What's New at Hastings
There’s always something new going on at Hastings, from renovations to campus events to honors and recognition. Click on each section header for even more information about exciting updates in these areas.
- The Hazelrigg Student Union lobby was recently renovated, opening the space up to the College’s sunny Japanese garden. New furniture, TVs and other touches updated the common area to a great gathering space next to The Crimson Cup coffee shop.
- The Bronco Bookstore was updated, expanding and brightening the retail area to offer even more Bronco gear.
- The Hastings wrestling program has a new home—in the space previously occupied by the College swimming pool. The pool, which closed a few years ago, was filled and topped to create a more spacious location for Bronco wrestlers to train.
- Underway now is a street project on the north side of campus, which includes widening East 12th Street to become a three-lane gateway that will improve safety and access to athletic and other facilities on that portion of campus. The project includes a paved bike path and upgraded lighting.
- Hastings’ Phi Omega chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the communications honor society, was chosen as chapter of the year from more than 500 chapters across the nation by the National Communication Association. Faculty adviser Dr. John Perlich (Communication Studies) was also chosen as adviser of the year.
- Hastings College awarded 224 undergraduate degrees and 18 Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in 2013, with more than 60 students graduating with distinction.
- After winning the regular season GPAC tournament, the Hastings College Bronco Softball team qualified for the NAIA national tournament.
- Two recent Hastings grads were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. These alums will help teach English in Bulgaria and Malaysia while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States.
- The Bronco men’s tennis team clinched the regular season GPAC championship.
- Jasmine Khamouna, a junior majoring in psychology and health systems, received the Hastings YWCA’s Young Women TRIBUTE! Award for her management of Food4Thought, a student-run program that provides backpacks with food to children in need.
- Hastings College student journalists earned 80 Golden Leaf awards from the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association. Additional awards included first place in Best Overall Excellence for Television, second place in radio and second place honors in digital media. The group also earned 10 national awards from the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
- The Hastings College Forensics Team finished third at the National Forensics Association Tournament President’s Division II. May graduate Trevor Brass was also honored by being named an All-American by the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament.
- Hastings’ rodeo team hosted its first-ever rodeo, the Bobby Gottsch Jr. Memorial Hastings College Rodeo, at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Teams from all over the Great Plains region brought more than 230 participants for the event, which drew a crowd of more than 3,000 people. Members of the Great Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association later named it Rodeo of the Year.
- The Hastings College Department of Theatre launched SummerStage, a new summer stock company. SummerStage features Hastings students and members of the community, expanding the network of community members and students involved in the arts. The company’s first performance, Little Shop of Horrors, opened to rave reviews.
- The BIG EVENT day of service included more than 300 Hastings College volunteers—more than a quarter of the campus—coming together to assist more than 15 community organizations. Organized by the Student Association, The BIG EVENT was a way for students to thank the community for supporting them and the College.