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Departments, classes relocated for spring semester

New Mexico State University College of Education classes as well as departmental offices will be relocated during the spring semester because of the damage to O'Donnell Hall from a Dec. 12 fire, according to Interim Dean Michael Morehead.

The new locations will be posted on the NMSU Web site by the first of the new year, he said. The information is accessible from the home page, www.nmsu.edu, by clicking on "O'Donnell Hall fire information." The class schedules and locations also will be available at the Corbett Center Information Desk.

A team of academic and facilities administrators has developed a plan to provide space after the winter break for classes and offices as well as for college programs such as Headstart, the NMSU Preschool, the Bilingual Preschool, and other functions, Morehead said. The plan includes using space in Goddard Hall, which already had been vacated in preparation for extensive renovations later this spring, and space for faculty offices in Cole Village student apartments. Off-campus locations have been found for some preschool programs.

"The situation is still very fluid so things may change," Morehead said. "But we will keep our Web page up to date so our students can check for those changes."

Morehead also encouraged people who have questions to call departmental offices, which have retained their listed phone numbers.

Departments and programs to be located in Goddard include the Deans' offices, Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Resource Center, Educational Research Center, Rural Educational Technology Alliance, Student Field Placements, and the Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation. The Advisement Center will be in Educational Services Building, rooms 7A and 7B. The departments of educational management and development and of counseling and educational psychology will be located in Cole Village.

Fire and smoke damage to the 32-year-old building is more severe than originally thought, according to Vice President for Facilities Ben Woods. Initially, administrators hoped that the building could be at least partially recovered by Jan. 4 when the university reopens. However, surveys of the soot-covered interior uncovered more extensive damage, particularly to mechanical systems.

For more information, persons can call the Deans' offices, 646-2498.