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Release Date: October 7, 2003

75th Anniversary Homecoming Set for Angelo State University

Angelo State University will celebrate "75 Years of Excellence" during a 2003 Homecoming celebration that will include numerous student activities, will recognize outstanding alumni and will culminate Saturday, Oct. 18, with the grand opening of the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center and the football game against Abilene Christian University.

During the 2003-04 academic year, ASU is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 1928 establishment of San Angelo Junior College, the predecessor of Angelo Sate University. Homecoming activities will center around the theme "75 Years of Excellence" and will include the debut of an exhibit on ASU history at the West Texas Collection and Porter-Henderson Library.

Activities will be at their peak Friday evening, Oct. 17, and all day Saturday, Oct. 18. The Friday activities will begin with the President's Golden Exes Reception at 6 p.m. in the West Texas Collection on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center. The reception will mark the opening of the West Texas Collection exhibit "75 Years of Excellence: The History of Angelo State University."

The reception will be followed at 7 p.m. by the Wells Fargo 75th Anniversary Homecoming Dinner in the Davidson Conference Center when the Angelo State University Alumni Association will recognize seven individuals.

Honorees will include Arnold Garcia Jr., Class of 1973, and Terry L. Stokes, Class of 1978, each being recognized as a 2003 Distinguished Alumnus. James P. Cummings Sr. will be named the 2003 Honorary Alumnus. Dr. Viki A. Forlano, Class of 1983, will be recognized as the 2003 Distinguished Carr Scholar Alumnus, and Col. Jose P. Sosa, Class of 1976, will be honored as the 2003 Distinguished ROTC Alumnus. Dr. Charles W. Robison will be named the 2003 Outstanding Retired Faculty and Stratton W. Beesley, Class of 1942, will receive the 2003 Golden Ex Recognition Award.

An ASU Pep Rally is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday at the Multipurpose Sports Complex. It will be followed at 9:15 p.m. by a Torch Parade to the bonfire site. The bonfire is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. on university property at Knickerbocker and University.

Saturday's activities will begin with the 8 a.m. Homecoming Golf Tournament sponsored by West Central Net-West Central Wireless in conjunction with the alumni association at San Angelo Country Club.

ASU's Homecoming Parade along Vanderventer and Johnson streets will begin at 2 p.m. and will be followed at 3:45 p.m. by the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center at 1620 University Ave. The ceremony will recognize Dr. Robert H. (Bob) and Jean Ann Block LeGrand, Class of 1972, the major donors to the new center.

Other major contributors to the LeGrand Center included the San Angelo Health Foundation, Verizon, Northrop-Grumman, Alexander Construction Co., AEP, Scripps-Howard Foundation/San Angelo Standard-Times, Wells Fargo, Reece Albert Inc., H.E.B. and First National Bank of Sonora/San Angelo Banking Center.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by tours of the 10,000-square-foot facility and its 6,500-square-foot courtyard. A pre-game dinner is also scheduled at the center, but reservations are required and should be made in advance by contacting the ASU Office of Alumni Relations at (325) 942-2122.

Kickoff is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Homecoming game against Abilene Christian University in San Angelo Stadium. During halftime, the Homecoming Court will be presented and the Homecoming Queen and King will be announced.

The football game will culminate a week of Homecoming activities that will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, with a volleyball game against Eastern New Mexico in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. That game will be followed at 3 p.m. Saturday with a Rambelle soccer game against Texas Woman's University at the ASU Soccer Field.

A variety of student activities are scheduled throughout the week, beginning Sunday, Oct. 12. Those activities will include the presentation of Homecoming Court nominees at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13; the Mr. and Ms. ASU Contest, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14; the final round of the Homecoming talent contest at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, all in the Davidson Conference Center; and a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, ASU Choir Homecoming Concert, featuring the ASU Chamber Singers and Vocal Ensemble in the ASU Auditorium.