Address:  1632 Engel Road, Lawrence Kansas

Phone: (country code +1) 785-864-8095

Hashinger Hall is a Center for the Creative Arts and also home to participants in the KU Academic Accelerator Program (a program for high ability international students). It is located atop Daisy Hill just across from the Daisy Hill Commons. In 2005, it was renovated to include a small theater, studio, rehearsal and performance space for residents. It features two-person rooms with a sink.

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

Your Room

  • Lofted bed
  • Extra-long twin mattress
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Dresser
  • Closet
  • Sink with mirror
  • Trash can
  • Venetian blinds

Your Hall

  • 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

Study in the States program in Kansas City, museum lecture

Study in the States program in Kansas City, viewing a museum exhibit

Study in the States program in Kansas City, networking with Alumni

Study in the States program in Kansas City, lunch with Alumni

Study in the States program in Kansas City with group of Alumni and students

Study in the States program in Kansas City with Alumni and students

Hashinger Hall practice room

The Studio is the coffee shop that's attached to Hashinger Hall

Hashinger Hall lobby

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.
Hashinger Hall two-person room

The Studio Grill located in Hashinger Hall

The resource center features computers, printers, music and art supplies.

Hospital Ships performing in Hashinger

Studying in the theater

Assistant Complex Director, Hashinger
Complex Director, Hashinger, Lewis and Templin

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.

Who chalks?

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:

How to explore your housing choices

More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
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