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McGehee mixes mediums

A dozen easels stand at attention in a large, gray classroom. They are perfectly new, waiting for the first brush stroke or pencil mark from an artist’s hand. The cement floor below calls out for pencil shavings and paint splatters, while the walls long for the first sketch to be hung. When the artists arrive, so will the color, the life, the art. But the soul—where will the soul come from in this pristine, state-of-the-art facility? It’s a question Turner McGehee asked himself as plans unfolded for the new Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College. McGehee, professor of art, former Art ...Read more

Fritzler makes cantankerous fun

Jim Fritzler ’76 is a minimalist. His office at Scott Studio Theatre belies the fact that he’s been teaching in the Hastings College Theatre Department for 17 years, with the last four as department chair. There are no massive piles of papers, no haphazard stacks of books, no totes stuffed with costumes and props. What there are, however, are pictures: framed portraits of college students standing on stage, the casts of so many musicals and plays, lining the walls of his office and trailing down the hallway. During an interview, Fritzler studied the portraits, remembering students of years ...Read more

Koozer creates tradition of music, caring

Mike Tushaus ’98 was eight years old the first time he met Dr. Robin Koozer ’76. The Hastings, Nebraska, youngster was taking part in a week-long summer enrichment program for the arts, and Koozer spent a day working with the children’s choir. “I remember it to this day very vividly. It left its mark on me,” Tushaus said. While the boy remembered the conductor, he never expected the conductor to remember him, just a kid in the crowd. But a decade later when Tushaus was deciding his post-high school plans, Koozer, the Hastings College professor of music and department chair, did remember. “He ...Read more

Dogbevia Teaches More than Chemistry

Moses Dogbevia
Growing up in Ghana, Dr. Moses Dogbevia, Associate Professor of Chemistry, learned to live and work with people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, ideologies and cultural values. Traditional chemistry courses and labs don’t always afford opportunities for Dr. Dogbevia to share these lessons. However, the cultural experience course he has taught for several J-Terms does. ...Read more

Roger Doerr retires at end of 2012-13 academic year

There are a handful of rare individuals who have witnessed and influenced such an extensive and dynamic period in the life of Hastings College as to be considered part of the very institutional fabric from which it is made. Two of those individuals are welcoming a new chapter in their lives this year. Roger Doerr is one of them. “Because I’m an accountant, I added up the numbers,” Roger laughed, as he thought over his 44 years at Hastings College. “I’ve taught 1,544 students in Beginning Accounting, and I’ve taught that particular course 69 times. … I’ll never catch my good friend Dwayne ...Read more