Wanderlust trips return during pandemic to give students safe local travel opportunities

At Hastings, all students are given the opportunity to participate in international or domestic exploratory travel courses. As students may need more access or inspiration to travel locally, Wanderlust is an activity for anyone interested in fun trips closer to campus.  Sponsored by the office of student engagement, Wanderlust is a day trip program offered to students at various times throughout the school year. To … Continue reading Wanderlust trips return during pandemic to give students safe local travel opportunities

2021 SA elections utilize online media

As of this week, voting has opened to decide this year’s Student Association (SA) Executive Cabinet. Voting is open until April 11, and if needed a second vote will start on April 15, both via Google Forms.  Both sets of candidates have unique visions for what HC can do to make students feel engaged and included, and have a range of prior experience.  2020-2021 SA … Continue reading 2021 SA elections utilize online media

SEAC, a Hastings College group raises awareness and makes tremendous impact on the campus community

This year, the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) has been making a big impact on the Hastings College campus community by spreading environmental awareness through various activities and projects. SEAC, affected by decreased group membership and projects over the 2019-2020 school year, is trying to revitalize its significance and role on campus with these initiatives. “SEAC is here to remind the HC community of the … Continue reading SEAC, a Hastings College group raises awareness and makes tremendous impact on the campus community

CCC partnership expands to provide new minors

This semester, Hastings College and Central Community College (CCC) of Hastings have expanded a partnership that, in the past, primarily allowed HC business majors to specialize their degrees. Now, HC students can complete a variety of minors through CCC’s diplomas to diversify their degrees and build experience for their careers.  This expanded partnership, a result of more than a year of discussion and planning from … Continue reading CCC partnership expands to provide new minors

IT department fills two employee positions

At the beginning of this semester, Hastings College welcomed two new people to the Information Technology (IT) department staff, Rocky Czaplewski and Rachael Broadwell. Both are former employees of the IT department at Central Community College. Czaplewski is a CCC graduate while Broadwell is still finishing her degree.  “I was just looking for jobs, then the position came up here at HC since they had … Continue reading IT department fills two employee positions

Rise in student interest to see original work performed leads to first play workshop

This year the Hastings College Theatre Department is beginning a Student Original Plays workshop, hopefully to become an annual event. The workshop was open for any student on campus to submit original plays to be reviewed by the theater faculty. All submitted work will be given feedback, but a few select plays will be chosen and performed in a livestream event on Feb. 28.  Theatre … Continue reading Rise in student interest to see original work performed leads to first play workshop

Boesen replaces Simoens as student activities coordinator

Bryan Boesen is the new Student Activities Coordinator this year to replace Beth Simoens. As the former football coach and a current student getting his master’s degree, he has lots of experience with the Hastings College community and is excited to create more events that will unite the students on campus.  The Student Activities Coordinator is in charge of organizing and running all of the … Continue reading Boesen replaces Simoens as student activities coordinator

Sissoko’s coffee business creates connections and spreads positivity in community

Hastings College senior Sidy Sissoko’s love for coffee and building connections with people has transcended many obstacles to help him succeed in his dream of launching his own coffee business, LeNoir Dimbaya Coffee, in the spring of 2020.  When Sissoko was 15, he came to the United States as an asylum-seeker from Mali, Africa. By himself, with no knowledge of the culture or how to … Continue reading Sissoko’s coffee business creates connections and spreads positivity in community

Franklin and Ruff discuss adjustments and challenges related to online learning

At Hastings College, Professor of English Susan Franklin and freshman Ethan Ruff elaborated on the difficulties that they have faced in the midst of the on-going pandemic in regards to academic writing courses using a hybrid model this semester. They explain that given the challenges that they have faced, we must maintain a positive attitude and outcome, because we will get through these trying times.  … Continue reading Franklin and Ruff discuss adjustments and challenges related to online learning

Allen-Pickett equates service to teaching and baking

Selected by faculty and students of Hastings College, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Jessica Allen-Pickett was given the honor to speak at HC’s annual Invited Faculty Lecture. Entitled “Baking, Teaching and Service”, Allen-Pickett’s speech shared some of her biggest life lessons while also incorporating her biggest passions and baking cookies in the Chapel. “Teaching and baking are very similar, and both can be used as … Continue reading Allen-Pickett equates service to teaching and baking