Congratulations, alum Nic Nelson!

Nic Nelson, 2007 Master’s of Liberal Studies graduate of FHSU, was just named Athletic Director at Briar Cliff University in Iowa.

Congratulations, Nic!


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Meet our student – Ashley Nease


Ashley Nease
Hays, KS


Growing up in Hays, KS I considered relocating after High School to explore more of what other towns has to offer. However, when it came time to choosing where my next step in life would take place, I couldn’t help but feel an urge towards Fort Hays State University. I always knew that a business degree would be my choice, and I had seriously been considering a career in Marketing as I love creativity, advertising, and finding the value in everyday products. After visiting the campus and talking with teachers  in the marketing department I quickly realized that compared to other school visits, FHSU felt the most equipped to bring my future career success. 

Fort Hays has been my choice for the past five years for a high quality education at an affordable price, and I would do it all over again if given the chance. With an undergraduate degree in Marketing and now a Masters degree of Business Administration emphasizing in Human Resource Management, I feel prepared for a successful career in the business industry. The 4+1 BBA to MBA program has been the best choice to further my education while also starting to work within the marketing industry. I have enjoyed all of the teachers who not only teach the material beyond requirements, but also apply their own experiences in the field to the learning objectives for a real-world learning approach. 

After graduating in May of 2017, I look forward to a position that allows me to utilize skills from past internships and work experiences to further FHSU for future students who will make the same choice that I did when coming to this University. I believe I can give back to the University through my knowledge, skills, and talents- what better way to keep the legacy of Fort Hays going for others to also enjoy!

Thank you to my advisers Rachel Dolechek and Dr. Mary Martin for personally investing in the young freshman marketing student who has now evolved into an equipped, intelligent, and confident business professional. This is the difference Fort Hays State University can make for you too. 

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James B. Pearson Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the James B. Pearson Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Established in 1979, the Pearson Fellowship provides assistance to graduate students with approved study abroad programs. Applicants must be:  a resident of the state of Kansas for a minimum of five years; be accepted to a graduate program at an accredited Kansas college or university; be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a program of study, preferably related to foreign affairs.  Appropriation fields of study include but are not limited to anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The application deadline is Monday, April 17, 2017.  Please contact Breanna Kroeger at the Graduate School Office ( for an application. The final selection of Pearson Fellowship recipients will be announced in May.

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Are Professional Skills Getting Shortchanged?

A new report from the Council of Graduate Schools says that academic skill preparation of graduate students is not enough to support and train the 21st century smart workforce.

Survey data reported paints a picture of students only partially ready to go into the working world after their degrees are complete:


What focus and emphasis should professional skill-building have in a graduate education?  What skills are the most important for our students and your workplaces?


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Meet our students – Rick Loutzenhiser


Rick Loutzenhiser
Columbus, Ohio
MPS/ Instructional Design
Video Production/ Instructional Design and Adjunct Instructor

I have been working as a professional video editor working on projects ranging from commercials to corporate training videos for 17 years.  I began working as an Adjunct Instructor for Video Production at Columbus State Community College 5 years ago and that experience inspired me to pursue my Master’s in Instructional Design.

I had originally planned to attend Franklin University here in Columbus in their Instructional Design Program, but through research I came across a report that rated the top online graduate programs in the country and I noticed Fort Hays high on that list.  After looking into the program I found it to be a better fit for me because of the courses offered and the affordable price.

I have really enjoyed the program.  I have found the course offerings very beneficial and I have really enjoyed the open learning experience and discussions between many like-minded learners striving to reach similar goals.

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Meet our Student – Jeremiah Okebukola


Jeremiah Okebukola
Ibadan Nigeria

       Jeremiah has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from “LAUTECH” Nigeria. He served at the National Universities Commission, a regulating body for Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria before starting his graduate study at Fort Hays State University. He is currently in his 2nd year of the MBA program concentrating on Management Information Systems. He is the Research Assistant at the Institute for New Media Studies. Upon completion of his master’s program, Jeremiah hopes to write the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification exam and pursue a Ph. D in Information Systems.

         The MBA program at FHSU is a very challenging but accommodating program. The faculty members are good at what they do, they are always there to help and point you in the right direction. The Advisor “Rachel” also does an awesome work, she treats every case and request with passion and accelerated alacrity. The areas of concentrations available in the FHSU MBA program are broad and very relevant to the business world of today. There’s a variety to choose from in almost every field ranging from accounting, INT, MIS, Healthcare etc.

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Meet our students – Heida Halldorsdottir


                                               Heida Halldorsdottir
Roswell, Georgia since immigrating from Iceland to the US in 2005.

Figurative sculptor. Co-Founder of Cowgirl Studios in Alpharetta, Georgia. Figurative sculpture teacher at Clay-West Art Center of the City of Roswell, Georgia. Full-time ceramics graduate student at FHSU.

I am an artist; it took me a long time to be able to say that, but now I feel like I am. My first degree was in biology, but art was always calling me, so I went back to school and got my degree in art teaching. After that, I taught for few years and worked in the medical field in marketing. After I had moved to the US, I had the opportunity to become a full-time studio artist. However, I always felt like I needed more education and a group of friends that share my love for the medium. My work is about my native country, my belief in the hidden world and the soul world. I enrolled in this program as it was one of the few online programs in ceramics. I appreciate being able to work when I have free time, and I needed to be able to manage my time between school, work, my studio and my family. I like being able to manage my time and I also love meeting my teachers and my fellow graduate student that are doing different things than what I am doing. In this program, I have met people that love the “dirt” as much as I do. I am excited to see where they will fly in the future. After I started the program, I am applying to more shows, and pushing my work further. My professional life is more structured, helping me become a better artist.

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