The most anticipated event of the summer at Fort Hays State University is finally here. Although Fort Hays State University's Centennial Celebration has been going on for a full year, the actual Centennial occurs in June -- the first classes convened at FHSU on June 23, 1902. FHSU will be celebrating this landmark in style with a birthday party the evening of June 8.
From 6-7:30 p.m. on the campus quad, friends from near and far are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to join in this celebration. The Blue Healers, a local band specializing in classic rock and blues, will be the featured musical entertainment. Free Tiger balloons will be distributed to all children. Thanks to generous donations from local businesses, free refreshments will be served. Local Dillons stores will provide cake and ice cream, and the Pepsi Bottling Group will distribute soft drinks.
FHSU President Dr. Edward H. Hammond will make a few brief remarks, and university historian Dr. James Forsythe will be present to sign copies of his new book, Lighthouse on the Plains: Fort Hays State University, 1902-2002.
At 7:15 p.m., an assortment of FHSU merchandise will be given away in a drawing for door prizes; everyone present will be eligible to win. The party will conclude at 7:30 p.m., allowing time for party-goers to move to the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center for the "Something Wonderful: Richard Rodgers' Centennial of Song" concert at 8 p.m.
General admission tickets for the concert are $6, with the remainder of the cost underwritten by the university. Tickets are available at both Dillons locations in Hays, as well as at the Memorial Union office on the FHSU campus. The Memorial Union office, located on the second floor, is open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Friday.
Earlier in the day, the festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with the dedication of a new sign at the Highway 183 by-pass entrance to the campus, next to Gross Memorial Coliseum. A time capsule to be opened in 25 years will be buried at this site after a brief informational ceremony describing its contents. One item in the capsule will be a scroll signed by members of the university and community at previous Centennial events; those who still wish to sign the scroll may do so between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. that day.