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NMSU to celebrate College of Health and Social Services building expansion

New Mexico State University students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to attend a building expansion celebration for the College of Health and Social Services. The event will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 9 next to the college's new building addition, currently under construction. NMSU President Barbara Couture and Dr. Alfredo Vigil, secretary of New Mexico's Department of Health, will speak during the event.



A two-story, 6,400-square-foot addition is being constructed on the south end of the College of Health and Social Services building. Work is expected to be complete later this summer. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

"The need for this expansion is critical," said Tilahun Adera, dean of the College of Health and Social Services. "It will provide a much-needed facility for the expansion of some of our research programs focusing on reducing health disparities in the Southwestern United States. The new construction will also provide a large lecture classroom space needed to accommodate the growth of the college."

The College of Health and Social Services consists of the School of Nursing, School of Social Work and Department of Health Science. Over the past few years, enrollment in the college has grown substantially, with graduate enrollment up nearly 100 percent since 2006 and the college's overall student headcount up approximately 30 percent in that same time. Since 2001, the college's overall enrollment has doubled, with 1,648 students currently declared as majors in the college.

"New Mexico State University is doing an outstanding job in training the next generation of health professionals in New Mexico," Vigil said. "This expansion is important because it is essential that we train and retain health professionals from all disciplines to work in New Mexico, especially in our rural communities. I want to thank New Mexico State University for making a strong commitment to improving the overall health of all New Mexicans."

"This is going to be a great addition to campus, and it's moving very rapidly," said Michael Rickenbaker, NMSU's architect and director of facilities planning and construction. "The building will have a very unique style, driven by nearby Aggie Memorial Tower, which used to be part of the old football stadium."

The two-story, 6,400-square-foot addition is being constructed on the south end of the College of Health and Social Services building. The new space will consist of a 171-seat lecture hall, offices, conference rooms and a seminar room. NMSU's Board of Regents approved the $2 million construction in 2008. Work is expected to be complete later this summer.

"We're excited on many fronts," said Bob Nosbisch, educational outreach coordinator for the college. "Watching the building go up has been wonderful, and fortunately the weather has been cooperating. We're delighted that Dr. Vigil and President Couture are joining us in this celebration."

Vigil has 30 years of extensive clinical and management experience specializing in family medicine, geriatrics, emergency medicine and reproductive health issues. Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Vigil to serve as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health in 2007.

For more information about the celebration, contact Bob Nosbisch at (575) 646-5061, rnosbisc@nmsu.edu.