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September 2002

Release Date: September 16, 2002

Groundbreaking Set Saturday for LeGrand Alumni/Visitors Center at Angelo State

The Angelo State University Alumni Association will take that first step from the dream of an alumni center to the reality that it will actually happen when groundbreaking ceremonies are conducted Saturday, Sept. 21, for the $1.3 million LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center.

The ceremony will honor San Angelo neurosurgeon Dr. Robert H. LeGrand and his wife, Jean Ann, for their $500,000 gift that closed out the association's building fundraising campaign and made the start of construction possible. The LeGrands are joined by some 450 other ASU alumni and friends whose contributions helped move the dream toward a reality for the alumni association. The facility is scheduled for completion in time for Homecoming in 2003.

Groundbreaking for the Angelo State University LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, on the northeast corner of University Avenue and Jackson Street. The ceremony will precede ASU's 7 p.m. game against Southeastern Oklahoma State University in San Angelo Stadium.

The ceremony will include remarks by ASU Alumni Association President Jamie Skiles Rainey and ASU President James Hindman as well as a response by Dr. and Mrs. LeGrand.

After the remarks, Rainey, Hindman and the LeGrands will be joined in the groundbreaking by several individuals instrumental in planning the facility and in raising funds for its construction. Those key individuals include Candyce Barton Gregston and Dennis Coyan, co-chairs of the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center Committee; past association Presidents Brian May, Jeff Sefcik and Drex Vincent; Sande Vincent Harrison, director, ASU Alumni Relations; Valerie Ramirez, vice president, ASU Student Alumni Association; Gary Donaldson, project architect; and Robert Heinze, contractor for the project.

The LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center will provide 10,000 square feet of office and meeting space, including a community conference center and a ballroom, as well as an 8,000-square-foot courtyard and pavilion. The LeGrand Center with its meeting space and ballroom will accommodate seminars, banquets, conferences, service club luncheons, receptions and other events for both the university and the community.

The center will serve as the headquarters for the ASU Alumni Association and house the ASU Office of Alumni Relations, Campus Visitors Center and the Verizon Career and Technology Center designed to strengthen ties between current and former ASU students as well as identify career placement and networking opportunities for graduates.

The LeGrand Center will include the San Angelo Health Foundation Alumni Lounge and numerous recognition points for the project's many supporters. The facility is being built on a 2.75-acre tract of university land leased to the alumni association in 1998 by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.

Dr. LeGrand is a board-certified neurosurgeon, having formed the San Angelo Neurosurgical Association in 1976. Mrs. LeGrand, a registered nurse by profession, is a 1972 graduate of ASU's nursing program. They are recognized as philanthropists in the Concho Valley, having contributed to a multitude of community organizations and projects.

Mrs. LeGrand grew up in Tom Green County, attending Fairview Elementary and Wall High School before enrolling at ASU where she was the 1971 Homecoming Queen and a member of the Angelettes. Also during her ASU tenure she was the 1971 Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Rose, the 1971 ASU Mistletoe Belle and a member of the Student Senate. Since graduation she has stayed active in the ASU Alumni Association and is a past member of its board of directors.

Dr. LeGrand was born in Philadelphia and attended high school in Greensboro, N.C. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1964 and then earned his M.D. in 1968 from Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Dr. LeGrand completed his residencies in surgery and neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University. He served two years, including one in Vietnam, as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon. He moved to San Angelo in 1976 to begin his private neurosurgical practice. He has served on the staff of all three San Angelo hospitals since he began practice in the community. Over the years, he has served more than 40,000 patients from throughout the region.

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