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A sign of thanks

Published on -2/10/2014, 12:19 PM

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A sign of thanks

It was a great honor Thursday night at the annual banquet when the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce gave a gift to Mary and me for our new home. As part of retirement this summer, we will be moving out of the president's house on the Fort Hays State University campus. Our future home is under construction, and the chamber gave us a limestone marker engraved with the new street number and emblazoned with the likeness of Victor E. Tiger.

I was told the gift was in recognition for all I have done for the chamber and the Hays business community. Of course, the great accomplishments at FHSU during the last 27 years have resulted from the efforts of many people.

The gift also recognized Mary in her own right. She has been active, serving on the chamber Board of Directors and in the Chamber Ambassadors. This seems the perfect occasion for me to thank the chamber and its members for all they have done for Mary and me personally and for the university.

From a business standpoint, FHSU has been a huge factor in the prosperity of Hays, Ellis County and the region. During my tenure, we have spent tens of millions of dollars on physical improvements. Some of the highlights have been construction of Tomanek Hall; construction of the Stadium Place, Agnew and Heather residence facilities; construction of Bickle-Schmidt Indoor Training Facility; ongoing construction of the Center for Networked Learning; and significant renovations of Lewis Field Stadium, Sheridan Hall, McCartney Hall, Albertson Hall, Martin Allen Hall, Picken Hall and Memorial Union, among others.

The great majority of that work was done by local contractors and subcontractors, with the bulk of the materials provided by local vendors. That provided a great financial boon to the community, but it also provided the tremendous benefit to FHSU of having top-quality results, thanks to our skilled and conscientious local craftsmen.

I always have said the success of Fort Hays State University is due in large measure to this community, as represented by the chamber and its members. Mary and I thank you for your friendship and for the successful partnership that has produced a thriving university and a thriving business community.

Edward H. Hammond,

President, Fort Hays

State University

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