Governor will speak to FHSU students

Public also welcome to attend; No admission will be charged

09/02/04 cr/ks

HAYS, KS -- Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will meet with Fort Hays State University students next week while she is in Hays for the Western Kansas Partnership Summit.

The governor will speak at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus. The event is free and open to the public. The governor will speak on "Making Your Voice Count: Why You Matter to America," followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

The governor's visit to campus is co-sponsored by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science and Justice Studies, and the American Democracy Project. The event also serves as the kick-off for Political Science Day, conducted by Pi Alpha Sigma, the campus political science honors society.

Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, said he was looking forward to the governor's visit to campus. "I am thrilled that Gov. Sebelius will be on campus next Wednesday," he said. "She has been a regular visitor to Hays and western Kansas, and this will be another opportunity for students and the community to hear directly from Kansas' highest elected official. I know her message will be interesting and informative."

Chapman Rackaway, assistant professor of political science and director of the political management concentration, said the topic of the governor's speech should resonate with the student body. "Under one-third of young Americans participate meaningfully in politics today," he said. "Gov. Sebelius understands that the success of our communities and our state relies upon individuals of all ages getting involved, not only in the political process, but also in civic activities that help improve the communities in which they live."

In addition to her talk with FHSU students and the public on Wednesday morning, Gov. Sebelius will deliver the opening address at the inaugural planning meeting of the recently launched Western Kansas Partnership Summit. The partnership seeks to be a planning organization and forum that involves individual citizens and organizations from every facet of the western Kansas community working together in a new way at a regional level. The goal of the summit is to stimulate dialogue and action among a broad constituency of leaders on a variety of issues critical to the economic revitalization and the quality of life in western Kansas. Moreover, the summit will serve as a catalyst for ongoing initiatives throughout the coming year.

Lt. Gov. John Moore will join Gov. Sebelius and prominent speakers on regionalism at the Western Kansas Partnership Summit on Sept. 8 at FHSU's Memorial Union.

Following her appearances on campus, Sebelius will headline a fundraiser luncheon at the Holiday Inn to benefit state Sen. Janis Lee's election campaign. For more information, contact Dawn Mermis, Ellis County Democratic vice-chair, at (785] 625-4294.

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