What's New at Hastings

Updates at Hastings College
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.


  • Groundbreaking (video) in April 2015 was held for the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center. The 27,000 sq. ft. facility will feature expanded studios for glassblowing, painting, sculpture production, painting and ceramics along with individual studio space for students. The design also includes critique rooms, a media room, classrooms and gallery space.
  • A block of Ninth Street, which passed in front of the student union and divided campus, was closed to make room for the Steinhart Plaza. The pedestrian mall and gathering space will create a central focal point for the College.
  • During Summer 2014, Bronc and Babcock Residence Halls underwent complete renovations while Taylor Hall had a partial update. Check out more on our campus housing page.
  • The Hazelrigg Student Union lobby was renovated, opening the space up to the College’s  Japanese garden. New furniture, TVs and other touches updated the common area to a great gathering space next to The Bronco Blend coffee shop.
  • The Bronco Bookstore was updated, expanding and brightening the retail area to offer even more Bronco gear. An online store also launched to offer gear to show who can't make it to campus.
  • The Hastings wrestling program has a new, more spacious home in the Kiewit Physical Education Building. The team also has updated locker room facilities.
  • East 12th Street on the north edge of campus was widened to become a three-lane gateway that improved safety and access to athletic and other facilities on that portion of campus.

Honors and Recognition

  • Miranda Klugesherz ’15, a communication and sociology major from Colorado Springs, Colo., and member of the Bronco Forensics team, earned the Spirit of NIFA Award during the 2014Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association (NIFA) State Tournament. Additionally, Miranda was named the 2014 State Champion in Oratory and will represent Nebraska in the 2014 Interstate Oratory Competition. 
  • Patrick White ’14, an M.A.T. English student, and Sarah Wolf ’15, a English and music major, presented papers at the Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary’s 2014 International Convention.
  • Seton Bachle '14, a biology major from Murdock, Neb., presented his research project, entitled “Growth of Panicum virgatum in a NaCI Gradient” at the 2013 Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in Research Park Triangle, N.C. His project explores the growth of switchgrass in salt water.
  • The Hastings College Men's Soccer team won its 16th consecutive regular season GPAC title in 2015.
  • Riley Johnson ’15, a biology and international studies major and Spanish minor from Salida, Colo., has earned a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to apply toward her study abroad at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to her studies, Riley, who plans to become a physician working in the developing world, will volunteer at local hospitals and clinics in Buenos Aires.
  • The Lady Broncos Basketball team earned a spot in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball tournament. The team progressed to the tournament's national semifinals in 2015.
  • Church Women United, Inc., awarded its Human Rights Award to Hastings College’s Food4Thought Backpack Program. The student-run program was recognized for “leadership service as a mentor and social activist in human rights and human development, an advocate for peace and justice with no boundaries of political system, country, cultural background or religion.” 
  • Taylor Samek, a sociology and communication studies major from Lincoln, Neb., was been named the 2014 Lincoln Police Department Volunteer of the Year. 


  • Hastings College Media students produced the ESPN3 live video stream of the 2014 and 2015 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship semifinal games. Since 2008, HC Media has been contracted to record and stream the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship via the NAIA Network, excluding the final championship game. Overall, HC Media is responsible for the production of 30 games over a six-day period. 
  • In 2013, 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.
  • In 2013, 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 2013 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.