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19 April 2020

Visit 301 Redirects Of Expired Domains – What SEOs Don’t Tell Ya for the whole story Wouldn’t it be so much easier to just buy a site that similar to yours and redirect all their backlinks to yourself … you might try point them to relevant content or simply to your homepage.  I do that.  I’ve lead clients to try it with great results.  But it seems back ops and the more prolific SEO channels out there generally ignore redirecting or they discourage it. Consider Yoast … they are hands down number one in SEO page optimization on a WordPress site.  There blog then largely is widely accepted and they have said relatively nothing on the matter … but would it surprise you to learn they actually do it themselves?  Something they do but they’ve never made a blog post about it. Heres a video I made where I show others redirecting backlinks from now functionally defunct sites to their homepage.

  Now what?  Well so now you need to learn what sites to register and to redirect.  This involves a minor audit of the site first.  But thats another video. Hits: 0… The post 301 Redirects Of Expired Domains – What SEOs Don’t Tell Ya appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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17 April 2020

Visit Building A Custom CDN With DigitalOcean – UltimateCDN.com for the whole story Ultimate SEO is all for trying things and testing out options.  While we’ve used JetPack we’ve settled on Cloudflare over a year ago as our preferred CDN provider.  Ultimate SEO is a Cloudflare Certified Partner and we offer SEO Hosting packages through our Ultimate SEO Network which uses https://ultimateseo.net for all infrastructure. Building a custom CDN though we registered UltimateCDN.com which we’ll use in this experiment. Speed And Mobile Search Results In previous articles we’ve discussed the importance of speed.  Two client articles addressed this: Sex, Speed And The SEO Migration of Romantic Depot to WordPress and Optimizing For Site Speed: Page Load To SEO Cloud Server Infrastructure. We have also shown how less established, less well known, less trusted sites can out rank household brands by just being faster in Can Page Speed Alone Make A Difference In Google Ranking? Yes, it even beats Domain Authority. With mobile searches number now over 50% of all searches speed is a premium means to rank up among content.  Every time this site loads in the 2 second range we gain momentum and every time I find myself dropping in the rankings I realize I forgot to turn on our CDN. Content Delivery Networks Deliver Content From Edge Servers A CDN is a Content Delivery Network.  Essentially your load balancing on a global scale, this isnt new but its new to non-multibillion dollar companies.  Literally all across the world you’d need data centers all caching the content served by your webserver … The post Building A Custom CDN With DigitalOcean – UltimateCDN.com appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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16 April 2020

Visit Google Search Console Intro Video – How To Add A Site for the whole story

Google Search Console Intro: It isn’t Google Analytics but it is essential to your SEO efforts and you should use this powerful free tool.  In this video we briefly look at Google Search Console and I walk you through adding a site and verifying it using DNS records. Part 1 of our Search Console Videos Hits: 0… The post Google Search Console Intro Video – How To Add A Site appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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15 April 2020

Visit CTR, Impressions And Search Position Improves Web Traffic – Google Search Console Video for the whole story Gain More Traffic With Existing Content: GSC provides existing sites a handy list of pages that need new, better titles ands descriptions.  This video walks you through identifying pages that need new titles in order to rank better on Google. Hits: 0 The post CTR, Impressions And Search Position Improves Web Traffic – Google Search Console Video appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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13 April 2020

Visit How To Apply For Unemployment – Help Self Employed During Coronavirus for the whole story Normally you might not qualify for unemployment, but this isn’t normally.  Self employed, contractors, Uber Drivers and servers normally do not earn unemployment benefits but you should apply! You may not get the state benefits but you could qualify for federal benefits of $600 a week.  You don’t know unless you apply. This is a […] The post How To Apply For Unemployment – Help Self Employed During Coronavirus appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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5 April 2020

Visit Another Year As A Top Rated Upwork SEO for the whole story   Happy anniversary, Matthew! You’ve maintained your Top Rated status for another full year! We created the Top Rated program to support the best talent on Upwork. Less than 10% of our community has earned this distinction, and even fewer maintain the high quality and standards for as long as you have. I want to […] The post Another Year As A Top Rated Upwork SEO appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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2 April 2020

