The Colorado Higher Education Opportunity Center for Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan., was officially opened today in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by President Edward H. Hammond and other university officials, joined by alumni and friends from Colorado and Kansas.
The Ambassador Committee of the Greenwood Village Chamber of Commerce assisted with the ribbon cutting.
“Currently, hundreds of students from more than 80 Colorado communities have recognized the value of an education at Fort Hays State University,” said Hammond during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “In addition, Colorado is home to the university’s second largest alumni base, over 2,300.”
Along with the affordability of FHSU, President Hammond pointed out that Colorado citizens are drawn to FHSU because it is "the region’s leading forward-thinking, entrepreneurial university that values social, civic and professional engagement. We attract goal-oriented students with a strong work ethic who want to live and learn in a caring community.”
The Colorado Higher Education Opportunity Center is the first FHSU office to be established in the state of Colorado. Operations at the center, conveniently located in the Denver Tech Center, began in the fall of 2008.
Reporting to the FHSU Virtual College, the center’s activities facilitate the university’s branding and promotion throughout Colorado, from creating new partnerships with two- and four-year institutions to expanding specific program activities such as internships, clinical opportunities for nursing, and corporate connections. The primary focus is on increasing enrollment of both traditional on-campus and Virtual College students, with a particular emphasis on growing FHSU’s on-line MBA program.
Thomas Gaschler, a Hays native and a 1975 graduate of FHSU, is the director of the new center in Greenwood Village. Gaschler said he is “excited to move to the next phase of my life as an FHSU Tiger."
"Being involved in a university I love is truly a dream job," he said. "I want to help students have the same outstanding college experience I had.”
The center shares office space with Dr. Mike Leikam, former chair of FHSU’s Information Networking and Telecommunications Department, now the Department of Informatics. He is now president of Interactive Information Solutions.
FHSU invites the public to visit the new Colorado Higher Education Opportunity Center, located in Suite 2300 at 8480 E. Orchard, Greenwood Village. Normal office hours for the center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Gaschler can be contacted at (303) 771-0573 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university Web site is www.fhsu.edu. The FHSU Virtual College is www.fhsu.edu/virtualcollege/.