Conference Information

June 7 & June 8, 2017

Fort Hays State University
Memorial Union
700 College Drive
Hays, KS 67601


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 7th
11:00 am – Registration/Check-In
1:00 pm – Welcome and Keynote Address
2:00 pm – Vendor Exhibits and Break
2:30 pm – Sessions
3:15 pm – Break
3:30 pm – Sessions
4:15 pm – Break
4:30 pm – Sessions
5:15 pm – Free Time/Lodging Check-In
5:30 pm – Optional Tour: Downtown Hays
6:30 pm – Dinner and Social (Golden Q) – Dinner will be available until 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 8th
7:30 am – Light Breakfast/Coffee
8:15 am – Sessions
9:00 am – Break
9:15 am – Sessions
10:00 am – Break
10:15 am- Sessions
11:00 am – Vendor Exhibits and Break
11:30 am – Closing Remarks, Raffle Drawings, and Lunch Buffet
1:00 pm (or immediately following the conference) – Optional Wind Turbine Tour


  • CHECK 2017 Maps (includes parking and floor plans of the Memorial Union)
  • CHECK attendees should park in the designated parking lot shown on the campus map.  The designated lot is directly in front of the Memorial Union (see map).  Parking is free, and no pass is needed.
  • Driving Directions (Google Maps)
  • Convenience Cab – 785-301-2221
  • Uber


To use the hotel block codes and receive the discounted rate, reservations must be made by calling the hotel. Block rates are not available when booking online.

Fairfield Inn377 Mopar Drive Hays, KS 67601 – 785-625-3344

  • $99 room rate (Use CHECK as group code)
  • Book by May 17, 2017 to receive block rate

Hampton Inn4002 General Hays Road, Hays, KS 67601 – 785-621-4444

  • $92 room rate (Use CHECK as group code)
  • Book by May 25, 2017 to receive block rate

Best Western Butterfield Inn1010 41st Street, Hays, KS 67601 – 785-621-4337

  • $91 room rate (Use CHECK as group code)
  • Block rate has been extended through June 6th!

Sleep Inn & Suites1011 41st Street, Hays, KS 67601 – 785-625-2700

  • $80 double room & $85 King room (Use CHECK as group code)
  • Book by May 23, 2017 to receive block rate


Conference attendees should plan to have lunch prior to arriving at the conference on Wednesday, June 7th. A list of restaurants in Hays can be found here: Where to Eat in Hays. Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the conference on Wednesday. Wednesday evening, a dinner buffet will be provided for all conference attendees at the Golden Q (details below). Thursday morning light breakfast and coffee will be available. Snacks and drinks will be available throughout the sessions on Thursday, followed by a provided lunch buffet.

Provided Meals:
Wednesday, June 7th – Dinner Buffet – Golden Q – Buffet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Hamburger Buffet: Hamburgers, Chicken Strips, Fries, Tots, Salad and more!

Thursday, June 8th – Lunch Buffet – 11:30 a.m. – Union Ballroom
Pasta Buffet: Build your own pasta dish!

Optional Tours

All conference attendees will have the option to sign up for one of the tours below:

Tour of Downtown Hays – Wednesday, June 7th –  5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sara Bloom, Director of the Downtown Hays Development Center will be providing a tour of Downtown Hays. The tour will showcase many of our unique shopping boutiques in downtown Hays, as well as provide some historical information. The tour will end at the Golden Q, where we will be having our dinner buffet.

Meet in front of the Golden Q at 5:30 PM
Golden Q – 809 Ash, Hays, KS – Directions

Wind Turbine Tour – Thursday, June 8th – Approximately 1:00 p.m. (immediately following the conference).  Tour should last about 1 hour.
Take a tour of FHSU’s wind turbines. These wind turbines provide energy directly to the FHSU campus, and their combined energy output covers roughly 97% of energy consumption on campus. We’ll take a bus to the wind turbine site, where you’ll get to see the wind turbines up close and learn more about how they work.  Then, we’ll come back to campus and take a look at the Aker’s Energy Center, where you’ll get to view the switch gear and learn about how the energy is monitored.

Meet in the Sunset Lounge of the Memorial Union at 1:00 PM (by the registration table).  We’ll load the buses and head out to the wind turbine site from there.

Dinner and Social

Wednesday, June 7th
Golden Q – 809 Ash, Hays, KS – Directions
6:00  – The back room is reserved for CHECK attendees until close.
6:30 to 8:00 – Dinner Buffet – Hamburgers, Chicken Strips, Fries, Tots, Salad, and more!


Raffle Prizes

Raffle drawings will take place during the closing remarks and lunch buffet!

  • Bluetooth Speaker – Qty 3
  • Laptop Backpack – Qty 3
  • Wireless Headphones – Qty 3
  • Portable Power Bank – Qty 3
  • Action Camera – Sponsored by ServiceNow
  • Amazon Echo – Sponsored by Alexander Open Systems
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card – Sponsored by Centriq Training
  • $250 Amazon Gift Card – Sponsored by DriveSavers Data Recovery
  • Amazon Echo – Sponsored by ilos Videos
  • $50 B&H Photo Video Gift Card – Sponsored by B&H Photo Video
  • Large Format Display – Sponsored by CDW-G
  • Backpack – Sponsored by Gallagher North America
  • Education Technology Assessment (worth over $5,000) – Sponsored by Konica Minolta / All Covered
  • Drone – Sponsored by NexTech
  • Millennium Falcon Lego Set – Sponsored by Software2
  • Qty 2 – 1 year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud – Sponsored by Adobe

Brochure and Feedback

Digital Conference Brochure
Conference Survey (Survey will be available June 8th)