Dining with the donors

Scholarship receipients and donors dine together

By Peaches Jackson
On April 13, 2018

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Kami Norton smiles with ASU legend Phil George. 

 

ASU’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations held its 11th Annual Scholarship Donor Appreciation Dinner on April 5 in the CJ Davidson Conference Center.

The dinner provided students who received a scholarship from ASU the chance to thank their donors in person. 

“Angelo State offers an excellent education and cares about our student’s expenses,” Jamie Akin,  vice president for development and alumni relations, said.

Akins said that the students in attendance could meet donors who have many different career paths.

“In the room tonight, you will find a doctor, a stay-at-home mom, a lobbyist, you name it,” Akin said.

Students sat at assigned tables so they could sit near their donors. 

Dr. Brian J. May, president of ASU, spoke about the importance of scholarships.

May said there is nothing better than giving back and giving towards a university.

“I have a lot of donors that I speak to, supporters and alumni; they ask, ‘what can we do to help the university,’ and I say ‘scholarships,’” May said. “Scholarships are what it’s all about.” 

May said thanks to donors’ help, 48 percent of ASU students graduate debt-free.

Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., retired Air Force lieutenant general and former student, was the guest speaker.

He informed everyone on how he first came to ASU.

“I had an appointment at the United States Air Force Academy but wasn’t able to go there because I failed my medical physical; I couldn’t do the pushups required due to my hand injury,” Hawkins said. 

“I came back to San Angelo, and ASU offered me a track scholarship.”

Hawkins joined ASU’s ROTC program, which helped him get a full-ride scholarship through the Air Force.

Hawkins explained an experience he had that changed his mindset on life.

“I was setting up to run the four-by-four; back in my time, if you started early once, you were out of the race. I ended up false-starting and got my team disqualified,” Hawkins said.

“From that experience, I recognized the importance of making sure that you were physically and mentally ready in any aspect of life.”

He advised the students to learn from their mistakes, continue striving for their goals and find ways they can give back to ASU.

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