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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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10 Questions with CEHS dean Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

10 Questions with CEHS dean Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

By on January 25, 2019 in 10 Questions, Faculty Spotlights with 1 Comment

Dr. Jennifer (Wade ’92) Shewmaker, recently named dean of the College of Education and Human Services, believes the university is uniquely poised to take on the challenges facing higher education today. “I believe ACU has the flexibility and ingenuity to step into the future with hope and excitement,” she says. “Our mission is timely, and […]

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10 Questions with Duke professor Charles Holton, J.D.

10 Questions with Duke professor Charles Holton, J.D.

By on November 2, 2018 in 10 Questions, ACU News, Alumni News, Series with 0 Comments

Not everyone who needs a lawyer can afford one, and sometimes their stories are the most heart-breaking: A single mother who found herself homeless and her two children placed into foster care because of a clerical error a local public housing authority refused to fix. Or an 80-year-old retired teacher who lost her apartment after […]

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10 Questions with Debut Dagger winner Sherry Rankin

10 Questions with Debut Dagger winner Sherry Rankin

When Sherry Rankin heard her first full-length novel, Strange Fire, had won this year’s Crime Writers Association’s Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers, she was stunned. “To be honest, I entered it mostly as a way to toughen up and learn to deal with rejection,” said Rankin, assistant professor of English at ACU. She had just completed […]

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10 Questions with ‘Cats’ director Jeremy Varner

10 Questions with ‘Cats’ director Jeremy Varner

By on October 4, 2017 in 10 Questions, Features with 0 Comments

ACU Theatre is producing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-hit musical Cats for Homecoming 2017 on Oct. 20-22. Directing and choreographing the student actors is program alumnus Jeremy Varner (’10), who performed in several Cats productions in Atlanta. The New York actor took a break from rehearsals to talk about why the ACU and Abilene community should […]

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10 Questions with Mike and Michelle Patterson

10 Questions with Mike and Michelle Patterson

By on August 31, 2017 in 10 Questions, ACU Today Magazine with 0 Comments

Alumni couple picks up pieces after deadly Texas twister Many breathe a sigh of relief now that the peak of another tornado season has passed in the Lone Star State. One alumni family in Rockwall, Texas, knows the feeling all too well. It’s taken nearly two years, but Mike (’90) and Michelle (Kehoe ’90) Patterson […]

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10 Questions with Broadway actor Ben Jeffrey

10 Questions with Broadway actor Ben Jeffrey

By on October 22, 2015 in 10 Questions, Alumni News, Features, Series with 0 Comments

One of Abilene Christian University’s most accomplished young graduates is Ben Jeffrey (’06), who has played Pumbaa in Broadway’s The Lion King since 2010. Jeffrey will be performing a one-man show, 1,700 Miles to Broadway, on Nov. 10, as the fall semester Lights Up! event to raise funds for the Department of Theatre. What can someone in the […]

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10 Questions with Opry-bound Zane Williams

10 Questions with Opry-bound Zane Williams

By on April 23, 2015 in 10 Questions, Alumni News, Features, Series with 1 Comment

A native of Abilene, Zane Williams (’99) nearly gave up his dreams of a music career, nine years after pursuing it in Nashville, Tenn, following graduation. After a return to Texas, his instinctive feel for songwriting began to open doors. His poignant album title cut, “Hurry Home,” won the $20,000 Maxell Song of the Year honor in the John […]

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10 Questions with country star Aaron Watson

10 Questions with country star Aaron Watson

The spotlight is pretty much the same shape as the well-worn piece of wooden stage underneath the WSM radio microphone at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, where Abilene Christian University graduate Aaron Watson (’00) is about to find out how it feels to step into country music’s most famous circle, literally and figuratively. And he’s not nervous […]

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10 Questions with Dawne Meeks

10 Questions with Dawne Meeks

Life sometimes comes full circle. That’s something  Dawne (Swearingen ’95) Meeks, director of this year’s Homecoming musical Big Fish, can tell you about. Meeks came to ACU as a freshman in 1991, the same year Adam Hester (’77) became chair of the theatre department. After graduating from Abilene Christian in 1995, she went on to […]

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