As he began the university’s 106th year, Dr. Phil Schubert, president of the university urged students and others who packed Moody Coliseum Monday for Opening Chapel to find ways to outlive their lives.
“As we begin this 106th year of Abilene Christian University together, students, I ask you to do this: keep your Christ-centered focus – or get one, find a mentor – or be one, find a worthy cause that you can support – or create one, and find a church that you can plug into – or start one. ”
Schubert also began his opening address by welcoming the more than 800 members of the freshman class.
“This year’s freshman class represents a new wave of students who share our vision here at ACU,” Schubert said. “They want to live Christ-centered lives and be the global leaders of tomorrow, starting today.”
Making references to his last year’s inaugural address, the President even challenged students’ lives by providing inspiring words.
“Determine that today is the day that you’ll begin to outlive your life or improve on the way you do it. Thank the people who made it possible for you to attend ACU and make them proud of you. Decide to have a great school year.”
The ceremony included several traditions — many of which date to the foundation of the university in 1906, including the Parade of Flags. This year’s parade represented 62 countries and 50 U.S. states and territories. And continuing with tradition, Dr. Odies Wright, associate professor of exercise science and health, led the singing of “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” and Dr. Rusty Towell, chair of the Department of Physics and chair of the Faculty Senate, read the scripture of Paul’s Sermon on Mars Hill. Both of these traditions have been part of every Opening Chapel since the beginning of ACU. Also, the Grand Chorus as well as the Big Purple Band together performed “The Old Hundredth Tune.”
Dr. Jeanine Varner, provost, led the call to order and reminded those in attendance of the university’s mission.
“Today we begin our 106th year of educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world,” Varner said. “Today and every day we call our students, faculty, staff and alumni to change the world in large ways and small.”