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Regents add athletics needs to legislative priorities

The regents of New Mexico State University have added a package of athletics needs to the requests that will go to the Legislature when the session opens Jan. 18, 2000.

The athletics requests include a $1.6 million building for academic programs and sports medicine to serve more than 300 student-athletes; $319,000 in improvements to the football field house, built in 1978; and $905,000 towards expansion of the golf clubhouse to include classrooms and other facilities to accommodate the needs of the professional golf management degree program and the growing usage of the facility built in 1962.

The Board of Regents approved the requests at a regular meeting Friday, Dec. 17.

Among the requests previously approved by the regents are a 6 percent increase in faculty and staff compensation, $11.4 million for a Health and Social Services Building on the main campus, and $1.25 million for the Dona Ana Branch Community College Border Area Satellite Facility in Sunland Park.

Expansion requests for research and public service programs include $450,000 to match a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to establish the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute, $415,000 to improve recruitment and retention of Native American students, $300,000 to establish a Center for Energy Technologies, and $90,000 for the Alliance for Underrepresented Students. Other appropriation requests include:

-Instruction and general programs: $400,000 for teacher preparation, $225,000 for a distance learning master's program in education, and $200,000 for the new Mexico Prefreshman Engineering Program.

-Constitutional programs: Expansion requests for the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service include $380,078 for Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, $438,800 for the Water Quality Program, and $500,000 for the Clovis Science Center.

The university also will seek restoration of $300,000 in funding for gender equity in athletics, which was not appropriated last year.