Heather Hall Renamed "Center for Media Studies"

The Kansas Board of Regents approved a request last week to name the new residence hall that will open in August in the honor of Jack Heather, who founded the radio and television program at Fort Hays State University and contributed in countless ways to the success of many of our graduates. 

The second phase, now named Heather Hall, will open this fall with 107 beds. 

This has the potential to create confusion, because an existing building on the FHSU campus already bears Jack Heather's name. Beginning immediately, the existing building will be known as the "Center of Media Studies" to avoid duplication of names. 

The radio and television studios will be moved into the new 37,150 square-foot Center for Networked Learning when it is completed. 

By naming the new residence facility Heather Hall, we are ensuring that Jack Heather's legacy will continue at FHSU. Heather joined the FHSU faculty in 1950 to develop the radio curriculum. He retired in 1988 and passed away in 2011, but his memory lives on in the lives of the young people he taught and mentored. 

We consulted with his family and they agreed with the change so that his name will remain a part of the FHSU campus.

Press Release: 4/26/13; FHSU University Relations