Retiring faculty member looks forward to encore career

David Wray is retiring from his post in the College of Biblical Studies after 21 years on staff at ACU.

“I’m at retirement age – I turn 66 in May – so I’ve decided to make the transition,” Wray said.

Wray served for five years as associate dean of spiritual life and co-curriculum in the College of Biblical studies. He now will devote the majority of his time to a nonprofit, faith-based ministry in Abilene, called Faithworks, where he serves as a chair. Continue reading

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Students give QR codes mixed reviews

The future of QR codes is yet to be determined as students and faculty attempt to integrate this technology with daily life.

Dr. James D. Langford, director of innovation and implementation, said he always is hearing of new ways people are using the codes. Some stores are offering more product information through QR codes. At ACU, some instructors have students scan the codes to link to faculty evaluations on their mobile devices, thus eliminating errors.

“It’s the nature of innovation and the diffusion of it that it starts small and grows and gets big,” Langford said. “The goal is to understand, is this going to be a useful innovation and what are the creative ways people are going to come up with to use it?” Continue reading

COBA ranked No. 1 for post-grad jobs

ACU’S College of Business Administration is ranked as the No. 1 graduate school for students attaining employment within three months of graduating.

Ninety-seven percent of students graduating from COBA with a master’s of accounting are employed in accounting-related jobs within three months of graduation. The average among business graduate schools is 73 percent, which applies to jobs both related and unrelated to the student’s master’s program.

U.S. News & World Report released the rankings March 30. The rankings were produced from the 141 graduate business schools that provided information regarding graduate employment. Continue reading

SHADES incorporates new elements into show

SHADES has stepped up its game this year by including new lighting, gender dynamics, pumped-up music and a spiritual aspect.

SHADES will perform “SHADES Secret Mission: The Heist,” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Students can buy tickets in the Campus Center at various times or from SHADES members.

The show centers on a bank robbery. Two different teams, Team Broke and Team Money, will battle against each other to rob a bank and steal money before the other team. Continue reading

Shinnery Review to host award-winning author

Dr. Liz Rosenberg, novelist, poet and children’s book author, will visit ACU on Thursday and Friday for a poetry reading and a workshop.

The Shinnery Review, ACU’s student-run arts and literary magazine, is hosting the events which will be free and open the public. The reading will be at Chapel on the Hill on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Some of Rosenberg’s most noted works include Monster Mama, a children’s novel; Seventeen, a young adult prose poetry novel; and Home Repair, an adult fiction novel. Continue reading

Spring production to use ground-breaking technology

This spring’s musical comedy follows a group of misfit pirates who have a soft spot for orphans and continuously find themselves gypped out of loot by self-proclaimed orphans.

The Pirates of Penzance, originally written by Gilbert and Sullivan in 1879, will feature in Fulks Theatre in the Williams Performing Arts Center on April 7-9 and April 14-16 at 7:30 p.m.

Kari Hatfield, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre, is directing the production.

“It’s a very ridiculous plotline with very fun music and a lot of comedic elements,” Hatfield said. “We’re using the whole space (of Fulks Theatre). Audience members need to be OK with possibly having their personal space invaded at times.” Continue reading

Abilene census numbers report 1 percent growth

Abilene’s 2010 census numbers were released Feb. 17 and show that the city has grown 1 percent since 2000.

“Personally I was disappointed that the numbers weren’t higher,” Mayor Norm Archibald said. “I thought we would experience a higher growth.”

The city didn’t experience a lot of growth, but the racial and ethnic dynamic has shifted in the past 10 years. The black population gained 9.7 percent, Native Americans had 24.1 percent growth, Asians had 26.5 percent growth, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander had 37 percent growth and Hispanics had 27.1 percent growth. Whites and non-Hispanics both decreased with -2.4 percent and -5.3 percent respectively. Continue reading

Abilene sexual assault numbers misrepresent city

Abilene was rated as the No. 3 city in the nation for forcible rapes in 2009 – but the numbers were skewed.

The Abilene Police Department accidentally over-reported when sending data to the FBI. Instead of counting only forcible rape, APD reported all sexual assaults.

Sgt. Craig Jordan said for an incident to qualify as forcible rape under the FBI’s criteria, the incident must be forcible, there must be a male suspect, a female victim, and there has to be actual sexual contact between them. Anything not meeting those criteria falls under a different category of sexual assault.

“If it was a statutory-type deal where there was a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old, even though that’s still a sexual assault, and we reported it, it doesn’t actually meet the FBI’s criteria of a forcible rape,” Sgt. Jordan said. Continue reading

Ukrainian ministry meets local youth needs

A 6-year-old boy lives on the streets with his mother. She dies. The boy is then sent to live with his father, who wants nothing to do with his son. The father passes the boy off to his grandmother. After traveling 16 hours alone, he arrives at his drunken, abusive grandmother’s home.

That is the reality for Artyum, a Ukrainian child supported by Jeremiah’s Hope through a program called the Sasha Project.

The Sasha Project provides Ukrainian children with groceries, school supplies and other necessities. According to their website, Jeremiah’s Hope is now serving over 60 children through this program. Continue reading

Shinnery Review looking for art and poetry

The Shinnery Review is accepting submissions to be evaluated for publishing in its annual art and literary magazine from now until Feb. 15.

The Shinnery Review, ACU’s student-run publication, features poetry, short stories, photography and other artwork. Bethany Bradshaw, Shinnery Review coeditor, said the publication tries to keep away from certain profanities.

“Other than that, pretty much anything goes. We don’t usually take a lot of academic essays … it’s more creative writing than academic writing,” Bradshaw said. Continue reading