Fort Hays State University's Centennial event for the month of July will honor women in leadership with a luncheon and rededication ceremony for the Contemplation Garden.
The Contemplation Garden, originally dedicated in October 1997, was conceived by the late Dr. Ann McClure, a professor of business administration at FHSU from 1988-1999. Created to honor the contributions of women to the university, it features two limestone statues by Hays sculptor Pete Felten.
To accommodate July's typical high temperatures, the rededication luncheon will take place in the Memorial Union from noon to 1 p.m. on July 16. FHSU First Lady Viv Hammond will emcee the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.
Two local women -- one alumna and one current student -- will offer personal reflections on what Fort Hays State University means to a woman in leadership.
Brenda Herrman, assistant director of public works for the city of Hays, graduated from FHSU in May 2000 with a master of liberal studies degree. Patty Stull, realtor and owner of Coldwell Banker Executive Realty, is currently pursuing a bachelor of general studies degree.
In addition to Herrman and Stull, FHSU President Dr. Edward H. Hammond will speak at the rededication ceremony about the significance of the garden.
Although the luncheon is free, to get an accurate meal count those interested in attending should notify the President's Office at (785) 628-4232 by 4:30 p.m. on July 10.