On this day nine years ago the MS Dhoni-led Indian Cricket Team won their second World Cup title at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai by defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. Sri Lanka team won the toss and opted to bat after winning the toss in the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Batting first Sri Lankan team scored 274-6 (50) with the help of Mahela Jayawardene century (103*) and small cameos from Tillakaratne Dilshan (33), Kumar Sangakkara (48), Nuwan Kulasekara (32), Thisara Perera (22*), Thilan Samaraweera (21). Yuvraj Singh did not fail to impress in the finals also as he picked 2 wickets. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh picked 2 and 1 wickets respectively. Team India openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar came to crease and it was Lasith Malinga who brought the much-needed breakthrough by taking the wicket of Virender Sehwag (0) of the 2nd ball of the innings. Gautam Gambhir joined Tendulkar but again it was Malinga who picked up the most crucial wicket of Sachin (18) in the 7th over. Virat Kohli came to crease and joined Gautam and made a crucial partnership of 83 runs for the 3rd wicket as Tillakaratne Dilshan took an unbelievable catch to dismiss Virat Kohli (35). Gautam Gambhir was playing his role and the captain joined him and both of them took the match far away from Sri Lanka but Gambhir got run out on 97 and failed to make a three-figure score. Yuvraj Singh joined MS Dhoni and took the game to the end. Team India needed 4 runs off 11 balls and Nuwan Kulasekara was bowling and MS Dhoni smashed his helicopter shot for the Six and India won the World Cup after 28 years. And Ravi Shastri’s commentary “Dhoniiiiii…finishes off in style…a magnificent strike into the crowd…India lift the World…

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1 April 2020

Visit Political SEO Case Study: Louisville Metro Council Website for the whole story Highlands Campaign Site A site that I was lucky to work on during this 2020 election was that of Shawn Reilly, a candidate for Louisville Metro Council District 8.   The site is aesthetically pleasing, the candidate picked out a good template for that.  The template does incorporate some oddities in its coding and utilizes […] The post Political SEO Case Study: Louisville Metro Council Website appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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23 March 2020

Visit Passing Time In A Coronavirus Pandemic – Minecraft Is Back for the whole story https://youtu.be/bCGk17gERgs A quick tour of some parts of this massive map open to anyone. Minecraft Map That Added A Year To Matt’s MBA Studies   Seriously, Id have graduated a year sooner if I hadn’t been building this Minecraft city.  That was back in 2012 and several others helped in creating the avenues, channels, subways, […] The post Passing Time In A Coronavirus Pandemic – Minecraft Is Back appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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8 March 2020

Visit Yahoo FinanceArticle: Top 25 SEO Agencies Named for the whole story I don’t necessarily pay much attention to top whatever lists but in SEO they can show some level of relevance regarding visibility.  After all its the goal of SEO to make a site get noticed and I think it looks good for any SEO agency to get noticed.  That’s why I’m happy with the ranking […] The post Yahoo FinanceArticle: Top 25 SEO Agencies Named appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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15 April 2020

Visit CTR, Impressions And Search Position Improves Web Traffic – Google Search Console Video for the whole story Gain More Traffic With Existing Content: GSC provides existing sites a handy list of pages that need new, better titles ands descriptions.  This video walks you through identifying pages that need new titles in order to rank better on Google. Hits: 0 The post CTR, Impressions And Search Position Improves Web Traffic – Google Search Console Video appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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13 April 2020

Visit How To Apply For Unemployment – Help Self Employed During Coronavirus for the whole story Normally you might not qualify for unemployment, but this isn’t normally.  Self employed, contractors, Uber Drivers and servers normally do not earn unemployment benefits but you should apply! You may not get the state benefits but you could qualify for federal benefits of $600 a week.  You don’t know unless you apply. This is a […] The post How To Apply For Unemployment – Help Self Employed During Coronavirus appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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5 April 2020

