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NMSU?s Center for the Arts to become the ASNMSU Center for the Arts

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved a name change for the university?s Center for the Arts during its regular meeting Friday morning. The building will now be known as the Associated Students of NMSU Center for the Arts. The change is in recognition for ASNMSU?s substantial support in constructing the building.


An exterior photo of NMSU?s Center for the Arts
The NMSU Board of Regents approved a name change for the university?s Center for the Arts. The building will now be known as the Associated Students of NMSU Center for the Arts. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

?This is a great legacy for past, present and future students,? NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said. ?It reflects their willingness to invest in the beauty and functionality of campus. It is also very appropriate for this recognition to be placed at a prominent intersection that connects the university to the Las Cruces community.?

?I?m extremely appreciative of the administration for working with us on this project,? ASNMSU President Wes Jackson said. ?It?s a beautiful building and we?re excited that we could make this happen.?

NMSU broke ground on the Center for the Arts construction project in 2010 and completed work in 2012. ASNMSU?s bonding capacity was used to ensure construction of the Center for the Arts stayed on schedule and remained within budget. The three-story academic building is home to NMSU?s Department of Theatre Arts.

?After working with ASNMSU presidents for the last three years on this idea, it?s gratifying to see the naming of the Center for the Arts in honor of the Associated Students of NMSU come to fruition,? said Christa Slaton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. ?The enthusiastic support from our student leaders as well as their financial contribution have been invaluable in making the Center for the Arts a reality.?

The ASNMSU Center for the Arts has a 466-seat performance space for theater and dance, which has an orchestra pit and trap room, orchestra level, two balconies and fly tower. The building also features a large rehearsal room, classrooms, office and back-of-the-house supporting areas.