Angelo State University today (April 8) announced the dedication and virtual opening of the newly-completed Stephens Chapel located at 1965 S. Johnson St. in the heart of the ASU campus.
The new chapel is named in honor of longtime ASU supporters F.L. “Steve” and Pollyanna Stephens. In recognition of the honorary naming, the Stephens fully funded construction of the chapel with a gift of $1.925 million and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony on April 17, 2019.
“F.L. ‘Steve’ and Pollyanna Stephens personify commitment to their community and sharing their success beyond measure,” said ASU President Brian J. May. “This beautiful chapel is an enduring example of their gracious spirit. For decades to come, the chapel will welcome members of the Ram Family as a place for respite and reflection. In addition to campus services, we look forward to hosting a lot of weddings. In the midst of all the current uncertainty, today is a memorable day for the Ram Family.”
See a video message from Dr. May about the virtual opening of the Stephens Chapel at www.angelo.edu/ramsrise/stephens-chapel.php. Videos and photos of the chapel can also be found on the same webpage. A formal public opening of the chapel will take place at a later date.
At 3,100 square feet, the Stephens Chapel includes a portico, narthex, sanctuary, bride’s room, groom’s room/vesting, sacristy, restrooms and service areas. It has metal-framed, brick/stone-clad exterior walls and a metal roof. The finishes include stone tile flooring, interior brick walls, stained glass windows, custom light fixtures, wood deck ceilings and custom pews.
This is the second ASU facility to be named for the Stephens, whose name also adorns the Stephens Arena inside the ASU Junell Center athletics facility on South Jackson Street.
Steve Stephens is the retired chairman, CEO and co-founder of Town & Country Food Stores Inc. One of the state’s most prominent businessmen, he has been recognized nationwide for his contributions to the convenience store industry. Pollyanna Stephens is the retired co-owner, board secretary, and director of public relations and special events for Town & Country Food Stores. She also served 12 years on the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, including a term as chairman, when ASU belonged to the TSUS.
Over the years, the Stephens have made a dynamic pair and compiled a long and enviable record of public service at the community and statewide levels. Their business, civic, cultural and philanthropic efforts have touched the lives of virtually everyone in San Angelo. The ASU Alumni Association has designated them as “Honorary Alumni” and the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce has named them “Citizens of the Year.” In March 2008, they were each awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from ASU for their longstanding support of the university.