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Release Date: August 27, 2007

Groundbreaking Set to Mark Resumption of Centennial Village Work

A ceremonial groundbreaking at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the site of Angelo State University's Centennial Village residence hall will draw officials from the Texas Tech University System on their first official visit to campus since ASU became a part of the Lubbock-based system Sept. 1.

The Texas Tech University System (TTUS) delegation will include Board of Regents Chairman F. Scott Dueser, Regents Vice Chairman Larry K. Anders, Chancellor Kent Hance and Michael A. Ellicott, vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction. State Rep. Drew Darby, who introduced the legislation that moved ASU to the TTUS system, will also participate in the program hosted by ASU President Joseph C. Rallo.

The Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony for the $21 million residence hall is open to the public and will occur on the west side of Carr Hall, which is located northwest of the Houston Harte University Center. Visitors are encouraged to park in the University Center parking lot, which is accessible from Rosemont Street via Jade to Shamrock or from Dena Drive.

Lee Lewis Construction Inc. of Lubbock will serve as the construction manager for the project. As part of the new site preparations, Rosemont Drive was closed Aug. 23 between West Avenue N and Shamrock to provide a staging area for construction.

In addition to the TTUS delegation, President Rallo and Rep. Darby, other participants in the groundbreaking will be Lee Lewis, contractor; Randall Scott, Architects, Inc.; and Phil Neighbors, president and CEO of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.

Other ASU representatives will include Connie Frazier, director of residence life; Ryan Mason, ASU student body president; and Roscoe, official mascot for the university.

The $21 million Centennial Village is a new 526-bedroom residence hall scheduled for completion next fall. The facility will be the first residential unit built since Texan Hall opened in August of 2003. The residence hall, the first major project in the implementation of ASU's Centennial Master Plan, is considered critical in helping increase university enrollment by providing living quarters more suited to contemporary student tastes.

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