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Cost $26M for UA baseball structure

FAYETTEVILLE -- A baseball clubhouse at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville will be built for about $26 million instead of $20 million to $25 million after trustees approved design changes Monday.

A tunnel added to the design will connect the planned Baseball Development Center at Baum-Walker Stadium to the game-day dugout.

The center, estimated at 40,000 to 45,000 square feet, will be paid for in part by a bond issue of up to $31.25 million payable over 15 years, as well as by athletic revenue and gifts, according to documents presented to UA trustees. The bonds are to be repaid with revenue from athletics and any future student athletic fee, according to the board's resolution, which also states that no such fee is planned.

Principal and interest remaining to be paid on bonds financing UA athletic projects totaled $210.9 million as of June 30, 2018, according to the university's most recent financial report.

Trustees approved the bond issue and baseball project in separate votes during a teleconference meeting, said UA System spokesman Nate Hinkel.

The bonds will also help pay for a track operations center at UA that was estimated in May to cost $12 million to $15 million.

In November, UA trustees approved the two architecture firms for what at the time was estimated to be a $20 million to $25 million baseball clubhouse project. WER Architects/Planners, which has offices in Little Rock and Fayetteville, and HKS Architects, an international firm with offices in various cities, were selected, with Kinco Constructors as the project's general contractor.

86 students listed as fellows for '19

FAYETTEVILLE -- Six incoming University of Arkansas, Fayetteville freshmen have been named Bodenhamer Fellows and another 80 have been selected as Honors College Fellows, honors that each come with $72,000 in scholarship money.

The 2019 Bodenhamer Fellows are: Alisha Chatlani of Rogers; Elizabeth Ford of Little Rock; Joshua Jacobs of Collierville, Tenn.; Mary Jia of Stuttgart; Tyler Merreighn of Greenwood; and Claudia Smith of Little Rock.

Bodenhamer Fellows will travel to New York this summer as part of the award.

The 80 Honors College award winners include 70 students from Arkansas.

The awards require a score of at least 32 on the ACT college entrance exam and a minimum 3.8 grade-point average.

"We had more than 1,000 fellowship applications this year, a new record for the Honors College," Noah Pittman, Honors College assistant dean, said in a statement. There were 1,027 fellowship applicants compared with 924 for the previous year, according to UA.

Metro on 06/23/2019

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