Update regarding 2020 Honors Convocation and Commencement

After reviewing how to best conduct Honors Convocation and Commencement amidst campus closure, a decision was made to hold both events online via streaming services and social media with an in-person Commencement celebration also scheduled for the fall in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend. The decision was announced in an email sent to students from Dr. Barbara Sunderman, vice president for academic affairs, noting that the … Continue reading Update regarding 2020 Honors Convocation and Commencement

Registrar seeing slower registration for summer, fall

Due to the COVID-19 virus and the closure of campus for the remainder of the academic school year, registration for summer and fall 2020 courses was pushed back and communications for it moved online. Students either have, are currently in the process of or will be registering for these courses during this time; with junior-standing students starting registration yesterday and sophomore-standing students starting registration on … Continue reading Registrar seeing slower registration for summer, fall

Feezell leaving HC for Belmont Abbey

A press release from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, on March 2 announced the appointment of Dr. Travis Feezell as its college’s new provost; the same day Feezell’s resignation to the Board of Trustees went into effect, stepping down from his position as the President and CEO of Hastings College. Feezell will actually be returning to Belmont Abbey College, having served as their … Continue reading Feezell leaving HC for Belmont Abbey

Voting to start for ‘20-’21 SA president & vice president

Elections for the 2020–21 Student Association (SA) president and vice president will be conducted through online voting April 13–15 following the campaign period which started on March 30 and will end the day voting begins — potential candidates were to submit an intent to run by March 13. Due to campus closure, candidates campaigned online and through social media platforms. Two candidates for SA president, … Continue reading Voting to start for ‘20-’21 SA president & vice president

Federal relief bill fails to cover all college students

As an international pandemic continues, businesses and institutions are temporarily (hopefully, but already not the case for some) closing their doors and individuals filing for unemployment is on the rise to record numbers in U.S. economic history, a relief bill issued by the federal government on March 25 created in order to ease those who may be financially affected by the COVID-19 virus will not … Continue reading Federal relief bill fails to cover all college students

COVID-19 prompts for campus closure, online classes

As Hastings College prepared for a day taken out of the block five schedule, it was what many thought to be an extra day of spring break. This was done to avoid potential contact between the campus community and returning study abroad class trips in countries with increased concerns over a new virus. Little were students aware that it would be the last time they … Continue reading COVID-19 prompts for campus closure, online classes

COVID-19 affects student life, academics

After the announcement of a campus closure, students, faculty and staff have switched to online learning and operational platforms for the remainder of the semester. Along with this, students are currently in the process of moving out of housing facilities and communal spaces if they have not already done so unless other accommodations have been made due to the inability to currently travel home or … Continue reading COVID-19 affects student life, academics

Housing & unemployment reimbursements

After the announcement of a campus closure, refunding and reimbursements are now in question for student and staff campus employment, housing facility costs, meal plans and tuition and student fees.  An email was sent out to students this past week with information regarding refunds and credits for housing facilities and meal plan costs. This refund process will affect students paying for these services as of … Continue reading Housing & unemployment reimbursements

Students tour industries

Vocation and Career Services hosted a “Learn, Connect, Experience” industry tour to allow a small group of students to visit several local businesses and gain information about local career fields on Feb. 12. The tour was open for any student to register, with 10 students given the opportunity to learn from employees of Pacha Soap — founded by Hastings College alumni — Mary Lanning Healthcare … Continue reading Students tour industries

HC students go international

Close to half of Hastings College’s sophomore students will be traveling during block five, which begins on March 2. They will go to Ireland, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. This is a requirement within the new curriculum at HC, as part of the CORE. The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland will be hosting the students traveling to Ireland, where they will visit Londonderry, “Derry.” … Continue reading HC students go international