HAYS, KS -- The long weekend of Homecoming activities at Fort Hays State University will include a special ceremony on Saturday morning to rededicate a historic building on campus.
At 9 a.m. Saturday, the public is invited to gather at the north entrance to Albertson Hall on the university "quad" for a 30-minute ceremony to rededicate the historic building. The ceremony also will include a rededication of the "Those Who Toiling Fell" plaque in nearby Forsyth Library, which honors teachers who died while in service to the university. Both rededications are part of a series of special events leading up to FHSU's Centennial, which will be celebrated throughout calendar year 2002.
Speakers during the rededications will include Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president, Dr. Tony Fernandez, dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences, and retired FHSU faculty member Lois Lee Myerly. Building maps will be available immediately after the ceremony for those who wish to tour the extensively remodeled facility.
Albertson Hall was completed in 1928 as the university's new Science Building. It was later renamed in honor of long-time Professor of Agriculture Fred Albertson. A new wing was added on the south in 1962, and new elevator and stair towers were added by 1978. Most recently, thanks to money from the state's "Crumbling Classrooms" initiative, a $7.8-million remodeling project was completed in May of this year. The building now houses the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Communication Disorders, the new physical therapy program, and the office of the dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences.
Other Centennial events have included the dedications of the Contemplation Garden and the Lewis Field Pioneers Memorial Garden during the 1997 Homecoming, the dedication of the campus Veterans Memorial at the 1998 Homecoming, the Grand Opening of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History on March 13, 1999, the rededications of Martin Allen Hall and Picken Hall at the 1999 Homecoming, and the Washington, D.C., tour in March of this year that culminated with the re-enactment of President William McKinley signing federal legislation returning land from the abandoned Fort Hays Military Reservation to the state of Kansas for the creation of Fort Hays State University.