Randy Russell (’82)
and Emma Lou Russell
Although they now reside more than 1,600 miles from San Angelo, Randy and Emma Lou Russell still hold Angelo State close to their hearts. Randy, who holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from ASU, and Emma Lou, relocated to the Washington, D.C., area in a work-related move a little more than three years ago when Randy was promoted to vice president of government solutions for Ericsson Federal.
“I can attest to the fact that the education I received at ASU has allowed me to compete in the business world with colleagues who attended much larger universities,” Randy said. “But more importantly, I find that the quality of the educational experience at ASU provided a solid background for my professional and personal endeavors.”
The Russells have loyally supported Angelo State through Alumni Association and President’s Circle memberships for many years. In 2010, they generously provided a major gift in support of the College of Business. In recognition of their investment in the future of ASU, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the naming of the Randy and Emma Lou Russell Business Learning Center in the ASU Rassman Building.
“The people of Angelo State—the students, faculty and staff—have an enduring influence that lasts far beyond graduation,” Randy said. “This influence made such a difference in my life, and I feel that by giving back, ASU’s influence can in turn continue to make a difference in others’ lives.”
Wayne T. Franke (’72)
A long-time supporter, Wayne made a major commitment in 2009 to increase the Bernie and Henrietta Franke Scholarship endowment, which was created in memory of his late parents. In 2010, he crafted his estate plans to include Angelo State University and the scholarship endowment, with hopes of increasing its impact on future generations of ASU students.
Wayne is the owner of MJWT Consulting, a political and marketing firm in Austin, and serves as a chair on the ASU Foundation board of directors. Prior to his time at MJWT, he spent 29 years with GTE (now Verizon) working in engineering, marketing and government affairs. In 1988, Texas Business magazine named Wayne one of the “Ten Rising Stars of Texas Business.” He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Angelo State University in 1989.
Sande Vincent Harrison (’73)
and George Harrison
Sande and George Harrison recently became honored members of the Oaks Society when they decided to include in their will an unrestricted bequest to benefit both Angelo State and Texas Tech University, their respective alma maters.
Sande fondly remembers her college experience and strongly supports ASU’s mission of serving students and West Texas.
“Being part of the first class to receive a music degree was very exciting,” Sande said. “There were so many gifted faculty members, such as Ray Carver, Harris Brinson, Eldon Black, Charles Robison and Doreen Grimes, who modeled an infant program into a university success.”
“ASU provided me with so many opportunities and enriched my life so much,” she added. “The university has also done the same for San Angelo and other West Texas communities. The College of Nursing and Allied Health yields great health care professionals. The Department of Agriculture offers so much in terms of research and support. Certainly, the economic impact of the university is what supports a thriving and prosperous West Texas.”
Alvin (’84) and Patricia New (’86)
Just as ASU degrees helped lead them on the path toward successful careers in business and education, Alvin and Patricia New hope that their gift of $600,000 will benefit students following in their footsteps.
Through the News’ gift, a room in the ASU College of Business has become the “Boardroom,” where students in advanced business courses can experience a typical corporate environment, including cutting-edge communication technology. Additionally, a room in the College of Education has been transformed into the Innovative Teaching Center, which allows faculty to assist future teachers in the appropriate use of technology for instructing children at all levels.
The Alvin and Patricia New Honors Scholarship and Honors Program Enhancement Fund were also established.
“ASU has always, through the Carr Scholarship, drawn a significant number of high academic achieving students,” Patricia said. “Our gift is to continue to encourage that.”
Lloyd Norris (’73) and Family
Feeling compelled to make a gift because of the difference ASU has made in all their lives, the Lloyd Norris Family—Lloyd, Sheri and their daughters, Angela, Class of 1996, and Chancey, Class of 2000—established ASU’s first endowed faculty chair.
The Norris Family Chair in International Business provides funds to enhance a professor’s salary and also provides additional funds for research, teaching and service activities. Lloyd said his wish to fund the chair came partly from his and Sheri’s experiences in ASU’s Host Family Program serving as surrogate parents for students from other countries.
“I feel like ASU gave me a solid background and the perseverance I needed to succeed in business,” he said.
Completed in spring 2011, the Norris Baseball Clubhouse features a locker room, offices for coaches, a players lounge, indoor batting cages and restroom facilities.
Dr. Robert H. and Jean Ann LeGrand (’72)
You do not have to look very hard to see the generosity and support that Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand have given to ASU. The LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, which opened in 2002, houses the ASU Alumni Association and includes meeting spaces and a ballroom, pavilion and courtyard.
Acknowledging the hard work that Rams and Rambelles athletes put in on behalf of both ASU and the community, the LeGrands also established an endowment to benefit ASU Athletics.
“It is our way to ‘pay it forward,’” they said, “and to help athletes who do so much for ASU and San Angelo.”
In recognition of their ongoing support, the ASU Multipurpose Sports Complex was renamed the LeGrand Sports Complex.
Their donations to the university also include the Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand Scholarship Endowment, which provides academic scholarships to graduates from high schools throughout West Texas.
In recognition of the LeGrand’s ongoing support and contributions, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents awarded the couple an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in May 2009.