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Community invited to attend open house for NMSU?s Corbett Center Student Union

New Mexico State University will celebrate the most recent renovation of the Corbett Center Student Union, including new student study areas and updated technology, at an open house event next week.


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Students use the newly remodeled downstairs lounge area at the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Aggie Lounge inside of Corbett Center. The event will celebrate the building renovations that began in February 2014. Tours and refreshment will be available, and an unveiling ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The recent renovation created more space for students, including new technology equipped study areas, roomier common spaces, a large lounge area and an updated covered outdoor stage that was specifically requested by students. The renovation was needed to bring the building?s amenities up to what today?s college students need, and expect.

?Before the renovation started, an assessment and survey was completed to find out what students wanted,? said Ophelia Watkins, who heads up Corbett Center on an interim basis. ?New technology equipped study areas, roomier common spaces and a large lounge area were added for students.?

Corbett Center?s old bookstore space was one of the first to be completed in the recent renovation. Now known as Aggie Lounge, crews transformed that area into a location for students to meet, study or just watch TV on a new, giant display. Quiet breakout spaces, with tables, chairs and computer monitors were also constructed for students to meet in groups and review presentations. New offices for ASNMSU are also part of the old bookstore space.

?The renovations allow for better use of the building by students. It is truly a place helping contribute to student success,? said Dustin Chavez, ASNMSU president. ?Everything from ASNMSU?s offices to the study areas are representative of NMSU?s approach to being student centric.?

During the renovations, Corbett Center?s ballrooms on the third floor received new floors and ceilings. Most of the building?s second floor was also redone. It now has a new layout and new furniture with even more space for students.

Also included in the latest renovations were new roofing, new fire suppression systems, new carpeting, new doors and additional security features. Corbett Center is also home to NMSU?s Dean of Students, Greek Life, Judicial Affairs, the student ID office, a gym, computer labs, multiple ATMs and other facilities used by students daily.

For more information about the open house event, please call 646-4411.