Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, announced today that the university would be closed Friday so that faculty, students and staff could observe a National Day of Mourning for former President Ronald Reagan.
Tiger Freshman Registration will continue as scheduled Friday, however. Also, the university's Sternberg Museum of Natural History will be open during normal hours -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- on Friday.
President George W. Bush has declared Friday, June 11, a National Day of Mourning in recognition of the former president. To honor that declaration, and following historic precedent set when state government closed for a day of mourning following the deaths of Presidents Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman and Johnson, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has ordered that all state offices will be closed on Friday. She urged Kansans to take a moment to remember the life and legacy of President Reagan.
The day will be an official holiday for state employees.
The fourth annual Tiger Freshman Registration for first-time freshmen begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Memorial Union. Orientation advisors will set up class schedules for new students, and the students may take the Math Placement exam and get their Tiger Card picture. From 10:15 a.m. to noon, the new students will be able to meet with faculty in their offices. Members of the faculty will be available in spite of the National Day of Mourning.
Most participants in the Tiger Freshman Registration have made reservations to attend, but walk-ins are also welcome.