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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.

Nathan Gibbs

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.

Melissa Mason’s mascara was running. Beads of sweat rolled across her forehead as she scraped coarse hair off the back of a dead pig.

“I grew up on the 35th floor of a building in New York City,"Mason said. "We did not have things like this."

“Not in New York City?” said Justin Gibson, Mason's boyfriend. The two worked side by side Wednesday at Slowpoke Farm in Cross Plains.

A petite young woman watches as her peers shuffle into their seats for microbiology class on Tuesday at Abilene Christian University. Then she stands up to make an announcement.

Meera Gurung begins to explain that she grew up in a Nepalese refugee camp before her family moved to Texas in 2008.

“To see my dear country and so many people in deep sorrow and terror, my heart cries,” Gurung says.

Open Carry Legislation Passes in Texas House

Apr 24, 2015

The Texas Senate is currently trying to pass Senate Bill 11, legislation that would allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to enter a college campus with his or her weapon.

The House passed the matching bill, house Bill 11, in mid-March. This would change carry laws for college campuses across the state. Joe Cardot, Senate chair at Abilene Christian University, explains the different meanings of this bill for public and private universities.

Taste Of Abilene Event Growing Every Year

Apr 24, 2015

Taste of Abilene returns Thursday, April 30, at the Abilene Civic Center from 6-8 p.m. The event allows residents to experience over 40 restaurants all over Abilene and the surrounding area. The event includes food and drinks for adults, as well as other activities and entertainment.

Abilene Christian University Chief of Police Jimmy Ellison informed the campus through email to expect hearing sounds of gunfire or small explosions during a drill Wednesday inside the vacant Chambers Hall on campus. ACUPD and 17 Abilene Police Department SWAT members practiced reaction for events including active shooter response, hostage negotiation and collaboration with multiple agencies of police.