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CSU renovates sciences facility

Clayton State University (CSU) held a ribbon-cutting for one of its original buildings on Monday.

The ceremony recognized the renovation of CSU's Natural and Behavioral Sciences Building, which was completed in August, according to Corlis Cummings, vice president for business operations at the university. Those present during the celebration included university President Thomas "Tim" Hynes; architects of 2WR Inc., of Columbus; and contractor Hogan Construction Group, of Norcross.

The 42-year-old building, Cummings said, was formerly known as the Business and Health Sciences Building.

University spokesman John Shiffert said the building has experienced interior renovations and has been renamed because of the programs and faculty it will house. The building is now geared for natural sciences, such as biology and chemistry, as well as psychology, he said.

"This building will provide much needed laboratory and office space," said Nasser Momayezi, dean of arts and sciences at CSU.

The renovation also allowed for a First-Year Advising & Retention Center office to be built, said Shiffert. This is a counseling program for freshman students and it's the first-of-its kind for the university. This program helps new students adapt to the university environment, and it makes sure they are academically successful by meeting needs such as tutoring, he said.

The project also included four new classrooms and several offices for faculty.

President Hynes said the university gave the building a facelift because of an immediate and existing academic need. "You can never accomplish 'epic' by yourself," he said. " Our ambitions are epic. We can achieve great things with others."

Vice President Cummings said the university received permission from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to move forward with the renovation project on November 2010.

The university invested approximately $600,000 in the project.

The renovation was also necessary because the university has experienced growth in enrollment and an increase in science major programs, Cummings said. "This helps meet the need we have out there."