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Brownback helps unveil new FHSU building plans





The rain showers that moved the groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Networked Learning at Fort Hays State University to the Memorial Union didn't dampen the enthusiasm.

"Let's celebrate the rain," FHSU president Edward Hammond said.

"It's great any time you can have a rainy day in the state this time of the year whenever we've had so much difficulty with the weather and not getting enough rain," said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

Brownback, on a tour to emphasize his support for higher education, participated in the gold shovel ceremony simulating the groundbreaking.

He congratulated FHSU on "a fabulous new facility -- delighted to hear no state dollars going into that."

"Ed's (Hammond) done a fabulous job of leading this institution. ... He's innovative, and that's a fabulous thing."

The approximately 37,000-square-foot building on Dwight Drive is scheduled to open in 2014.

It will house the Virtual College, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology, the Department of Infomatics, radio and television studios and laboratories for the information systems engineering program.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $10 million.

For more, see Wednesday's Hays Daily News.