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Rambunctious Weekend to Kick Off ASU Fall Semester

August 08, 2011

Angelo State University will kick off its fall semester the weekend of Aug. 19-21 with its annual Rambunctious Weekend.

The three-day event begins Friday, Aug. 19, with fall Convocation at 4 p.m. in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, 2235 S. Jackson St. ASU President Joseph C. Rallo and other campus leaders will officially welcome students and their families to campus.

Convocation features the atmosphere of a graduation ceremony, and will be highlighted by addresses from Dr. Rallo; Dr. Brian May, ASU provost; Dr. Vance Valerio, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management; Hector Romo, president of the Student Government Association; Ruben Sandoval, president of the Staff Senate; and Dr. Martha Sleutel, president of the Faculty Senate.

Students and their families are encouraged to attend. They should arrive by 3:30 p.m. and be seated by 3:45 p.m.

Following Convocation, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially open the Center for Human Performance’s (CHP) new Student Recreation Center. The ceremony will take place next to the CHP entrance on the north side of the building at 5:30 p.m.

ASU students and their families will then be treated to a free brisket dinner from 5:45-7:30 p.m. in the CHP with entertainment by the John Irish Jazz Ensemble. A balloon artist and a body painter will also be circulating during dinner. An oxygen bar, comical photo opportunities and a caricaturist will provide entertainment on the CHP lawn from 5:45-9 p.m.

The CHP will also be the site of several other Rambunctious Weekend activities on Friday, including fitness class demonstrations from 7:30-8 p.m., sponsored by the University Recreation and Intramurals Department (UREC). In addition, a “Survey Says” game show will be held from 8-9:30 p.m., followed by a DJ dance from 9:30-11:30 p.m.

Capping Friday’s activities will be a midnight breakfast from 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The breakfast is free for ASU students and their families in the Food Service Center, 2201 Vanderventer Ave.

Saturday morning, new students can participate in the “First-Year Quest,” a new program to acquaint them with the campus and their fellow students, from 9:30-11 a.m. in the CHP. A reception for parents and a presentation on ASU will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Room 100 of the Mathematics-Computer Science Building, 2200 Dena Drive.

ASU’s new Global Immersion Center, formerly the Planetarium, will host a free astronomy show, “Secrets of the Sun,” at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer Ave. All students and their families are invited to attend.

ASU’s student organizations will host a carnival on the CHP lawn from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday for students to become acquainted with the 100-plus campus groups. Segway rides, photo dog tags, an oxygen bar, caricatures and snacks of popcorn, snow cones and liquid nitrogen-frozen marshmallows, courtesy of the ASU Society of Physics Students, will be available.

A fajita cookout and Mexican fiesta, free for ASU students, will follow the carnival from 5:30-7:15 p.m. in the CHP, sponsored by the Baptist Student Ministries, United Campus Ministries, Christian Campus Center, Newman Center and ASU Multicultural Center. Diners will be entertained by ASU’s Mariachi Oro y Azul musical group, followed by a Zumba fitness party and salsa dancing.

At 7:30 p.m. in the CHP, a spirit rally will feature the ASU cheerleaders, Angelettes drill team, Ram Marching Band and players from the Rams and Rambelles athletic teams. From 8:15-10 p.m., Nashville recording artist Jeff Allen and his band will perform along with RU Ready, also in the CHP. Saturday’s activities will conclude with the “RAMazing Race at ASU” from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. starting at the Super Slab behind the Food Service Center.

Sunday afternoon from 2-6 p.m., students can go to ASU Lake House, 1925 Beaty Road, for a hot dog cookout, along with water inflatables, kayaking, volleyball and other activities. A campus shuttle will take students to and from the Lake House with pickup and drop-off points at the Texan Hall and Centennial Village residence halls.

For the first days of classes on Monday and Tuesday, students can get information and directions from ASU personnel in tents set up along the campus Mall from 7:30-11 a.m.

For more information on Rambunctious Weekend, call the ASU Student Life Office at 942-2191 or go online to the Rambunctious Weekend Web page at