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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.

Gilbreth’s No. 13 baseball jersey retired by ACU

Gilbreth’s No. 13 baseball jersey retired by ACU

By on February 10, 2020 in ACU News, Features 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 News, 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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ACU Remembers: Dr. Curt Dickson

ACU Remembers: Dr. Curt Dickson

By on January 10, 2020 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 2 Comments

Dr. Curtis Allen Dickson (’66), professor emeritus of exercise science and health at Abilene Christian University, died Jan. 6, 2020, after an extended illness. He was 82. A memorial service honoring his life is planned for 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 13, in the Family Room at University Church of Christ (733 E.N. 16th St., Abilene, […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Nancy Jane Johnson Coates

ACU Remembers: Dr. Nancy Jane Johnson Coates

By on December 23, 2019 in ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Professor emerita of education Dr. Nancy Jane Johnson Coates died Nov. 27, 2019, at age 85. A memorial service will be held Dec. 24, 2019, at 10 a.m., at Piersall Funeral Chapel (733 Butternut St., Abilene, Texas 79602). Coates was born Nov. 10, 1934, in Paducah, Kentucky, and graduated from Obion (Tennessee) High School in […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Sally Reid

ACU Remembers: Dr. Sally Reid

By on December 21, 2019 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 3 Comments

Dr. Sarah “Sally” (Johnston ’69) Reid, professor emerita of music, died Dec. 21, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 71. Memorial service arrangements are pending. Reid was born Jan. 30, 1948, in East Liverpool, Ohio, and graduated from Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah, in 1965. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Jack Evans Sr.

ACU Remembers: Dr. Jack Evans Sr.

By on November 11, 2019 in ACU Remembers with 0 Comments

Southwestern Christian College patriarch Dr. Jack Evans Sr., one of the longest-serving presidents in U.S. higher education history, died Nov. 1, 2019, following a lengthy illness. Born in Houston, Texas, he was one of a small number of talented gospel preachers who studied under legendary Church of Christ evangelist Marshall Keeble at Nashville (Tennessee) Christian […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. “Tex” Williams

ACU Remembers: Dr. “Tex” Williams

By on November 4, 2019 in ACU Remembers with 1 Comment

Worldwide missions mentor Dr. Robert Harold “Tex” Williams (’50), died Oct. 23, 2019, at age 91. He was born July 7, 1924, in Austin, Texas, and graduated from high school there before enrolling in Texas A&M University. He transferred to ACU, where he was president of the student body and competed in track and field […]

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Pipes recounts rare stories about Nixon  from his new biography

Pipes recounts rare stories about Nixon from his new biography

By on September 25, 2019 in ACU News, Campus News with 0 Comments

Kasey Pipes (’95) has enjoyed a unique perspective on the U.S. presidency, from working as a policy advisor and speechwriter in the White House for George W. Bush, to authoring biographies on two others: Dwight D. Eisenhower and now, Richard M. Nixon. Pipes is partner and co-founder of Corley + Pipes, a consulting firm with […]

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New issue hoops it up with Wildcat basketball

New issue hoops it up with Wildcat basketball

By on September 11, 2019 in ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

At an expanded 96 pages, ACU Today’s new Spring-Summer 2019 issue has begun hitting mailboxes and should prove to be a keepsake for Wildcat fans looking back at historic runs by the men’s and women’s basketball teams last season. Award-winning photographer Jeremy Enlow, whose images grace our magazine every issue, spent Gameday with both teams as […]

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