tradition-in-the-making enters its second year as alumni, faculty,
staff, students and friends of Fort Hays State University will show
their support by wearing gold on Fridays.
Implementation Team, a standing committee at FHSU that is known more
simply as Brand IT!, launched the idea a year ago of wearing Tiger gold
each and every Friday. Several other campus groups, including the
Department of Athletics and the Alumni Association, helped organize
events, and the TGOF effort began to spread from the campus into the
Dr. Stephen Donnelly, president of the FHSU Faculty Senate, announced year two of TGOF at the Fall Convocation on Wednesday.
As the 2013-2014
academic year begins, new events are planned that will continue the TGOF
momentum. Free TGOF T-shirts will be handed out at the annual Back to
School Picnic on Monday, Aug. 19. Eagle Communications, the primary
corporate sponsor for TGOF, is providing the T-shirts. The picnic, from 4
to 7 p.m. in the Quad at the center of campus, includes fun activities
and a delicious and inexpensive meal. Everyone is welcome.
New this year will
be the Core2Campus Kick-off, presented by the Downtown Hays Development
Corporation, the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Eagle
Communications. The event will begin with a march from campus to
downtown Hays at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29.
conducted focus groups of FHSU students and learned that students had a
very low awareness of all that is available downtown. Core2Campus is an
attempt to raise their awareness. Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president,
will lead students, faculty, staff and community members on the march,
and they will be greeted downtown by city commissioners and other
community leaders. After an opening ceremony, the event will include a
hog roast for FHSU faculty, staff and students with Tiger ID; a
scavenger hunt for students and the public; and an "Explore Downtown
Businesses" activity, complete with prize drawings that is also open to
everyone. More details will be announced as the event draws near.
Businesses and organizations can pick up posters promoting TGOF at the Alumni
Association in the Robbins Center on the FHSU campus. Information about
where to buy official TGOF shirts is available online at http://www.fhsu.edu/tgof/
Other future plans include a T-shirt exchange (exchanging another university's T-shirt for an FHSU shirt) during Homecoming week.
"The Tiger family
has always been supportive by wearing the Black and Gold to sporting
events and other FHSU activities," said Kent Steward, chair of Brand IT!
"TGOF makes Tiger pride even stronger as the FHSU faithful dress in
branded sportswear or bold gold clothing every Friday."