UNK Today | August 2014 - page 25

Today
Personalities
Guzman helps others down
path he took, page 2
Kearney Hub
August 21, 2014
World traveler brings her
experiences home, page 4
Watanabe hopes to go from
Japan to Broadway, page 3
Wolfe pulls the strings to make
stage dreams work, page 4
Roepke learns young people
can have heart disease, page 9
Songs stay the same for Payne,
page 10
Movie
monsters
inspire
his nuke
horrors
art
By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — From watch-
ing monster movies with his dad
to an upcoming presentation
of his artwork at the Unit-
ed Nations office in Vienna,
Austria, University of Nebraska
at Kearney art professor Doug
Waterfield has turned a child-
hood fascination into a career.
As a child grow-
ing up in south
Arkansas, Water-
field was a fan of
monster movies
from the 1950s and
’60s. The content
of these films was
frequently dom-
inated by bizarre
creatures horribly
disfigured by
nuclear radiation
or atomic blasts.
These Hollywood
images piqued Waterfield’s curi-
osity enough he conducted his
own research to understand the
powers and dangers of atomic
weapons.
“When I actually did the
Courtesy, Doug Waterfield
“DOOMTOWN V:
Double
Doomtown Diptych” is one of a
number of works by University
of Nebraska at Kearney profes-
sor Doug Waterfield that will be
exhibited at the United Nations
office in Vienna.
By RICK BROWN
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — Just like
family.
Executive chef Andy Decker
knows that students eating at
UNK Dining Services regard
him and his staff like family.
After all, they will be seeing
each other more than the stu-
dents will see their professors.
“Most of the students I
see are freshmen from small
towns, probably the first time
away from home,” Decker said.
“They’re always a bit nervous
coming in. They see us in the
dining hall more than they
see anyone, three times a day,
seven days a week.”
Decker’s most important
responsibility is creating a
menu that will please everyone.
“We try to make the foods
specific to the seasonality and
the time of the year,” he said.
“We try to tailor our menus
that way. A big part of my job
is to interact with the students
and get them accustomed to
college life.”
Mardi Engels, director of
marketing for UNK Dining,
said Decker oversees the two
main dining areas on campus,
the Market on 27th and Louie’s
Diner in University Residences
South.
“Andy’s a great asset to UNK
in general,” she said. “He has a
lot of knowledge regarding any
dietary needs.”
Engels believes that dietary
needs and preferences are more
demanding today.
“Those requirements go
through the Academic Success
Office,” she said. “And then
chef Andy Decker meets with
them ... with their adviser and
discusses how we can accom-
modate them on any meal
plan.”
Cooking 101
Students will often find
Decker pitching in, cooking
and helping out during meals.
He also demonstrates cooking
techniques from time to time in
the dining room.
“A couple times during
the semester I will conduct a
Cooking 101 class where I’ll
Family dinner
Freshmen see
dining hall more
than most spots
on campus, so
Decker helps
them adjust to
school
DECKER, PAGE 11
ANDY DECKER
takes a turn cooking at a large grill at the Market on 27th,
the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s dining area. Decker said the
public is always invited to eat at the Market on 27th. “It’s probably the
best buffet in town,” he claims.
“When I
actually
did the research
... it was scarier
than anything I
could ever see
in any monster
movie.”
Doug Waterfield
WATERFIELD, PAGE 5
“DOOMTOWN XIV:
Swimming
at the Last Frontier” is a 48-inch
by 36-inch oil painting that
continues Doug Waterfield’s
depiction of atomic weapons
in American culture during the
1950s and ’60s.
Rick Brown, Kearney Hub
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