From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
February 15, 2007
Contact: Daniel Womack
(512) 463-0124 or (512) 636-6243

Fraser Announces Abilene Christian University to Receive Generous Grant

Abilene -- State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) joined with Abilene community leaders on Thursday in announcing that Abilene Christian University (ACU) will receive a three-year grant from the AT&T Foundation totaling $1,000,000.

"Abilene Christian University is a leader in higher education not only throughout this state but our nation," Fraser said. "This generous grant will help enhance the learning opportunities that ACU strives to offer all of its students."

ACU will use the money for developing the technological infrastructure for the Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center. This includes the telecommunications system with multi-media components as well as state-of-the-art electronic media presentation capabilities, computer operations and connectivity to the main campus systems.

"We are extremely grateful to Sen. Troy Fraser for his strong advocacy of this grant request. We are also thankful to the AT&T Foundation for the generous gift," ACU President Dr. Royce Money said. "This grant will provide the technological infrastructure of our new Bob and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center."

"We're honored to help further this university's mission of preparing young people to be the leaders of tomorrow," said AT&T Texas President Jim Epperson. "And I can think of no better examples of leaders than Dr. Bob Hunter and Senator Troy Fraser."

ACU has a diverse and global environment, which enriches student learning. The university offers generous scholarships to incoming students with exceptional academic records and demonstrated leadership skills, and ACU attracts some of the nation's brightest students who want to study in a Christian environment.

About Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University is a national leader in higher education with over 4,800 students, from 50 states and 60 countries. The mission of Abilene Christian University is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

About AT&T Foundation

The AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc., supports programs that build communities and improve access to information technologies, technology training and professional skills development. The Foundation will provide more than $60 million in 2006 in charitable contributions, thereby, placing it among the top five largest corporate foundations in the country.

Senator Fraser represents a 21-county region in the geographic center of the state. He is the Chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. He also sits on the following standing Senate Committees: Finance, State Affairs, and International Relations and Trade.