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GO Bond would benefit NMSU campuses around New Mexico

Date: 10/01/2014

More than $25 million in capital outlay projects are on the November ballot for New Mexico State University campuses as part of this year?s proposed general obligation bond, which would help pay for major projects at universities across the state.

Photo of people walking by Jett Hall.
If approved by voters, GO Bond funding will provide $19.2 million in facilities upgrades to Jett Hall and Jett Annex. (Photo by Darren Phillips)

General Obligation bonds come before the voters of New Mexico every two years to support projects throughout the state. There are no tax increases associated with these bonds.

If approved by voters, the funding will provide $19.2 million in facilities upgrades to Jett Hall and Jett Annex. It also will provide additions and renovations to improve teaching facilities at Rentfrow Hall.

?These GO Bond projects are important to each of our campuses around the state,? said NMSU President Garrey Carruthers. ?Jett Hall and Rentfrow Hall, in particular, need serious attention. These investments will help to ensure our faculty members and students have safe and modern places to teach, learn and make new research discoveries.?

Jett Hall and Jett Annex would benefit from improvements such as replacing aging HVAC, gas and electrical infrastructure that support instructional facilities for the College of Engineering. The upgrades are integral to ensure the quality of education for chemical engineering students.

?Ongoing chemical engineering research requires proper facilities, laboratory processes and protective equipment to assure it can be performed safely,? said Chemical Engineering Department Head David Rockstraw. ?Jett Hall was not designed to accommodate such hazards, and only through the creative engineering of NMSU Facilities and Services personnel has chemical engineering been able to continue its mission. Laboratory upgrades are critical to the educational component of graduate and undergraduate students studying chemical engineering at NMSU.?

Renovations to Rentfrow Hall also are critical.

"Facilities are crucial for the recruitment, retention and quality instruction of our students," said Bob Wood, department head for the Human Performance, Dance and Recreation Department and associate dean for research for the College of Education. "The planned improvements to Rentfrow Hall will significantly advance our programs in kinesiology and dance, and support our community's need to prepare future healthcare providers. There is so much talent in southern New Mexico, and one of our greatest limitations to assisting these students in achieving their potential is appropriate facilities. Currently we are teaching in old abandoned locker rooms and closets as we support the needs of nearly 600 students in our department. I cannot tell you how significant this funding would be for enhancing the educational experiences of our students, and ultimately the preparation of professionals serving our community."

The ballot measure also includes a total of $5.9 million in infrastructure upgrades, renovations and construction for Dona Ana Community College, NMSU Alamogordo, NMSU Carlsbad and NMSU Grants.

Written by Minerva Baumann



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