Hastings College held its 131th Commencement May 20, 2017. During the ceremony, the College awarded degrees to 273 undergraduates and 18 Master of Arts in Teaching graduates.
The Hastings College Music and Theatre departments recognized outstanding student work during their end-of-the-year celebrations. Both departments awarded several traditional honors and scholarships specific to their disciplines.
Jordan Colony, a graduating senior from Hastings College, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to teach English in Moldova from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Moldova, with a population of 3.6 million, is an Eastern European country situated between the Ukraine and Romania.
More than 10 Hastings College students and faculty have been accepted to attend or present at academic and professional conferences, and two have had papers accepted for publication in academic journals.
Department of History
Katherine Amyot, a history major from Hastings, Nebraska, presented “Sexual Psychopath Laws: A Case Study from 1948," at the 91st Annual Conference of the Kansas Association of Historians in Overland Park, Kansas.
Hastings College students Anthony Cloyd and Brian Whetstone have been named Creigh Weyer Scholars by the Creigh Foundation. These highly-selective, post-graduate scholarships are offered to Hastings College students with outstanding leadership potential.
New York–based comedian Todd Barry is coming to The Lark in downtown Hastings for a one-night stand-up comedy performance on Saturday, May 13. The show will begin at 8:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
A variety of tickets, including seats in the new mezzanine area, are available at The Lark’s website, thelarkdowntown.com.
Barry earned his degree in English in 1986 from the University of Florida. Before beginning his career as a stand up comedian, he was the drummer for an indie rock band, The Chant.
Hastings College awarded Judy Sandeen Service Awards to junior Brian Whetstone from Omaha, Nebraska, and the members of the Scrub-a-Dub Club Senior service learning group.
The Hastings College Band will welcome a new director in the fall, as Dr. Louie Eckhardt returns to Hastings College and central Nebraska after earning his doctor of musical arts degree from Louisiana State University and working in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.
Suzette Escamilla Morales, has been selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study or intern abroad during the summer of 2017. She will work as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania.
The second 2017 Senior Art Exhibition features the talent of three Hastings College seniors May 1-21 in the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center (JDAC). The artists will give a lecture on their work Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. in the Wilson Center (714 E. 9th Street), with a gallery reception to follow in the JDAC.