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News Release

Birth of a Physicist

Fort Hays State University Foundation announces another addition of art to the FHSU campus . A sculpture entitled “Birth of a Physicist,” donated by Drs. Lou and Harriet Caplan of Hays, KS, will be placed between Tomanek Hall and Forsyth Library. The dedication and unveiling of the artwork is scheduled for May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Harriet and Lou Caplan have been supporters of the arts for most of their lives. Harriet has been involved with theatre productions, and Lou performed in orchestras from grade school to the Hays Symphony. Both are strong supporters of public art, so it was natural they wanted local artist Tim Chapman to produce a piece for public display at Fort Hays State University where they have spent years of their professional careers.

Harriet’s career began as a parole officer which led to a law degree and years in banking as a trust and an estate officer. After marrying Lou, she joined the faculty at FHSU, first as Affirmative Action Officer, and then migrated to teaching law for the College of Business. Lou came to FHSU in 1970 after graduate school at the University of Nebraska. He taught physics and acted as Chair of the Physics Department and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. This led to a number of administrative positions including the Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies. Both of the Caplans retired the summer of 2011.

Harriet and Lou genuinely liked their students and mutually agree that interactions with students were the most rewarding part of their careers. They feel part of a student’s growth at a university comes from the interaction between disciplines. It is their hope the combination of art and science created by Tim Chapman in the sculpture “Birth of a Physicist” will be appreciated by all who have the opportunity to interact with it.

The artist, Tim Chapman, is also the President and CEO of the FHSU Foundation. Tim’s enthusiasm for art covers all mediums in both 2D and 3D work. He has been an active artist for the past 15 years and has recently been working in metals both cast and fabricated. His designs and images cover a broad spectrum of topics, design, and form. Recent commissions reflect his diversity in his approach, as many want a piece reflecting their personal emotions and rely on Tim’s creative mind to enhance and project a personality that mirrors that feeling of emoting in physical form.