Stewart

By on May 27, 2020 in ACU Remembers with 3 Comments

Debbie Jean Stewart, an Abilene Christian University staff member for 13 years, died May 24, 2020, in Abilene, Texas, at age 61.  A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Minda Street Church of Christ (701 Minda Street, Abilene, Texas 79602). Stewart was born Sept. 6, 1958, in […]

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March Madness v2.0: Wildcat teams on tourney trail

March Madness v2.0: Wildcat teams on tourney trail

By on March 9, 2020 in Sports with 0 Comments

That ride was so much fun, let’s do it again. Whether you dust off your “Texas Two Step” or “First Dance” T-shirt from last year or start shopping for a new souvenir one, Wildcat basketball fans’ adrenaline will kick into high gear this week as Abilene Christian University men’s and women’s teams head south on […]

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Nelson greatness rubs off on ACU golfers in new clubhouse

Nelson greatness rubs off on ACU golfers in new clubhouse

By on February 27, 2020 in Campus News, Features, Sports with 0 Comments

Years ago, when one of the professional golf students of the late Harvey Penick was having trouble elevating his success around the green, advice from the legendary teacher and best-selling author was short and to the point. “Eat dinner with good putters,” the late Penick told rising PGA star Tom Kite. The counsel – to […]

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Gilbreth’s No. 13 baseball jersey retired by ACU

Gilbreth’s No. 13 baseball jersey retired by ACU

By on February 10, 2020 in Sports with 1 Comment

Only the seventh uniform number to be retired in Abilene Christian University athletics history – and the first in baseball – was celebrated Saturday night, but don’t let the two digits fool you. The No. 13 jersey once worn by Bill Gilbreth (’69) was anything but unlucky to the man who wore it. Gilbreth, the […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. C.G. Gray

ACU Remembers: Dr. C.G. Gray

By on February 7, 2020 in ACU Remembers with 2 Comments

Retired professor and administrator Dr. C.G. Gray, who was instrumental in bringing educational technology to students and professors at Abilene Christian University, died Feb. 4, 2020, at age 92, in Lubbock, Texas. A visitation with the family will be held Friday, Feb. 7 from 5-7 p.m. in the Family Room at University Church of Christ […]

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New issue explores ACU’s growing national reputation

New issue explores ACU’s growing national reputation

By on January 30, 2020 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

ACU Today’s new Fall-Winter 2020 issue is anchored by a sprawling 24-page cover story diving into “An Emerging National University,” and it begins hitting mailboxes this weekend. Dr. Cheryl Mann Bacon (’76) authors the lead story, which looks behind the scenes at the university’s intentionally strategic growth in recent years and how it dovetails with the unprecedented recognition ACU received in the […]

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