Artist Lecture Series Student Symposium

Artist Lecture Series Student Symposium

The Mission of the Artist Lecture Series is to encourage and provide financial support for extraordinary artistic, cultural and academic experiences for the Hastings College community. The Student Symposium Committee focuses on one topic and brings to campus a variety of speakers, performers and experiences related to the current year’s theme.

The 2016 theme, “Water,” will introduce the students of Hastings College and the community at large to the multifaceted role water plays in our everyday lives. The symposium maintains a Facebook page, a Twitter account and an Instagram account. Join the discussions at #HCDivesIn. 

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Schedule of Events

Monday, October 24, 2016

7 p.m. – Holly Lohuis, "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean 3D" 
Location: Hastings Museum IMAX Theater 
***This event is open only to Hastings College students, staff and faculty

Holly Lohuis is a marine biologist with a degree from the University of California in Santa Barbara and has been diving around the world with Jean-Michel Cousteau for more than a decade. A key member of the expedition team, Holly acts as a liaison between the team and scientists, and is responsible for confirming the factual accuracy of the content of Ocean Futures Society documentaries.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

7 p.m. – Nick Brozovic, "Water for Food:  Myths and Misconceptions of Water in the West"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Nick Brozovic is Director of Policy at the Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska. He works to ensure that the Institute’s programs inform water management policies and decision makers. Brozovic has over 15 years of experience in water policy worldwide. A particular focus of his research is on evaluating policies and governance structures for agricultural water management, including water market design and implementation. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California-Berkeley, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Oxford University.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

9 a.m. – Steve Griggs, "Harnessing Creative Energy: An Introductory Lesson in Watercolor"
Location: Jackson Dinsdale Art Center
***This is a private teaching lecture, open by reservation only. All spots have been filled

Steve Griggs was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1955. He studied art and design at Michigan State University where he received a BA in Studio Art in 1982. He later attended Art Center College of Design where he studied industrial design. In his career he has managed a graphic design studio and worked in commercial interior design. He began to paint professionally in 2005 and began showing in galleries and juried art exhibitions in 2006. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado, painting landscapes and cityscapes. Even though Steve has made his home in Colorado where he lives with his wife and raised his family, he often paints subjects from Northern Michigan and Wisconsin. Steve is a signature member of the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society.

11 a.m. – Evan Wesley, Thirst Project, "Water is Gold: Into the Kingdom of Swaziland"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Evan Wesley is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Water Resources. After graduating, Evan went on to build water projects across the state of Kentucky with a team of Biological and Agricultural Engineers, until he joined Thirst Project. Now, Evan spends his time traveling around the United States, speaking to middle school, high school, and college students about the global water crisis. In three years, Evan has spoken to over 75,000 students as a Keynote speaker, working and speaking to groups including United Nations, UNICEF, Student Council, Key Club International, HOSA, WordLink Peace and Justice, and Millennium Campus Network. With a mission to end the global water crisis, Evan currently works closely with the government and Kingdom of Swaziland to build freshwater wells for communities in need.

1 p.m. – Paul Parkinson, "Prime Hook and the Power of Water: A Marsh Restoration Story"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Paul Parkinson is a Construction Manager for Amec Foster Wheeler. His professional background and education are in Civil Engineering and he holds a MS in Civil Engineering from George Mason University. He is a Certified Construction Manager and resides in Fairfax, Virginia. After beginning his career in land development and civil design, Paul has worked on a variety of projects as a construction manager, including runway repair and upgrade work, security engineering, several stream restoration projects, and most recently on the Prime Hook Marsh Restoration project. Paul enjoys all sorts of sports and outdoor activities and is currently playing hockey and learning the game of golf. His vacations are generally spent either hiking or volunteering on missions building projects around the world.

2 p.m. – Dr. Willian Beachly (Chair), Dr. Kittie Grace, Dr. Lisa Smith, Brett Erickson, Mike Mahoney, "Navigating Uncharted Waters: Hastings College Faculty Panel"
Location: Wilson Auditorium

3 p.m. – Dr. Alan S. Kolok, "The Other Water Cycle: Water Use and Reuse and Reuse Again"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Alan Kolok, aquatic toxicologist and public health professional, works at the nexus between water and health. At the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kolok’s manages the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory as well as two field stations, the Elkhorn River and Missouri River Research Stations. His field research focuses on the use of fish as sentinel organisms to determine the nature and extent that surfaces waters are contaminated with emerging pollutants. Within the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Kolok directs the Center for Environmental Health and Toxicology. His work within public health focuses on the relationships between water quality and human health. He is also interested in citizen science as a method of empowering communities, and runs a nation-wide program (Lil’ Miss Atrazine) that allows citizen scientists to participate in meaningful scientific inquiry.

7 p.m. – Dr. Lujendra Ojha, "Mars: Land of Ice and Fire!"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Lujendra Ojha is a 26-year-old Blaustein Fellow from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and moved with his family to Tucson, Arizona when he was 15 years old. While attending the University of Arizona as an undergraduate student, he discovered mysterious, water-like streaks on the slopes of Martian craters. The discovery led to a published article in "Science" when Ojha was 21 years old. Last summer, Ojha and NASA announced the findings of his latest study: that water does play a role in the formation of the streaks on present-day Mars.

Ojha is involved in many other research projects and has published papers on asteroids, comets, Mars, Moon and Earth. Ojha's career goal is to work in a space research field. As for traveling to Mars someday, Ojha says he wouldn’t hesitate if given the opportunity. His favorite hobbies are mountain biking and playing guitar. Before he discovered water on Mars, Ojha used to play in a heavy metal rock band.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

6 p.m. – Michael C. Klein, "Water Law 101"
Location: French Memorial Chapel

Michael Klein has been engaged in the general practice of law since 1977 representing clients concerning water and water rights, estate planning, probate, real estate and business law matters, wrongful death cases and personal injury cases. Mr. Klein is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska College of Law, completing his education in 1977. He is a member of the Phelps County Bar Association; the Tenth Judicial District Bar Association; the Nebraska State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Klein is admitted to practice before the Nebraska Supreme Court, the US District Court for the District of Nebraska and the US Supreme Court. Mr. Klein practices in the Holdrege, Kearney and Minden offices.

2016 Student Symposium Committee

  • Faculty Sponsor: Dr. William Beachly
  • Co-Chairs: Andrew Boge and Kenzie Shofner
  • Secretary: Mary Swift
  • Treasurer: Jessica Gonzalez
  • Committee Members: Erika Diaz, Alex Gentry, Mallory Gruben, Zaidya Hirschman, Jordan Johnson, Michelle Ross and Carly Spotts-Falzone