Dobbins finds direction in Virginia

Hastings College alumnus Chris Dobbins recently filled the Director of Instrumental Activities position at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. His responsibilities will include conducting the University Wind Ensemble, teaching music theory, and leading the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. Although Chris never thought he would live in Virginia, he is excited about the opportunities this job has presents him outside the classroom and in the classroom.

For example, Chris and his family love to hike. With the Appalachian Trail only seven miles from Lexington, the area was exactly the type of place Chris and his family were looking for. Lexington also is positioned between two mountain ranges.

“I was just lucky enough to get the job,” said Chris.

Chris graduated HC in 2007. He always knew he wanted to teach at some level. He attributes that yearning to the great teachers and professors he has had over the years from music professor Dr. Marc LaChance to history professor Dr. Rob Babcock to English professor Dr. Antje Anderson. They had a huge impact on his life.

“A big reason I teach is to pay it forward,” he explained.

Chris wants to continue the legacy these professors have made on his life.

“I would encourage students to make connections, and don’t give up,” said Chris. “Opportunities will come around. It may take a while, but you will be ready.”

Chris thanks Hastings College for making him a well-rounded individual. Because of his experience at HC, he had many different options when he went to graduate school.

By Michelle Toukan, a senior from Central City, Nebraska, majoring in advertising/public relations

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