Charles Luter Family Academic Success Center
The Arkansas State University Athletics Department announced the fourth largest single donation in its history, a $400,000 gift from Charles Luter that was used to enhance the athletics’ academic facility, at a press conference held at the newly named Charles Luter Family Academic Success Center in September of 2008.
The Academic Success Center serves as a foundation for structure, discipline and organization for the education of all A-State 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.
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 A-State 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.