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The racial reckoning following police killing several unarmed black people this summer has caused some institutions to take a hard look inward. Street murals supporting “Black Lives Matter” have been painted across the U.S. Corporate policy statements have changed. Even the NFL retracted their own stance discouraging players from protesting against police brutality and encouraged members of the league to speak out against racial injustice. 

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Abilene Christian University is bringing staff back onto campus after most employees have spent more than three months working from home.  The university is on track to welcome students back to campus August 24th.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, ACU established three working teams focused on different aspects of the university’s response.  Recent positive test results at ACU's clinic have given the university a chance to start practicing contingency plans.

Dana Glover / KACU

Schools are restructuring learning for students and districts are taking many different approaches. That’s one ripple effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. And that ripple is spreading to universities, which are adjusting admissions requirements, at least temporarily.  

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Abilene Christian University is celebrating its rise in the rankings by U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”.  ACU achieved its highest overall ranking ever, reaching 12th in the western region, and improving by nine places over last year.  

But it was a new benchmark U.S. News and World Reports created this year that has ACU President Phil Schubert most excited.  The magazine developed a “Focus on Student Success” ranking, that evaluates institutions on eight categories.  

Be In Abilene offers local entrepreneurs a chance to claim funds and support for their big idea.  The competition targets businesses that create products, both physical and digital, with an eye on expanding production within city limits.  Justin Jowarski, Executive Director of the Industrial Foundation of Abilene explains the program.

Get answers to your questions, start your application and find out more about Be In Abilene

Monk Brings Ancient Religious Texts To Abilene

Nov 4, 2016

Abilene Christian University celebrated the inauguration of the Center for the Study of Ancient Religions Texts, or CSART on Thursday. The center strives to inspire students and help them conduct research alongside established scholars. On Thursday, manuscripts that were written as long as 1700 years ago were featured.

They were on display in a quiet, temperature-controlled room guarded by a police officer in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies building.

Khamisie Green understands that issues surrounding race can sometimes be uncomfortable- and his play titled, “Testify” is going to cause a lot of discomfort for the audience. Green is the president of the Black Students Association at Abilene Christian University. He wrote the play for this year’s Black History Production, which will be performed at 7 p.m. March 4 at the Paramount Theatre.

When you think about aging, what issues that come to mind? If home health care quality, social security stability or a complex Medicare system is among your concerns then you’re not alone.

About 4.6 million Texas seniors age 60 and older often deal with similar problems and have few resources to turn to for help. That’s where the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature comes into the picture. Ninety-one members represent 28 districts in the state. They gather with constituents at town hall meetings to identify and discuss current issues faced by an aging population.   

Jade Ford dipped a cup into a plastic bin, scooped out a portion of dehydrated vegetables, then poured them into a plastic bag while peers surrounding her did the same.

She was among 100 Abilene Christian University students volunteering in an assembly line at the Global Samaritan warehouse on Wednesday, January 25, 2016. They measured out components of a dehydrated, fortified casserole meal that will be shipped to refugees in the Middle East.

Students See Value In Court Visit

Nov 13, 2015

Abilene history was made Friday morning when the Texas Supreme Court visited the city for the first time. The makeshift courtroom in Abilene Christian University’s Hunter Welcome Center was packed with attendees as the State’s Highest Court heard two cases.

ACU graduate student John Alan Archer was impressed that each judge and attorney seemed set on being the most informed person in the room.

It really is pretty incredible how brilliant these people are and how much preparation goes into their work,” Archer said.

Texas Supreme Court Visits Abilene

Nov 11, 2015

Seeing the State’s Highest Court in action usually requires a trip to Austin, but on Friday, the Justices will descend upon mid-sized Abilene, Texas.  Many people, like myself, may have not been aware that the Supreme Court ever left Austin to hear cases.

“The Texas Supreme Court travels in Texas twice a year – usually in the fall and the spring, and they visit law schools, universities and a few other places,” said Neal Coates, ACU’s Chair of the political science department.

Students Represent Home Countries Through Dance

Nov 6, 2015

A world of dance is coming to West Texas this weekend when the Ethnos Culture Show opens Friday and Saturday evening at Abilene Christian University. KACU’s Emily Guajardo connects with ACU students from Burundi, South Korea, Honduras and Mexico to hear why they choose to represent their culture through dance.

The storybook capital of Texas has a new local author to celebrate- Abilene author Penny Parker Klostermann’s new children’s book, “There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight,” goes on sale nationally today.

Klostermann said she was shocked Random House bought her first book when most writers work for decades before having a book published.  Her circumstances are especially unusual because writing is an endeavor picked up in retirement. She taught physical education for 26 years, almost all of that time was at Jim Ned.

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Tavis Smiley spoke about the role poverty plays in American democracy at the Christian Scholars Conference at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, on June 5, 2015. Smiley is an author, philanthropist and hosts "The Tavis Smiley Show" on PBS and NPR stations.

The northeast corner of Abilene Christian University's property will soon become a shopping and residential center known as The Village at Allen Ridge.