Visit Another Year As A Top Rated Upwork SEO for the whole story   Happy anniversary, Matthew! You’ve maintained your Top Rated status for another full year! We created the Top Rated program to support the best talent on Upwork. Less than 10% of our community has earned this distinction, and even fewer maintain the high quality and standards for as long as you have. I want to […] The post Another Year As A Top Rated Upwork SEO appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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2 April 2020

On this day nine years ago the MS Dhoni-led Indian Cricket Team won their second World Cup title at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai by defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. Sri Lanka team won the toss and opted to bat after winning the toss in the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Batting first Sri Lankan team scored 274-6 (50) with the help of Mahela Jayawardene century (103*) and small cameos from Tillakaratne Dilshan (33), Kumar Sangakkara (48), Nuwan Kulasekara (32), Thisara Perera (22*), Thilan Samaraweera (21). Yuvraj Singh did not fail to impress in the finals also as he picked 2 wickets. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh picked 2 and 1 wickets respectively. Team India openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar came to crease and it was Lasith Malinga who brought the much-needed breakthrough by taking the wicket of Virender Sehwag (0) of the 2nd ball of the innings. Gautam Gambhir joined Tendulkar but again it was Malinga who picked up the most crucial wicket of Sachin (18) in the 7th over. Virat Kohli came to crease and joined Gautam and made a crucial partnership of 83 runs for the 3rd wicket as Tillakaratne Dilshan took an unbelievable catch to dismiss Virat Kohli (35). Gautam Gambhir was playing his role and the captain joined him and both of them took the match far away from Sri Lanka but Gambhir got run out on 97 and failed to make a three-figure score. Yuvraj Singh joined MS Dhoni and took the game to the end. Team India needed 4 runs off 11 balls and Nuwan Kulasekara was bowling and MS Dhoni smashed his helicopter shot for the Six and India won the World Cup after 28 years. And Ravi Shastri’s commentary “Dhoniiiiii…finishes off in style…a magnificent strike into the crowd…India lift the World…

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1 April 2020

Visit Political SEO Case Study: Louisville Metro Council Website for the whole story Highlands Campaign Site A site that I was lucky to work on during this 2020 election was that of Shawn Reilly, a candidate for Louisville Metro Council District 8.   The site is aesthetically pleasing, the candidate picked out a good template for that.  The template does incorporate some oddities in its coding and utilizes […] The post Political SEO Case Study: Louisville Metro Council Website appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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23 March 2020

Visit Passing Time In A Coronavirus Pandemic – Minecraft Is Back for the whole story https://youtu.be/bCGk17gERgs A quick tour of some parts of this massive map open to anyone. Minecraft Map That Added A Year To Matt’s MBA Studies   Seriously, Id have graduated a year sooner if I hadn’t been building this Minecraft city.  That was back in 2012 and several others helped in creating the avenues, channels, subways, […] The post Passing Time In A Coronavirus Pandemic – Minecraft Is Back appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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8 March 2020

Visit Yahoo FinanceArticle: Top 25 SEO Agencies Named for the whole story I don’t necessarily pay much attention to top whatever lists but in SEO they can show some level of relevance regarding visibility.  After all its the goal of SEO to make a site get noticed and I think it looks good for any SEO agency to get noticed.  That’s why I’m happy with the ranking […] The post Yahoo FinanceArticle: Top 25 SEO Agencies Named appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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4 March 2020

We’re continuing to encourage free guest post submissions.  While no one has posted an article in the last month, the test article recived 880 views.  That wouldnt include views from other sites syndicating that RAA feed.   At present I’ll give this resource another month or so and in the absence of a guest post submission I’ll discontinue the site.  To prevent that, create an account (Captcha is disabled omn purpose, if asked leave captcha blank. Source…

