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Work to Start on $6 Million Agriculture Center at SAU

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MAGNOLIA – Officials at Southern Arkansas University are to break ground on a new $6 million agriculture center.

A ceremony is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Magnolia campus.

The center consists of a two-story academic building that includes a large lecture hall, classrooms, laboratories, offices and a large pavilion. The Texarkana Gazette reports that construction should be complete by the end of 2012.

At present, agriculture courses at SAU are taught in Childs Hall, a World War II-era barn that was converted into classrooms. Officials intend to keep the building as part of the campus.

The addition is part of the campus’ master plan, which has brought $73 million in improvements since 2004.

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