The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 34, Ed. 1, Wednesday, February 2, 2000 Page: 1 of 6
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Abilene Christian University Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
February 2 2000 Volume 88 Issue No. 34
Taking back the trash
Business professor takes Microsoft j
A prominent business professor has
accepted a job with the Microsoft corpo-
ration in Seattle.
Dr. Don Williams associate professor of
management sciences will join the elec-
tronic commerce division at Microsoft
after he completes this semester at ACU.
Williams said the details are still being
discussed regarding his upcoming
Microsoft job as well as ways he can
remain involved at ACU
"I certainly want to continue to support
ACU in any way that 1 can and contribute
to education and all of the things that are
happening here we believe in so strongly"
Throughout his past eight years with
ACU Williams has been an integral part
in developing the technology for the uni-
versity including the campus network
and computer labs as well as teaching in
the Department of Management Sciences.
Williams helped with the Link Team and
helped manage the beginning of the digital
media program an interdisciplinary pro-
gram in the Department of Journalism and
Mass Communication Williams was also
involved at NASA working with virtual
reality and other multimedia programs
Williams also worked with the city of
Abilene in developing local job opportu-
nities for graduates by creating his com-
pany Morning Light Media. Williams'
company employs ACU graduates inter-
ested in computer-based training consult-
Although Williams has many technolog-
ical accomplishments his colleagues said
when he leaves he will be known best by
the personal touch he gave to each stu-
dent he worked with.
"Don has a gift for mentoring both intel
lectually and spiritually" said Dr Monty
Lynn professor of management sciences
and chair of the Department of Manage-
ment Sciences "He has inspired and
coached and helped launch numerous
ACU students into high-tech work."
Lynn said Williams' teaching strategics
have been successful in preparing stu-
dents because of his hands-on practical
assignments and his emphasis on the
importance of Christian disciplcship.
Another colleague Dr. Rick Lytic profes-
sor of management sciences and interim
dean of the College of Business Administra-
tion said he also believed Williams has
made a significant contribution to ACU.
"He has left his thumbprint of technology
on the campus" Lytic said. "He has always
been a sweet bright talented colleague and
he and his family will be sorely missed "
Williams said he still has a full semester
to focus on his current job instead of his
upcoming job and his farewells He said
however that when he docs leave many
will be missed
"I will miss all the great people here at
ACU the friends the colleagues and
the tremendous people that arc ACU"
Williams said "They arc some of the finest
people I've ever worked with "
Knowing the differences
Todd Lollar graduate student in Biblical and related stud- ing disabilities. The Students' Association's Special
ies from Abilene speaks during Chapel Tuesday. Lollar's Friends Committee will present opportunities for the stu-
speech is part of a week-long Chapel focus on understand dent body to help with the Special Olympics Thursday.
Jan Meyer is recovering at home
after undergoing surgery to remove
a tumor from her colon Jan. 25.
Meyer coordinator of education-
al development and director of
leadership camps has a doctor
appointment Wednesday to dis-
cuss further treatment and remove
the staples. The tumor was con-
fined to her colon.
Meyers family still requests no
visits or phone calls; however
prayers and cards are welcome.
One student who works in the
Leadership Camp office said
Meyer Is staying positive
"Shes in real good spirits men-
tally and spiritually" said Amanda
Pecples senior integrated market-
ing communication major from
Austin "She misses work really
bad; there Is so much she docs
and Is concerned with "
Pecples said Meyer Is missed
because she has affected many
people on campus through leader-
ship camps. Many of those people
have responded to Meyers health
situation with cards and notes of
"I've been real impressed with
how some people arc so curious
about how she is doing" Pceples
said. "Shes gotten a lot of cards
through this office "
Bob Stradcr coordinator of lead-
ership development has delivered
the cards to Meyer. He has asked
via e-mail for prayers on Meyers
behalf prayers that her body Is
cancer free and prayers for her
Mindy Cecil worked with Meyer
in a leadership camp for the first
Please see Meyer page 6
to cover many topics
Goncalves gets glimpse at ACU life
Roberto just had one question.
Before class started he leaned across the aisle and
asked "Alice what does this mean?" They began
to discuss the Bible verse and other students
began to join the conversation bunched around
a few desks.
A public school classroom where students
want to talk about God stuff Alice
Goncalves said that is more than a one-time
occurrence in Brazil where she has lived for
most of her 18 years llu Brazil is where she
has lived for the last four years but Alice is
making plans to attend ACU in the fall.
