Address: 1632 Engel Road, Lawrence Kansas
Phone: (country code +1) 785-864-8095
Hashinger Hall is a Center for the Creative Arts and to participants in the KU Academic Accelerator Program (a program for high ability international students). Hashinger is also open during University breaks. It is located atop Daisy Hill and in 2005, it was renovated to include a small theater, studio, rehearsal and performance space for residents. The Academic Resource Center in Hashinger also houses a satellite office of the KU Writing Center.
The Studio and Pulse coffeeshop are located in Hashinger Hall
Hospital Ships performing in Hashinger
Studying in the theater
Hashinger is the Center for the Creative Arts
The resource center features computers, sheet music, art supplies and more
Looking at albums in the resource center.
Hashinger features a lofted bed with desk and dresser underneath.
One of Hashinger Hall's floor lobbies.
Two-person room, Hashinger Hall.
The resource center features computers, sheet music, art supplies and more.
Contributing to Academics
- Center for the Performing Arts
- Wireless Internet
- Print your class assignments at the "print anywhere" stations in your hall
- Faculty Partner who lives in the building
- Lofted bed
- Extra-long twin mattress
- Desk chair
- Sink with mirror
- Trash can
- Venetian blinds
- Located on Daisy Hill
- Two-person rooms with sink (view hall layout)
- 370 coed residents
- Living rooms on each floor
- Free laundry
- Opened in 1962; Renovated 2006
Have Fun Here
- Enjoy practice rooms
- See various shows and performances in the black box theater
- Painting room
- Textiles room
- Studio space
- Ping Pong, air hockey, and pool table
- Walking distance from other students on Daisy Hill
A main wall in the first-floor lobby of Hashinger Residence Hall is a chalkboard. Each month, residents express themselves on a different theme.
Mike McCaffrey, artist-in-residence, Hashinger Residence Hall discusses his vision for the chalk mural
When the chalkboard murals have a big central theme that can be accessed by the residents on a personal scale, it generates conversations about each resident’s individuality.
I like the idea of postcards because it deals with the big idea of “home.”
What is home? Where is home? For these residents, home is where they came from but they are also establishing a home at KU. Home is a big idea that everyone has individual ideas and feelings about. Drawing these ideas on the chalkboard creates an environment where the residents are able to share their personal and unique ideas within the larger community.
I returned home to KU from teaching in Minneapolis in spring 2014 and that fall, I was selected to be the Artist-in-Residence at Hashinger Hall. One of my primary reasons to return was to be closer to my father and family. My father and his environment are at the center of my own paintings and artwork.
I grew up in Lawrence and earned my bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from KU in 2005. In 2008, I earned my master of fine arts degree in painting from Indiana University. Since that time I have taught at a variety of colleges, art schools and universities in Indiana and Minnesota.
Generally we have somewhere between 20 and 50 students working intermittently on each chalk mural. Some students stay and work for several hours; others just drop in for a few minutes.
I feel like most residents get involved with the chalk mural because they see their friends participating and they want to join in.
It really becomes a community building activity.It creates an open, comfortable environment where people can hang out and learn about each other through the activity of making art.
Students talk constantly about food (which has inspired several chalk murals). They also talk a lot about their past, where they come from and the things that they like -- these general concepts dominate the majority of the conversations at the chalkboard, which is really great. They learn about each other’s differences and similarities in this way and, I think, form bonds.
I frequently hear the words “I can’t draw” or “I’m not a good artist.” I do my best to get them involved, encourage them and before you know it, they are totally focused on what they are drawing on the chalkboard, and then quite proud of it. I really enjoy seeing the way they begin to work together on their drawings. They ask each other questions about what they are drawing and why they are drawing it.
My favorite themes are hard to choose--I’ve enjoyed them all! Two that stand out are the super hero mural and the Halloween mural. I enjoyed the Halloween mural because it happened concurrently with Halloween in the Halls. Each floor in Hashinger was decorated by the residents of that floor and included things like a spooky corn maze, a haunted house, etc. The mural functioned as an introduction and represented each floor’s theme. The residents had a lot of fun with it.
Frequently, I rely on the residents, desk attendants and hall community to help generate ideas for the murals. I want as many people to be involved from the start as possible. Such was the case with the Super Hero mural: Abby and Tamara, both desk attendants, came up with that idea. From that point, we all worked together to figure out the design for the board. It’s great when several of the residents and I can get together and bounce ideas off of each other. I believe this is truly beneficial to the students and I believe it helps them see that art does not happen in a vacuum.
Here is a detail from one of the postcards: