FHSU celebrates Valentine's Day by distributing dinosaur memorabilia to lawmakers

HAYS, KS -- Administrators and student government leaders from Fort Hays State University visited the state Capitol this week to continue a Valentine's Day tradition.

They distributed buttons and Pepsi cans promoting that an exhibit called "A T.Rex Named Sue" that is touring major U.S. cities and will open Feb. 24 at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History. The buttons and Pepsi cans were delivered to legislators, including xxx, and to members of legislative staffs.

Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, arrived at FHSU in 1987 and started the tradition a couple years later of taking "heart" buttons to Kansas legislators and their secretaries each Valentine's Day.

The first button had one heart and carried the slogan, "My Heart Belongs to Western Kansas." Each year since then, a different slogan has been used and another heart has been added. To add to the fanfare for Sue's only visit to Kansas, this year's heart button carries the image of a T.rex skull along with the university's name, 13 hearts and the slogan, "In the Heart of the Plains."

Also, Pepsi-Cola distributors in Kansas have imprinted information about the Sue visit to the Sternberg Museum on 5.5 million cans of Pepsi that will be distributed throughout most of Kansas.

The exhibit includes a life-size, 42-foot cast of the largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever found and a variety of interactive displays that create a scientifically accurate and exciting dinosaur experience. The exhibit has drawn huge crowds in the handful of museums it has already visited.

Tickets and further information are available by calling the Sternberg Museum at (785) 628-4286.

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