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The fall 2011 issue of Angelo State University Magazine pays tribute to the military with a variety of stories on martial topics, ranging from the cover story on why we should still care about the Civil War to ASU’s new Center for Security Studies to the experiences of a World War II chaplain.

In the cover story, ASU history scholars lead readers through an in-depth look at the role of Texas in the Civil War and how some of the major issues that led to the war are still major topics of debate in society today. The point is simply that there are lessons still to be learned from the conflict as we commemorate its 150th anniversary.

The latest edition, at 52 pages the largest edition to date, also salutes and profiles this year’s ASU Alumni Association Homecoming honorees.

“The Culture of Security” reveals the cultural basis for much of the curriculum in the new programs now being offered through the Center for Security Studies—and how the programs are meeting the need for professionals trained to safeguard our nation. “Korean Conundrum” is a related story that looks at the significance of the relationships between the U.S. and the countries of the Korean Peninsula, and how those relationships will impact today’s students in a variety of fields both now and after they graduate.

The “Military Salutes” section of the magazine profiles WWII chaplain Ulmer Bird, whose papers reside in the West Texas Collection, looks at the life of citizen soldier and educator James Valadez and recalls the life of former ASU student Karen J. Wagner, who died in the Pentagon on 9/11. No look at ASU’s military connections would be complete without recognizing the role of Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 and its role in building future military leaders on campus.

“Ice Road Therapists” profiles two ASU physical therapy graduates who have taken their skills to the wilds of Alaska, and hope to bring more ASU graduates to the 49th state to give much-needed aid to its distinctive populace.

The magazine’s Along the Mall section highlights several aspects of the university, including efforts to aid volunteers fighting the rash of area spring and summer wildfires, the academic consolidation that took effect this autumn and the fall of the ASU Gum Tree.

Additionally, the bonus features available only on Angelo State University Magazine online detail the university’s 2011–12 Civil War Lecture Series, and profile a new international relationship fostered by the College of Business that includes co-hosting a major international business conference in Bulgaria.

To read previous online issues of Angelo State University Magazine visit our archives. Complimentary printed copies are available from the ASU Office of Communications and Marketing at 325-942-2248 or

ASU Magazine Vol. 4 No. 3

Fall 2011 • Volume 4 • Number 3

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Detelin ElenkovInternational Influence From its modest perch in the Concho Valley, Angelo State University will soon be influencing business leaders throughout the world.

Bruce Catton’s Civil WarCivil War Reading List Three of our history professors share their list of favorite books on the subject.

Civil War Lecture Series To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Angelo State University is sponsoring a lecture series.

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