The ribbon is cut, the doors are open and the celebration is about to begin for the Memorial Union at Fort Hays State University. After more than 21 months, an $8.5 million renovation is complete and the Union will host a four-day "FHSU" celebration from Sept. 10 to Sept. 13.
"F" is for Festival Day, Monday, Sept. 10, which will include performances from the Garden City High School Folkloric Dance Team and the Haskell Indian University Intertribal Culture Club on the union patio in the Quad starting at 11 a.m.
At 7 p.m., Lemuel Sheppard will perform a classic artistry of original folk music, blues and spirituals in the union's Cody Commons.
"H," heritage day, is Tuesday, and at 3 p.m. on the Quad, American flags will fly for the program called "Why We Serve," which will honor former FHSU students who gave their lives in past wars serving our country. Speakers will include state Rep. Eber Phelps and Petty Officer Caleb Duke of the United States Navy.
A discussion will take place in Cody Commons to explore the film "Why We Fight" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
"S," student involvement and student health day, Wednesday, will provide an opportunity for students and visitors to tour the union's Center for Student Involvement and the Student Health Center. These offices open at 8 a.m. and will offer snacks starting at 11 a.m.
Current FHSU students will lead a morning relaxation activity at 9 a.m. in the Quad called Tai Chi. This event is sponsored by the Student Health Center.
The Center for Student Involvement will also bring back the "Stuff a Tiger" activity. To participate, students must purchase an item from the Grab 'n' Go station. The receipt will be a ticket to stuff and build your own FHSU tiger. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is only available to current FHSU students. It is also first-come, first-served.
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From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m., people can purchase a chance to win a free meal to a restaurant in Hays to help support the Tigers in Service organization. Inflatable games and putt putt golf will be in the Quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Karaoke time on the Quad is from noon until 3 p.m. and a book signing by Linn Ann Huntington, associate professor of communication studies, begins at 2:30 p.m. on the Quad. She contributed a chapter to the book "Women and Success."
"U," for University Activities Board, will showcase student musical talent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Laurel Hickel, an FHSU sophomore, the reigning Tiger Idol, will perform in Cody Commons followed by Mario Lazoya, with an eclectic style of music. Alex Toepfer, an FHSU senior, saxophone, will perform a variety of jazz pieces. Balloon and body art will also be exhibited.
At 7:30 p.m. comedian Louis Ramey will perform in a half-hour comedy special.
Other Grand Opening events include a "banned book" sale at the University Bookstore; a specials punch card, available at the Union Student Service Center; a chance to win a $50 certificate from the University Bookstore; the Commerce Bank spin-the-wheel competition for a chance to win prizes that include a Netflix annual membership, an iPod or a Philips HD-ready flat screen television; and a Chartwells Food Service raffle for a Sony DVD theatre system.