Release Date: Dec. 4, 2008
Fall Commencement Activities set at Angelo State
Nearly 400 students are scheduled to receive diplomas during Angelo State University’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13, with former Town & Country Food Stores president and CEO Alvin New delivering the commencement addresses.
New will address graduates of the College of Business and College of Education during a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and the new College of Nursing and Allied Health at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both ceremonies will be in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Included in the early ceremony will be the awarding of honorary Doctors of Humane Letters to local entrepreneurs and civic leaders F.L. “Steve” and Pollyanna Stephens.
During ASU’s commencement, 71 master’s degrees, 307 bachelor’s degrees and 14 associate’s degrees are scheduled to be presented. Graduate students will earn three master of public administration, five master of arts, five master of science in nursing, 17 master of education, 10 master of business administration, 16 master of science and 15 master of physical therapy degrees.
Undergraduates will receive 80 bachelor of arts, 60 bachelor of business administration, three bachelor of fine arts, eight bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, one bachelor of music, 146 bachelor of science, nine bachelor of science in nursing and 14 associate in applied science in nursing degrees.
The commencement exercises will conclude two days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus. At 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, ASU’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 847 will conduct a commissioning ceremony for two graduating cadets in the Houston Harte University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Each cadet will receive an appointment as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
The ASU Physical Therapy Department will honor its 15 graduates with an awards ceremony and reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, also in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Graduates will be receiving awards for academic accomplishments, research excellence and outstanding clinical performance. The department will also present the Golden Ram Award to the graduate selected by the class members as best exemplifying the qualities of a professional physical therapist. The department’s Outstanding Clinical Instructor and Outstanding Guest Lecturer awards will also be presented.
Between the Saturday commencement ceremonies, the ASU Alumni Association will host its annual Senior Salute luncheon for new graduates and their families. The event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center.
A 1984 Angelo State graduate, New went to work as a store clerk for Town & Country that same year and began working his way to the top of the corporate ladder. He stepped down as president and CEO when the company sold to Susser Holdings Corp. in November 2007.
During his tenure at Town & Country, New made regular management presentations to students in the ASU College of Business. Both he and his wife, Patricia, Class of 1986 and 1993, are former ASU Carr Scholars and they recently donated $600,000 to fund scholarships and program enhancements for the ASU Honors Program as well as classroom renovations in the ASU business and education colleges.
New has also been active in the San Angelo community, serving on the boards of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Wells Fargo Community Bank, Boys and Girls Club and the ASU Foundation. He is a past member of the National Association of Convenience Stores executive committee and the Texas Restaurant Association.
The News have two daughters, 13-year-old Victoria and 11-year-old Elizabeth.