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NMSU computer lab moves to Williams Art Annex

With New Mexico State University?s Jacobs Hall under renovation since January, Student Technology and Planning has placed a temporary computer lab inside Williams Art Annex, the art building, in order to keep up with students? technological needs.

NMSU students working at a temporary computer lab on campus.
Students take advantage of the temporary computer lab created in the Williams Art Annex while Jacobs Hall undergoes renovations. (NMSU photo by Ada Ciuca)

The lab, located in Room 107C, hosts 20 PCs with 17-inch monitors, a printing kiosk and a study area in which students are welcome to use their own technology. It is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., except during university holidays.

?We were concerned that we were not going to have enough computers for students,? ICT technology adviser Brenda Purcell said. ?The art department was gracious enough to allow us to use their room.?

In addition to the computer lab, Student Technology and Planning offers laptops and desktops for rent. Students can stop by Room 148 in the ICT building and rent computers for $100 per semester or $10 per week. Other technologies, including digital projectors and camcorders, are also available for rent. ICT does not accept cash, but students may use checks and money orders for payments.

The Jacobs Hall renovation is expected to be complete by January 2016. It will host a new computer lab, the NMSU Help Desk, the technology adviser?s office, equipment rentals, as well as a wireless lounge.

?It is going to be more service-centric for students,? Purcell said. ?I?m hoping it will be a place where students can come and hang out.?

The original structure, named after Carl Jacobs, a former NMSU professor, was built in 1963.