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ACU Second Century Convocation and Academic Symposium

By Lynne Bruton - director of public relations Abilene Christian University



Abilene Christian University’s Second Century Convocation and Academic Symposium, the oncluding events of the university’s year-long Centennial Celebration, are scheduled Monday on the ACU campus, said Dr. Michelle Morris, ACU Centennial Celebration director.The Convocation {{more}} will begin at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum featuring guest speaker Dr. Paul Corts, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Corts’ remarks will focus on a call to faith and excellence for the 21st century.Other participants include Dr. Royce Money, ACU president; Dr. David Polnick, superintendent, Abilene Independent School District; Don W. Crisp of Dallas, chair, ACU Board of Trustees; as well as other members of ACU’s faculty and administration.During the convocation, a moment of silence will be observed in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy five years ago, Money said. The convocation is open to the public.”ACU was founded Sept. 11, 1906, and we are commemorating our 100th birthday on Sept. 11, 2006,” Money said. “The convocation will focus on the future of Christian higher education, and specifically, the future of Abilene Christian as we look toward our next 100 years as an institution focused on academic quality and faith.”At 2 p.m. in Hart Auditorium, an academic symposium on Christian higher education is scheduled featuring Dr. Mark Schwehn, project director of the Lilly Fellows Program and professor of humanities at Valparaiso University. The theme is “Church-related Higher Education in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities.”Schwehn is the author of “Exiles from Eden: Religion and the Academic Vocation in America,” among other books. He received his B.A. from Valparaiso University, his Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University, and served as the dean of Christ College for more than 10 years.For additional information about the academic symposium, contact ACU’s Office of the Provost at 325-674-2225.

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