The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 59, Ed. 1, Friday, April 30, 1993 Page: 1 of 8
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Volume 81 Number 59
Abilene Christian University
Friday April 30 1993
By Matt Zarbaugh
Mike Bennett senior political science
major from Corona. Calif. became the
!jcond ACU student in the last three years
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"I applied to Harvard just for kicks; I
never really counted on getting in" Bennett
"I was trying to get into Georgetown Uni-
rersity for various reasons. After I was
ccpted mere I round out I was in the tun
ing to get into Harvard" he said.
"When I was accepted it was somewhat
of a surprise but an awesome opportunity
that I am very fortunate to have Bennett
i Bennett credits much of his achievement
iO'hls professors' personal attention to his
Dr. Eddie Meaders assistant professor of
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Summer campaigners prepare for
' A w'" scncun8 numerous students
"uind faculty on campaigns to Latin
America Asia and Europe this summer.
The Missions Department will be spon-
soring two campaigns to Asia one to the
island of Mindanao in the Philippines and
the other to Malaysia.
The campaign to the Philippines will be
directed by Dr. Bob Buchanan mission-ary-in-residencc
who served in the Philip-
pines for 13 years. The campaign will be
May 10-June 13.
The Malaysia campaign will be directed
by Dr. Kenneth Sinclair missionary-in-residence
and veteran missionary for a
quarter of a century in Asia. This cam
I By Matt Mc Kinney
"ension fills the room as a memo changes
hands to its final destination. Thoughts
swim with mixed emotions among the
crowd of faculty and staff members: "Is it
going to be mc? Am I the one?" Eyes widen
as tne person wno receives mc memo uses
lut of his chair and heads toward the
Administration Building to await the news
he dreads. He is being released because of
the down-sizing plan at ACU
Scenes like this were quite laminar to
many faculty and staff members during the
; 1992-93 school year.
Restructuring and down-sizing nave
become commonplace among businesses
i for the past few years to regain an economic
position in the marketplace Consequently
universities also have faced the decision to
Universities like ACU are restructuring to
law school accepts senior
science along with Dr. Mel Hailcy Politi-
cal Science Department chair "did a really
good job in advising me and keeping me on
track as far as going to law school" Bennett
'When I was accepted it
was somewhat of a
surprise but an awesome
opportunity that am
very fortunate to have
"I was very fortunate to be in a depart-
ment in which the professors actively got
into my life and were genuinely concerned
with helping me make the right decisions
by looking out for my best interests" he
Down the hatch
the "Living Lab" located on
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paign will be July 7-Aug. 16.
The Philippine and Malaysia campaigns'
main purposes arc to encourage and minis-
ter to the local Christians assist the local
work by participating in campaigns and
other types of evangelistic outreach and
gain greater concern and vision for the lost
world Sinclair said.
The Latin American campaign to Meri-
da Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula will
be May 13-27.
Les Bennett director of Global Cam-
paigns and Brian McLemorc missionary-in-rcsidence
will lead the campaign.
They will be accompanied by about IS
students for a two week period of intensive
accommodate for lower enrollment figures
higher budget deficits and efficient use of
new technology said Dr. Gary McCaleb
vice president of ACU
In June 1991 Dr. Royce Money presi-
dent of ACU and seven members of his
administrative council developed a three-
year plan to restructure the university by
reducing the number of faculty and staff
members from 600 to S20. The plan also
involved consolidating five colleges into
three by repositioning faculty and staff
positions and by improving and updating
technology on campus.
Money said the planning stages for the
three-year process were being established
even before he was inaugurated.
"There was an immediate concern even
with the former administration about the
problems the school was facing" he said.
"In June of 1991 after 1 was inaugurated
the administrative council with the help of
several outside consultants such as other
"I also benefitted from going to a smaller
school and having more opportunities to
participate In a variety of activities" he
said. "If I had gone to a larger university it
would have been much harder to be where I
His professors praised Bennett for being
accepted into Harvard.
"Mike is what I would call a rare bird"
Meaders said. "He did so well with his
grades and aptitude test he had law schools
fighting over him.
"Mike is very modest and is not out to get
honor and glory or seen by men" Meaders
said. "Having a student like Mike is an
encouragement and very refreshing."
Hailcy said "Mike is an outstanding stu-
dent and very perceptive but more than just
an outstanding student in academics. He has
a balance in his life."
Bennett's life balance is demonstrated by
his involvement in a variety of school activ
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missions on three
campaigning effort said McLemore.
"The students are the tool that will draw
the people of Merida in" he said.
"We will also interact with local church-
es and do follow-up work" he said.
In addition Dr. Richard Curtis Euro-
pean missionary-in-residence will direct
five Eastern European campaigns.
The five campaigns will be going to
Kamyshin and Rostov Russia; Sofia and
Varna Bulgaria; Brasov Romania and
Budapest Hungary Curtis said.
The Russian campaign has IS members
and six people will be participating in the
Sofia campaign. Three people will be
going on the Varna campaign three on the
affects students faculty staff
university presidents vice presidents and
others developed a strategy and a definitive
plan that would not weaken but strengthen
"Universities all over the nation have
reassessed their procedures and organiza-
'Universities all over the
nation have reassessed
their procedures and
organization. This has
become a standard theme
in higher education
Dr. Royce Money
tion" he said. "This has become a standard
theme in higher education" Money said.