"It is probably the best place for outreach
because people in Itu are open to learning"
Alices involvement in her youth group and out
reach in Itu have made her think about going
back to Brazil after college and starting a church
in another part of Brazil.
"I feel like God can use me so much in
Brazil" Alice said. "Those are my plans not
God's maybe. But I hope so."
Alice was born in Abilene after her mother
Phyllis married her father Antenor after meet-
ing him during Phyllis' mission work in Brazil.
The Goncalves moved back and forth
between the United States and Brazil several
times but Alice and her younger brother Paul
have done all their schooling .in Brazil except
for a few months when Alice was 14.
They had moved to Oklahoma and Alice said
she was excited and getting settled in the Unit-
ed States but her parents were ready to move
back to Brazil in March.
She said she would rather be unhappy than
make her parents unhappy.
Alice said her attitude changed in June after a
camp session with 15 kids. The Sunday after
camp all were at church and Alice said it gave
her hope for establishing a youth group.
"I thought 'This is neat. We can have a youth
group here'" Alice said. "Thats when I realized
it wasn't hopeless."
Her father was preaching at the church and
also leading the youth group.
The youth group continued to grow as teen-
agers brought in friends from school. Brazil is
predominantly a Catholic nation as an ances-
tral influence but people are still very open to
considering new ideas Alice said.
"So many limes I would get back from school
and study the Bible and ask my dad where to
find things about questions I would get" Alice
Alice said peoples openness made it easy to
Please see Goncalves page 6
More than 70 classes and lec-
tures will be offered this year at
the 82nd Bible Lectureship Feb.
The discussions range in topic
from "The Unfinished Business of
Baptism" to "Relationships Worth
The lectures and classes should
attract 8000-10000 people.
Bill Young director of church rela-
tions and Bible Lectureship said
this years theme "Unfinished Busi-
ness: Challenges for the New Mil-
lennium" reflects a fresh start.
"Thcres always unfinished busi-
ness in the sense that until the
Lord comes we have work to do"
Young said "Wc are taking the
same word that has been depend-
able from the very beginning into
the new century where there arc
new things to be said and done "
Lectureship will feature keynote
speakers presenting at 9 45 a m.
and 7 p.m. daily.
The many classes taught by pro-
fessors and guest speakers
throughout the week will address
Fred Aquino instructor of grad-
uate Bible and ministry will be
presenting a three-part open dis-
cussion and class on the formation
of character called Praiseworthy
"In our churches for some time wc
have focused on rules thinking
Please see Topics page 6
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Jones wins comedy contest
Clay Utley freshman youth and family ministry major
from San Antonio serenades a member of the audience
during Friday's comedy show.
Students packed the Bean Sprout
to watch the Campus Activities
Team's student comedy showcase
Friday Night Live.
Once a year the Campus Activities
Team sponsors Friday Night Live
and awards cash prizes to the three
best student comedians or groups.
The show was called Hip Hop
Comedy Club in the past but that
name was discarded as being too
"early 90s" said Kathleen Mead-
ors CATs special events director.
Like CATs other activities Friday
Night Live is designed to help stu
dents get to know others while
giving them a chance to exhibit
"Its to let those people who like
to be the center of attention be the
center of attention" said Meadors
junior elementary education major
from Big Spring.
More comedians and larger
crowds have made the comedy acts
better than those of previous years
said the contests first-place winner
David M. Jones senior accounting
major from New Orleans.
He said that as more people
attend the show and learn that the
performers aren't professional
comedians even more people will
compete and the show will
"A bigger audience is better 1
think. Laughter is kind of conta-
gious" Jones said. "When every-
body laughs the nervousness kind
of evaporates at that point."
But at least one of the shows acts
wasn't funny; its performers said it
wasn't supposed to be.
The skit was performed by
Amanda King sophomore English
major from Abilene and Jared
Jackson sophomore elementary
education major from De Soto.
King told boring stories while
Jackson stood nearby sipping soda
and wearing earplugs and ear-
muffs. As the skit ended Jackson
removed his ear gear and the pair
argued about whether people were
"We got booed when we walked
off stage so I felt like that was
pretty successful" King said. "It
was funny to us that no one
would think it was funny" she
Clay Utley freshman youth mln-;
Istry major from San Antonio
took second; third place was a tie
between Charlie indrakamhang
senior marketing major from
Bangkok Thailand and Kirk
Cowell master of divinity student
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