Meetings Watch: ENM Board of Regents — Aug. 27

The following took place at the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents meeting on Monday:

  • President Dr. Steve Gamble reported that student enrollment for the fall 2013 semester will likely be down. The final numbers won’t be official until September, but as of now there is about a 1 percent decrease in enrollment. He reported they are down about 50 freshmen and 50 transfer students. Student-athlete enrollment is also down, as Gamble reported each team reported smaller rosters.
  • The vote on the new stadium will take place during Homecoming weekend.
  • Bids are still being received on the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building renovation. The contracts for construction will be awarded in September, with construction due to begin in October. The project is expected to be finished within 12 months, and is due to re-open in spring 2015.
  • The board approved a motion to repair a roof at the ENMU-Ruidoso campus, pending a report from an architect. According to the board, the project has already been approved by the ENMU-Ruidoso Board of Regents and will cost around $323,000.
  • The board approved a motion to temporarily waive a policy restricting non-university guests to ride in university vehicles for the September football game in Dallas versus Sul Ross State. Gamble noted there is no difference in liability.
  • The board approved a motion to renovate the Golden Library. The project will consist of two phases, one beginning in May 2015 and the other in May 2017. The first phase will move all student success programs and services on campus into one central location at the Golden Library. The second phase will renovate the library itself with the goal of making a more modern library. The project will cost $13 million per phase — $11 million will come from general obligation bonds while $2 million will come from university funds.

— Compiled by PNT staff writer Eric Norwood Jr.

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