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Theatre Design Studio to be Dedicated

West Texas A&M University will honor a retired faculty member when it dedicates the James Kemmerling Design Studio at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 in Room 130 of the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex.

Kemmerling retired from WTAMU in 2008 after 40 years of teaching in the University’s theatre department. The Feb. 19 dedication will include a brief ceremony recognizing Kemmerling, and a plaque bearing his name will be unveiled.

“He was instrumental in helping design the new fine arts building, and when he retired, many people wanted to honor him in a permanent way,” Royal Brantley, head of the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance, said. “This room is a perfect way to do that.”

The James Kemmerling Design Studio includes 12 computers with software for theatre design, drafting tables, a lighting console and printer. Brantley said design students traditionally design on paper, but the new software now allows them to complete work on the computer.

“It’s wonderful to have,” he said.

For more information about the James Kemmerling Design Studio, call Brantley at 806-651-2799.

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