Funding approved for weight training facility at ENMU

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents approved the use of $395,000 toward the design and construction of a weight training facility at the Portales campus.

ENMU fields 14 men’s and women’s Division II teams.

“It make sense to construct the new facility to increase the recruitment of athletic students at ENMU,” said Scott Smart, ENMU’s vice President of business affairs.

Smart presented the proposal for the weight training facility to the board of regents at Friday’s meeting.

“We need to move forward with this project to give the athletic department a positive feeling,” Regent President Alva Carter said.

“This new facility is important to the future success of the ENMU athletic program,” Board member Chad Lydick said.

The cost of the facility will be $800,000, $600,000 for construction and $200,000 for equipment, Smart said.

The college has $350,000 available for this project through legislative funding and $45,000 from student activity fees, Smart said.

The additional $300,000 for construction will be sought from legislative funding while the $200,000 for the equipment will be raised through fundraisers.

“We need for the ENMU athletic students and alumni to step up,” Carter said. “They need to take an active role in the fundraising for this facility.”

With the approval of the regents today the staff can move forward with the design of the facility, ENMU President Steven Gamble said.

“Now that we have the approval of the regents, we can start work on design and get to bidding as soon as possible,” Smart said. “We are looking to complete construction by spring of 2009.”

In other business:

• Regents approved the 2009-2010 proposed budgets for Eastern New Mexico University and the Ruidoso and Roswell branches.

Projected budget for the fiscal year 2009-2010.

Portales — $58.9 million

Roswell — $30.6 million

Ruidoso — $3.99 million

• Approval of funding increases and extensions of research and public service programs, including:

• A $50,000 for Black Water Draw.

• A $200,000 for the athletic department

• A $150,000 increase for KENW Broadcast Center

• Discussion of the ENMU auction on Saturday.