MSU Regents Discuss New Additions to the University

    Today the MSU Board of Regents worked on putting together a legislative appropriations request, a wish list of sorts they'll submit to the state legislature in hopes of getting money for campus projects.
    Dr. Jesse Rogers, MSU president, says, "We are going to ask for a tuition revenue bond to build a new library or to reconstruct the existing library."
    Dr. Rogers says the university library is too small now, and also has become outdated with technological advances.
    He says he doubts the state will approve tuition revenue bonds because of tight education budget, but he says they might as well ask for it.
    The board also approved a $1.6 million expansion of McCoy Engineering Hall.
    Dr. Rogers says there's a growing interest in the engineering program and the university will have to expand that program to accommodate students.
    "We'd like to put some various tracts of engineering into that program.  At this point, we cannot adsorb any more students into mechanical engineering."
    Finally, the board approved the addition of lights to the soccer and softball fields after receiving 4B sales tax funds from the city of Wichita Falls.
    Dr. Rogers say the softball team had to pass up hosting the regional tournament in the past because they didn't have lights on their field, so no night games could be played.
    In adding the lights, Dr. Rogers says hosting the regional tournament will be possible and that will pump thousands of dollars into the local economy.
    And with all this talk about softball, it usually brings up the question: when, if ever, will MSU get a baseball team?
    Dr. Rogers touched on that during today's meeting.
    He says next week a committee will start to be formed and they'll work on creating a baseball program at Midwestern.
    He also says the baseball field would probably be privately funded.

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