Release Date: Nov. 13, 2008
$2.4 Million Defense Grant Detailed for Angelo State
Following discussions with Pentagon officials, new details have clarified the planned uses for a record $2.4 million Department of Defense grant awarded to Angelo State University for cross cultural education programs to benefit the nation’s security.
The grant, announced in late September by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s office, will provide monies for infrastructure needs for a new Center for Security Studies to be established at ASU in conjunction with security programs offered at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo.
The ASU grant along with $1.66 million for a joint intelligence training facility at Goodfellow was part of the Fiscal Year 2009 Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations bill signed into law by President Bush in September.
ASU’s Center for Security Studies will provide an administrative umbrella for a variety of programs which will augment educational needs at Goodfellow for security and intelligence training, research and policy analysis. The new center will integrate expertise at ASU and the Texas Tech University System with programs at Goodfellow, focusing on areas of concern to the U.S. Air Force.
Initially, the Center for Security Studies will offer a Bachelor of Arts in International Cultural Fluency, focusing on the language, culture and traditions of the Middle East, Europe, Africa and China. The target audience for the new degree would be members of the Goodfellow AFB faculty who hold associate degrees. While the new program would be targeted to helping the military faculty complete their bachelor’s degrees, the new degree would also be available to ASU students, creating an innovative degree opportunity to enhance ASU’s recruitment and retention efforts. The new ASU center would also work to expand language training in Arabic, Mandarin and French.
The initial $2.4 million will be used for infrastructure support in upgrading the Hardeman Administration Building, which will undergo a $12 million renovation project beginning next year to turn the building into a one-stop center for student services and international studies programs. When the building reopens in 2010, it will include instructional media and facilities which will be used by the Center for Security Studies.
While some details remain to be finalized on the expenditures, the ASU grant monies are set to provide $1.02 million for furniture and fixtures; $400,000 for information technology equipment; $400,000 for advanced hall technology; $250,000 for video smart conference room; $230,000 for language instructional labs; and $100,000 for communication/data support.
Dr. Brian J. May, special assistant to ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, said in addition to the grant for infrastructure ASU is working with TTUS to secure an additional $2.5 million in ongoing programmatic support for the Center for Security Studies.
“In effect, this is a pilot project,” May said, “to develop a joint relationship for intelligence training between a university and a military installation.”