(Hastings, Neb.) – As the Hastings College community celebrates its 2013 Homecoming, alumni are returning to campus to share their stories and network with today’s students – those following in their footsteps.
Among the special guests is Paula Queen (pictured), a 1998 Hastings College graduate and the founder of Pyar & Co., a Chicago-based luxury home accessories business (see her bio below). Ms. Queen, who has been named the 2013 Hastings College Outstanding Young Alumna, will speak on Friday, September 20 at 12:10 p.m. in Hazelrigg Student Union Rooms A&B (705 9th Street).
Joining her to discuss how a Hastings College prepared her for success as an entrepreneur will be Andrew Vrbas ’12 of Hastings’ own Pacha Soap. This event is free and open to the public.
Earlier in the day, other alumni will discuss their post-collegiate careers. The full schedule is below.
Playing the Game on a Different Field: Making Your Love of Sports a Career
10-11 a.m. The Legacy Room, Lynn Farrell Arena
Hastings College Alumni Teachers: Leading the Next Generation
10-11 a.m. French Memorial Chapel
The Art of Communication/The Communication of Art
10-11 a.m. Studio A, Gray Center for Communication Arts
What Do You Do With An English Major?
10-11 a.m. McCormick Hall
Keep Calm and Communicate On
Wheels of Justice Keep Rolling On: Political Science Alumni
10-11 a.m. Board Room, Daugherty Center
Careers of the Mind: Sociology and Psychology Alumni
10-11 a.m. #213 Morrison-Reeves Science Center
Catching the Bronco Entrepreneurial Spirit
12:10 – 1 p.m. HSU, Rooms A & B
As a student at Hastings College, 2013 Outstanding Young Alumna Paula Queen ’98 gained the skills and preparedness needed to create a career path guided by her own passions and life experiences. The secondary English education major began her professional career as a High School English Teacher at Burke High School in Omaha. She later entered the corporate world for a successful 10-year career in business development, first working for firms in Nebraska and concluding as the Manager of Business Development for Higher Education Institutions and Federal Market with the 5th largest construction management firm in the U.S. In 2011, Paula launched her own business, Pyar & Co., inspired by a family trip to India to celebrate her marriage to her husband, Sumit Gupta. Pyar & Co. specializes in luxury accessories for the home as well as a children’s collection. This year, Pyar & Co. was named “Americaʼs Great New Home Textile Company” by Home Textiles Today magazine. The company is based in Chicago, where Paula lives with her husband and their young son, Ojas.
Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit Hastings.edu for more.