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Our Abilene in the ’50s and ’60s

There’s still time to purchase your tickets for the Friends of ACU Library Spring Banquet on Thursday, March 30. Don’t miss out! This year’s banquet will feature Abilene author Jay Moore and benefit the library’s proposed Reading Commons, a centrally located space on the main floor for new book browsing and comfortable reading. Read more.

Remembering Jack Pope 

Dr. Mark Tucker, dean of library and information resources from 2003-11, remembers Judge Andrew Jackson “Jack” Pope (’34). The retired Texas Supreme Court justice, who is a beloved figure in ACU history, died Feb. 25 in Austin at age 103. Read more.

Web spotlight: CHARIS

Have you visited the website hosted by the Center for Heritage and Renewal in Spirituality (CHARIS) at ACU? The CHARIS site hosts conversations of and about Churches of Christ, publishing blog posts, featured online essays and video presentations on topics related to Christian life, the theology and history of the churches, as well as Christian higher education.

A new blogger to the site is Dr. Glenn Pemberton (’85), professor emeritus of Old Testament and author of four books, including The God Who Saves: An Introduction to the Message of the Old Testament (ACU Press, 2015) and Hurting With God: Learning to Lament With the Psalms (ACU Press, 2012). Read more.

ACU supports TSITC this April 

ACU will again host the Texas Christian Schools Interscholastic Tournament (TCSIT), the largest Church of Christ academic competition in the state, on campus April 7-9. Approximately 800 middle school and high school students, and 200 teachers from 22 schools will participate in three days of TCSIT events, including math, science, ​speech, acting, written, art and Bible events, which are arranged for and judged by Dr. Joe Cardot and other members of ACU’s Department of Communication and Sociology. Read more.

Employee spotlight: Shan Martinez 

Since 2014, ACU librarian Shan Martinez and her family have participated in the Zambia Medical Mission (ZMM), an effort providing medical assistance to Zambians that was founded by former ACU faculty member Dr. Kelly Hamby and his wife, Eleanor. “People of all ages and backgrounds come together in Zambia to be Jesus to the most vulnerable people,” Martinez said about ZMM. Read more.

Upcoming events

CHARIS lecture

On Monday, March 27, Australian biblical scholar Dr. Claire Smith will discuss at ACU’s Chapel on the Hill her book God’s Good Design, which interprets key Bible passages about men and women and their relationships at home and in church. Read more.

Maker Fest 2017

Would you like to learn more about the Maker Lab and how it impacts ACU students, faculty and the community? You’ll have an opportunity to do just that at Maker Fest from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30. “The Maker Lab gives our students the opportunity to develop skills in tinkering, discovery and ingenuity that allow them to fully participate in shaping the world around them,” Dr. Nil Santana (’00 M.S.), director of the Maker Lab, said in the latest issue of ACU Today magazine. Read more.

Innovation Fridays
The Innovation Foundry is offering instructional sessions called “Innovation Fridays” throughout the spring semester. These workshops are focused on the importance of web-based technologies to teaching and learning, including online data management, creative software such as Adobe Creative Cloud, and the growing importance of “The Internet of Things.” Read more.

The Friends of ACU Library (FACUL) was organized in 1966 to serve as a strong, effective support group working to enhance Brown Library. Through fundraising, the group has been able to purchase equipment and materials that would otherwise be beyond the reach of the library.  

In addition to gifts originating within the membership, FACUL has served to attract monetary gifts as well as gifts of collections to the library from other sources. It also sponsors programs ranging from scholarly lectures to student-produced plays to galas celebrating music, art and literature.  

The membership year begins Jan. 1 and extends through Dec. 31.  

Download the FACUL Membership Form here. Visit FACUL Market Place to make your online gift here.  

If you have questions about Brown Library or FACUL, please email Mollie Scherer at

FACUL 2016-17
Board of Directors


  • Dr. Todd Womble, President
  • Dr. Christopher Hutson, Vice President
  • Kate Ferguson, Secretary
  • Chris Kyker, Treasurer


  • Trenton Dietz
  • Dr. Brent Isbell
  • Dr. Tracy Shilcutt
  • Dr. James Thompson

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