HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University President Edward H. Hammond presented a special Valentine's Day gift of a heart button decorated with the university's Centennial seal and a Pepsi can promoting the new Jurassic Park exhibit to Sen. Larry Salmans Thursday, Feb. 14, at the State Capitol.
Representing FHSU at the Capitol were students, faculty and the president. The group visited the State Capitol in Topeka on Valentine's Day to hand out "heart" buttons to Kansas Legislatures and their secretaries.
Hammond arrived at FHSU in 1987 and started the tradition of taking "heart" buttons to the Capitol a couple years later. The first button had one heart and carried the slogan, "My Heart Belongs to Western Kansas." Because 2002 is the university's 100th year, this year's button forgoes the slogan and displays a circle of 14 red hearts surrounding the Centennial seal.
Just like a year ago, the FHSU delegation used the traditional Valentine's Day event to promote an extraordinary exhibit at its Sternberg Museum of Natural History -- "Jurassic Park: The Life and Death of Dinosaurs." Along with the Centennial heart button, FHSU representatives handed out special Pepsi cans that promote the "Jurassic Park" exhibit.
Like "Sue," the "Jurassic Park" visit to the Sternberg Museum represents an unusual opportunity for the people of Kansas and adjacent states. Hays is the only city in the middle of the United States that will host the "Jurassic Park" exhibit. Its closest stops have been Cincinnati to the east and Phoenix to the west, and the next scheduled sites are in Hawaii and Alabama. The "Jurassic Park" exhibit opened Feb. 2 and will remain at the Sternberg Museum until May 5.
The exhibit features a full-mount fossil cast of Giganotosaurus (GIG-a-NO-to-SAW-rus), a new species discovered in Patagonia, Argentina, in 1993. It is larger than the largest Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered.
Tickets are available by calling, toll free, 1-877-332-1165. A Web site has also been established for information and online ticket purchasing at www.jparkdinos.com. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children and senior citizens. Tickets will be $7 and $5 at the door.