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NMSU Regents approve additional phases of DACC's East Mesa Center

New Mexico State University's Board of Regents gave approval for phases six and seven of the Dona Ana Community College's East Mesa Center at its regular meeting Friday, Oct. 29.

Michael Rickenbaker, university architect, said this project implements the last phases of construction at the central plaza area of the East Mesa Center.

Phases six and seven comprise a cluster of building parts totaling 67,494 square feet and will include classrooms, computer laboratories and offices for the hospitality and public safety programs and general studies, as well as student development departments. The programs that will move to the East Mesa Center from the central DACC campus, located off Espina Street, will make room for needed expansion of the allied health programs at the central campus location.

The $17.1 million project will be funded with 2008 local general obligation bonds and 2008 state general obligation bonds. The project development includes parking lots, sidewalks and landscaping.

In other business, the Board of Regents heard informational reports on the university's budget, research initiatives, the NMSU Foundation's successful "Doing What Counts" fundraising campaign and strategic university marketing, specifically aimed at student recruitment.

The Regents also honored retired N.M. Rep. J. Paul Taylor and Sr. Vice President Jennifer Taylor, who is retiring after 27 years, for their dedicated service; and received a $72,000 check from John Hummer on behalf of the N.M. Department of Transportation Commission to make improvements to Sam Steel Way on campus.