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February 2003

Release Date: February 28, 2003

ASU Receives Property Adjacent to Campus

The Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents, during a regular meeting on the campus of Southwest Texas State University Friday, awarded a five-year contract to College Book Stores of America, Inc., of Maryland Heights, Mo., to operate the University Bookstore.

College Book Stores will assume management of the University Bookstore from Follett College Stores on April 1. The new contract will run through March 31, 2008, and will provide the university an annual minimum guarantee of $225,000 from College Book Stores for the franchise.

Regents also awarded to Templeton Construction Co. of San Angelo a $4.26 million contract to construct an addition to the Cavness Science Building and a $3.04 million contract to build an addition to the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building.

Board members also okayed acceptance of completed construction projects of $414,363 to improve drainage around the Houston Harte University Center and of $295,471 to upgrade the fire alarm and emergency medical services systems in the Administration and the Carr Education-Fine Arts buildings. Both projects came in under budget.

TSUS Regents also accepted the 12th class day enrollment figures of 5,674 for spring of 2003, compared to 5,670 for spring of 2002. Regents also okayed room and board rates for the upcoming academic year, with the rates going up 2 percent for all residence halls except Carr Residence Hall which went up 3 percent. Board rates were increased 2.2 percent for the upcoming academic year.

Additionally, the board approved routine personnel items, accepted $2.8 million in budget adjustments and authorized the addition of 23 courses, the deletion of 11 and changes in 17 others.

The board also voted to accept gifts, property and pledges totaling $753,428, including $250,000 from the Dodge Jones Foundation of Abilene to support ASU's meat science program, $200,000 from the San Angelo Health Foundation toward construction of the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, and a dwelling adjacent to campus from A.L. and Licha Herrington of San Angelo.

The TSUS board serves as the governing body for ASU and the other eight institutions making up the system. The other institutions are Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Sam Houston State University, Southwest Texas State University, Sul Ross State University and Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College.