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August 2005

Release date: August 29, 2005

Regents Adopt Master Plan for ASU Campus

During a board meeting Friday in Alpine regents of the Texas State University System (TSUS) approved a master plan that will shape the look and feel of the Angelo State University campus for the next two decades.

Additionally, the board adopted a $62.2 million budget for fiscal year 2005-06 and authorized an architect to begin design work for a new 560-bed residence hall.

Adoption of the "Centennial Master Plan 2028" culminated a year of study that led to the institution's first comprehensive master plan. The goals of the master plan were to accommodate needed building growth, to create an active campus core, to generate campus activities and to improve campus wayfinding and signage, all goals designed to better attract and retain students while maximizing the educational experience for the campus and the community.

The planning document included a facility master plan, design guidelines and space analysis for the university. Major recommendations of the master plan include making the campus more pedestrian friendly, expanding the perimeters of the campus when opportunities present themselves, replacing some buildings with new facilities and making better utilization of existing building space.

Implementation of the plan will eventually include the demolition of the two high rises and changing traffic patterns on certain thoroughfares, including Johnson Street. One of the plan's top priorities is the provision of replacement student housing. The first step in that direction came with the board's appointment of Randall Scott Architects, Inc., of Dallas, to provide architectural and engineering services for a new 560-bed residence hall at a projected cost of $23 million. The facility is expected to be ready for occupancy in two years.

Board members also adopted a budget of $62,284,935 for the new fiscal year that begins Sept. 1. The new budget is an 8 percent increase over the $57.6 million expenditure budget adopted last August. The board also approved $1.23 million in routine budget adjustments for the current fiscal year.

Regents also authorized establishment of up to a 4 percent salary pool to fund eligible faculty and staff raises, provided satisfactory enrollments are recorded during the 2005 fall semester. The board also modified course fees associated with two nursing and eight physical therapy courses.

In other matters regents approved an academic reorganization that changed the name of the School of Education to the College of Education and the name of the College of Business and Professional Studies to the College of Business. The board then established a Department of Education in the College of Education and moved the Kinesiology Department from the College of Business to the College of Education. Regents also changed the name of the Graduate School to College of Graduate Studies. The changes are effective this fall.

The regents also accepted fourth-day class reports showing ASU enrollment of 2,051 for the first summer term and 1,842 for the second summer term.

The board authorized the university to award a contract not to exceed $525,000 for modifications to Vanderventer Apartments and to accept the construction on three completed projects: addition to the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building; the new Science Building; and the third-floor addition and renovation of the Porter Henderson Library. All three projects came in under budget.

The board approved routine personnel items and authorized the appointment of a scholar to hold the AEP Distinguished Visiting Faculty position for the 2006 spring semester. Regents accepted and acknowledged $125,000 in private gifts to the university.

Finally, the board approved the following holidays for ASU employees: Labor Day, Sept. 5; Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-25; Christmas, Dec. 23-30; Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 16; Spring holiday, April 14; Memorial day, May 29; and Independence Day, July 4.

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, Sul Ross State University, Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College and Texas State University-San Marcos.