Alumni center continues legacy
Celebrating 10 years in the multi-purpose facility
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:10
As ASU celebrates its 85th anniversary, the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center is also celebrating a milestone of its own.
“[Our] building is turning 10,” Alumni Association Director Kimberly Adams said. “Our director at the time, Sandy Harrison, and some alumni came together [because] the alumni on campus didn’t really have a home. So we didn’t have a spot to say, ‘Let’s go to the alumni center.’ [The decision was made] that ASU needs to have an alumni center and they went to work on fundraising and bringing alumni together.”
Adams said she was a student at the time the alumni center was being built, so she has a connection with the building.
“If you take a look at our building and look at some of the other facilities on campus, we are very blessed that our alumni went above and beyond to take care [in the up-keep of this building],” she said.
ASU broke ground for the center Sept. 21, 2002, and on October 18, 2003, the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center had a grand opening before the football game that evening.
“Having a place for alumni is important because after students graduate, they are able to come back to campus and experience what the alumni center has to offer,” sophomore Vincent Enriquez said.
The alumni center was built for alumni by alumni, Adams said. The building does not serve a purpose just for the alumni, it may be rented to the public for weddings, holiday parties and other events.
“When people get to campus and see ‘visitor’s center’ [on the building] we are the first stop they make,” Adams said. “We really do make that first impression with the incoming students—our future alumni when they see this facility we have.”
Since the 10th year anniversary of the LeGrand building falls close to Homecoming, the Alumni Association will honor Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand at halftime during the football game, Adams said. The Alumni Association has also partnered with HSI to help add funds to its endowment by hosting Ram Run.
“This was a great opportunity for us to include our alumni and friends [who can] run through campus to see what has changed,” she said. “They will also be able to see the artwork we have added. Any little draw we can make for people to get over here, [we will take it.]”
Adams said that the LeGrand center is not strictly for alumni. Anyone can use the building.
“Throughout my ASU career, I have never been to the alumni center,” junior Kenia Cruz said. “I have been to Ram Jam, but I have never been inside the building. It is great that graduates have a home away from home to visit when they are back in San Angelo.”
Adams said she wants to go to surrounding cities where alumni live so they are able to be a part of ASU out of San Angelo.
“It is important to get the LeGrand [Alumni and Visitor’s Center’s] name out there,” Enriquez said. “If you go to any [alumna or alumnus’] hometown, it is going to be special because they get to have a connection with ASU in their area.”
As for the next five to 10 years, Adams said she wants to make their events bigger and better.
“We also want to do some upkeep to the building,” she said. “We are very blessed that we don’t have to do much to this building to continue its beauty and what we have with it.”
Adams said she is thankful for the continuing support from alumni and hopes to continue making the LeGrand Alumni and Visitor’s Center a place where everyone can come and enjoy what they have to offer.
“We are very thankful to the Alumni Association board and to the past directors for everything they have done,” she said. “They have given us a home for our alumni and our future alumni.”