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May 2003

Release Date: May 6, 2003

Verizon Communications Gives $20,000 to ASU Business Program

Verizon Communications has donated $20,000 to the College of Business and Professional Studies at Angelo State University to provide scholarships for deserving and qualified students.

The scholarships are being funded to recognize students within the college not only for outstanding academic achievement but also for community involvement and community service.

Michael H. Millegan, senior vice president for Verizon Logistics, and Gray Mundell, director of operations, presented the check on behalf of Verizon Communications. Millegan also made a personal donation of $1,000 to the Ram Club, the support organization for ASU athletics. Millegan is a former ASU football player and a 1980 ASU graduate with a bachelor's degree in business. He also received his master of business administration degree from ASU.

Representing the university at the presentation were ASU President James Hindman, ASU Vice President for Advancement and University Relations Mike Ryan, Business and Professional Studies Dean Michael Butler and Men's Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jerry C. Vandergriff.

"Angelo State University has had a strong relationship with Verizon and its predecessors over the years," said Hindman. "We are honored not only by the monetary gift but also by the fact that Mike Millegan, one of our own graduates, has made such valuable contributions to Verizon as senior vice president."

Millegan visited ASU as the 2003 Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecturer in Business and spoke on "Collaboration at Ground Zero" about his experiences and Verizon's challenges in restoring communications in lower Manhattan in the aftermath of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. The lectureship was supported by Wells Fargo Bank of San Angelo.

During his lecture, Millegan also addressed how the collaboration and support he received from ASU during his tenure as both a student and an athlete shaped his success in the corporate world