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29 February 2020

Visit SEO Search Engine UltimateSEO.center for the whole story Anyone can do SEO…and have a blog. SEO Information Accuracy If you Google something you always get back 1,000,000 results of varying quality.  SEOs aren’t tested and credentialed … one of my competing SEO Agencies in Local Search rankings has no formal education and spent time in a prison for meth distribution.  (So many you’ll […] The post SEO Search Engine UltimateSEO.center appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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25 February 2020

Visit Page Speed Optimization On WordPress – SEO Technical Audit Part 1 for the whole story Part 1 of a new series Completing A SEO Technical Audit begins with a popular topic Page Speed WordPress Optimization.  Its popular for good reason, in an article I note an example where a site ranks higher on mobile search than its bigger, higher DA competitor because of page speed.  The video walks through using […] The post Page Speed Optimization On WordPress – SEO Technical Audit Part 1 appeared first on Ultimate SEO | Backlinks, Audits & More. Ultimate SEO Articles…

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Phi Kappa Phi MedalsPhi Kappa Phi MedalsPKP is one of the nation’s most prestigious academic honor societies for students in all academic disciplines. Invitations to join PKP are extended to juniors in the top 7.5 percent of their class and to seniors and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class.

ASU’s chapter has also awarded 20 pre-membership Certificates of Merit to freshmen in the top 2.5 percent of their class and sophomores in the top 5 percent of their class in recognition of their academic success and as encouragement to join PKP when they are eligible as juniors.

ASU’s spring 2020 PKP inductees by hometown and major are:

San Angelo:  Sierra Brooks, physical therapy; Rachel Brown, family nurse practitioner; Ashley Dusek, nursing; Nicole Elliott, social work; Bianca Featherston, animal science; Audrey Fragniere, coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration; Alexia Guerra, biology; Haley Hernandez; professional accountancy; Stephen Horning, curriculum and instruction-advanced instructor; Lambert Landry, finance; Thi Ky Duyen Le, marketing; Macy McNutt, animal science; Neil Thiessen, mathematics/computer science; David Vignes, business administration; Annie Watkins, animal science; and Selina Woodham, physical therapy

Abilene: Renee Leath, guidance and counseling

Alvarado: Alicia Benson, guidance and counseling

Angleton: Yvonne Goldman, educational administration

Carbon: Maria Guillen, guidance and counseling

Cedar Park: Colt Owen, counseling psychology

Cibolo: Brenda Thomas, curriculum and instruction-advanced instructor

Del Rio: Brenda Duran, nursing; and Valeria Vasquez, applied psychology

Eldorado: Anthony Esparza, accounting; and Maria Estela Guzman-Pina, guidance and counseling

Fort Worth: David Herrera, homeland security; and Mandy Kannapel, global security studies

Gary: Leigh Daniels, guidance and counseling

Georgetown: Travis (Parker) Tadlock, finance

Houston: Aaron Rodriguez, business administration

Iredell: Kristy Murphy, professional school counseling

Lackland AFB: Kamryn Alward, teacher education

Lamesa: Harley Merrill, accounting

Laredo: Raquel Guzman, professional school counseling

Lubbock: Alicia Velde, family nurse practitioner

Menard: Haleigh Hillert, accounting

Meridian: Emma Hooks, animal science

O’Donnell: Mi-Jeanne Van Der Bank, accounting

Paris: Amanda Little, guidance and counseling

Pearl City, Hawaii: Shayne Matsuda, intelligence and analysis

Penn Valley, Calif.: Tamar Billiet, homeland security

Pflugerville: Christina Loy, guidance and counseling; and Trysha Nichols, professional school counseling

San Antonio: Robert Feerst, homeland security; and Danielle Mullen, music/psychology

Seminole: Elva Berryhill, nurse educator

Spring: Jennifer Baldwin, business administration

Stinnett: Amy Green, professional school counseling

Stockdale: Jacquelyn Cunningham, professional school counseling

Sweetwater: Anita Hoskins, natural resource management

Tow: Nicole Terry, criminal justice

Freshmen and sophomores receiving spring 2020 PKP Certificates of Merit are:

