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ACU shares its creativity

On Nov. 7, Brown Library hosted CreativeU, a day celebrating ACU as a creative community. Throughout the day, students regularly combined thoughts and things to make something new, unique or useful.

More than 200 participants gathered in the Maker Lab, Learning Studio, and Innovation Foundry during the day to see Jesica Sanders and other artisans from the community demonstrate their use of Adobe software and other tools for creative work.

Students registered to use Adobe Creative Cloud and heard Rob Thomas (’96) share his experiences as an artist and an entrepreneur serving churches by making short films. Creative competitions produced many great designs for t-shirts and bookmarks, and contest winners Daniel Tipia and Denver Gravitt were awarded an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

CreativeU included 15 workshops with topics ranging from 360 video to laser cutting, and from data visualization to woodworking, showing and sparking creativity at ACU.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for an invitation to ACU faculty, staff and students to join in CreativeU 2018.

Save the Date: Spring Banquet with Maxwells

The Friends of ACU Library Spring Banquet is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the Hunter Welcome Center and will feature Jack (’78) and Jill (Thompson ’78) Maxwell.  

Join us for Angels Unawares: Untold Stories of the Jacob’s Dream Sculpture at ACU, as this talented couple discusses the creation of Abilene’s most famous sculptures and provide new insights into the impact of Jacob’s Dream on them and their audiences. The banquet also features a sneak peak into the production of their newest public sculpture of angels from the Bible.

Inside Higher Ed features a discussion about Diversity Matters

Diversity Matters, a new book from ACU Press about race, ethnicity and diversity at Christian colleges and universities has received national critical acclaim in a feature article in Inside Higher Ed.

Diversity Matters invites discussion among Christian colleges on topics of diversity and how to position students for leadership and cultivate students’ desire to honor God. “We are guided by the story of our Creator's commitment to his people,” writes Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D., president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. “Those working in Christian higher education understand the theological imperative of viewing diversity as a gift to be celebrated through our common commitment to Christ and his kingdom.”

The research considers how Christian colleges can best serve and prepare students, exploring the obstacles students face in the world today with a focus on issues of race, culture and privilege. Dr. Jennifer (Wade ’92) Shewmaker, ACU’s executive director of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning, was one of the book's contributing authors. “ACU is committed to moving forward, in love and courage, to embrace the unity of Christ together,” she wrote in Chapter 15.

Leafwood Publishers is an imprint of Abilene Christian University Press, a publisher located in Abilene, Texas, that has published titles exploring Scripture, spiritual formation and theology for more than 30 years. For more details about Diversity Matters and to see more endorsements by national leaders, visit the ACU Press website.

Personal librarians help with Cornerstone

Our librarians collaborate with ACU’s New Student Program to teach Cornerstone, a course that prepares freshman and transfers to engage in critical thinking and conduct college-quality research. The Personal Librarian program matches an ACU librarian with each section of Cornerstone to help shepherd students through their first major research assignment.

Librarians attend classes, co-teach the research portion of the course, make themselves available for research appointments and, most importantly, provide connection and personal attention to students. “I enjoy being a personal librarian since it helps the freshman interact with a librarian who can help them in Cornerstone and throughout their college career,” said Melissa Atkinson (’94), ACU’s online learning librarian. “If freshmen know librarians are here to help them, they will be more likely to ask for help whenever they need it.”

ACU’s 38 Cornerstone courses this year average 25-30 students per class. Pictured here are members of the Personal Librarian Program who assist with Cornerstone.

Cornerstone librarians (from left): Mac Ice, Chai Green (’10), Karen (Nelson ’65) Hendrick, Shan (Pamplin ’86) Martinez, Erica Pye, Melissa Atkinson (’94), Laura Baker (’87), Avery Weems (’13). Not pictured: Mark McCallon and Melinda (Stucker ’93) Isbell

Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.

In collaboration with the Visual Rhetoric of Comics class taught by Dr. Suanna (Haston ’82) Davis, assistant professor of language and literature, the library is showcasing Wonder Woman comic illustrations, graphic novels, comic books and other items in the exhibit case outside the south entry to Brown Library, near the Mabee Auditorium Classroom. “We had fun assembling this display and enjoy hearing comments as students pass by,” says librarian Shan Martinez.

The library newsletter will return in January.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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ACU Box 29208
Abilene, Texas 79699-9208

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