Our newest residence hall, Centennial Village, opened on time to welcome nearly 500 students to campus. The expanded dining options at the University Center were also ready for the beginning of the school year along with enhanced seating and meeting spaces. In spite of the rain, a greatly expanded Rambunctious Weekend provided campus entertainment until the wee hours of the morning. SGA President Seth Chomout and I engaged in a friendly round of sumo wrestling, much to the amusement of many bystanders.
We continue to work toward our goal of a truly residential campus to achieve our enrollment growth targets. The Hardeman Building will shortly undergo renovation into a one-stop center for many student-related activities. It will also house a Multicultural Center, which is a critical component to achieve Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. The existing Center for International Studies will also be re-located to Hardeman when it re-opens in early 2010. The design process for the new student recreation center remains on track and we will present our request for a College of Nursing and Allied Health building at the joint budget hearings in Austin later this month.
On September 17th from 1-2 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Center, we will initiate a new tradition at ASU. That day represents the first time that San Angelo College classes were offered on our current campus. In commemoration of that day, ASU will now host an annual “State of the University” address. I invite you to attend the event, which will review the many accomplishments of this past year while highlighting the challenges, initiatives and opportunities ahead in 2008-09.
Again welcome back!
Joseph C. Rallo