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Ribbon cutting to be held for Health and Social Services building

A ceremonial ribbon cutting for the College of Health and Social Services building will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 8, on the west side of the new campus building. An open house will immediately follow the program until 1:30 p.m.

n house will include a self-guided tour of the new facilities including state-of-the-art classrooms and research areas for the Department of Health Science, the Department of Nursing and the School of Social Work, nursing skill labs, a 1,400-square-foot Media and Resource Center and the college's first Research Center.

The 69,000-square-foot building was designed to incorporate the existing Memorial Tower. The tower, built in the 1950s as a memorial to Aggies who died during military service in World War II, was reinforced and the first level will be established as a study lounge and memorial to open later this year. The second level of the tower houses a 900-square-foot computer lab.

Health and Social Services is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its formation as a college in 1979. Lowery Davis was the first dean when the College of Human and Community Services was established and the health science, nursing and social work departments moved from other areas of the university to be part of the new college. The college changed its name in 1995.

The College of Health and Social Services saw a 10.9 percent undergraduate enrollment increase this spring, the largest increase in any of the university's colleges. It also saw a 25.2 percent increase in graduate enrollment.

Plans for a new building began in 1992. Funding for the new building included $2 million in university funds, $5 million in general obligation bond revenues approved by voters in 2000 and about $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The grand opening for the new College Canteen will be held at the same time and refreshments will be available at the Canteen, located in the southwest corner of the new building. The College Canteen is a cooperative effort by the university and Aramark Corp. The Canteen will feature Aramark's Grille Works and Montegues's with menu items such as New Mexico-style breakfast burritos, English muffin breakfast sandwiches, fresh-sliced deli meats on freshly baked bread, garden-fresh wraps and homemade soups. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and can seat 72 people.

For more information about the opening ceremony, call the college at (505) 646-3526.