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Release Date: Sept. 14, 2009ASU Logo

ASU to Welcome Students' Relatives for Family Day

Relatives of all currently enrolled Angelo State University students are invited to ASU Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, for a full day of events culminating with the Rams’ football game against Midwestern State.

Campus departments and student organizations will conduct receptions, demonstrations and programs throughout the day so that students’ families can see them in their university environment.

Students from the American Chemical Society will conduct a chemistry magic show from 1-2 p.m. in Room 100 of the Caveness Building, 2460 Dena Drive. The Center for International Studies and the Department of Teacher Education will acquaint parents and students with overseas opportunities in “ASU Study Abroad Programs: Past Experiences and New Developments,” from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Room B301 of the Porter Henderson Library, 2025 S. Johnson St.

A free showing of the astronomy program “The Planets” is set for the ASU Planetarium in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vandeventer Ave., from 2-3 p.m. Residential Programs will offer “Game Show 2009” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Texan Hall, 2104 S. Van Buren St.

The ASU Alumni Association’s Ram Jam pre-game party will run from 3-5:30 p.m. at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitor Center, 1620 University Ave., with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages for ASU Students and their families. Parents and students can pick up tickets at the Ram Jam for a free dinner prior to the football game. Ram Jam is open free to the public.

The day’s activities will culminate at San Angelo Stadium with the Lone Star Conference football game between the Rams and Midwestern State at 6 p.m. Students can pick up free tickets to the game between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday- Friday, Sept. 21-25, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

At halftime of the football game, the ASU Athletic Department will present its fourth annual Athletic Family of the Year Award to the Defee Family, Dr. Jason Defee and his parents, Jim and Irma Defee. Dr. Defee is an orthopedic surgeon at Shannon Medical Center and a member of the ASU Athletic Foundation board.

“Irma, Jim and Dr. Defee attend so many games/meets in all sports, both in and out of town,” said ASU Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield. “They’ve traveled across the country with softball, traveled to football games, basketball games, baseball and soccer. They’re at all the volleyball matches. If Dr. Defee isn’t there, that means he’s in surgery. But Jim and Irma are always there. They give their time, they support our fundraisers. I first met Jim and Irma at a volleyball match when I was still coaching and they’d just moved here. All three of them are loyal fans for the blue and gold.”

Also at halftime, the Athletic Foundation will honor Joshua Owusu as one of ASU’s greatest athletes. The former Olympian was inducted into the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor in July. During his time at ASU, Owusu won eight national titles and competed in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games for his native Ghana. He finished fourth in the Olympic long jump by a quarter of an inch. Owusu graduated from ASU 35 years ago and still holds the ASU records in the long jump and the triple jump.

For more information about Family Day, call the ASU Student Life Office at 942-2191. For a schedule of events, go online to

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