Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

Page 160 of 424

 

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ailey runs, but not for office Their story sounds like a plot from a nostalgic movie. Three college roommates studied together, ate together and laughed together. After four years of school, their graduation day arrived. As they told each other goodbye, they also made plans for a reu- nion - a reunion in a 6.2-mile race. The roommates were Randy Jolley, now a graphic designer in Dallas, Ken Baker, now a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter in Abilene, and Mel Hailey, now an assistant professor of government at ACU. Of the three 1970 graduates of ACU, two were runners. Hailey was not. But Hailey said he decided that a running reunion with his college roommates would be worth the toil of training for the long distance race. So he began his training for the reunion in the Capital 10,000 race in Austin. As the day of the race drew near, Hailey learned that business obligations would keep Jolley from running in the reunion race. Then Hailey heard from Baker who had a case of flu and also would not be able to run. Although the race would not be a reunion, Hailey said he decided his training would not be in vain. He ran the Capital 10,000 alone. Since then Hailey has run in several long-distance races including the 26-mile White Rock Marathon in Dallas. Hailey ran that marathon in 3:09, about one hour and one minute more than tie world record time for the marathon. The government teacher's demeanor as he spoke about running helped convince his listener that he was serious about his sport. And if his words were not enough to show his deep involvement, his runn- ing schedule was. Hailey said he ran 40 miles a week when he was not training for a race and 60 miles a week when he was preparing for one. Hailey also took seriously his work as an assistant professor and was just as excited about the workings of government as he was about running. Hailey left his position as a teacher in the ACU government department in July to become a doctoral student in the Texas Tech University political science depart- ment, where in 1973 he had received his master's degree. Hailey said he would like to focus his research for his doctorate on the presidency and political parties. The ACU graduate said he planned to return to ACU after completing his two-year graduate pro- gram to continue his workin the government depart- ment. Hailey began teaching in the department in 1979 and said he has high aspirations for the depart- ment that was separated from the history depart- ment that same year. One dream he said he has for ACU's government department is the establishment of a travel-study program that would allow students to observe governmental workings on the scene in Austin and Washington, D.C. He said he also would like to see the department establish internship programs in the state and national capitals and programs for students to work in professional political organizations. In addition to studying and teaching about the governmental system, Hailey also has participated in the political process. He managed fellow Democrat Gary Thompson's 1982 primary cam- paign for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Thompson won his primary elec- tion in May and did not face a Republican opponent for the November general election. In 1980 Hailey represented Texas at the Democratic national convention. His participation in the convention was quite valuable, Hailey said, because "a lot of the reality of what actually takes place is lost when you study that part of the govern- mental system." Yet despite Hailey's behind-the-scenes involve- ment in the political process, he said he had no aspirations to become an elected official. He was content to confine his running to long-distance races and let others become the officials and bureaucrats he would study and teach about. - Kim Miller and Kelly Deatherage Opposite page: Mel Hailey 156 Faculty Feature

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