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Morrisons named 2012 Partner of the Year

Posted: Thursday, Nov 1st, 2012

Janet and Ted Morrison

ASU Sports Information Director

ALAMOSA—After 25 years of supporting Adams State University Athletics through their business and through their service, Ted and Janet Morrison of Arby’s of Alamosa, will be recognized as the 2012 Grizzly Club Corporate Partner of the Year at Thursday’s ASU Foundation Donor Recognition Dinner.

The Morrison’s have owned Arby’s and have been boosters since 1987. They then started the Arby’s San Luis Valley All-Star Basketball game a year later. That game, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next March, raises funds for the Adams State men’s and women’s basketball programs to provide scholarships to high school standouts from the SLV.

Although that game is very recognizable, it is just one of the numerous things that the Morrison’s have done for ASU Athletics.

For the last two years, Arby’s have sponsored the schedule cards and posters for the Grizzly athletic teams. They have also provided the use of their cabin in Conejos Canyon for the Grizzly basketball teams to use for a fall retreat weekend. That weekend, a great way for early team-building, has borne plenty of fruit as the Grizzly men’s basketball team has advanced to back-to-back NCAA Division II Tournament appearances while the women did the same in 2010 and 2011, advancing to the Sweet 16 in the latter.

Ted Morrison was also instrumental in the starting of the ASU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and has served on the selection committee since its inception. He also recently started a term on the Grizzly Club’s Board of Directors and is already hard at work on several special projects.

Ted, who works as a physician’s assistant, is also just as proud of the Adams State Teacher’s Hall of Fame, which he helped launch earlier this year.

His role with the Athletics Hall of Fame was permanently recognized in 2008 as the couple was awarded a Special Citation. In conjunction, with that honor, other citation recipients are recognized with an award, bearing the couple’s name and are perpetually recognized on a plaque that hangs in the Dr. Joe I. Vigil Hall of Fame Room, named after Ted’s high school football and track coach.

“I love doing for Adams State because they did for me,” he said while mentioning that after his father passed away when he was a sophomore in high school, then Adams State College, hired his mother Jo.

After playing all of his Alamosa High School basketball and football games on the Adams State campus, it was only a natural fit that Morrison enroll at Adams State. He then met his future wife, who goes by the pet name of “Skip”, as fellow students in 1967.

Both graduated from Adams State in 1969. Additionally, their daughter Kim (Woodke) was a 1995 ASC graduate and their other daughter Melissa (Moeller) was a former admissions counselor for the college, who is now back in part-time role while pursuing a nursing degree.

“I can’t give back enough. I bleed green,” Ted Morrison said.

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