Release Date: June 11, 2009
ASU Honors Students Benefitting from Alumni Gift
Angelo State University’s recently established Alvin and Patricia New Honors Program Enhancement Fund is already paying major dividends and helping provide ASU Honors students with prestigious learning opportunities that were previously unavailable.
The fund was set up in October through a five-year, $150,000 gift from the New family to the ASU Honors Program. It was first utilized in January, when it helped pay for senior government major Heather Guthrie to participate in a two-week Washington Center program that included attendance at the inauguration of President Barak Obama. The fund also helped pay for Guthrie’s trip to the U.S. Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in April.
This summer, two more Honors students are also benefitting from the fund. It is helping pay for junior biology major Alexa Nichols’ six-week internship in the office of U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway. International business graduate Jamie Mandujano is utilizing the fund to help pay for his 10-week Washington Center internship with Management Dynamics, an international trade consulting company.
“ASU has always drawn a significant number of high academic achieving students,” Patricia New said. “Our gift is to continue to encourage that and to keep those kids at ASU instead of having them be enticed by other schools down the road. Anything we can do to support those kinds of kids that maybe have a financial need, but are strong academically and are willing to work hard, we want to encourage them to stay at ASU.”
On a smaller scale, the enhancement fund has also paid for several Honors Program cultural field trips, including the King Tut Exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art this spring. It also paid for a group of students to attend Texas Tech University’s 24th annual All University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education in February.
“Our Honors Program,” said ASU President Joseph C. Rallo, “is a strategic component in ASU’s plan for future growth. The gift from Alvin and Patricia is helping us strengthen our Honors Program and better attract exceptional students, further enhancing ASU’s strong reputation in academics.”
Alvin New is the former president and CEO of Town & Country Food Stores. He earned his B.B.A. in management from ASU in 1984. Patricia New earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from ASU in 1986 and her M.Ed. as a reading specialist in 1993. Along with the money for the enhancement fund, the News also gifted ASU $100,000 over five years for Honors Program scholarships.