ASU celebrates 145th anniversary

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State University will celebrate its Founders' Week with a week of activities honoring the memory of its founders.

During the week long festivities, the University will honor the memory of the bold visionaries who helped establish a legacy of education that continues to  touch lives around the world. ASU also will  welcome residents from its  birthplace of Marion, Ala., and present the Spirit of Marion and the Spirit of Tullibody alumni awards.

This year's theme, "From Marion to Montgomery: An Enduring Legacy of Excellence and Access to Education," highlights the commitment to educational excellence that has been ASU's cornerstone since its founding in 1867. The University is extending a special invitation to alumni who have careers or have had careers in education to attend the Founders' Day Breakfast and Convocation. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday – Feb. 7

ASU's Community Day of Service – Read & Rise Montgomery
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ASU students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteer to read at local schools across the Montgomery community. See the list above.

Wednesday – Feb. 8

Fred Shuttlesworth Dining Hall
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The leadership team, faculty and alumni are invited to dine with students and share ASU anecdotes. Lunch buffet for all is $5.

Thursday – Feb. 9

Early Childhood Center Assembly
Zelia Stephens Early Childhood Center
9 a.m.

A Celebration of Service: A Tribute to ASU's Past Presidents and Icons
John L. Buskey Auditorium
11 a.m.

Campus Wreath-Laying and Gravesite Wreath-Laying Ceremonies
Academic Mall; Oakwood and Greenwood Cemeteries
noon (immediately following Celebration of Service)

Student Legacy Lecture
Ralph D. Abernathy Hall Auditorium
6 p.m.

Friday – Feb. 10

Founders' Day Breakfast Reception
ASU Acadome Concourse
8 a.m.

Founders' Day Convocation
ASU Acadome
10 a.m.
Speaker: John Covington, Ed.D., ASU alumnus and first Chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement Systems, Detroit

Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Dedication Ceremony

Ross-Dunn Drive Dedication Ceremony