San Angelo: Hailey Dodson, intelligence and analysis; Amanda Haynes, pre-social work; Cristine Jones, mechanical engineering; and Michaela Zimmerman, music

Bandera: Jazlynn Lewis, animal science

Baytown: Madison Celestine, animal science

Brownwood: Patricia Zamora, finance

Carlsbad: Kenzie Jordan, biology

Cisco: Leigh Anne Montell, biology

Comfort: Jessica Santos, international business

Driftwood: Lindsey Schaeffer, animal science

Fort Worth: Alexander Hubbell, mathematics

Goldthwaite: T.J. Watson, criminal justice

Lubbock: Michael Bedsole, criminal justice

May: Shannon Dennis, marketing

Midland: Haley Russell, marketing

Plano: Sharin Salam, biology

San Antonio: Katherine Saldana, animal science

Wichita Falls: Autumn Colley, biology

Gunsan si, South Korea: Yuseok Kang, computer science

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society encompassing all academic disciplines. It is considered one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies along with Phi Beta Kappa, which recognizes majors in the arts and sciences, and Sigma Xi, which honors majors in the sciences.

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Phi Kappa Phi MedalsPhi Kappa Phi MedalsPKP is one of the nation’s most prestigious academic honor societies for students in all academic disciplines. Invitations to join PKP are extended to juniors in the top 7.5 percent of their class and to seniors and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class.

ASU’s chapter has also awarded 20 pre-membership Certificates of Merit to freshmen in the top 2.5 percent of their class and sophomores in the top 5 percent of their class in recognition of their academic success and as encouragement to join PKP when they are eligible as juniors.

ASU’s spring 2020 PKP inductees by hometown and major are:

San Angelo:  Sierra Brooks, physical therapy; Rachel Brown, family nurse practitioner; Ashley Dusek, nursing; Nicole Elliott, social work; Bianca Featherston, animal science; Audrey Fragniere, coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration; Alexia Guerra, biology; Haley Hernandez; professional accountancy; Stephen Horning, curriculum and instruction-advanced instructor; Lambert Landry, finance; Thi Ky Duyen Le, marketing; Macy McNutt, animal science; Neil Thiessen, mathematics/computer science; David Vignes, business administration; Annie Watkins, animal science; and Selina Woodham, physical therapy

Abilene: Renee Leath, guidance and counseling

Alvarado: Alicia Benson, guidance and counseling

Angleton: Yvonne Goldman, educational administration

Carbon: Maria Guillen, guidance and counseling

Cedar Park: Colt Owen, counseling psychology

Cibolo: Brenda Thomas, curriculum and instruction-advanced instructor

Del Rio: Brenda Duran, nursing; and Valeria Vasquez, applied psychology

Eldorado: Anthony Esparza, accounting; and Maria Estela Guzman-Pina, guidance and counseling

Fort Worth: David Herrera, homeland security; and Mandy Kannapel, global security studies

Gary: Leigh Daniels, guidance and counseling

Georgetown: Travis (Parker) Tadlock, finance

Houston: Aaron Rodriguez, business administration

Iredell: Kristy Murphy, professional school counseling

Lackland AFB: Kamryn Alward, teacher education

Lamesa: Harley Merrill, accounting

Laredo: Raquel Guzman, professional school counseling

Lubbock: Alicia Velde, family nurse practitioner

Menard: Haleigh Hillert, accounting

Meridian: Emma Hooks, animal science

O’Donnell: Mi-Jeanne Van Der Bank, accounting

Paris: Amanda Little, guidance and counseling

Pearl City, Hawaii: Shayne Matsuda, intelligence and analysis

Penn Valley, Calif.: Tamar Billiet, homeland security

Pflugerville: Christina Loy, guidance and counseling; and Trysha Nichols, professional school counseling

San Antonio: Robert Feerst, homeland security; and Danielle Mullen, music/psychology

