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Northern New Mexico College will celebrate the grand opening and dedication of its newly renovated Ben Luján Library Thursday.
The public celebration kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with tours of the library and a presentation of Oliver Greer’s Extraordinary Bug Exhibit. The college’s Digital Media department will also be hosting Bug Movies, a workshop where visitors can star in mini films in Northern’s television station studio.
The formal dedication ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a welcome by Northern President Nancy “Rusty” Barceló. The late Speaker Luján’s family, including his son, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, will be present to acknowledge the support and resources that the late Speaker brought to the institution and northern New Mexico.
The renovations added 7,000 square feet to the library, doubling the size of the original facility. The space includes a new computer lab, study pods, and student meeting rooms.
Following the dedication, the college will host a luncheon in the Connie Valdez quad, just north of the Luján library.
At 12:30 p.m. the College’s annual Research and Creativity Symposium will begin with a keynote address by, Dr. Eddie Castañeda, Co-Director of the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center University of Texas at El Paso.
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