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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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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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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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ACU Remembers: Former trustee Randy Nicholson

ACU Remembers: Former trustee Randy Nicholson

By on December 14, 2020 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 6 Comments

George Randolph “Randy” Nicholson, an entrepreneur, benefactor and influential former trustee of Abilene Christian University, died Dec. 11, 2020, in Abilene at age 83. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Piersall Funeral Directors (733 Butternut Street, Abilene, Texas 79602). A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. at […]

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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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10 Questions with ACU senior VP Linda Bonnin

10 Questions with ACU senior VP Linda Bonnin

By on October 6, 2020 in 10 Questions, Campus News with 4 Comments

Linda Bonnin, ACU’s new senior vice president of marketing and strategic communications, is no stranger to unexpected challenges. In her role in senior leadership at three previous universities – most recently The University of Alabama – she has faced her share of obstacles and celebrated her share of triumphs. But her transition to ACU presented […]

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ACU Remembers: Jeannette Lipford

ACU Remembers: Jeannette Lipford

By on September 25, 2020 in ACU News, ACU Remembers with 4 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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Nursing grad finds rewards outweigh challenges at remote hospital in Mexico

Nursing grad finds rewards outweigh challenges at remote hospital in Mexico

By on September 24, 2020 in ACU Missions, Alumni News with 0 Comments

After working for three years as a nurse at a large teaching hospital in Dallas, Haley McNeese (’17) was well-versed in her chosen profession. But she still faced a steep learning curve when she joined Christian Health Service Corps in June to serve at Hospital Mision Tarahumara, working with indigenous people in the Sierra Madre […]

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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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Sen. Lucio to introduce resolution honoring Bobby Morrow in Texas Senate

Sen. Lucio to introduce resolution honoring Bobby Morrow in Texas Senate

By on June 9, 2020 in ACU Remembers, Sports with 0 Comments

Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. of Brownsville said June 3, 2020, at the funeral of Rio Grande Valley native son Bobby Joe Morrow (’58) that he will introduce a resolution in January when the Texas legislature convenes in Austin to honor the Abilene Christian University graduate who won three gold medals in the 1956 Olympic […]

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