Monthly Archives: December 2016

Meet our students – Alyson Burnett Rawitch


Alyson Burnett Rawitch
Stilwell, Kansas
M.A. American History/Public History

Archivist volunteer and docent at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Prior to the Great Recession I was a mid-level manager at a Fortune 100 Company.  My husband and I will have been married for thirty years and have two grown children.  The Fort Hays State Virtual College allows the flexibility needed by a non-traditional student yet the quality of a traditional school. Each of my professors have been subject matter experts, approachable as well as good teachers. They have supported my intellectual quest through encouraging participation in academic conferences, publication, as well as through the process of interning at one of the area’s most prestigious historical institutions.


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FHSU’s online MBA is #1!

Fort Hays State University’s online MBA program has been recognized by! In their review of 2016 data from schools across the nation, FHSU rose to the top.  They set out to find the programs that combine quality with affordability, and they recognized FHSU’S excellent student-firsf focus and accessible tuition rates.

Ready to take the next step?  Apply here!

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Meet Zahrah Aljaber

Zahrah Aljaber came to Fort Hays State University from Alhasa, Saudi Arabia. She graduated with her Master’s degree in General Communication Studies after two years and three major chapter publications with Common Ground LLC in Champaign, Illinois. Zahrah received her Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Language from King Fasil University, and has worked as an Arabic language instructor. She speaks Arabic, English and some Farsi. Now her focus is on family life and university teaching in Saudi Arabia while contributing research and bilingual, bicultural language skills. Zahrah mentors and volunteers in the international academic community. Her research on electronic communication in the UAE was published in 2015, Electronic Communication in Developing Countries Explanatory Theory, Volume 2 as chapter 18,  (  and

She is soon to be published with co-researcher Marcella McCluskey as chapter 3, “Internet and Electronic Communication Usage in Online Shopping in Jordan,” and as sole researcher and author of “Internet and Mobile Phone Usage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Education,” chapter 6; both in Electronic Communication in Developing Countries: A World of Difference, Volume 3 in 2017. These three chapters comprise sections of her MS thesis, Advancing Education: Using Mobile Electronics to Deliver Communications, which are strategic in policy formation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Her thesis director and editor was Dr. Connie Eigenmann, Professor of Communication Studies, Fort Hays State University.

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Congratulations to FHSU Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students!

A team of Fort Hays State University graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders won the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Knowledge Bowl recently in Philadelphia.

The graduate students competed against 10 other teams in the finals at the 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference. FHSU’s chapter of the national association will receive $750 for their student organization, and each of the five participants will receive $150 for the fee of the national certification exam.

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Meet our students – Eleanor Heimbaugh


Eleanor Heimbaugh

Lindsborg KS

Master of Fine Arts Ceramics


I am an artist, educator, and native Kansan.  My current ceramic work is a pseudoscientific investigation of artifacts, specimens, and fossils, of 21st century American culture.


I chose the FHSU MFA Ceramics program because I wanted to work with Linda Ganstrom who is a pillar in the field of ceramics and an expert on teaching how to teach.  A unique quality of the graduate program was being able to be mentored by Linda and work closely with her.


My experience in the MFA Ceramics program has been life changing and provided me

with significant opportunities in my field that have led to my current employment.  The program provided me with challenging content, intensive structure, a network of friends in art, and a Low- Residency option that has helped me to grow as a person, artist, and teacher.

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New HLC Guidelines – Are You Ready?

Danni Babb posts an important note about new guidelines for qualified faculty beginning in 2017.

If you teach adjunct for a  four-year institution, part-time for a two- or four-year institution, or teach concurrent enrollment credit in a high school, you will need to be sure you have at least a) a Master’s (or terminal) degree in your field and b) at least 18 credit hours within that degree or beyond in the specific field you teach.

As an example, if you have a Master’s in Business Communication having taken 12 credit hours towards your degree with classes labelled as Communication, to teach a Communication class you would need an additional six credit hours to satisfy the qualifications set forth by HLC.

If you are looking for classes to ‘top up’ a degree in History, Communication, Government, natural Sciences, or English, FHSU offers certificate degree-seeking AND non-degree programs for you.  To find out more, click to our HLC faculty certificates.

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