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November 2005

Release date: November 18, 2005

Regents Okay Land Purchase for New ASU Residence Hall

During a board meeting Friday on the Angelo State University campus, regents of the Texas State University System (TSUS) approved the purchase of a segment of Rosemont Street from the City of San Angelo to expand the site of a new residence hall.

Pending approval by the San Angelo City Council, the university will acquire Rosemont between West Avenue N and Shamrock Drive for the new 560-bed residence hall scheduled for completion in the fall of 2007. The plot of land is 48 feet wide and 840 feet long with the sale price to be based on fair market value as determined by tax rolls in the area.

In other construction related matters, the board approved acceptance of the final two phases of construction on the West Texas Training Center and modified the lease agreement with the WTTC to provide for expanded uses permitted for the Rapid Response Room and other areas within the facility. The board also granted an easement to the Johnson Street Church of Christ to provide access from Victory Lane. Regents also authorized $286,500 in additional renovations to Vanderventer Apartments.

Regents adopted a new tuition-and-fee schedule and new room and board rates for the 2006 fall semester. ASU's designated tuition will increase $4 per semester credit hour to $60. The primary cause for this hike, as well as the increases in various fees and room rates, is increased operating costs resulting from higher energy prices.

Other fee increases include recreational sports up $2.40 to $26.40 per semester, medical service up $3.50 to $38.50 per semester and library up $1 to $3 per semester credit hour. Rates for meals will increase 4 percent based upon a similar rise in the consumer price index. Room rates will also increase by varied amounts, depending upon the residence hall and specific accommodations.

Regents also approved $850,244 in adjustments to the current university budget. The board adopted ASU's 12th class day report showing a fall enrollment of 6,156 compared to 6,137 in the fall of 2004. The board also authorized the addition of two degrees: bachelor of science in ecology and evolutionary biology with multi discipline minor and a bachelor of science in chemistry with secondary certification, pending approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board. Regents also approved the addition of seven courses and the deletion of seven others.

Regents also approved routine personnel matters and formally accepted $69,714 in gifts to the university.

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.