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Robin Saylor

Robin Saylor

After a career as a professional journalist, Robin Saylor (M.S. ’03) returned to her alma mater, where she is director of content strategy for Marketing and Strategic Communications and editor of ACU Today online. In addition to writing and editing, she looks for ways to tell the university’s story on various platforms, including online, print, social media and video. If you have a story you think we should tell, email Robin at robin.saylor@acu.edu

Childhood health issues lead to desire to become a doctor

Childhood health issues lead to desire to become a doctor

By on January 22, 2021 in ACU Missions, Features with 4 Comments

Bao Catteau’s start in life was filled with uncertainty. Now he is certain – he wants to become a physician. Born in Shenzhen, China, Bao was abandoned as an infant. A police officer found him and placed him in an orphanage, where he was given his name and a place to live. When he was […]

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NASA grant brings engineering intern’s project to ACU campus

NASA grant brings engineering intern’s project to ACU campus

By on January 19, 2021 in Academic News, Features, research with 0 Comments

Mitchell Schneller calls his summer internship at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida an “amazing opportunity.” Several other students call it amazing, too, because a grant from NASA to ACU’s Department of Engineering and Physics brought Schneller’s project to the Abilene campus. Now Schneller and fellow seniors Michael Ranger, Koby Rodgers and Cole Shannon are […]

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Creativity is at the core of Nil Santana’s teaching philosophy

Creativity is at the core of Nil Santana’s teaching philosophy

Make. Learn. Inspire. These three words embody the teaching philosophy of art and design professor Dr. Nil Santana. Santana’s passion is to instill creative thinking into students of all majors – from freshmen who take on a design challenge in their Cornerstone course to occupational therapy students who use the Maker Lab to adapt toys […]

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Psychology professor Richard Beck shapes lives in and out of the classroom

Psychology professor Richard Beck shapes lives in and out of the classroom

By on January 11, 2021 in Faculty Spotlights, Features with 0 Comments

You may see Dr. Richard Beck, chair of ACU’s psychology department, pedaling his bike across campus, wearing overalls and sporting windblown hair, or cooped up in his office windows feverishly writing his next big (or small) idea with a marker. You may read his work on his blog, pick up one of his books, or […]

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10 Questions with NEXT Lab oversight committee chair, energy expert Doug Robison

10 Questions with NEXT Lab oversight committee chair, energy expert Doug Robison

A thin volume of Galileo’s 1610 landmark treatise The Starry Messenger sits on a bookshelf at oil and gas executive Doug Robison’s Abilene home. Within its pages, the famous astronomer, who turned his telescope to the stars to provide firsthand observation that ours is a sun-centered solar system and not an Earth-centered one, describes his […]

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Dance is more than art for LJ Brodie – it’s a way to live out his mission

Dance is more than art for LJ Brodie – it’s a way to live out his mission

By on January 11, 2021 in ACU Theatre, Features with 3 Comments

The conviction that art can challenge, bless and inspire others motivates everything LJ Brodie (’21) does. The senior musical theatre major from Mesquite, Texas, who will be the first graduate from ACU Theatre’s dance program, has been blessing others through performances since childhood, from work on his church’s step team to theatre in high school, […]

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Dr. Tom Lee inaugural recipient of the Clark Stevens Endowed Professorship

Dr. Tom Lee inaugural recipient of the Clark Stevens Endowed Professorship

By on December 28, 2020 in Academic News with 1 Comment

Donors joined Abilene Christian University faculty and staff for an online investiture ceremony for the Clark Stevens Endowed Professorship on Friday, Dec. 4. The virtual event, coordinated in a COVID-safe environment on ACU’s campus and joined by participants in Texas and Florida, honored the legacy of the late Dr. Clark Stevens and recognized the inaugural […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Mark Riggs

ACU Remembers: Dr. Mark Riggs

By on December 16, 2020 in ACU Remembers with 3 Comments

Dr. Mark Riggs (’75) liked to help people – students, colleagues, research scientists. “He never said ‘No,’ ” said Dr. David Hendricks (’87), professor and chair of mathematics at Abilene Christian University. “If you had a problem, he would help you.” Riggs, the professor of mathematics and past chair, died Dec. 14, 2020, of the […]

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Love of chemistry, research combine to make NEXT Lab a perfect fit for ACU grad

Love of chemistry, research combine to make NEXT Lab a perfect fit for ACU grad

By on November 16, 2020 in ACU News, Features, NEXT Lab, research with 1 Comment

Alli Mae (Bulkley ’20) Berry joined the team in ACU’s NEXT Lab as a research scientist just a month after graduating and five days before getting married. Despite the blur of life changes in such a short period of time, Berry jumped right into her work by learning the ins and outs of NEXT Lab’s […]

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A nationally recognized leader in student success for two years in a row

A nationally recognized leader in student success for two years in a row

ACU alumni, faculty, staff and students are regularly featured in local and national media reports. Here is a digest of recent mentions.

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