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Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Jay Robinson Racing To Field Randy Hill Racing’s Casey Roderick At Dover

DOVER, Delaware (September 26, 2011) – - Officials from Randy Hill Racing (RHR) announced today that they have reached an agreement with longtime NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team Jay Robinson Racing (JRR) to field the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T for rookie Casey Roderick in Saturday afternoon’s  OneMain Financial 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

Texas-based Randy Hill Racing is currently in the early stages of building a credible NNS operation which attempted to make its debut earlier this month at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. After mounting respectable and competitive times in practice, the team missed the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 after Roderick tagged the wall in his No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Mustang on his first lap of qualifications.

While the RHR team with the assistance of Mooresville, North Carolina-based Spraker Racing Enterprises is working on future races, Hill made a decision to put the Lawrenceville, Georgia native into the hands of JRR to allow his driver to gain additional seat time in the series, even if it means Roderick will make his “Monster Mile” debut on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s important while we are building our program, that if we are able to put Casey (Roderick) in a different car we will,” offered Hill, a Texan native. “We are grateful to everyone at Jay Robinson Racing for making this such a smooth process. We’re excited about welcoming Abilene Christian back into the Nationwide Series and I’m confident that with the help of JRR and Jeff (Spraker), Casey will easily meet everyone’s objectives this weekend.”

Abilene Christian University is located in Abilene, Texas, not far from Hill’s hometown of Baird. A national leader in higher education, ACU’s mission is to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

In an effort to bring awareness about the university, Hill, a 1990 graduate, has for the second time in as many months made ACU his team sponsor for the day. The university’s logo and ACU.edu Web address will cover the car’s hood.

“Once again, Randy has given us a tremendous gift,” says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “His creative generosity in donating this sponsorship to his alma mater will help spread the word about ACU to hundreds of thousands of television viewers.”

Roderick, a former winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut last month at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in a combination effort between RHR and Go Green Racing. Knowing that he’ll be locked into Saturday field gives the 19-year old an opportunity to shift his focus slightly.

“First, I want to thank Randy Hill and Jay Robinson Racing for the opportunity this weekend,” Roderick offered. “This wasn’t an event that we had planned to compete in and I hoping after the misfortune at Richmond, we’re able to have a respectable weekend at Dover.”

When asked what a respectable weekend consists of, Roderick replied by saying, “I want to see both the green flag and the checkered flag. Obviously, we cannot stop things out of our control from happening that could ultimately halt that goal, but if I stay smart and sharp behind the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T, we should have more than a fair opportunity of reaching that goal.

Dover is not an easy track. It’s concrete and the track is often known for its sometimes unforgiving characteristics and nickname. It will be important to work with everyone at JRR to get our car handling as good as we can, so we can have a smooth and hopefully clean race on Saturday.”

From Dover, the Randy Hill Racing team tentatively plans to field an entry for Roderick at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, the site of RHR’s home track debut.

The OneMain Financial 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the 29th of 34 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. The lone practice session of the weekend beings Friday, September 30, with a one-hour and 55 minute session planned from 12:35 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day set to launch at 12:05 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 3:30 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN2, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 3:00 p.m. also on ESPN2.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

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About Abilene Christian University:

Abilene Christian University is located in Abilene, Texas, not far from Hill’s hometown of Baird. A national leader in higher education, ACU’s mission is to prepare students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

Furthermore, ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.

PHOTO CAPTION: Casey Roderick, driver of the No. 70 Abilene Christian University (ACU) Dodge Challenger R/T in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Jay Robinson Racing (JJR) and Randy Hill Racing (RHR).

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.comJay

Author: RWHill
• Monday, January 24th, 2011

Abilene Christian Schools Launch Connect@ACS initiative
School to give iPads to 40 teachers and, by Fall 2011, to all high school students

It’s the start of a new era at Abilene Christian Schools. As part of the school’s Connect@ACS initiative, 40 Apple iPads will soon be in the hands of all staff on the ACS campus. In a ceremony this morning, the devices were distributed and faculty will begin collaborating and training with experts from Abilene Christian University to craft lesson plans that will incorporate use of the units in the classroom.

“This initiative will prepare our students for the intersection of learning while giving them tools to use that will equip them for the future,” says Craig Fisher, president of Abilene Christian Schools. “We are diving into an area that will take our students and our faculty – our entire school – fully into the 21st century, and we’re ready to make use of the most cutting-edge tools the market has to offer.”

