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Laura W. Bush headlines library fundraising event, receives honorary doctorate from ACU


Former U.S. First Lady Laura W. Bush headlined “Voices of Hope,” the Friends of ACU Library’s Spring Banquet on March 28 in the McCaleb Conference Center. It featured her special remarks, an interview conducted by ACU alum Max Lucado (’77), and a presentation to her of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

A West Texas native and former librarian and teacher, Mrs. Bush spoke about her passion for education and literacy. Throughout her time as First Lady and beyond, she has worked to promote literacy in young people. “Reading is not just a cause I selected as First Lady,” Mrs. Bush told the crowd. “It’s one of the passions of my life.”

She sees developing a love for reading books and magazines as more than entertainment or schoolwork. “Literacy is an essential foundation of democracy,” she said.

Lucado’s wide-ranging interview with Mrs. Bush included reflections on her time in the White House and updates on her current initiatives at the Bush Center.

The FACUL dinner raised money to complete fundraising for the proposed Barry and Diane Packer Forum, a new conference space planned for the east side of Brown Library’s top floor. Former ACU board chair and trustee Dr. Barry Packer (’78) and his wife, Diane (Stephens ’77), are namesakes of the project.

Lucado archives tour brings friends together


On Friday, March 29, Max Lucado (’77) and his executive editor, Karen Hill, joined a select group of Friends of ACU Library for a tour of two exhibit spaces featuring archival and print materials from the Max Lucado Collection. The tour was part of the launch of the Brown Library Board of Advisors, a group of friends and donors who support the mission of the university through advocacy and fundraising efforts for the library.

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Lucado, Oak Hills Church preacher and New York Times best-selling author, and Karen Hill, executive editor/executive assistant at Oak Hills Church, share stories from readers.
Pattie (Brazell ’76) Orr, dean emerita of University Libraries at Baylor University, and Karen (Nelson ’65) Hendrick, retired public service librarian, view the Lucado exhibit.
You Are Special global impact display. Max references this exhibit at his Facebook page here.

Brown Library partners with Disciples of Christ Historical Society

ACU Press and ACU Scholars Lab have received a $103,000 grant to digitize and distribute 30 outstanding works of scholarship, republishing them in a format that readers can use on computers, tablets and mobile phones at no charge. ACU Press and the Scholars Lab will partner with Disciples of Christ Historical Society to produce freely accessible ebooks.

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Supporting digital scholarship at ACU

The Scholars Lab published a reformatted version of David Worley’s 1981 dissertation, God’s Faithfulness to Promise: The Hortatory Use of Commissive Language in Hebrews, complete with a new forward from James Thompson and bibliographic addendum by Lee Maxey (’81). Click here to learn more.

Eddie Sharp shares comfort

In his new book, Comfort When the Shadow Falls (ACU Press), former university trustee Dr. Eddie Sharp (’73) shares wisdom and experience from almost four decades of ministry walking with individuals, families and churches as they mourn and serve. Sharp’s collaborator on this project is Dr. Cheryl Mann Bacon (’76), former longtime professor and chair of the Department and Mass Communication at ACU. Click here to learn more.

Nursing Mothers Room now open

Archivist and curator Amanda (Arzigian ’12) Dietz, and a university-wide team, including the Office of Human Resources, have developed a plan to open the Nursing Mothers Room in Room 156 of Brown Library, a dedicated space for women to use during their time on campus. The room has two seating areas and is equipped with electrical outlets, chairs and a refrigerator. The room may be reserved using Google calendar and the key may be checked out at the Brown Library Circulation desk.

Students earn Adobe certification

This spring, the Innovation Foundry offered an opportunity for students to take the Adobe Certified Associate certification exam – an industry-recognized certification demonstrating proficiency in Adobe digital skills, such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. The certification enables students to demonstrate design principles and develop skills that can be used professionally. Click here to learn more.

Archives offers webinars during Preservation Week

Join us in Special Collections and Archives for Preservation Week, April 21-27. Guests can view webinars with practical tips on how to preserve family history keepsakes and enjoy heirloom recipes taken from ACU history.

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Staff news

We are pleased to welcome Sam Britten (’82) as the new evening circulation desk manager, working 10 p.m. - 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Melissa (Johnson ’94) Atkinson will participate in a commencement ceremony at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on May 11. Atkinson is earning a Ph.D. from Regent’s School of Education with a concentration in distance education. She serves as our online learning librarian, and has served at ACU for 19 years.

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Save the date

  • Saturday, Sept. 7: Restoration Day | Speaker: Dr. Wes Crawford

  • Monday, Sept. 16: Library Board of Advisors Meeting and Luncheon

The library newsletter will return in August!

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