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August 2005

Release Date: August 24, 2005

ASU to Welcome Class of 2009 with Extended Hours, Multiple Activities

With classes scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, Angelo State University will offer extended hours leading up to the start of the fall semester and will sponsor a variety of weekend activities to put new students at ease as they begin their ASU careers next week.

The Office of Admissions, Registrar's Office, Financial Aid Office, Residence Life Office, Bursar's Office, ASU OneCard Office and Center for Academic Excellence will stay open late on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27. Friday hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The University Police Department will man a booth 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday across from the ASU Bookstore in the Houston Harte University Center so students can pick up their fall/spring parking permits. Students planning on purchasing permits through cash transactions, however, should do so at the University Police Station at 1905 S. Johnson instead of at the booth.

ASU residence halls will be a beehive of activity beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, when they open up for occupancy. Residence halls will be bursting at the seams as students move in, assisted by their parents and friends.

In addition to handling the business details of starting back to school, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including the traditional new-student welcome program Fish Splash and numerous athletic contests, beginning Thursday and continuing for a week.

The Office of Admissions will be administering the Residual ACT and the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) exams on Saturday morning for students who may need them for fall admission to the university. Registration costs $50 for each test and must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday. Check-in for the tests begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hardeman Building, Room 206 for the Residual ACT and Room 210 for the THEA exam. Individuals should contact the Admissions Office at 942-2185 for more information.

Fish Splash is scheduled 4-10 p.m. Saturday at the ASU Pavilion. A variety of carnival games and inflatable recreation will be available for student participation during those hours. An outdoor cookout is scheduled 5-6:30 p.m. followed by the Fish Splash Pep Rally at 6:30 p.m. A live band will play from 8:30-10 p.m., also at the Pavilion.

Fish Splash activities for students will continue at 2 p.m. on Sunday with Playfair in the Center for Human Performance. Then at 3:30 p.m. activities will move to the West Mall for a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the campus's new disc golf course.

At 6 p.m. Sunday the various campus religious centers on the ASU perimeter will hold open houses for students.

ASU's intercollegiate athletic schedule for the new academic year will begin Thursday, Aug. 25, with the Angelo State University Volleyball Tournament, marking the debut of new head volleyball coach Ruth Lawanson. The Rambelles will play four games over a three-day period, starting with a 7 p.m. Thursday contest against Texas A&M-Commerce. On Friday the volleyball squad will play at 2 p.m. against Mesa State and at 7 p.m. against University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. The tournament will conclude at 7 p.m. Saturday against Colorado State-Pueblo. All games will be in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

The Rambelle soccer team will begin its new season with an opening game at 4 p.m. Friday against St. Edward's University. At 3 p.m. Sunday the team will face St. Mary's University. Both games will be on the Varsity Soccer Field.

The Ram football team under the direction of new head coach Dale Carr will play two games in the first week of school. The Carr era in ASU football will debut in Gunnison, Colo., with a 2 p.m. Saturday game against Western Colorado University.

The Rams will have a quick turnaround as they return to San Angelo to prepare for the home opener on Thursday, Sept. 1, against Southern Nazarene. The 7 p.m. game in San Angelo Stadium will be ASU's first home game ever on a Thursday night. To build spirit for that Thursday first, the ASU Athletic Department is coordinating a RamFest on the southwest parking lot of San Angelo Stadium from 5-6:30 p.m. prior to the game. Food and refreshments will be available.

This year all ASU football fans will be behind the Rams literally as new seating arrangements are being implemented that will move the ASU bench as well as the student section, band, cheerleaders and pep squad from the east to the west side of the stadium. The new seating scheme is one of the many changes fans will notice at the football games, including a new full-color program that will be available for purchase for $1.

All football games will be broadcast on KIXY-FM 94.7 this year.