ENMU receives grant

PNT Staff Report

Eastern New Mexico University has finally received funding on a grant that will provide $613,800 in new science equipment.

According to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office, the funding, which he secured last year from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used to buy molecular and cellular biological equipment as well as equipment used for microbiology, biochemistry, physical chemistry, anatomy and physiology.

“I’m a firm believer in the idea that our nation must dramatically improve its science and technology capabilities and personnel,” Domenici said. “This starts with the education individuals receive, which is why I requested these funds for ENMU.”

The items purchased will help to equip the Science Building which is currently undergoing a remodel. In 2004 voters approved $7 million in Bond B money for construction of a new building. Building cost rises have forced the university to pursue a remodel with a new addition instead of a new building.

The university, according to previous news reports, had expected the funding in July of last year.

Work began with demolition and asbestos removal in December. Work is tentatively scheduled to be complete by late 2007.