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When you enroll at Angelo State University, you are doing more than just furthering your education. You are starting a new phase of your life marked by self-discovery and greater independence. But you’re not making the transition alone. Your fellow students and our friendly faculty and staff will help you navigate all of the campus events, student organizations and intramural sports games that are sure to fill up your schedule.

So go ahead and explore! We encourage you to learn more about student life at ASU. From on-campus housing and dining to special interest clubs and service organizations, we’ve got you covered.

On-Campus Housing

For many of our students, going to college means living away from home for the first time. At Angelo State University, this experience will be a chance for you to meet new people and get involved on campus.

You’ll reside in one of our living communities specifically designed to meet your needs, whether you’re new to college or transferring from another university. Not only will you be close to your classes, but you will have opportunities to attend fun and interesting programs and relax in style in residence halls updated with modern furnishings and all the amenities you need to achieve academic success.

Residence Hall Programming

When you live on campus, the events, activities and entertainment come to you. With more than 350 programs in the residence halls each semester, you’ll not only have numerous opportunities to meet other students, but you can choose events that match your interests.

Programming for First-Year Students

The staff in Angelo State University’s residence halls are aware of the needs of first-year students, and they offer programs to help you transition into college life. Here is just a sampling of some of those programs:

  • How to develop good study habits
  • Time management
  • Budgeting
  • Meeting people
  • Getting along with roommates (conflict mediation, etc.)
  • How to get involved on campus
  • Information about alcohol/drugs
  • Avoiding sexual assault
  • Managing relationships

Major Residence Hall Events

All the residence halls at ASU participate every year in the Battle of the Residence Halls Blood Drive, which is one of the most productive blood drives in the city. Each residence hall also sponsors one major event each semester. Here are a few examples:

  • Texan Hall/Vanderventer “Blackout” Party – An urban/techno dance party under blacklights
  • Centennial Village/Carr Hall Red Dirt Round Up – An outdoor chili cook-off with roping, a mechanical bull and Texas country music
  • Plaza Verde/Massies Fiesta – An outdoor event featuring mariachis, crafts, games and music

Other Types of Residence Hall Programming

  • Food drives
  • Volunteer service with local soup kitchens and Toys for Tots, as well as opportunities to write letters to soldiers, visit the elderly and contribute to donation bins
  • Sports parties – Super Bowl, World Series and March Madness
  • Formation of intramural sports teams
  • Study skills – Get to know your syllabus, note taking, test prep and textbook reading
  • Pool tournaments
  • Grammy/Oscar nights
  • Movie nights
  • “Of the Month” themed activities for Black History, Women’s History, Hispanic History, Alcohol and Drug Awareness, Sexual Assault Awareness and Breast/Testicular Cancer Awareness
  • Health and wellness activities to promote awareness about diabetes, nutrition, exercise, stress management, etc.
  • Counseling/interpersonal skills development about topics such as suicide awareness, depression, anxiety, relationships, family, speed dating, gossip, bullying and cyber stalking
  • Video game tournaments
  • Board game nights
  • Book clubs/discussions
  • Jobs – Getting one, balancing time, interviewing, résumé writing and job fairs
  • Local culture – Fort Concho, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo Civic Ballet and the arts scene
  • Social events to help people get to know each other
  • Craft activities for holiday gifts, room décor, tie dying, etc.
  • Flashlight tag
  • Rock and bowl
  • Group or panel discussions
  • Guest speakers
  • Awareness about campus safety/self defense
  • Group meals
  • Karaoke  

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Meals

When you attend Angelo State University, you never have to worry about where to go to grab a bite to eat. The campus offers several dining options that blend nutritious menu items with relaxed atmospheres.

Students who live on campus choose from three meal plan options, and you’ll quickly notice that all types of students, as well as faculty and staff, choose to eat on campus because it’s convenient and tasty.

Dining locations are also spread around campus. You can choose from several options in the University Center, the coffee and sandwich café in the Library Learning Commons, burgers and snacks in Roscoe’s Den at the Super Slab, and all the meal stations in the Food Service Center.

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Student Involvement

We don’t take student involvement lightly at Angelo State. First of all, consider the range of student organizations available. With more than 100 student-run clubs and organizations, at least one will likely grab your attention. But our student groups are not only active, they also excel at what they do. Here’s an example of just a few: 

  • Our Meat Judging Teams place nationally in competition.
  • The Tri-Beta biological honor society regularly receives recognition at regional and national conferences.
  • The Society of Physics students is known for its service projects with school children, among other activities.

And that doesn’t even count the success of our intramural sports program ranked by Princeton Review as the 18th most active in the nation. ASU intramural teams are regular competitors in the American Collegiate Intramural Sports National Championships in a variety of sports.

ASU also offers opportunities for involvement with the Student Government Association and Greek Life, as well as a leadership development program and community service projects. These student groups will help you develop friendships and leadership skills, broaden your world view and teach you about how to work with others. We urge you to seek more information about the involvement options that interest you.

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Athletics and Intramurals

ASU Athletics

Angelo State University competes in NCAA Division II and the Lone Star Conference. Our 13 intercollegiate teams are the Rams and the Rambelles, and as a student, you can attend any sporting event free with your student ID card. Whatever your sport, whether you plan to be a player or a fan, get ready for serious competition and lots of chances for cheering.

