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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.

March Madness v2.0: Wildcat teams on tourney trail

March Madness v2.0: Wildcat teams on tourney trail

By on March 9, 2020 in ACU News, 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 ACU News, 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 ACU News, 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 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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