Annual John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days set for April 17-21

By FHSU University Communications

HAYS, Kan. – Students, staff, and faculty will participate in the 18th annual John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days (SACAD), hosted by Fort Hays State University. This event celebrates the research, scholarly, and creative work conducted by varied disciplines within the university.


Special activities will include a creative works exhibition as well as oral and poster research presentations featuring work from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the College of Education, the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, and the Peter Werth College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics.


SACAD 2023 will take place in hybrid format by featuring both online and in-person presentations. Online presentations will be available April 17 – 21. The online portion of the event is available all week at:


In-person presentations will take place on campus on April 19. Oral presentations will be hosted in the Pioneer Room and Stouffer Lounge, located in the Memorial Union. The art and creative works exhibit will take place in the Black & Gold Room in the Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Poster presentations will be hosted in the Ballroom in the Memorial Union from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with poster presenters available from 1 – 3 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom. Awards will be given for poster presentations as well as for art and creative works and “People’s Choice Awards.”


The SACAD committee has said SACAD provides students, staff, and faculty an opportunity to share their scholarly activities with the FHSU community using a variety of options for presentation formats. The hybrid format of this year’s event will help showcase the significant work being conducted by faculty and staff and exemplify the opportunities all FHSU students have to conduct research, engage in scholarship opportunities, and present creative works with guidance from their faculty mentors.


Scholarly and creative activity encourages critical thinking, innovation, collaboration, and leadership. FHSU supports developing new areas of excellence in all disciplines as part of its mission to advance knowledge and further the economic growth of the state.


Named after the late Dr. John Heinrichs, who championed research at FHSU, SACAD is sponsored by the Fort Hays State University Scholarship Environment Committee, with support from the Office of the Provost, the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects, FHSU Foundation, Deans, and Academic Departments. Additional funding this year is being provided by donations from Rod and Charlene Lake and John Heinrichs’ widow and longtime donor, Maureen Duffy. Rod is a member of the FHSU Foundation Board of Trustees, and Charlene is a member of the KSU Foundation Board.


The exhibits and presentations are free and open to the public both online and on campus. For more information, please visit

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