Men’s: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football and outdoor track and field

Women’s: Basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball and volleyball

Student Recreation

Physical activity is a favorite pastime at ASU. One of the most popular places on campus is the new student recreation center, which boasts a climbing wall, indoor jogging track, free weights and modern exercise machines in addition to studio space for fitness classes, an intramural gym and a swimming pool.

Center for Human Performance

The University Recreation (UREC) division also plans events as part of its Outdoor Adventures program to help students learn new skills and stay active. The program includes clinics that teach about rock climbing, backpacking and kayaking, as well as outdoor trips for overnight camping, backpacking and mountain biking.

And have we mentioned that intramural sports are huge at ASU? Our intramural program was ranked by Princeton Review as the 18th most active in the nation, with a handful of our teams advancing each year in competition beyond ASU. Some teams are regular competitors in the American Collegiate Intramural Sports National Championships in a variety of sports.

Campus Safety

The safety and security of our students is of utmost importance to us. Providing quality services to the campus community is the University Police Department, a modern law enforcement agency.

These items are in place to provide you with a safe and secure campus:

  • 24-hour campus police patrol
  • 16 emergency call boxes strategically located across campus that provide a direct line to police
  • Well-lit walkways and paths

ASUAlert

ASUAlert is the campus emergency notification system that allows the university to send out time-sensitive emergency notifications to students, faculty and staff via voice messages, text messages and ASU e-mail accounts. The system is used for major campus emergencies, severe weather and other potentially life-threatening incidents. Students can sign up for ASUAlert on the university’s Web portal, RamPort.

Police Website and Crime Log

The University Police website contains crime prevention tips and emergency management information. University Police also maintain a daily crime log that is open to the public and includes all crimes reported to the ASU police. 

Traditions

Here is a crash course in some Angelo State University traditions to help you feel connected to campus.
  • ASU Seal and Motto

    imageThe university seal features a central shield that displays the ASU motto, “Fiat Lux,” Latin for “Let there be light,” over a lamp of enlightenment. The lamp rests on a book, representing knowledge. The shield is flanked by a laurel branch on each side, signifying success.

    The crowning element of the university seal’s inner medallion is a five-pointed star, representing the state of Texas. These components are encircled by an outer ring that lists the university name and the institution’s founding year, 1928.

    Because of the official nature of the university seal, which is a trademark of Angelo State University, its use is limited both within and outside the university. Consequently, the seal is approved only for select items, such as the diploma of each graduate.

  • Dominic

    DominicA purebred Rambouillet ram, Dominic stands as a proud symbol of ASU and the institution’s ties to the region and its people. San Angelo has long been the center of the Texas wool and mohair industry and the home of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association. ASU’s Agriculture Department maintains a herd of Rambouillet sheep on its ranchlands outside of town, and Dominic is selected from that herd, based on his demeanor and the sweep of his horns.

    Today, Dominic is a regular fixture at ASU activities, ranging from the official Ring Ceremony to outdoor athletic events. During football games, opposing players more than once have run out of bounds near Dominic. The headstrong mascot with his stern glare and his sweeping horns usually sends them scurrying back to their teammates, no ifs, ands or butts about it.

  • Gum Tree

    Gum TreeASU’s “gum tree” stands as one of the stickiest traditions among all collegiate rituals anywhere. The gum tree is actually a mesquite speckled with thousands of pieces of used chewing gum.

    Located at the southwest corner of the Porter Henderson Library, the tree elicits reactions that range from “yuck” to “cool.” Legend has it that a gum-chewing suitor placed his chaw there prior to asking his girlfriend to marry him. When she said yes, the happy young man attributed his good luck to his gum deposit. Since then, hundreds of students have left their chewing gum on the mesquite to bring them good luck on tests and in life.

    As a result of drought conditions in the summer of 2011, the gum tree uprooted and toppled over under the weight of the gum. Maintenance crews secured the stump in its original location, and the power of the tree is once again at work – it has shown signs of new growth.

  • Ram Jam

    Ram JamPrior to Rams home football games every fall, you can find tailgaters gathered in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center parking lot as early as noon grilling barbecue and other tasty treats. Alumni and students started the tradition because they wanted a place to have fun before each kickoff.

    A typical Ram Jam includes performances from local bands, bounce houses for children, and free food and refreshments that are typically prepared by the ASU Alumni Grill Team or a local sponsor. As game time nears, the ASU Ram Band, the Angelettes and the cheerleaders perform for the crowd and then lead the group in a procession from the LeGrand Center to San Angelo Stadium.

  • Ram’s Head

    Ram's HeadJust as other universities have their own spirit hand signs, so does Angelo State University with the Ram’s Head.

    The sign is made by bending the middle and ring fingers down over the palm and covering them with the thumb. The extended index and pinky fingers are then bent halfway to represent the curve of the horns.

    You will see the sign used at various times during athletic events and always during the playing of the Alma Mater in acknowledgement of the mighty and majestic ram.

  • Roscoe and Bella

    Roscoe and BellaRoscoe and Bella are our furry friends with unmatched ASU school spirit. Seen at most athletic events and many community activities, Roscoe and Bella let their actions do their talking, whether it is leading cheers, handing out candy to children or greeting freshmen when they arrive on campus.

  • Victory Line

    Victory LineStudents and Rams fans form the victory line at the start of the second half of each regular-season football game at San Angelo Stadium. At the end of the halftime show, fans are invited to come down on the field and form two parallel lines of spectators for the football team to run between as they return to the home bench. Led by the cheerleaders, Roscoe and Bella, the team rushes onto the field to the applause and cheers of their fans.