CMU christens Escalante, Dominguez

Voters have chosen the names Dominguez Hall and Escalante Hall to replace the stopgap titles of Academic Classroom Buildings 1 and 2 at Colorado Mesa University.

The first Academic Classroom Building, which hosts teacher education and business classes, opened in 2008 on the central-west side of campus. Academic Classroom Building 2, which will be home to mass communication and language classes, is being constructed across Elm Avenue north of the first ACB. Construction is expected to be finished in July.

With the prospect of having two buildings with nearly the same generic name looming, the university welcomed students, staff and community members this fall to suggest new names for the buildings. A small group of students and staff narrowed the field of nearly 400 suggestions to 14 options: Aspen, Centennial, Dominguez, Escalante, High Desert, Independence, Kokopelli, Juniper, Liberty Cap, Rimrock, Roan Plateau, Tabeguache, Uncompahgre and Wingate.

Anyone could vote online for their two favorite names between Oct. 28 and Nov. 11. In all, 6,028 people voted for at least one favorite name, while 5,883 picked both a first and second choice.

Voting leaned heavily toward Dominguez Hall and Escalante Hall, with Dominguez receiving 15.8 percent of first-choice votes and 15.3 percent of second-choice votes. More than 14 percent of voters picked Escalante as their first choice and 15.5 percent picked it as their second choice.

The first Academic Classroom Building will be named Dominguez Hall and Academic Classroom Building 2 will become Escalante Hall. The names are subject to change in the future if a permanent naming process is convened to name the buildings after people connected to the university’s history.

Wingate Hall came in third place and Aspen Hall came in fourth place, with all other names receiving less than 10 percent of the vote for first or second choice.

Colorado Mesa President Tim Foster said before voting ended that a third-place name could be used to replace the title for the campus’ Fine Arts Building, but that decision has not been made at this time, according to university spokeswoman Dana Nunn.


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