Seminole: Elva Berryhill, nurse educator

Spring: Jennifer Baldwin, business administration

Stinnett: Amy Green, professional school counseling

Stockdale: Jacquelyn Cunningham, professional school counseling

Sweetwater: Anita Hoskins, natural resource management

Tow: Nicole Terry, criminal justice

Freshmen and sophomores receiving spring 2020 PKP Certificates of Merit are:

San Angelo: Hailey Dodson, intelligence and analysis; Amanda Haynes, pre-social work; Cristine Jones, mechanical engineering; and Michaela Zimmerman, music

Bandera: Jazlynn Lewis, animal science

Baytown: Madison Celestine, animal science

Brownwood: Patricia Zamora, finance

Carlsbad: Kenzie Jordan, biology

Cisco: Leigh Anne Montell, biology

Comfort: Jessica Santos, international business

Driftwood: Lindsey Schaeffer, animal science

Fort Worth: Alexander Hubbell, mathematics

Goldthwaite: T.J. Watson, criminal justice

Lubbock: Michael Bedsole, criminal justice

May: Shannon Dennis, marketing

Midland: Haley Russell, marketing

Plano: Sharin Salam, biology

San Antonio: Katherine Saldana, animal science

Wichita Falls: Autumn Colley, biology

Gunsan si, South Korea: Yuseok Kang, computer science

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society encompassing all academic disciplines. It is considered one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies along with Phi Beta Kappa, which recognizes majors in the arts and sciences, and Sigma Xi, which honors majors in the sciences.

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Angelo State's New Stephens ChapelAngelo State’s New Stephens ChapelThe new chapel is named in honor of longtime ASU supporters F.L. “Steve” and Pollyanna Stephens. In recognition of the honorary naming, the Stephens fully funded construction of the chapel with a gift of $1.925 million and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony on April 17, 2019.

Dr. Brian J. MayDr. Brian J. May“F.L. ‘Steve’ and Pollyanna Stephens personify commitment to their community and sharing their success beyond measure,” said ASU President Brian J. May. “This beautiful chapel is an enduring example of their gracious spirit. For decades to come, the chapel will welcome members of the Ram Family as a place for respite and reflection. In addition to campus services, we look forward to hosting a lot of weddings. In the midst of all the current uncertainty, today is a memorable day for the Ram Family.”

See a video message from Dr. May about the virtual opening of the Stephens Chapel at www.angelo.edu/ramsrise/stephens-chapel.php. Videos and photos of the chapel can also be found on the same webpage. A formal public opening of the chapel will take place at a later date.

At 3,100 square feet, the Stephens Chapel includes a portico, narthex, sanctuary, bride’s room, groom’s room/vesting, sacristy, restrooms and service areas. It has metal-framed, brick/stone-clad exterior walls and a metal roof. The finishes include stone tile flooring, interior brick walls, stained glass windows, custom light fixtures, wood deck ceilings and custom pews.

Stephens Chapel interiorStephens Chapel interiorThis is the second ASU facility to be named for the Stephens, whose name also adorns the Stephens Arena inside the ASU Junell Center athletics facility on South Jackson Street.

Steve Stephens is the retired chairman, CEO and co-founder of Town & Country Food Stores Inc. One of the state’s most prominent businessmen, he has been recognized nationwide for his contributions to the convenience store industry. Pollyanna Stephens is the retired co-owner, board secretary, and director of public relations and special events for Town & Country Food Stores. She also served 12 years on the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, including a term as chairman, when ASU belonged to the TSUS.

(L to R) ASU President Brian May, Pollyanna Stephens and F.L. “Steve” Stephens at the chapel ...(L to R) ASU President Brian May, Pollyanna Stephens and F.L. “Steve” Stephens at the chapel groundbreaking ceremonyOver the years, the Stephens have made a dynamic pair and compiled a long and enviable record of public service at the community and statewide levels. Their business, civic, cultural and philanthropic efforts have touched the lives of virtually everyone in San Angelo. The ASU Alumni Association has designated them as “Honorary Alumni” and the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce has named them “Citizens of the Year.” In March 2008, they were each awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from ASU for their longstanding support of the university.

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