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Picken Hall

Picken Hall - 1920sBuilt in 1904, Picken Hall is Fort Hays State University's oldest building and has served many purposes during its existence. With its stately Greek-style portico and white pillars, it remains the most iconic structure on the FHSU campus today.

In the summer of 2010, Picken Hall’s largest renovation in nearly 50 years was completed at a cost of $4.5 million. Not only did it receive some much-needed upgrades, but Picken was reconfigured as a "one stop shop" for student services. The offices of Admissions, Financial Assistance, Registrar, Academic Advising & Career Exploration as well as the Kelly Center, Graduate School and Student Fiscal Services are all housed there.

Kansas Tax Credits and Naming Opportunities in Picken Hall

The Kansas State Legislature has made available tax credits for Regents universities' top deferred maintenance needs, and Fort Hays State University's top priority was the renovation of Picken Hall.

Donors can continue to support Picken and receive a 50% Kansas tax credit with a minimum contribution of $5,000. Also with their investments at certain levels, alumni and friends will have the option to attach their names to spaces in the building such as office suites, individual offices, conference rooms and new lobby areas. See the complete list of naming opportunities.

We are now in the FINAL MONTH that these tax credits will be available. If you are interested in receiving these credits, you have until the end of December 2012 to do so. Tax credits are accessible on a first-come first-served basis.

Credits can be sold or transferred one time by non-profit entities

The taxpayer acquiring credit may use the credit to offset 100% of the taxpayer’s income, privilege or premiums tax liability. A credit shall be claimed in the tax year purchased. The donation will be reduced by the amount of the tax credit in the year the contribution is made.

Contact your Foundation for more information

It is your final opportunity to benefit from this project that not only supports the campus that you cherish, but you can make your gift at discounted values based on the credit.  For more information on the Kansas tax credit program or the Picken Hall renovations, please contact your FHSU Foundation at 785-628-5620 or visit