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Reynolds '98 manages Broadway's 'The Lion King'

The circle of life has taken one Hastings College graduate from directing college plays to managing Broadway shows. Tom Reynolds ’98 has been working behind the scenes on “The Lion King” at the Minskoff Theatre in Times Square in New York City since 2007. As one of the show’s five stage managers, he is responsible for making sure what happens on stage goes off without a hitch. Armed with a headset and flashlight, Reynolds keeps the actors and crew on track and troubleshoots occasional problems so the audience never sees a mishap. “We check that everyone has arrived and everyone is working. ...Read more

Omaha art scene brings HC grads together

For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s largest city. Rummel is director of marketing and public relations for Joslyn Art Museum, Radloff is director of marketing for the Rose Theater and Brummer is director of marketing and public relations at Durham Museum. “It’s actually really interesting that you have three Hastings College grads working for three major arts organizations in Omaha,” said ...Read more

Erickson '97 helping build instruments to detect biological threats

What happens when you take math and chemistry degrees from Hastings College and combine them with advanced studies in chemical and biomolecular engineering? If you’re Dr. Jeff Erickson ’97, you help the U.S. Navy design and build scientific instruments that help detect biological threats. Erickson is a staff engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory, the U.S. Navy’s corporate laboratory in Washington, D.C., where he is working to design highly sensitive and accurate novel sensors for detection of biological threats. He also does work with upper respiratory pathogens like SARS and bird flu, ...Read more

Two HC grads on the bench

Two Hastings College graduates have been appointed as judges in Nebraska courts. John H. Marsh ’81 was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in March to the Ninth Judicial District Court, which covers Buffalo and Hall counties, including Kearney and Grand Island. Stephanie R. (Leibert) Hansen ’96 was appointed by Ricketts in November 2015 to the Fourth Judicial County Court, which covers Douglas County, including Omaha. Prior to his appointment, Marsh was a partner at a private law office in Kearney and served as the Deputy Buffalo Public Defender since 2007. During 22 years of private practice, he ...Read more

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

Anderson moves from student to employer

Heartland Bank Regional President Jeremy Anderson ’04 is finding the importance of hiring Hastings College students and alumni. “As an alumnus that has seen a large benefit in my career and life from my experience at Hastings College, I view this as a way to give back to the College and to others that attend the college or have attended,” he said. “It’s also a source of great pride for me. We believe strongly in hiring talent at Heartland Bank, and I know that when we are selecting for a new position that Hastings College students and alumni will be among the most talented applicants we will ...Read more