The Charles F. Luter academic success center
2011-12 a-state women’s basketball
The Arkansas State University Athletic Department announced the largest single donation in its history, a $400,000 gift from Charles Luter that is being used to enhance the athletic academic facility, at a press conference held at the newly named Charles F. Luter Family Academic Success Center in September of 2008. “We are proud to announce the largest gift in the history of ASU Athletics of $400,000, and we are also proud to announce the renaming of this facility to the Charles F. Luter Family Academic Success Center,” said ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee at the press conference. “We have the great opportunity to announce the completion of what we call the third phase of our performance enhancement complex. We previously had the Boe and Myrna Adams Strength and Conditioning Center, the Tim and Terri Langford Sports Medicine Center and now a vital and very important part of what we call the Academic Success Center. “That is a very appropriate name for what we do here, because we have had a tremendous amount of academic success,” Lee added. “We work extremely hard to build a culture where our student-athletes want to succeed not only in competition, but in the classroom, and they have done that.” Among ASU’s most recent accomplishments was 173 student-athletes achieving a 3.0 grade point average for the 2011 spring semester, including 32 with a 4.0. There were also a school-record 186 members on the 2010 fall ASU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and 40 of those student-athletes held a 4.0 to also set a school record. The spring numbers represented 54 percent of all ASU student-athletes, while the fall totals represented 56 percent. The Charles Luter Family Academic Success Center serves as a foundation for structure, discipline and organization for the education of all ASU student-athletes. The facility, coupled with innovative programs and equipment, currently houses the academic support staff, tutors, computer labs, a resource room, study areas, tutorial rooms, small group study centers, a large conference room, the compliance office and spring sports coaching offices. The athletic department came back on May 20, 2011 to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open-house reception for to showcase some of the renovations that have occured since the donation was made. Among the most recent and noticeable modifications to the Charles Luter Family Academic Success Center is a new foyer housed in a brick and rock exterior that, along with new landscaping, gives the entrance to the building a modern look and creates a stronger image. The actual foyer has a large Red Wolves logo embedded in a terrazzo flooring that greets visitors as they enter the building. A receptionist office now also connects to the lobby area, which holds all-new furniture and a plaque recognizing Charles and his wife, Kay. A restructuring of the academic resource center, now known as Dawson’s Den, has occurred, including a wall-wrap celebrating academic success that is clearly visible for student-athletes working in the computer lab. Additionally, tutorial rooms and computer-work stations have been upgraded in this area, which also displays pictures of the most recent ASU graduates. The names of the latest members of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll are also showcased in Dawson’s Den. The area is named after Scott and Kay Dawson, longtime supporters of Red Wolves’ athletics. Team photos have been hung and are displayed along the walls of the building, along with plaques displaying the all-time winners of the Terry Gwin and Scott and Kay Dawson Ambassador Awards, two of the highest honors and ASU student-athlete can receive. Additional renovations are still scheduled, including new carpeting and a “Wall of Honor” that will recognize special studentathletes that come to Arkansas State and excelled in their business, in their profession, in their career or in their community.
2011-12 asu women’s basketball reference guide
2011-12 Women's Basketball Reference Guide