China beckons for delegation from FHSU, state of Kansas

Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, and Kansas Lt. Gov. John Moore will leave today for China with a 14-person delegation to pursue education and business opportunities and to attend graduation ceremonies that include FHSU students at two Chinese universities.

The delegation, which departs Friday from Kansas City, includes Kansas Board of Regents Member Nelson Galle and his wife, Marilyn, of Manhattan; ag-businessman Dennis Lutgen and his wife, Debra, of Beloit; FHSU professor emeritus Dr. Edward Stehno and his wife, Donna, of Hays; Marcie Adler, secretary to former Sen. Bob Dole, of Arlington, VA; FHSU General Counsel Todd Powell; Cindy Elliott, FHSU's assistant provost for strategic partnerships and dean of distance learning; Mary Sprenkel, member services coordinator for the Kansas Medical Society, of Hays; and FHSU graduate students Wei "Wayne" Wang and Xing "Helen" Su from China. Wang serves as a graduate assistant to President Hammond.

The group will arrive in Beijing at 2:20 p.m. Friday, China time, which is a half-day ahead of Kansas time, and then travel to Shenyang, where President Hammond will speak Sunday at the 55th Anniversary Celebration for Shenyang Normal University, one of FHSU's partner universities in China. During the ceremony, the president will unveil a sculpture that is a gift from the state of Kansas and FHSU. The sculpture was created by FHSU Art Professor Linda Ganstrom.

While in Shenyang, the delegation will meet with the vice governor of Liaoning Province to discuss economic and educational issues and will visit Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, which is a partner of Boeing Aircraft.

Next, the delegation will visit the ancient capital of Xian. The visit will include a luncheon with local business leaders, a tour of Boeing Aircraft in Xian and a banquet hosted by the Shanxi Provincial Government.

The delegation will travel to Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province, which is a Sister State to Kansas, where they will tour wheat farms, attend a luncheon hosted by the Luoyang Municipal Government, meet with Party Secretary Xu Guangchun, and meet with the mayor of the Zhengzhou Municipal Government.

On Saturday, Lt. Gov. Moore will speak during a groundbreaking ceremony at the nearby Industrial City, followed by a meeting with the Zhengzhou Municipal Government to discuss possibilities for a private-plane manufacturing center in Henan Province.

The delegation will travel to Xinzheng, not far from Zhengzhou, on Sunday to visit Sias International University, which was FHSU's first partner university in China. Lt. Gov. Moore will give a speech to Sias students and the delegation will participate in a signing ceremony for a Student Exchange Agreement between FHSU, the state of Kansas, the Kansas Board of Regents and Sias University.

Lt. Gov. Moore will deliver the Commencement speech for 1,400 Sias graduates, including about 450 who will also receive Bachelor of General Studies degrees from FHSU. President Hammond will deliver a speech and confer the degrees.

Next the delegation will visit Hangzhou, where they will meet with local business leaders and city government officials.

The next day, Tuesday, May 30, they will tour Hangzhou Normal University, a new FHSU partner. The lieutenant governor and President Hammond will speak to university students and meet with university officials. There will be a formal signing ceremony for a Master of English program between Hangzhou Normal University and FHSU.

The delegation will arrive in Shanghai on May 31, where they will tour the Buick Auto Company, a silk factory and a pearl market. They will meet with the Shanghai Municipal Government.

The delegation will return to Beijing on June 2 for meetings with the U.S. Embassy and with the Ministry of Education of China. The next day, Saturday, June 3, they will visit the University of International Business and Economics, another of FHSU's partners in China, for Commencement. About 400 UIBE students will receive FHSU Bachelor of General Studies degrees. Lt. Gov. Moore will deliver the Commencement speech, and President Hammond will deliver a speech and confer the degrees.

That evening, the delegation will attend a welcome banquet in the Great Hall of the People, adjacent to Tiananmen Square, which will be hosted by both UIBE and Sias International University.

Finally, the delegation will travel to nearby Tianjin City on Monday, June 5, where they will visit Tianjin University of Science and Technology and the booming Tianjin Economic Development Area. The visit will include a luncheon banquet with Tianjin business leaders, a meeting with leaders of the Tianjin Municipal Government, and a signing ceremony for a partnership agreement between TUST and FHSU.

The delegation will arrive back in Kansas City on Tuesday, June 6.

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