Fidel Center 575.835.6513

The Joseph A. Fidel Student Services Center, New Mexico Tech's student union, is home to the Bookstore, Chartwell's, Counseling & Health Center, Fire & Ice Coffee Shop, the Game Room, Key Control, the Post Office, and the Student Association, all of which are located on the first floor. The second floor includes: Admission (Hi-Tech Ambassadors/MiniCourse/Multicultural Programs), Alumni/Advancement, Auxiliary Services, Cashier, Center for Student Success, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Public Information (Graphics/Marketing), Registrar, Residential Life, Student Accounts, Student Affairs (Career Services/Exchange/International Programs/Study Abroad), and Travel. 

In addition to student support offices, Fidel Center also contains the Atrium, three conference rooms, a dining room, open areas on each floor, a Terrace, a Ballroom that can divided into three sections, and the Quiet Lounge. Each of these areas may be reserved for meetings, reception, and other events by completing a reservation form . All reservations must be made with Fidel Manager at (575) 835-6513 or (575)835-6652 or by email to or

Fidel Hours

I. Fall/Spring Semesters                                                      III. Breaks
    Weekdays: 7 a.m. -   11 p.m.                                                Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
    Weekends: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.                                                Weekends: Closed (Open By Reservation Only)

II. Summer Session                                                              IV. Holidays
    Weekdays: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.                                                    Weekdays/Weekends: Closed
    Weekends: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fidel Fees



Joseph A. Fidel Center

NMT Student Union Building

801 Leroy Place

Socorro, NM 87801                                                                                                                                   575-835-6513



Facility Space                                                                                                On Campus                Off Campus        

Ballroom (per section; 3 sections)                                                              $350.00                         $385.00                

Conference Room (room max 12)                                                             No Charge                     $50.00                    

Quiet Lounge (room max 30)                                                                       $25.00                            $85.00  

Atrium (use of high tables, TV monitors, staff assistance)                      $225.00                          $325.00                

Atrium (  use of open space with no equipment requirements             No Charge                     $75.00  

Lobby (per floor; additional tables for dining/registration)                     $125.00                          $150.00

*Student Groups  (Fund #10200, 102400 or 102600)                            $25.00 per space cleaning fee


Special Equipment                                                                                                                                                                 

Small Dance Floor (12’x12’)                                                                                                                $150.00  

Large Dance Floor (24’x24’)                                                                                                                $300.00                  

Staging piece (4’x8’)                                                                                                                              $12.00 per piece


Special Services                                                                                                                                                                     

Liquor Service including permitting (if available)                                                                            $250.00-$400.00

Security required for events with liquor service (3 officer minimum)                                           $105.00 per hour

Technical Services                                                                                                                                $27.50 per hour     

Cleaning of events with Continental Breakfast/Appetizers                                                           $50.00 per room

Cleaning of events with Full Meal                                                                                                      $100.00 per room

Large set up fee (200+)                                                                                                                        $100.00


Equipment:                                                                                                     Daily Rate

Poster panels                                                                                                 $5.00

Pipe & Drape                                                                                                  $5.00/ section (+) $11.00 labor

TV/VCR                                                                                                            $20.00

Public Address System                                                                                 $50.00

Lavaliere Microphone                                                                                   $20.00

LCD Projector                                                                                                 $50.00

Flip Chart                                                                                                         $10.00

Whiteboard/Marker board                                                                            $15.00

Wireless Access                                                                                             $5.00/ account

Staging piece (4’ x 8’)                                                                                   $12.00      

Tables (60” round or  6’ rectangle)                                                             $6.00

Socializer tables (on site only)                                                                    $6.00

Table covers                                                                                          Skirt  $3.00              Drape - $1.00

Padded Chairs                                                                                               $2.00 each

Cleaning Fee                                                                                                  $25.00 minimum

Layout change day of event                                                                         $25.00 minimum


NOTE:  All equipment such as tables, chairs, overhead, slide projector, podium, screen, and overhead sound system are included in room rate.  Room rate is valid for a nine (9) hour period. For additional information please speak with the Event Specialist

Rental agreement form

 Fidel Reservation Policies
Reservations: Reservations must be made either with the Manager of Fidel Center or Assistant at 575.835.6513 or 575.835.6652  or by submitting a reservation form.  An email may also be sent to
Fidel Rental Use Agreement: A Fidel Rental Use Agreement will be issued for each event detailing the space authorized for use, security requirements, decoration policies, dates/times of event and set-up, and audio/visual authorization.
Payments: An account code or credit card/check down payment of 20% or $100, whichever is greater, will be required to confirm the event. An invoice will be sent within one week of the event’s completion. Invoices must be paid within 30 days of issuance.
Cancellations: Cancellations 30 days or more before the event will result in ½ of the deposit being returned to the group. Cancellations within 30 days of the event will result in no refund.
Security: Evening events require a minimum of 2 security officers. Security may also be requested by the User/Tenant. The fee is $35 per officer, per hour.
Two-Party Users: In the event that a reservation involves more than one financially responsible party, the Fidel Use Agreement must be signed by all parties.
Damages: Fidel Center reserves the right to require a damage deposit for the protection of the facility. The User/Tenant is responsible for any damages. If custodial, electrical, or maintenance issues occur and are caused by misuse of equipment, ­­­a labor cost ranging from $34.50 to $67.50 per hour will be assessed. The amount charged for damage shall be within the sole jurisdiction of Fidel Center/New Mexico Tech and will be included on the invoice.
Catering: Catering for any function held in Fidel Center must be made through Chartwell’s at 575.835.5111 or 575.835.6174. Catering arrangements include tablecloths, chair covers, flatware, food, etc. Users/Tenants will be invoiced separately by Chartwell’s.
Liability: Fidel Center is not liable for any loss or damage during use of the facility by the User/Tenant. Any items belonging to User/Tenant must be removed upon completion of the event. During the event, Fidel Center reserves the right to eject or cause to be ejected from the premises any objectionable person(s). New Mexico Tech nor its officers, agents, or employees shall be liable to User/Tenant for any loss or damages that may be sustained through the ejection of person(s).
Layout Changes: User will be charged $25 for any significant layout changes made on the day of the event.
Over-Time Charges: For any event that goes beyond its reserved time, the User/Tenant will be charged $25 per half hour.
Decorations: Any decorations must be pre-approved and written into the Fidel Use Agreement. Damage caused by unapproved use of decorations will result in a charge to the User/Tenant.
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