ASU-Newport Breaks Ground on New Student Center

February 12, 2004 - Posted at 3:01 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT, AR - The fastest-growing junior college in the state is building its third new facility in four years.

Arkansas State University at Newport has broken ground on a community and student center.

The 36,000-square foot center will cost $3.5 million.  It will include a dining area, a food court, a video conference center and other facilities.

ASU-Newport's enrollment has grown 128 percent in the last five years.  In 2000, the school completed the Center for the Arts, and later built a new phase of Walton Hall and an aviation building at Newport's airport.

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