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Development of NMSU master plan continues, more meetings scheduled

The development of New Mexico State University's master plan continues with a series of meetings this month.

ter plan outlines the university's future physical development and land use, including infrastructure, transportation and buildings.

"Input from New Mexico State University faculty, staff and students as well as the university's neighbors and friends is critical to the success of a master plan," said Michael Rickenbaker, university architect and director of NMSU's facilities planning and construction department.

Master plan consultants will meet in open sessions with Campus Planning, Advisory Council for Administrative Policy, Faculty Senate, Administrative Council and students from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 11. They also will hold open sessions for the public from 7 to 9 p.m. April 10 and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 11.

All four meetings will take place in the TV lounge area across from the information desk on the second floor of Corbett Center.

In addition to these meetings, the consultants will meet with several top university administrators April 10 and 11. These include Housing and Residential Life Director Jennifer Hiatt, Senior Vice Presidents Ben Woods and Jim McDonough, Jennifer Taylor (who will replace McDonough after his retirement), Senior Associate Athletics Director Herb Taylor, Director of the American Indian Program Don Pepion, Director of the American Indian Resource Development Program Joe Graham, Senior Gifts Officer Jill Grammer, Rickenbaker, Project Manager Sam Meraz, Assistant University Architect Greg Walke, Dean of Business and Vice Provost for Economic Development Garrey Carruthers, Associate Dean of Business and Chair of Economic Development Kevin Boberg, Arrowhead Center Research Park Associate Director Kathy Hansen, President Michael V. Martin and Provost/Executive Vice President William Flores.

Consultants for the project are Studio D Architects in Las Cruces and their partner firm, Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas and Co., who have offices in Tampa, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. Also, consultants in infrastructural engineering, transportation and landscape architecture will be involved.

Bob Nosbisch
April 6, 2006