Abilene ISD students will receive free meals


Abilene ISD announced in a press release that breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge at all district campuses throughout the 2022-23 school year.

The service will be made possible through the Community Eligibility Provision, a fee-free meal service option for school districts under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, the statement said.

Through CEP, the collection of meal requests for free, discounted, and paid student meals is eliminated, instead allowing schools to offer meals at no cost.

In addition to providing nutritious meals to students, the district said, this new approach will reduce the burdens on families and school leaders.

For more information about the program, contact the Student Nutrition Department at 325-677-1444, Ext. 8152.

ACU appoints Chief of Staff for President’s Office

Abilene Christan University recently announced the hiring of Will Beasley as Chief of Staff for the Office of the President.

The position, which is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the President’s Office, will be renamed from its current title of Senior Advisor to the President.

Beasley will succeed current senior adviser to the president, Suzanne Allmon, who announced she would retire on May 31. Beasley began working with Allmon on July 11.

For the past three years, Beasley practiced law as a litigation partner at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Knoxville, Tennessee. He previously worked at ACU as Deputy Director of Leadership Camps, Admissions Counselor and Associate Director of Recruitment.

Beasley graduated from ACU in 2011 and earned a JD from the University of Tennessee in 2019.

Tarleton State University Receives Business School Accreditation

The College of Business at Tarleton State University recently received international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the school said in a press release.

Accreditation required a multi-year peer review and planning process, the statement said, with less than 5% of business schools globally holding accreditation.

“After years of collective effort among students, faculty, staff and administrators, Tarleton has distinguished itself as the home of one of the best business schools in the world,” said Dr. Chris Shao, Dean of the College of Business.

ACU Study Abroad Center opens in England

Abilene Christian University celebrated on July 12 the opening of a facility in Oxford, England, to serve as the home of the school’s study abroad program.

More than two dozen students and faculty can be accommodated on site, the ACU said in a news release, which includes eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, two kitchens, five reception rooms and other amenities.

It is the first residence ACU has owned in Oxford, the statement said, having purchased the property in 2019.

As part of the celebration, the ACU announced two new scholarships for students studying abroad: the Clayton-Haught Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship and the Janine and Ron Morgan Study Scholarship. Abroad Endowed.


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