Fort Hays State University will welcome faculty back to school, and President Edward H. Hammond will reveal his theme for the year in his State of the University speech at the annual Fall Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. In a new feature this year, the State of the University speech will be followed by the introduction of new classified staff by Provost Larry Gould and a presentation by Classified Senate President Marcia Tacha, administrative specialist in University Relations.
After the university is honored with an expression of appreciation for its support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Gould will be presented with the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement by George Mehaffy, vice president for academic leadership and change of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Kenneth Trantham, associate professor of physics and president of the Faculty Senate, will deliver the senate welcome, after which new faculty will be introduced by the provost.
The 2008 President's Distinguished Scholar, Faculty Member of the Year and the Edmund C. Shearer Faculty Advisor of the Year will also be announced.