BY RAEGAN NEUFELD
In addition to installing six new freshman senators, the Student Government Association took a look at upcoming events for the month of October and heard from the Hays Chamber of Commerce president at last night’s meeting.
An open forum featuring university President Tisa Mason, Provost Jill Arensdorf, Faculty Senate President Rob Byer, and SGA President Ryan Stanley will take place at 7:00 p.m. on October 18 in the Memorial Union Peter Werth Black and Gold Room.
Students will be able to ask the panel any questions regarding the university. According to Legislative Affairs Director Ella Burrows, students will see more information about the forum around campus in the coming days, and she encouraged the senators to advertise it as well.
Community Relations Director Emma Day gave senators another reminder about the upcoming Trunk or Treat, which will take place on October 22 at halftime of the FHSU versus Central Missouri football game.
“We really want to make this an event for the kids in the Hays community so they can come to Fort Hays and have a good time,” Day told the senators. “If you’re a part of other organizations that could have a trunk in the event, please do that.”
The form for organizations and community businesses to sign up can be found on TigerLink and is open until October 12.
President and CEO of the Hays Chamber of Commerce Sarah Wasinger was the guest speaker for the meeting. She discussed what the chamber does, who it is made up of, and the different events they host.
“We hosted over 240 events last year alone,” Wasinger said. “Those consisted of Chamber Chats – which we host at 9:00 a.m. every Friday morning – ribbon cuttings and groundbreaking celebrations to celebrate new businesses in town, as well as our annual awards banquet.”
One upcoming event that Wasinger mentioned is the debate between Kansas House of Representatives candidates Barb Wasinger and Ed Hammond. The debate is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on October 12 at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall.
When asked how FHSU students can support the chamber, Wasinger said by shopping locally and engaging.
“One thing we’ve really wanted to focus on is getting Fort Hays State University students to engage in the events that we have,” she said. “If you don’t have class during an event’s time we would love for you to come.”
A list of upcoming events can be found on the Hays Chamber of Commerce website.
The next SGA meeting will be held on October 6 at 7:00 a.m. in the Memorial Union Stouffer Lounge.