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Exhibit Debuts on ASU History

August 26, 2013

The opening of “Ramifications:  The 85th Anniversary of ASU,” a West Texas Collection (WTC) exhibit on Angelo State history, will feature three speakers during the annual meeting of the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and WTC on Tuesday, Sept. 10, on the ASU campus.

Brief presentations on ASU’s history will be delivered by Roger Dolliver, president of the Massie Foundation; Phil George, longtime athletic director and coach of San Angelo College’s 1957 National Championship basketball team; and Dr. Brian J. May, the 10th president in the institution’s history.  The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the WTC Gallery on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

The “Ramifications” exhibit will cover the beginnings of higher education in San Angelo, including the 1923 bid to secure Texas Technological College for San Angelo.  The display will provide a decade-by-decade look at San Angelo Junior College’s precarious early years on through Angelo State University’s contemporary success and affiliation with the Texas Tech University System.  Photos, artifacts and memorabilia from each decade will illustrate ASU’s colorful history.

Both the exhibit and the speakers will touch on the past, present and future of the institution.  Dolliver will speak on the Massie Foundation’s role in San Angelo Junior College’s survival.  Media accounts from the Great Depression indicate the college would have had to close its doors without monetary support from the foundation.  George will examine the institution’s middle decades, and May will discuss ASU’s more recent years and future.

As part of the program, the Friends group will present the Joe Bill Lee Scholarship for an outstanding student assistant working in the library or West Texas Collection and the Dr. Henry Ricci Scholarship in the field of nursing.