'ACU decided to follow the lead of the
business world which after rapid growth in
the 1980s is looking toward more efficient
ities and other related activities Hailey
said. Bennett was an SA senator for his
junior and senior classes a member of
Reflections as a bass guitarist the last three
years and a member of the social club Sub
T-16 in which he held the offices of chap-
lain and treasurer.
He also worked at Camp Shiloh for a
summer as a volunteer in community ser-
vice Working with inner-city kids from
"Many people think they don't have what
it takes" to be accepted into a prestigious
school Bennett said "but I hope that if
anything people will realize that it is possi-
ble." "I feel that hopefully by my case other
people will look and say 'if he did it I
can'" Bennett said.
"There is a wealth of people at ACU that
can do it and for those it should be their
expectation and a goal."
Brasov campaign and two on the Budapest
campaign Curtis said.
Most campaigns will last 4-6 weeks
"The general purpose is to teach the
Bible using English" Curtis said. "We like
to use friendship evangelism by spending
time with people in a social situation to get
to know the culture and help each culture
understand the way of the Bible.
"The people of these countries have very
little Bible instruction so we start from
zero with an introduction to the Bible" he
said. Several of these countries have been
sheltered from Christianity because of sev-
eral decades of Communist rule.
and cost-effective ways of doing business."
The council devised a time line it has fol-
lowed that was presented during an Oct. 8
meeting to all ACU employees trustees and
people affected by the plan.
"We are right on schedule" said Dr. Joe
Cope assistant to the president. The univer-
sity has down-sized to about S40 members
and will be down to S20 by the Sept. 1
deadline he said.
Money gave three reasons for implement-
ing a restructuring plan for the university.
First he said ACU consistently has carried
a running deficit for several years and the
administrative council decided the time had
come for a change
Second the administrative council decid-
ed ACU needed to consolidate to become
more efficient and effective.
"Of course the economy was a factor but
we needed to consolidate anyway" Money
Finally implementing the down-sizing
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By Becky Jams
r. Kelly Hamby director of the
Learning Enhancement Center will
travel to Kalomo Zambia June 16 t
1 resume his position as superintendent
fr. over nine mission schools ;
f "My hem is in ZamM" he US "
Hsmby has bcn involve wlve;
'Nmwing& schools since ISttO4
he was approached by Dr. Oeorpe'i
v son former president of Harding 'UaH
versity and asked to help for n-ftw
'wwkt at the schools in Zambia ' "ij$&
' ' B0ii appointed Hamby as gtmmlq
superintendent over the schools.
r. The appointment was Bejuswtjsl
' attempt to persuade Hamby to co'ime J
i Hmby and his larnily lived ia Zmt
bia and worked with the scltools from
1983-89 causing Hamby to give upVI
10-year professorship with ACU ahdt
take a leave of absence.
Hamby said he spends his time in the
United States raising funds recruiting
and training missionaries for ZambiaJ
He also spends time improving public t
relations for the mission
In Zambia Hamby spends two-three!
days a week on the road promoting the
mission schools. Also Hamby satclK
izuumuu uinsuans travel to jtamtHa
in June for a National Lectureship
which he hosts. y
Hamby also works with Christian.
church waders and educators in ZaH-
bia evaluating progress nm Mthe
pest year and making phm for the next.;
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Project whkh involve cmtfeh piaotinfl
and ChrMen kedership tramtnf . f
The school levels rangefrom flrst
grade throufh a secoidry teacher tt$An--ing
coUee. ' f
More man 3000 students are enroncd
in the school system '
The students attend school from'
a.m.-2 o.m.. and all boardinc studentsi
are required to attend a two and a5half
The majority of students grew up lb
mud huts With grass roofa where jhes
slept on the ground. ma
They come from large families!
Hamby said adding families are start-?
ing tp limit their number because the;'
cost of education keeps rising. '
Hamby said his living conditionsins
Zambia will be comfortable 1
Hamby will return Aug. 10 ton
resume his duties in the LEC
The correct day for dorm closings is
May 8 not May 7 as reported Wednes-
day. Some of the merit awards were inad-
vertently omitted from the story about
student artwork Wednesday.
Chris Guild won the merit award for
drawing and the E.W. Patton award.
Eleanor Hancock received the merit
award for painting and Tcena Rober-
son received the merit award for jewel-
ry. The faculty award was given to Mio
Sato and Randy Davis was named out-
standing first year art student.
We regret the omissions.
plan was required to fulfill the need for
technological advances at ACU he said.
In the area of academics the university
will take the existing programs and reorga-
nize them under three colleges instead pf
the current structure of five colleges.
The three new colleges will be the Co-
lege of Biblical and Family Studies the
College of Business Administration and the
College of Arts and Sciences.
All other academic functions are consoli-
dating into the Graduate School and Aca-
demic Support programs.
The university is in the process of com-
bining Student Recruiting Development
Technical Support and Computing Services
Individuals working in these areas will
report to centralized departments he said.
In a sense the end of a phase occurred
March 8 when Uie final notifications of the
reduction in faculty and staff were
announced he said.
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