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Biochemistry major Bao Catteau on a mission trip in Guatemala.

Childhood health issues lead to desire to become a doctor

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 5 … Continued
Art and design professor Nil Santana / Photo by Jeremy Enlow

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 … Continued

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

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 … Continued

LJ Brodie Dancing

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

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, … Continued

Academic News

Mitchell Schneller

NASA grant brings engineering intern’s project to ACU campus

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 … Continued

ACU occupational therapy program partners with Hendrick

A partnership between Abilene Christian University and Hendrick Health is providing new equipment and facilities to ACU’s occupational therapy program and offering education and resources to Hendrick clinicians. ACU’s Department of Occupational Therapy and Hendrick Health signed an agreement last year in which Hendrick will donate $75,000 to ACU across three years. That gift has … Continued

Madison Chedester

ACU welcomes three National Merit finalists

Three National Merit finalists are among the freshmen at Abilene Christian University this fall, and the university honored them in a ceremony Sept. 29 They join five other National Merit Finalists in the student body. The National Merit finalists in this year’s entering class are Madison Chedester, a Spanish and pre-med major from Sioux Falls, … Continued

Alumni News

ACU Remembers: Jeannette Lipford

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 … Continued

Vicente Rojas Aguirre

Engineering grad returns to alma mater to work on molten salt project

Vicente Rojas Aguirre was perfectly happy with his job at an engineering consulting firm in Abilene, but the 2017 ACU graduate just couldn’t turn down an opportunity to return to campus and work at a job with the potential to impact lives all over the world. So when a position in ACU’s NEXT Lab came … Continued

anne carroll graduation

Newest grad puts bookend on Carroll family’s 20-year purple and white legacy

Anne Carroll-Amerine hasn’t had a typical college experience, so it’s perhaps fitting that her graduation will be an unusual one as well.  She will be one of the 600-plus Abilene Christian University graduates who have signed up to walk the stage at this weekend’s Commencement ceremonies at Wildcat Stadium. May graduation was rescheduled for Aug. … Continued

Campus News

Linda Bonnin

10 Questions with ACU senior VP Linda Bonnin

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 … Continued

Daniel Sherman

ACU students collaborate with other colleges to combat COVID

A coalition of student leaders in Texas colleges have a message to spread and a myth to bust. The College Health Alliance of Texas includes 36 student body leaders representing 20 colleges and universities across Texas. Their goal is to lead their fellow students in adopting consistent, safe practices to combat COVID-19, so campuses can … Continued

students on campus

ACU hits record enrollment for third year in a row

For the third consecutive year, a record number of students enrolled for the Fall 2020 semester at Abilene Christian University: 5,293 students. Within that number, the most significant increase came through 10 new online undergraduate programs introduced through ACU Dallas, the branch campus home of the university’s online degree programs. This year, ACU Dallas offered … Continued