Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union will celebrate 50 years of serving as the community center on the FHSU campus with free anniversary cake, give-aways and live music in Cody Commons during the lunch hour on Friday, Oct. 17. The union was dedicated on October 18, 1958.
Students, faculty, administrators, alumni and guests have enjoyed the Memorial Union and its various facilities, programs and services. Activities through the generations have included a variety of dining options, meeting and special event facilities, bowling lanes, lounges, music listening rooms, health facilities, banks, bookstores, and computer stations. As a conference, banquet and special event center, the union has hosted thousands of events.
Some of FHSU’s most active student groups call the union home. Organizations such as the Student Government Association, University Activities Board, Diversity Affairs office, Greek Life and other organizations and units housed in the union offer students the opportunity to be involved in campus activities.
Activities in the Memorial Union have been extensive and diverse. Madrigal Dinners have taken place annually for more than 40 years. Through the Center for Student Involvement, programs offer students the opportunity for creativity and enjoyment. The University Activities Board and other groups offer a series of activities in Cody Commons and elsewhere.
Not as obvious but just as important, the Memorial Union has been an important part of the educational program at FHSU, providing opportunities for student development through active participation in student organizations, employment and self-directed activities. It provides for cultural, social and interactive events, giving maximum opportunity for growth in individual social skills and group effectiveness.
The union has touched the lives of many people and plays a vital role in building an active and vibrant campus life. Newly renovated in 2007, the union is poised to serve the campus as never before. In an era of technology-driven lifestyles, the need for a place on campus for meeting friends and colleagues, sharing dining experiences, and attending programs and activities is more important than ever. The Memorial Union continues to meet these needs for the community.