Douglas was a non-traditional student of HC, and one of many members of our community who come from an under-represented cultural background. His experience in Hastings has been an interesting one: he has found that the immigrant and refugee population of this city is significant, but largely hidden. His ambition was to put together an occasion for members of this population to gather, get to know one another, and to share their respective cultural heritages and cuisines. One of the hurdles Douglas encountered in this was that his promotion of these events had to be highly individual. Part of the challenge was to include those who were not ‘plugged in’ to usual sources of information in this community. Despite this challenge, Douglas hosted a well-attended and highly successful dinner and cultural event on campus. Many members of our college community attended these events and were so pleased by the welcoming spirit, and the warm relationships that were built.
This was a professional development opportunity taken by a member of our library staff to attend the American Library Association’s Midwinter Annual conventions in order to continue her three-year training as one of the ALA’s ‘Emerging Leaders.’ The conventions focus on leadership capabilities and skills, and gave Susan an opportunity to better learn her vocation, and better practice it on this campus.
Dr. Hall, a leader in our Education Faculty, proposed to attend this conference to gain knowledge about best practices and current trends, that she might share with our education students who take special education coursework at Hastings College. The CEC is the leading international association which helps students with exceptionalities and those who teach and serve them. Attendance at the CEC convention not only helped Dr. Hall explore her vocation in teaching, but provided a deeper chance for her own students to do so as well.
Dan Peters, the former HC registrar, proposed that we support a part of a ‘staff appreciation day’ at Hastings College. He put together a retreat for our staff for the purpose of teambuilding, professional development, and fellowship. The keynote was a presentation from the national speaking agency of Tutt and Daggs, which focused on the importance of work in higher education, and joys that come with it.
This HC student proposed to use these funds to travel to Mexico to observe and study the Day of the Dead and discover how this annual ritual impacts the Mexican perspective of life and death. She felt that, as she reflected on her own personal losses (recently both her grandmother, and a close friend here on campus), her communities were lacking in rituals to deal with grief. She felt that experiencing this widely different approach to death and loss would beneficially augment her own journey with these emotions. Her grant project culminated with an ALS presentation.
Ruth Swift spent a semester volunteering in India, partnering with the International Volunteer Headquarters (IVHQ) to place her in a volunteer setting. She traveled India to work with women there who are stuck in harsh conditions with no possibility of economic mobility. Our program helped her get to India, and process this experience.
Dr. Turner, a professor in the Art/Art History department, applied for Imagine Grant funds to travel to meet Dr. Eammon Kelly National Keeper of Antiquities at Dublin’s National Gallery to study artifacts for an ongoing project of his. This work is an extension of collaboration with Kate Jerman, a graduated Hastings College student. His study will eventually contribute to future Art History courses, as well as future enrichment of our ‘Irish Fellows’ program. Dr. Turner’s research naturally connects his vocation to teach with his professional growth.
Danae Garfield and Rachel Heylmun
Members of the peer education group PHIVE-O sponsored a taco soup lunch fundraiser in April. All proceeds went to support rebuilding Haiti.
Heidi traveled to Bosnia and worked with Global Youth Connect on a Human Rights and Reconciliation project.
Rachel, with students Laura Bonnet and Meg Smith, attended “Witness to the World: National Workshop on Christian Unity” in Tampa, Fla., where they learned about fostering common ground, fellowship, cooperation and community among the various Christian groups on campus.