Heather Leiphart, photojournalist

January 29, 2010

ACU plans to publish first student newspaper on Apple’s iPad

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BusinessWire – Abilene Christian University’s student-run media staff announces its commitment to produce the first paper of its kind for Apple’s iPad. Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of ACU’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, says students and faculty already are working to achieve this goal.

“This is yet another opportunity for our students to make use of a cutting-edge delivery system — the third version of mobile media delivery we have pioneered,” Bacon says. She cites her department’s track record: dissemination of The Optimist student newspaper via iPhone in the fall of 2007; adoption of an updated application in the fall of 2008; and now, ACU’s preparation for delivery of The Optimist on the iPad this spring.  Read the rest of the article from Forbes.com.

ACU also was mentioned in a NBC Nightly News video clip, around 1:52.


News photos

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 1:54 pm

Here is a collection of some of my news photos for the Optimist, ACU’s student newspaper, from this semester. Click for larger sizes.

Dr. Phil Schubert with his daughter while his name is announced as a finalist in the ACU presidential search.

Mike Cope, adjunct instructor of Bible, in his new office downtown

Dr. Rick Lytle, ACU presidential candidate

Construction in Gibson; asbestos removal

Flooding on campus; tennis player Eldad Campbell; Wild art poster sale

Feature on twin ACU basketball players Jodi and Jamie Meyers

November 8, 2009

ACU loses to Midwestern State 15-13

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 6:59 pm

The Wildcats lost their last regular season game yesterday to Midwestern State, but thankfully still has a spot in the playoffs. I was assigned to take photos at the NCAA D2 cross country championship tournament Saturday morning, so the Optimist chief photographer Jozie Sands took the photos this week instead. You can check them out here and the story here.

The cross country photos and digital portrait shots should be up in the next few days, I promise. 🙂

November 2, 2009

ACU beats TAMU Kingsville 47-35, last home game

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 1:07 am

Follow this link to the rest of the photo set, and read the story here. This last game was at 2 p.m. instead of the regular 6 p.m., so more sunshine means a TON of great photos! Be sure to check out the full set.

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October 26, 2009

Wildcats fall again, vs. Tarleton State 13-6

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 10:40 am

Story here, photos here


October 23, 2009

Read the paper online

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 3:57 pm

Don’t forget to keep reading the print edition online!
Next up- Wildcats vs. Tarleton State in Stephenville. Check back

October 19, 2009

Wildcats upset by West Texas A&M 32-21 during homecoming game

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 1:47 am

😦 The rest of the photos are located here, story here.
From acusports.com: “ACU hadn’t lost a game in the regular season since a 41-31 loss to the Buffs on Oct. 20, 2007.  West Texas A&M, in fact, has beaten ACU in Abilene in each of its last three regular-season trips to Abilene, and all three of them were on ACU Homecoming.”





October 11, 2009

ACU destroys ASU 38-14, bumped to #1 in USA

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 4:36 pm

The undefeated Wildcats saw another win yesterday over Angelo State University. After a loss by the number one ranked team Grand Valley State, ACU now is secure in the NUMBER ONE spot in the country for the first time since joining NCAA Division II in 1983.
Check out game photos here and read the article here.


October 6, 2009

ACU vs Angelo State, 10/06

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 12:27 am

The highly anticipated game of the Wildcats versus the Angelo State Rams will take place this Saturday over an hour away in San Angelo as the university’s homecoming game. Who will win?! Some are saying ASU… join the debate here.


ACU smashes East Central 43-6

Filed under: Optimist — hleiphart @ 12:15 am

2 p.m. game this time; the sun helped me snap some great shots!! Check them out here, and the story by our talented sports writer Jeff Craig is here, and his LiveBlog coverage of the event is here. The video should be up soon.

If you’d like to check out the story by ACU’s sports information director Lance Fleming, you can find it here.







Above: Keep an eye on this red-shirt freshman quarterback… they say Mitchell Gale is going places. Gale made his first collegiate start under center during Saturday’s game, threw for 300 yards and completed 20 out of 28 passes while tossing three touchdown passes.

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