The Dane G. Hansen Scholarship Hall at Fort Hays State University was officially dedicated on September 30, 2016. The new residence hall is currently home to 29 students, ranging from Freshman to graduate student. What unites them is an entrepreneurial spirit.
Hansen Hall is open to students from any academic major at FHSU interested in entrepreneurship. All residents of the new facility are enrolled in a four-course (12 credit hour) certificate in entrepreneurship program in addition to their declared major. The entrepreneurial connection is fitting of the Hansen name.
“Mr. Hansen was himself an entrepreneur. He owned lumberyards, oil, agriculture and road construction businesses,” said Jason Williby, President and CEO of the Fort Hays State University Foundation.
“What we hope to do in this building is what Mr. Hansen would do, help others bring ideas into reality.”
Doug Albin, Hansen Foundation Trustee addressed the students who live in the hall, encouraging them to pursue their dreams, but also to let others help them along the way.
“We hope to add a support system for you, to help you be successful,” Albin said. He noted that the campus has a Small Business Development Center and shared the emergence of the Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center, as examples of resources available to businesses just starting out.
The hall has 32 private rooms and many facility amenities including an eLab classroom space, student study lounges, high speed fiber connectivity, a full kitchen and free laundry facilities. Facilities with 3D printers and audio and video editing are available nearby. Following the dedication, students and faculty were available to show guests through the building.