HAYS, KS -- Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, will launch his annual tour of the state with a news conference at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 9, in Hays. The tour into about 20 Kansas cities allows the president to share timely information about the university while also taking the pulse of educational needs in local communities.
He will meet with alumni, legislators, civic organizations and the media. The tour this year tentatively includes stops in Russell, Great Bend and Pratt on Monday; Goodland, Colby, Oakley and Phillipsburg on Tuesday; Topeka, Wichita, Abilene and Salina on Wednesday; Hutchinson, Dodge City, Garden City and Lakin on Thursday; and Junction City, Clay Center and several communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area on Friday.
Besides visiting newspaper offices and radio and television stations, President Hammond will speak to civic organizations, include Rotary Clubs in Lenexa, Shawnee and Colby.
The theme for this year's media tour is "Convergence." President Hammond will discuss several new ideas for taking advantage of changes in higher education that result from the convergence of universities, the business world and rapidly evolving electronic technology. Topics will include a Kansas Board of Regents initiative for a tax credit plan to help families pay for higher education; the educational outreach by FHSU's Virtual College both within the state and to the distant Far East; and the emerging proposal for an affiliation between FHSU and Pratt Community College.