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Portions of O'Donnell Hall scheduled to reopen in April

Portions of O'Donnell Hall, the College of Education Building at New Mexico State University seriously damaged by a Dec. 12 fire, will reopen as early as April, according to Vice President for Facilities Ben Woods.

Meanwhile, the college's full range of classes will be offered in the spring semester, although they will be relocated to other space on campus, he said.

The fire, which caused extensive damage to the second floor and covered the first and third floors and mechanical systems with soot, apparently was caused by an overheated motor on an oscillating fan, Woods said. A formal report has not yet been received from the state fire marshal's office.

Woods estimated the damage to the College of Education building at between $500,000 and $1 million. The second floor will remain closed for reconstruction through the spring semester, but Woods said the first and third floors are scheduled to be reopened by April.

Classes as well as departmental offices have been relocated to other parts of campus, according to Interim Dean Michael Morehead. The plan includes using space in Goddard Hall, which already had been vacated this fall in preparation for extensive renovations later this spring, and space for faculty offices in Cole Village student apartments.

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. Cole Village will house two departments: educational management and development, and counseling and educational psychology.

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.

For more information, persons can call the deans' offices, 646-2498, or the departmental offices, which have retained their listed numbers.