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Trustees Approve New 5-Story Residence Hall

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Arkansas Tech University is making plans to build a new residence hall on its Russellville campus. The Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved a proposal on Thursday for the university to begin full construction drawings for a five-story residence hall that will accommodate 290 students per semester. Total project cost for the planned residence hall is estimated at $12.475 million. The current timeline calls for construction to begin this year and for the residence hall to open in fall 2013.

Arkansas Tech plans to build the structure between Wilson Hall and the Critz Hall/Hughes Hall complex on the west side of its Russellville campus. In addition to determining the size of the facility and granting permission to begin full construction drawings, Thursday’s action by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees also gave the university permission to submit a feasibility study to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education seeking approval to issue revenue bonds. In other business on Thursday, the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees approved a letter of intent that indicates plans for Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus to develop an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing. The proposed associate degree program would give individuals with the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) credential an opportunity to gain the Registered Nurse (RN) credential. Graduates with the new Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing would also be eligible to transition into the Bachelor of Science degree program in nursing offered on the university’s main campus in Russellville. The letter of intent will be forwarded to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education for its consideration.

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