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NMSU to celebrate grand opening of CHSS building addition

The public is invited to join New Mexico State University in celebrating the grand opening of the building expansion for the College of Health and Social Services at 3 p.m. Oct. 29.

A 7,392 square-foot, two-story building was added to the College of Health and Social Services building to meet the needs of the growing college. The college will host a grand opening ceremony at 3 p.m. Oct. 29, in conjunction with Homecoming at NMSU. (NMSU photo by Harrison Brooks)

The expansion, which was constructed on the south end of the CHSS building, includes a 136-seat auditorium on the first floor with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment to which CHSS classes and other academic units on campus have access.

The second floor of the building will eventually house the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research. It contains several offices which will be occupied by faculty and staff engaged in research and health disparities research-related activities.

Since 2001, the CHSS's overall enrollment has doubled, with 1,648 students currently declared as majors in the college. The college contains the Schools of Nursing and Social Work and the Department of Health Science, which are popular study fields at NMSU.

"The degrees we offer are in high demand and are essential for the health and wellness of our communities," said Connie Loyd, major gifts officer for the college. "Because of that, we are a rapidly growing college, and the building expansion was a necessity."

The two-story building expansion area is 7,392 square feet and cost $2 million to construct. Funds were received from the state of New Mexico to house the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research.

The building addition has a unique style that is similar to the remodeled Aggie Memorial Tower, which used to be part of the old NMSU football stadium, and is now part of the CHSS building.

The grand opening ceremony will be open to the public. It will be held in conjunction with homecoming events and is another way to celebrate this year's theme, "Viva! Las Cruces! Lucky to be an Aggie."

For more information, call 575-646-5061.