HAYS. KS -- The Hays Area Chamber of Commerce and Fort Hays State University's new student spirit group, Tiger Wild, are teaming up to offer colorful Tiger flags for the university's Centennial.
The 3-foot-by-5-foot, black and gold flags bear the likeness of Victor E. Tiger, the university's official mascot. Tiger Wild will unveil the new flags at noon Wednesday at the weekly meeting of the Tiger Club at Country Kitchen, 3203 Vine.
The flags will sell for $25 each, which includes sales tax.
The cost of the flags was kept as low as possible to make them affordable. The $25 will cover the manufacturing cost, the sales tax and some minor handling expenses, plus it will allow Tiger Wild to generate a couple dollars per flag for other club activities.
"Tiger Wild is a new student organization with the primary goal of promoting school pride. Members are encouraged to get involved and support university activities and events, with the anticipation of building a sense of community throughout the campus," said Dr. Diane Pfeifer, assistant vice president for student affairs/student life and one of the faculty sponsors of Tiger Wild.
"I think people are really going to be excited when they see the Tiger flags," said Gina Riedel, executive director of the Hays Chamber. "We hope that businesses and homes in Hays and across western Kansas will fly the flags to show their support for our university as it celebrates its Centennial."
Fort Hays State University traces its history back to 1902, when the first classes met in a vacated building of the former Fort Hays Military Reservation. The university has been celebrating pre-Centennial events for the past five years, and many more events are planned for the official Centennial year of 2002.
People can purchase Tiger flags this weekend. They will be on sale in the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce booth at Oktoberfest on Friday, and Tiger Wild members will sell the flags during the Homecoming football game on Saturday.
The Tiger flags also are available at the University Bookstore in the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.
People can order Tiger flags by calling the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce at (785) 628-8201 or visiting the office at 1301 Pine. The chamber will forward orders to Tiger Wild, and students will personally deliver the Tiger flags to homes and businesses. Tiger Wild members also hope to have flagpoles and brackets available so they can install the flags. Details about the cost of that additional service will be announced when it becomes available.