Hastings College Welcomes Its New Alumni
On Saturday, May 21, Hastings College welcomed members of the Class of 2011 into its alumni family. During the commencement ceremony, 217 undergraduate degrees were conferred, 26 seniors graduated with honors and an additional 69 students graduated with distinction or high distinction in their departmental studies. In addition, 16 students received Master of Arts in Teaching degrees, 18 members of the class of 1961 participated in their 50-Year Golden Graduation ceremony and honorary doctoral degrees were awarded to three individuals. Retiring Hastings College president, Dr. Phillip Dudley Jr., was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree; Dr. Kathleen Haverly, retiring Learning Center director, received an honorary Doctor of Education degree; and Dr. James Wiest, retiring vice president for academic affairs and professor of sociology, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Congratulations to everyone and welcome to the newest members of the Hastings College alumni family!
Make a Difference at HC
With only a few weeks remaining before the end of the fiscal year, there is still time to make sure your name is included in the 2010/11 Annual Report of Donors. When you make a gift of any amount to any fund of your choosing, not only will you be included in our annual list of donors, but you will also be helping Hastings College continue to provide one of the best liberal arts educations in the nation. Whether you designate your gift toward academic programming, general scholarship needs or the construction of new academic facilities, your financial contribution truly makes a difference. In addition, when you make a gift, you will play a role in growing the alumni giving percentage beyond last year’s participation rate of 29%, the lowest rate in seven years. Make your gift prior to June 30 by going to www.hastings.edu/give or mailing your contribution to:
Hastings College Foundation
11422 Miracle Hills Drive, Suite 550
Omaha, NE 68154
Summer Alumni Events
The Hastings College Alumni Association will hit the road this summer. Mark your calendar and plan to attend these events:
- HC Runs the Bolder Boulder (Boulder, Colo.): Join “Team Hastings College” as we take on the 2011 Bolder Boulder, May 29-30. The weekend will feature events and activities for everyone from spectators to veteran runners. More…
- Denver New Alumni Welcome (Denver, Colo.): Welcome the class of 2011 to the alumni family! Grab your lawn chairs, pack a picnic and join fellow Hastings College alumni for an informal evening at City Park Jazz on June 12. More…
- Schock/Mills Music Reunion Weekend (Hastings, Neb.): Hastings College welcomes members of the Elmer Schock choirs and John Mills jazz bands back to campus for this fun-filled reunion weekend, June 10-12. More…
- Alumni Golf Outing (Omaha, Neb.): Hastings College will hit the links at Pacific Springs Golf Course on June 25. More…
- HC Night at the Ballpark (Omaha, Neb.): The Alumni Association will host its annual Night at the Ballpark at the new Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers, June 25. Join us for a pregame tailgate, catch up with alumni and friends, and enjoy a night of baseball. More…
- Colorado Tour Events: The Alumni Association will host its annual Colorado Alumni Tour Events, August 5-10. Events being planned are a Night with the Colorado Rockies and a variety of alumni gatherings and reunions along the Front Range. Details to come soon.
Watch your mailbox or visit www.hastings.edu/alumnievents for more details on these events and others that are added to the calendar. We look forward to having you join us this summer!
2011 Bronco Award Winners Announced
Hastings College seniors Justin Goettsch, Ault, Colo., and James Goodenberger, Duluth, Minn., won the 2011 Bronco Award at Honors Convocation, May 13. Established in 1924, the Bronco Award is the highest, non-academic honor Hastings College bestows and recognizes those individuals who best fulfill the ideals of constructive college citizenship. In addition to being named Bronco Award Winners, Goettsch and Goodenberger were among 22 seniors named Who’s Who at Hastings College. This honor, instituted at Hastings College in 1940, is presented to no more than 10 percent of the senior class. Students were recommended by a vote of the student body. A committee composed of faculty and administrators and three members of the junior class made the final selections. To see a complete list of Who’s Who recipients, click here [Link to press release]. For more information about the 2011 Honors Convocation, please see the following:
- View a list of all student awards by clicking here
- View a list of all faculty/staff awards by clicking here
- View the Honors Convocation speech made by Dr. Jamie (Call) Reimer, 2000 Bronco Award Winner, by clicking here
FieldTurf Replacement – Watch Live
Having withstood 11 seasons of football and soccer competition, countless hours of practice and drills, and tens of thousands of steps taken by the Bronco Marching Band, the FieldTurf at Lloyd Wilson Field is being replaced this spring. Having exceeded its expected lifespan of eight to ten years, the FieldTurf must now be replaced at a cost of $460,000 to ensure a stable and safe playing surface. From now through mid-summer, you can watch the FieldTurf replacement via a live video stream from atop the stadium press box by clicking here. To learn more about the FieldTurf Replacement Project and how you can support it, click here. You can also make a gift to the project online by visiting www.hastings.edu/give.
Class of 2011 Pays Tribute
Continuing a longstanding tradition dating back to 1909, the Class of 2011 presented a senior class gift to the Hastings College community. This year, the senior class chose to begin a reflection garden on campus where students can reflect and meditate. The garden consists of two trees planted in memory of the Hastings College students lost this year, Dani Busboom and Evan Wheeler. The senior class hopes that the legacy they have started with this reflection garden will be added to in future years and continue to enhance the beauty of the Hastings College campus. To learn more about the Senior Class Gift and to see a list of all those who have contributed to this year’s Senior Class Gift campaign, click here. Thank you to all the members of the Class of 2011 who made this gift possible!
Leadership Training Opportunity for HC Alumni
Hastings College will host the Jim Weeks and Don Meyer Leadership Academy, June 10-11. This one and a half day event, open to the Hastings community and the Hastings College alumni family, will give participants the opportunity to interact with and learn from basketball legend, Don Meyer. Known for being the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history with a career 923 victories over 38 seasons, Don Meyer lost most of his left leg in a car accident and was then diagnosed with inoperable cancer. The Wayne, Neb., native now travels the country motivating others through his story. For more information or to sign up, contact Mike Trader at (402) 960-8011. Cost to attend the conference is $100.
More to Come
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