The iPads are a gift from entrepreneur and long-time ACS supporter Randy Hill. Hill, who is also the father of an ACS student, believes Apple’s tablet device has the potential to revolutionize how teachers teach as well as how their students access their course work, notes and raw data from the Internet. Hill previously funded a similar project, ChargerTech, at Dallas Christian School.

“We can’t keep teaching kids the way I was taught and the way many adults learned their reading, writing and arithmetic, let alone giving them that instruction in the way it was delivered a century ago,” says Hill, who has just been named by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the board of the state’s Emerging Technology Fund. “I’m thrilled to help ACS accomplish its goal of becoming a more innovative institution that can get these students ready for the jobs of the future – many of which don’t even exist right now. And I’m thrilled to do with Apple, which is a company that is always using new technology to solve old challenges.”

Plans call for all of Abilene Christian High School students to receive their own iPads in August 2011, at the start of the school year. iPad carts will be available across campus for use by students in PK-middle school as well.

Abilene Christian Schools’ partnership with ACU will give faculty access to the latest research and training in the ever-expanding world of mobile learning technology.

“We look forward to supporting the Connect@ACS initiative,” says Dr. Billie McConnell, director of ACU’s K-12 Digital Learning Institute. “Schools need to be developing their students’ critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. Making use of the latest digital tools is one of the most important ways they can accomplish their mission.

“At ACU, our students and faculty are immersed in the day-in-day-out process of adapting this technology to the classroom, and we’re succeeding. We look forward to sharing our experience with ACS,” says McConnell.

Hill’s company, APT Advanced Trailer, revolutionized the American peanut industry with its patented semi-trailer that procures (dries) and transports peanuts and various other agricultural products. In 2007 an Advanced Trailer was used to dry woodchips by researchers at the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center in Savannah, Ga. Since that time Advanced Trailer has provided funding and or equipment to a number of universities and companies for biomass and crop residue drying research. In 2009, Advanced Trailer announced that the University of Idaho had been selected as the recipient for funding related to biomass drying research. On Dec. 8, 2010, Hill received national headlines for funding the ChargerTech initiative at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite, Texas. The nation’s first K-12 school to implement use of Apple iPads in the classroom.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, January 21st, 2011

Fresh off his inauguration this week, Texas Governor Rick Perry wasted little time in naming new appointees to the Texas Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee, including Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill.

“I’m honored to be chosen by Governor Perry to serve as his appointee on the ETF Committee,” Hill said. “As an entrepreneur, I’m always looking for the next big idea. And that’s what this committee is about: providing funding to promising emerging technologies. This committee is a great example of how smart, strategic investments from the government can help stimulate economic growth. Being chosen to serve on this committee was a great honor. Now I’m ready to get to work.”

The committee recommends proposals eligible for funding under the Emerging Technology Fund to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House, who then must unanimously approve funding for projects.

Hill serves as president and CEO of APT Advanced Trailer and Equipment LP. He is a member of the American Peanut Shellers Association, National Peanut Buying Points Association, Georgia Agribusiness Council, and the Abilene, Lubbock and Vernon chambers of Commerce. He is also a board member of Christian Homes of Abilene and Disability Resources Inc. Hill received a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University. He replaces Joel Fontenot of Dallas for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2011.

Hill’s company revolutionized the American peanut industry by developing semi-trailers that procure (dry) and transport peanuts and various other agricultural products. In 2007 an Advanced Trailer was used to dry woodchips by researchers at the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center in Savannah, Ga. Since that time Advanced Trailer has provided funding and or equipment to a number of universities and companies for biomass and crop residue drying research. In 2009, Advanced Trailer announced that the University of Idaho had been selected as the recipient for funding related to biomass drying research. On Dec. 8, 2010, Hill received national headlines for funding the ChargerTech initiative at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite, Texas. The nation’s first K-12 school to implement use of Apple iPads in the classroom.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, January 07th, 2011

The announcement our company made this week was done in Idaho. But its impact is much bigger than one state.

As this article notes, our nation faces an energy crisis:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/01/how-oil-could-kill-the-recovery/68933/

With so much of our oil coming from the Middle East and with India and China increasing the global demand on oil, the pain at the pump might get a lot worse a lot sooner than you think:

“If you thought $4 gasoline was bad, wait a year. Americans will pay $5 for a gallon of gasoline by 2012 as global demand grows faster than oil producers’ supply, predicted John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil and current head of Citizens for Affordable Energy. Without a significant investment in alternative energy sources, we’re on a collision course with ‘blackouts, brownouts, gas lines, [and] rationing.’”

