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NMSU Board of Regents approves continued discussion on convention center

The New Mexico State University Board of Regents on Friday approved further discussions between NMSU officials and the city of Las Cruces on a proposed city convention center.

ion took place at the regular board meeting following a presentation by Ben

Woods, Senior Vice President for Planning, Physical Resources and University Relations. Woods emphasized that the resolution of support being proposed was not a final agreement on any center. Approval means discussions and meetings on a proposed center on NMSU property will continue, Woods told the board.

Woods assured the board members that there would be ample opportunity for the NMSU community to participate in those conversations and discussions.

The regents also heard good news from President Michael V. Martin.

"Our enrollment numbers are up," Martin said, adding that the efforts of a number of staff should be applauded for their attention to increasing those figures at the university.

The third-largest freshman class in the last 20 years is part of a more than two percent increase in total student enrollment for the fall 2006 semester according to figures released Friday. Student enrollment stands at 16,264.

There will be a joint meeting of the NMSU Board of Regents with the UNM Board of Regents at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 in the Senate Chambers (Room 302) in Corbett Center on NMSU's main campus in Las Cruces.

Mary A. Benanti
Sept. 8, 2006