Elwell gives update on rec center

The ENMU Board of Regents held a meeting on Oct 12 in which ENMU President Jeff Elwell gave an update on the proposed recreation and wellness center for the ENMU campus.

Elwell gave a video presentation that featured a 3D mockup of what the 33,000 square foot building would look like. It features several basketball courts, weight machines, a climbing wall, a space for yoga or fitness classes, a concession area and an elevated three-lane track. In a survey completed by 744 ENMU students, 54 percent of those students said they would agree to a $3.33 per credit hour increase in student fees to pay for a third of the proposed facility. According to Elwell, the remaining cost would come either from legislative appropriations or donations. According to Elwell, the recreation and wellness center, if approved and fully funded, would likely be completed in 2021 or 2022.

Other items discussed at the meeting:

  • Regent Terry Othick gave an update on the potential remodel of the president’s house. Built in the 1960s, the home has aged considerably. Othick’s report detailed that the home had outdated and inefficient windows, worn out flooring and near dangerous levels of asbestos. According to Othick, the cost to renovate the home would be upwards of $490,000, while a new home would cost anywhere between $500,000 and $700,000, depending on size.

  • ENMU Police Chief Brad Mauldin gave an update on the University’s pursuits of an alcohol license in order to serve beer and wine at campus events. According to Chancellor Elwell, the application, which must be submitted to the state, probably won’t come back until February 2019.

  • A report of actuals was given for the fiscal year 2017-18. At the Portales campus, surplus funds were up by $3.45 million, while the Roswell and Ruidoso campuses saw $900,000 and $500,000 respectively.

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