Isn’t now the time to start a real effort to produce renewable energy? It is and we are at the University of Idaho.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, January 03rd, 2011

Donation Drives New Direction

of Bioenergy Research at

University of Idaho

Monday, January 3

Written by Alecia Hoene

MOSCOW, Idaho – A $25,000 donation from Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill and his company, APT Advanced Trailer and Equipment LP, to the University of Idaho has funded research focused on converting woody biomass to energy.

The gift has allowed the university to install a pilot-scale pyrolysis unit at its steam plant. Pyrolysis is a type of incineration that uses almost no oxygen. When applied to an organic material like wood, pyrolysis yields biofuel plus a small amount of charcoal.

Armando McDonald, professor of wood chemistry and wood composites, researches pyrolysis of woody biomass to create bio-oil.

“This involves thermally cracking the wood to break it down into smaller molecules,” said McDonald. “The process yields about 60 percent bio-oil; 20 percent syngas, a gas mixture that is then used to fuel the operation; and about 20 percent char that can be used as a soil amendment.”

McDonald said the value of bioenergy methods like pyrolysis resides in the usability of all products generated. Such processes have the potential to generate substantial amounts of clean energy with little to no waste.

Hill also donated a biomass drying trailer and funding to install it at the university steam plant, and funding to formalize bioenergy and bioproducts efforts at the University of Idaho. In June 2010, the university received a proposal from Hill outlining a vision for the University of Idaho to establish a national level bioenergy research center. In that proposal, Hill committed to this and a number of other research projects and more than $700,000 in future licensing revenues benefiting the university’s bioenergy research. In August 2010, the university committed to the vision. University officials expect to make an announcement in the next two weeks.

“We are improving biomass drying equipment for faster drying equals less fuel, less cost and fewer carbon emissions. We see the University of Idaho as the go to place for innovative research in the future of bioenergy,” said Hill.

University of Idaho Sustainability Director Darin Saul sees research on woody biomass utilization as part of a larger bioenergy and bioproducts effort focused on regionally important feed stocks, including manure, oil seeds and food processing waste.

“Each feed stock has its own needs, byproducts and waste streams,” said Saul. “With this approach, we keep going cradle-to-cradle until each waste stream is turned into energy or a commercial byproduct. The goal is no waste, only energy and value-added products.”

McDonald, Saul and the bioenergy and bioproducts working group plan to collaborate with private sector partners to address identified bottlenecks in bioenergy/bioproducts industry development.

For more information about the university’s sustainability efforts, contact the University of Idaho Sustainability Center at uisc@uidaho.edu or visit www.uidaho.edu/sustainability.

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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification for high research activity. The student population of 12,302 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.

About Randy Hill
Randy Hill is president and chief executive officer of APT Advanced Trailer and Equipment LP, a company whose invention revolutionized the American peanut industry by developing semi-trailers that procure (dry) and transport peanuts and various other agricultural products. In 2007 an Advanced Trailer was used to dry woodchips by researchers at the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center in Savannah, Ga. Since that time Advanced Trailer has provided funding and or equipment to a number of universities and companies for biomass and crop residue drying research. In 2009, Advanced Trailer announced that the University of Idaho had been selected as the recipient for funding related to biomass drying research. On Dec. 8, 2010, Hill received national headlines for funding the ChargerTech initiative at Dallas Christian School in Mesquite, Texas. The nation’s first K-12 school to implement use of Apple iPads in the classroom. www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=208736

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, December 09th, 2010

Yesterday I announced that I was providing funding so that Dallas Christian School can offer iPads to all its teachers. I did so because I believe in education. More important, I did so because I believe education needs to change.

From now on, teachers at Dallas Christian will have the world at their fingertips. If they need to research something, or find a lesson plan or get advice from other teachers, they can do it all on their iPads. This will make Dallas Christian the leader when it comes to using technology in education. I’m not aware of any other secondary school doing this…but I predict others will follow.

Tomorrow I’ll talk more about what the future of education will look like and what we need to do to get there.

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, May 06th, 2010

This week the Biomass Conference and Expo is offering 275 exhibits and 100 speakers. And what will each one have in common? Each one will be a glimpse into the future.

For example, the section of the expo devoted to wood chips has special exhibits and presentations on how biomass can be generated using:

* Sawmill waste

* Logging waste

* Pulp and/or paper mill waste

* Newsprint milling waste

* Paperboard milling waste

* Forestry waste (forest thinnings, etc.)

* C&D

* Urban and yard waste

Biomass is going to change our country. In fact, in many ways, it already has. For more information about biomass and about this expo, log onto:

http://www.biomassconference.com/ema/DisplayPage.aspx?pageId=About