For more than 35 years, the Hastings College Jazz Festival has given high school and middle school jazz bands across Nebraska an opportunity to perform and be coached by guest artists. It’s also an opportunity for the community to enjoy some great jazz from the young performers, as well as a concert featuring the Hastings College Jazz Ensemble and guest artists.
Hastings College Media was awarded the NAIA Cheryl K. Brown Meritorious Service Award during an awards ceremony at the 2017 DII Women’s Basketball National Championship.
Hastings College hosted the Central Region Science Fair of the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS) March 14.
The fair drew 116 students from across central Nebraska, with six projects from the junior and senior divisions being selected to move onto the state science fair on April 20 at Nebraska Wesleyan University (Weary Center) in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Junior Division is open to students in sixth through eighth grades, while the Senior Division is open to those in grades nine through 12.
Middle and high school students from across central Nebraska met at Hastings College March 15 for the district History Day contest. Following the 2017 theme of “Taking a Stand in History,” students presented research on a variety of topics, including everything from the Stories of Rosa Parks to Theodore Roosevelt to the Vietnam War, as well as the history of ice cream and mobile phones.
Harvard High School had two teams make it to the quiz bowl final in the team competition at the 21st annual Hastings College Math Invite, with the team comprised of Ray Nierman, Kylie Doupnik and Hannah Fields coming out on top.
In the test results portion of the invite, Hundter Biede and Dawson Eckhardt of Adams Central topped the competition.
The invite, held March 15 at the Wilson Mathematics and Computer Science Center on campus, included 90 high school students from the region.
The top performers are listed below.
Hastings College is hosting two of the world’s prominent photographers, George Nobechi and Kate Breakey, who will give lectures that are free and open to the public April 5 and 6, respectively. Both lectures are in French Memorial Chapel and begin at 7:00 p.m.
Breakey, known for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs, will also teach a workshop for students in the college’s Jackson Dinsdale Art Center.
Hastings College will host a community singers workshop led by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon of Brattleboro, Vermont, on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fuhr Hall of Music on campus (723 E. 9th Street). The workshop is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided for the first 225 participants.
This past fall, Dr. Michella Marino and students in her Oral History class engaged in a service-learning oral history project to conduct and preserve a series of interviews related to the Vietnam War era. Marino had worked with Hastings College students previously on local oral histories but discovered that once the interviews were completed, nothing of note happened with the finished products. This led Marino and her class to build the Hastings Oral History Initiative (HOHI), which launched to the public Wednesday.
Hastings College media students will produce live video stream and complete digital coverage of the 2017 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship March 8-14 in Sioux City, Iowa. This includes producing the live streams of the semifinals and championship games that will be broadcast March 13 and 14 on ESPN3.
Eight members of Hastings College’s Alpha Gamma Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honorary, presented papers at the honorary's regional conference in Omaha, Nebraska, March 2-4, with two members receiving awards.
A ninth member of the group presented a paper at a session of the Missouri Valley History Conference organized by the Society of Military Historians, which was also in Omaha over the weekend.
The following students presented papers at the conference: