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Tim Bright, ACU’s most versatile Olympian

Tim Bright, ACU’s most versatile Olympian

By on August 11, 2016 in Alumni News, Sports with 0 Comments

Of the dozens of current or former Abilene Christian University athletes to make an Olympic team in the past 60 years, two stand alone in terms of longevity. Tim Bright (’83) and Delloreen Ennis (’99) each competed in three Olympics – Bright in 1984, 1988 and 1992 for the United States and Ennis in 2000, 2004 and 2008 for […]

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Halbert gift tops science capital campaign

Halbert gift tops science capital campaign

By on August 13, 2015 in Academic News, Alumni News, Campus News with 0 Comments

A recent gift of nearly $3 million from alumni Jon (’82) and Linda (Ellis ’83) Halbert has helped Abilene Christian University reach its capital goal in the Vision in Action (VIA) initiative to build three major science facilities. The generosity of the Dallas couple means ACU has raised $45 million to build the 54,000-square-foot Halbert-Walling […]

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ACU alum leads life-changing initiative at Nike

ACU alum leads life-changing initiative at Nike

By on July 15, 2015 in Alumni News, Sports with 1 Comment

New footwear designed by Nike innovator and former Abilene Christian University pole vaulter Tobie Hatfield (’87) is a game-changer for people with disabilities. The newest Lebron Zoom Soldier 8 uses Flyease technology, a wraparound design allowing for rear entry with no laces to tie while still providing needed ankle support. The new sneakers will be released to consumers in limited quantities beginning July […]

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VIA News: New stadium will open with a bang

VIA News: New stadium will open with a bang

By on April 7, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

With the crack of a starter pistol, a ceremonial first lap at Abilene Christian University’s new Elmer Gray Stadium will be covered by some of those who made the old stadium of that name legendary in the annals of track and field. Olympic relay gold medalist Earl Young (’62) will take the baton and break the tape about noon this […]

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VIA News: New track as fast as it is purple

VIA News: New track as fast as it is purple

By on April 4, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

Keith Barnier may not sleep well April 10, the night before Abilene Christian University hosts TCU and Texas Tech University in the biggest triangular track and field meet in ACU in more than half a century, but it will have nothing to do with the purple – and fast – running surface at new Elmer […]

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VIA News: Gray Stadium demo begins Monday

VIA News: Gray Stadium demo begins Monday

By on March 29, 2015 in Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

Demolition of old Elmer Gray Stadium, a venerable U.S. track and field venue for decades at Abilene Christian University, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, March 30. It will make way for the eventual footprint of the proposed Wildcat Stadium and a return to on-campus football games for the first time since World War II. Just to the southwest, new Elmer […]

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One last #ACULoveStory

One last #ACULoveStory

By on March 5, 2015 in Alumni News with 0 Comments

In early February, we asked Abilene Christian University alumni who met their spouses on campus to share their stories. We received dozens of tales – funny, touching, incredible. You can peruse them here. With ACU’s Elmer Gray Stadium scheduled for demolition later this month, we close with a love story featuring Dr. Paul Faulkner (’52), professor emeritus of […]

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VIA News: Chambers’ explosive final act

VIA News: Chambers’ explosive final act

By on January 8, 2015 in Academic News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

Chambers Hall at Abilene Christian University is too close to Phillips Education Building to bring it down with a bang, but the 85-year-old former residence hall, cafeteria, library and academic building still saw some fireworks Wednesday. The Department of Psychology, Chambers’ final occupants, were moved out over the Christmas break, leaving the building empty – and providing a […]

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VIA News: Track, Bennett reflect progress

VIA News: Track, Bennett reflect progress

By on November 25, 2014 in Academic News, Campus News with 1 Comment

Heading into the extended Thanksgiving weekend, a pair of Vision in Action projects on the Abilene Christian University campus are making visible progress. Crews from Beynon Sports Surfaces earlier this month finished laying down a vibrant purple track that certainly pops against the deep green of the newly installed soccer field. With that, the most […]

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VIA News: Purple track is in the starting blocks

VIA News: Purple track is in the starting blocks

By on October 23, 2014 in Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

Seemingly overnight, the piles of gray and brown sand covering the site of Abilene Christian University’s new track and field/soccer stadium have disappeared beneath the ground. About 400 tons of what is called root-zone sand was poured into an even layer nine inches deep and overlaid this week with sod, creating the first official soccer […]

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