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October 2008

Release Date: Oct. 31, 2008ASU Logo

New Family Gifts to Fund ASU Honors Program, Classroom Renovations

Angelo State University alumni Alvin and Patricia New have given $600,000 to enhance the ASU Honors Program and fund renovation of two classrooms into state-of-the-art learning centers for ASU teacher education and business students.

The donation was formally accepted and acknowledged during a meeting of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents on Friday, Oct. 31. The gift includes $250,000 for the Honors Program and $350,000 for the facilities in education and business.

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said, “Our Honors Program is a strategic component in ASU’s plan for future growth. The gift from Alvin and Patricia will help us strengthen our Honors Program and better attract exceptional students, further enhancing ASU’s strong reputation in academics.”

The $250,000 Honors Program gift will be spent over five years with $20,000 a year for scholarships and $30,000 a year for program enhancements. The Alvin and Patricia New Honors Scholarship will include textbook scholarships for student leaders, a scholarship for the annual recipient of the Honors Program Director’s Award, scholarships for third- and fourth-year business and education majors, and academic endurance award scholarships for students who attain at least a 3.8 GPA after two years in the Honors Program.

The Alvin and Patricia New Honors Program Enhancement Fund will include Honors course innovation grants for faculty, expansion of cultural events to include course field trips, and financial support for students taking prep courses (GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT), internships, community service activities and National Collegiate Honors Council Honors semester programs.

The News have also donated $350,000 for conversion of two classrooms, one each in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building and the Rassman Building. Room 124 of the Carr Building will be transformed into the Innovative Teaching Center (ITC) that will allow faculty to assist future teachers in the appropriate use of technology for teaching children at all levels. All undergraduate and graduate students in teacher preparation programs will take courses taught in the ITC.

Additionally, Room 263 of the Rassman Building will become the “Boardroom,” where students in advanced business courses can experience a typical corporate environment, including various types of communication technology. The new room will allow faculty to teach students in an environment that can feature multiple groups working simultaneously on a variety of decision-making tasks. Immediate access to information of all kinds and the ability to immediately communicate the results of their activities will greatly enhance the education experience of ASU business students.

“The best testament to the success of a university is the success of its graduates,” Rallo said. “Certainly, Alvin and Patricia have been successful in their career paths. Their commitment to provide these ultra modern facilities in the colleges where they got their starts will help our students on their own paths to success.”

Alvin New earned his B.B.A. in management from ASU in 1984 and was a Carr Scholar. He began working at Town & Country Food Stores as a clerk while attending ASU and worked his way up to CEO, the position he held until the sale of the company.

Patricia Neal New was also a Carr Scholar, earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from ASU in 1986 and a M.Ed. as a reading specialist in 1993. She taught in the San Angelo Independent School District.