Gov. Beebe presents additional funding for Liberal Arts building
Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 16:10
Friday, Gov. Mike Beebe announced the presentation of an additional $4 million from the Arkansas General Improvement Fund to A-Sate for the continued construction and completion of the Humanities and Social Sciences building (HSS).
The HSS, located in the heart of the A-State campus, will be the new home for the departments of Criminology, Sociology and Geography; English and Philosophy; History; Political Science; and World Languages and Cultures, according to a press release.
The state apportionment, coupled with the $15.7 million bond contract approved by the Board of Trustees in September, puts the project on track for completion in fall 2015.
The homecoming weekend announcement was especially appropriate for Gov. Beebe, who graduated from the A-State humanities and social sciences college with a degree in political science in 1968.
Lauri Umansky, dean of humanities and social sciences, said, “This building will allow us to continue to offer the high quality education Gov. Beebe received in political science, and that hundreds of other students have received as well.”
“We are beyond pleased to have a building of grandeur and beauty to house that education in,” Umansky said.
In the dedication of the check, Beebe said, “More than the view, more than the bricks and mortar, more than all that, the learning that will go on inside this building will be the ultimate testament of the value of this facility.”
The ceremonial presentation of the $4 million check was appropriately held outside the upcoming HSS. Charles Welch, ASU system president; Tim Hudson, ASU-Jonesboro chancellor; Lynita Cooksey, provost; and Lauri Umansky, dean of the college of humanities and social sciences, accepted the check from Gov. Beebe.
“It’s making a dream come true,” Cooksey said. “The money provided today will provide a first-class learning environment for Arkansas State University students.”
Umanisky said, “We are deeply grateful, we have waited so long for money to become available.”
“There’s nothing like putting humanities and social sciences, which are the foundation of the university, front and center and at the heart of the campus,” Cooksey said.