COVID-19 prompts budget cuts

As the pandemic continues to sweep the country, many higher-educational institutions face new decisions regarding their financial situations. With an unexpected estimated $1 million loss from expenses and refunds related to COVID-19 on top of prior loans, Hastings College has had to rethink its financial strategy going forward this academic year.   With COVID-19 expenses including personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and cleaning supplies, … Continue reading COVID-19 prompts budget cuts

Administration decide faculty, staff cuts

With administrative members making decisions on Hastings College’s operating costs for this current school year, this included multiple faculty and staff lay-offs.  Due to increased spending and decreased income, overall budget cuts to academic divisions came in the form of decreased departmental operating budgets, position terminations and layoffs of staff and non-tenured faculty based off of data collected by the administration. The decisions were made … Continue reading Administration decide faculty, staff cuts

Life at HC in the midst of the virus

As students take classes in person, Hastings College is maintaining a set list of protocols and guidelines for the community. Each week, an email is sent out by Brady Rhodes, HC COVID-19 case manager, with the current statistics of confirmed, active and isolated cases. As of Sept. 16, there were 10 “individuals in isolation waiting for test results or symptom abatement.”  When students are quarantined, … Continue reading Life at HC in the midst of the virus

Changes to CORE 100

The second year of fall CORE100 classes at Hastings College came with a variety of changes and adjustments, both as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and experience from last year. HC reconstructed the introductory courses to be functional with distant classroom arrangements and incoming international students in mandatory isolation and quarantine. The most challenging adjustment was making courses accessible through Google Meet according to … Continue reading Changes to CORE 100

Collegian to publish online until further notice

We would like to officially welcome everyone to and back to Hastings College for this academic school year. In experiencing one month of school during an international pandemic which closed our campus in March, we have been further introduced to an education made virtual alongside the typical practices of college classes and life. With this, we as students, faculty and staff of this campus, along … Continue reading Collegian to publish online until further notice

Colleges battling the virus

As the 2020–21 school year begins, institutions across the country — and the world — have been forced to make last-minute changes to policies to keep their physical and digital doors open. In some cases, the economic impacts from the pandemic are too devastating.  For small institutions, the loss of income from sports and decreased enrollment has proved damaging. As the Big Ten schools announced … Continue reading Colleges battling the virus

Pumroy holds hope for season in midst of virus concerns

While navigating through the unknowns of COVID-19, second-year Athletic Director B.J. Pumroy remains confident that the protocols and precautions put in place by the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hastings College will be a success. “I feel very confident. We’ve worked with our Health District; we’ve worked with the governor’s phasing of operations,” Pumroy said. “Within the GPAC, we’ve worked together as all 12 … Continue reading Pumroy holds hope for season in midst of virus concerns

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

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

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