Greek Life organizations had the opportunity this past week to meet with the contractors who are currently designing the new residential hall that will become a part of Fort Hays State University soon.
The new residential building is being designed to combat the growing size of student numbers that are on-campus students. The building is intended to help house not only Greek Life, but also the nine Learning Communities that exist. Tentatively, the building’s physical site is the fields adjacent Robbins Center.
FHSU held a pair of meetings on Wednesday, September 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., where several members of each fraternity and sorority had the chance to sit down, as a group, with the designers of the new building. During the meetings, topics including room size, style of bathroom, overall floor layout, and other designing questions were discussed. The fraternities and sororities that showed interest in more or new housing were invited to come express their ideas to tailor their “dream house.”
The proposed building plan started with 3 separate wings, with room for 30 residents, as well as a Residential Assistant, a main lounge/meeting room, a large closet, and a detached dining hall for residents to eat in, or possibly rent out for other events.
At the end of the meetings, the contractors said, “We really appreciated the input that Greek Life members were able to give us. It will really help us focus on trying to implement their [Greek Life] ideas.”
There are five fraternities on Fort Hays State’s campus; Alpha Gamma Rho, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Chi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. AGR, TKE, and SigEp are the only fraternities that don’t officially have a chapter house.
The two sororities, Delta Zeta and Alpha Gamma Delta, both have chapter houses, but were still very much invited to help give input for the future chapters of sororities that may come to Fort Hays.