2000s

Hajny finds ‘magical moments’ fighting wildland fires

A biology degree from Hastings College can often lead to a career in a white coat, as many graduates go on to become physicians, veterinarians and laboratory scientists; but others, such as 2002 graduate Kristy Hajny, don a helmet and fire-resistant clothes each morning. Hajny is a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, a job which requires not only mental strength, but physical stamina as well. Each morning while on the job Hajny wakes up early, usually in a tent, and spends the next 16 hours in briefings, on hikes and fighting fires in our nation’s forests. However, despite the ...Read more

Marketing grad thrives at Union Pacific subsidiary

When you sit at a railroad crossing and watch a train go by— its cars loaded with grain or clothing or even automobiles — you likely don’t think about the marketing and logistics it takes to get those commodities to consumers. For Christa Hamilton Pichler ‘04, however, it’s all in a day’s work. As director of business development for ShipCarsNow, a Union Pacific Railroad Company in Omaha, Nebraska, she works behind the scenes with the rest of her team to make the transportation happen. Pichler has used her leadership skills to hold responsibilities at ShipCarsNow ranging from managing a sales ...Read more

Omaha art scene brings HC grads together

For three Hastings College graduates, enjoying the Omaha arts scene is all in a day’s work. Amy (Krobot) Rummel ’94, Kori (Else) Radloff ’95 and Jessica (Hardy) Brummer ’04 are all marketing directors working to promote the arts in Nebraska’s largest city. Rummel is director of marketing and public relations for Joslyn Art Museum, Radloff is director of marketing for the Rose Theater and Brummer is director of marketing and public relations at Durham Museum. “It’s actually really interesting that you have three Hastings College grads working for three major arts organizations in Omaha,” said ...Read more