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Colleagues call retiring music instructor an 'anchor' of department

May 29, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Central Wyoming College music instructor Bob Hussa says he will miss the colleagues he will leave behind at CWC, especially his partners in the music department.

Fellow music instructor Sharon Dalton returned the sentiment, calling Hussa her "best friend outside of my family."

"I thank him for making it a joy to come to work for the past 23 years," she said. "It's definitely going to be a change."

CWC president Jo Anne McFarland also called Hussa a friend, commending him for his decades in the music department during a meeting of the CWC Board of Trustees. In particular, she noted his involvement in design and fundraising efforts for the Robert A. Peck Arts Center, which marked 30 years in 2013-2014.

"It's amazing that he spanned the time from the planning of the arts center all the way through the 30th anniversary celebration," McFarland said. "(Think about) how many nights and weekend he spends up here."

Even during the summer months, she said Hussa assists with summer events and festivals and travels the region with chorale groups to visit area schools.

"He brings a lot of visibility, in a good way, to the college," McFarland said. "And he assists in recruiting in that fashion as well."

Eddie Amend, a community member who was part of the Central Wyoming A Cappella Chamber Singers and collegiate chorale, called Hussa an "exceptional" faculty member who was an "anchor" in the music department.

"That's partly because of his talent and ability, and partly because of his plain, old-fashioned longevity," Amend said. "He was a perfectionist in chorale music. ... He demanded the best from people, and the people responded, (resulting) in outstanding vocal music offerings for the community."

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