Gov. Beebe releases $4 million to complete ASU Humanities and Social Sciences Building

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Governor Mike Beebe announced Saturday a major funding contribution to complete a decade-long construction project at Arkansas State University.

Gov. Beebe presented a $4 million check from the state General Improvement Fund to go towards completing the Humanities and Social Sciences Building located at the center of the ASU campus.

"(Students) were all cramped into an old, old building in Wilson Hall and Wilson Hall is a landmark, but it frankly is old. They needed new space," Gov. Beebe said. "This building has been a combination of state funds that we have been able to accumulate over the years. It's taken us about 12 years to gather enough money and incrementally put this building together."

The Humanities and Social Sciences Building will house the academic departments of Criminology, Sociology and Geography; English and Philosophy; History; and Political Science, which are currently located in Wilson Hall.  World Languages and Cultures, which is located in the International Student Center, will also relocate to the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

In September, the ASU Board of Trustees approved a $27.7 million bond issue to finish financing construction of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building.

Dr. Charles L. Welch, president of the ASU System, said Gov. Beebe and various legislators have been supportive in providing more than $17 million in funding for the design and construction of the facility over the years.

The 120,000 square-foot building will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, departmental suites and conferences rooms.

The $36 million project is scheduled to be completed in the fall semester of 2015.

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