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Abstract provided by interviewer Rachel Crossnoe.

Connie Crossnoe attended Abilene Christian University from 1987-1992 and received a degree in Biochemistry. ACU is a Church of Christ affiliated liberal arts college which strives to provide a Christian education and set a Christ-like example. Ms. Crossnoe recalls her time at ACU, commenting on the expectations she faced as a student, the dorm regulations, and the dress code from her time as well as from when her grandmother attended ACU. She discusses her time as a GATA member and president, commenting on the expectations of a women’s club, as well as her time as a member of the Big Purple Marching Band. She explains the expectations of women in chapel and in the type of degree the pursue. She also comments on the conversation about homosexuals on campus.

This interview provides primary source information on ACU’s student life, gendered social and cultural expectations as expressed in student cultural practices and university residence life regulations, and demonstrates a religious influence over education, career outcomes, and political perspectives.


The ACC/ACU Gender and Sexuality Project preserves firsthand accounts of alumni of Abilene Christian College (later Abilene Christian University), with particular attention to how students, faculty, and staff have experienced issues of gender and sexuality during their time at the institution. The collection began in Fall 2019 as a class project in HIST 340, Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexualities.