Cramer Hall Unwrapping, Oct. 11, 2006

by Kathy Hedges

SOCORRO, N.M., Oct. 11, 2006 – The newly renovated Cramer Hall on New Mexico Tech’s campus will undergo its official “unwrapping” in a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. The public and the Tech community are invited to the event, which will feature refreshments and tours of the new building, following remarks by Dr. Daniel H. López, president of New Mexico Tech; State Rep. Don Tripp; and the heads of various departments located in Cramer.

Activities following the unwrapping include:

  • Tours of the building until 1 p.m.
  • Drawing for a video iPod – to remind people that Distance Ed will begin offering some distance courses in iPod format in the Spring 2007 Semester.
  • Displays of work of Fine Arts classes.

“We couldn’t have a dedication, since Cramer Hall has been there since 1927,” said Carol Lynn Tiegs, Tech’s marketing and events coordinator, who is planning the event. “And we couldn’t have a naming ceremony, since it’s already named. So we decided to have an ‘unwrapping.’” According to Tiegs, Cramer Hall will be wrapped in approximately 700 feet of ribbon.

Cramer Hall has undergone extensive renovation during the past two years, to make it a suitable home for several departments with modern, high-tech needs. Among these are the Computer Science Department, which now has several classrooms with computer connections at every desk, and Distance Education, which has video classrooms to transmit and receive classes.

One of the many programs Distance Ed oversees is the Master of Science Teaching program, which provides training for New Mexico’s science and mathematics teachers.

In addition, Cramer Hall is home to the Psychology Department and New Mexico Tech’s Community College.

The festivities officially open the 49ers Celebration of 2006. Other events include:

  • Alumni, Faculty and Friends Reception, at the Capitol Bar, 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19. The Vigilante Band will play beginning at 9 p.m.
  • Gold Rush Golf Scramble, Friday, Oct. 20. $49/person, for two-person teams. To register, visit www.nmt.edu/~spe or call 835-5412.
  • 49ers Rugby Match, 4:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, Tech Athletic Field. Current Pygmies vs. the “Ancestors” (i.e. alumni Pygmies).
  • 49ers Parade, 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, California St. Vigilante Band will be Grand Marshalls.
  • Soccer Match, 1 p.m., Tech Athletic Field. Tech. Miners vs. Miner Alumni
  • M Mountain Run, 9 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 22. Footrace to top of M Mountain, carrying bags of lime. A School of Mines tradition! For details, call 835-5646.


The original section of Cramer Hall was built in 1927 and dubbed “Science Hall.” Around 1970, the building was re-named after retiring regent Thomas Cramer. During the 1970s, two wings were added, a two-story wing on the south side that housed the Biology Department and a one-story wing on the north side containing offices of the Humanities Department.

But the two wings were in a Seventies style of architecture which never quite fit the Mission style of the original building. When the opportunity arose to redesign the building, architect Mike Hill, of Van Gilbert Architects PC in Albuquerque, seized the opportunity to do something completely different.

Or rather, something exactly the same. Hill cloned the original Science Hall and placed copies to the north and south, at right angles to the original building. Together with some extra space added on to the back of the building, that increased space from 8,850 sq. ft. (in its Science Hall days) up to a spacious 34,500 sq. ft.