Grammy-award winning rock musician Bono, lead singer of U2, recently was awarded the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding based on a nomination submitted by an Abilene Christian University dean.
Dr. Jason Morris, dean of the Honors College at Abilene Christian University, atttended the presentation March 31 in Washington DC, sponsored in part by ACU, the school announced in a news release Wednesday.
“It was a fantastic evening,” Morris said in the release. “It was surreal to meet Bono and other influential people in DC, but it was also exciting to see our institution highlighted as a sponsor at this event. ACU is becoming more recognizable within the Fulbright community with several of our students and faculty being named Fulbright recipients. “
Morris, who has served on the Fulbright Student Program National Screening Committee and as a Fulbright Grant application reviewer, has been ACU’s Fulbright adviser for 12 years. He received Fulbright student grant himself in 2002 and a Fulbright Scholar grant in 2009.
Morris submitted the nomination to the Fulbright Association two years ago, with the final results only announced a few months ago.
“I thought he was an obvious choice with his accomplishments in the humanitarian realm,” Morris said in the release.
ACU gives update to $ 250 million campaign
Dr. Phil Schubert, president of Abilene Christian University, announced at an April 2 donor event the start of the public phase of the university’s $ 250 million “Higher Ground” campaign, the school reported in a news release last week.
According to the release, the campaign is intended to provide investment in facilities, programs and personnel to better compete both nationally and internationally.
Of the $ 250 million total, $ 132 million is slated to help ACU “strengthen and elevate its academic profile,” the release said, including faculty recruitment and retention, developing new research and academic infrastructure and providing financial assistance to students.
The remaining $ 118 million is intended to be used to “enhance and increase transformational experiences,” which will include changes to residential living and student spaces, improving student experiences, and cultural and athletic advancement.
Fundraising for the campaign will continue through May 2025, although the news release reported that $ 167.5 million already has been committed, with several capital projects underway, including improvements to Moody Coliseum, Freshman Village, the Science and Engineering Research Center and Mabee Business Building.
Additionally, donors have committed $ 37.2 million to endowments during the campaign, allowing for the creation of 100 new endowments for scholarships and other programs.
ACU game design program recognized
Princeton Review recently named ACU as one of the top in the nation for game design, awarding the school the 28th spot in its “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Game Design for 2021” list.
This is the seventh consecutive year that ACU has been included in the list, and is one place higher than last year’s ranking. It is the highest ranking for a faith-based university and the second-highest in Texas.
The rankings are based on a survey of administrators at 150 institutions that offer coursework and / or degrees in game design, with topics including academics, faculty credentials and graduates’ employment.
The report, created in partnership with PC Gamer magazine, can be viewed at princetonreview.com/game-design.
Music teacher honored for 50 years in national association
Shirley Anderson, of Abilene, recently was recognized by the Music Teachers National Association for 50 years of membership with the association.
Anderson, who has maintained an independent piano studio in Abilene for more than 50 years, was named Abilene Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year in 1979, 1985 and 2001, and received the AMTA award for “Outstanding Excellence in Teaching” in 2012.
Additionally, she received the Texas Music Teachers Association’s award for Outstanding Pre-collegiate Teaching Achievement in 1995, and is a faculty member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, a member of the Guild Hall of Fame, and chairman of the Abilene Center.
She holds both a bachelor of music degree in piano performance and a master of music degree in theory and composition from Hardin-Simmons University, as well as a Permanent Professional Certification from Music Teachers National Association in piano, theory and composition.