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story.lead_photo.caption Texas A&M University-Texarkana is on the grow with new buildings and programs to improve and enhance the Eagle experience. (Submitted photo)

The 2018-2019 academic year was filled with growth and new opportunities at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

The university completed over $40 million in construction projects with the opening of two state-of-the-art facilities. The new facilities have combined to both improve the quality of the student life experience at the university and to provide students with state-of-the-art learning facilities.

In October 2018 the university dedicated and opened the Lois & Cary Patterson Student Center. The new facility contains a recreation and gaming room, a large fitness center, locker rooms, classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and Ace's Place Café featuring Starbucks Coffee.

The building also houses a regulation-sized gym with seating for 1,500. The gym will serve as the home for Texarkana's first college basketball teams, as A&M-Texarkana adds men's and women's intercollegiate basketball beginning in the fall of 2019. The university's growing kinesiology program is also located in the Patterson Center, including the brand new biomechanics and motor skills labs.

The Building for Academic and Student Services opened in January 2019, just in time for the start of the spring semester. The beautiful glass-front building and its iconic sign is one of the first things visitors encounter on campus.

The first floor of the new facility houses enrollment services, the business office, financial aid and the Veterans Services Center. The new Creativity Hub, a collaborative work space featuring 3D printers and other technology is located on the first floor as well. Students from multiple disciplines, including computer science, electrical engineering and business can come together in the hub to work on projects and develop new technology.

The second floor contains classrooms and faculty offices for the College of Business, Engineering, and Technology, and the third floor is dedicated to A&M-Texarkana's nursing program. The nursing facility is comprised of skills labs, classrooms, and a fully-simulated eight-bed hospital wing. The hospital setting uses highly advanced technology to put students through countless real-life scenarios, better preparing them for their careers in health care.

As a member of a renowned higher education system, Texas A&M University-Texarkana provides students with the prestige of a Texas A&M University degree earned on a campus well-recognized as a true "community of learners."

With a faculty to student ratio of 15:1, A&M-Texarkana students receive a great deal of personal instruction and interaction from their world-class instructors.

The institution produces quality graduates within a career-oriented curriculum in the areas of Business Administration, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education. The university offers undergraduate degrees in 21 fields of study and graduate programs in 15 areas, including a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Students enjoy an abundance of activities, clubs, organizations, Greek life, and both intramural and intercollegiate sports while living and learning on A&M-Texarkana's beautiful lake-front campus.

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