College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Building houses classrooms and offices in the south-central part of campus, south of the Smith-Hutson Building and east of the Drain Building along Avenue I.
The $30 Million, 150,000 square-foot building is the flagship structure of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, containing the Dean's Suite as well as the departments of political science, psychology and philosophy, and sociology, and the Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center. The fourth floor is given over to business offices such as purchasing, human resources, and payroll.
Constructed on land most recently used as parking, the new building was approved in 2006 as Academic Building Five (AB5) and renamed the CHSS Building shortly after groundbreaking ceremonies a year later.
On March 20, 2009, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open the building. On hand for the ceremony were SHSU President Jim Gaertner, Texas State University System Chancellor Charles Matthews, CHSS Dean John de Castro, and U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady. During the celebration, Matthews read a poem about Old Main and Brady presented de Castro with a flag that was flown over the Texas Capitol in honor of the grand opening.
In October 2009 the CHSS Building received the "Award of Excellence" in Texas Construction magazine's "Best of 2009" competition.
In November 2012 an outdoor classroom was dedicated outside the building's eastern entrance.
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