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Alumni Success Stories

Stories about and for Hastings College alumni
Hastings College alumnus Colin Sandall's musical Coffee Shop debuted on Thursday, April 9. Colin began writing the musical in 2005, while still at Hastings, and finished it in 2007. An early version of the musical debuted in 2007 with HC's Music Theater Ensemble. Dr. Chip Smith, Professor of Music, asked ...Read more

When a friend in Altman Hall found herself frustrated by her accounting homework, then-Hastings College first-year student Dana (Pote) Foote ’96 remembers leafing through the numeral-rich textbook and feeling a click.

An impressive journalism career has taken Josh Awtry ’98 across the United States, and now he’s leading efforts to redefine and ultimately save local print newspapers in the digital age.

Scott DeBoer ’89 has had incredible success since graduating from HC in physics and math. He continued his education at Iowa State University and graduated in 1992 with a masters in physics and then again in 1995 with his doctorate in electrical engineering.

For many small town and rural inhabitants, having a specialist at their disposal is typically not possible. Dr. Allen Gee ’88, a psychobiology major from small town Nebraska, is bridging that gap in Wyoming with the use of telemedicine.

Principal. Coach. Role model. Mentor. Thomas “Tommy” Lee ’87 fills each of these roles at Omaha Northwest High School, where he is serving his first year as principal and coach. Omaha Northwest is a magnet school and the newest of the seven schools in the Omaha Public Schools District.

There’s an old couch in the office of Jeff Vyhlidal ’08, but he can’t remember the last time he himself sat down on the well-worn cushions. “It’s almost always filled with students,” the teacher and choir director said of the cozy furniture. And that’s exactly the way that Jeff wants it.

“I have always been interested in the sciences for as long as I can remember,” said John Killefer '84, head of the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University.

For two weeks in July, Steve Snell, Assistant Professor of Art at Hastings College, had the opportunity to hike the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska and Canada. The trail is 33 miles long and it is the same trail that was made famous by the Klondike Gold Rush and books like “White Fang.”

One Hastings College graduate, who is on her way to the Cranbrook Academy of Art, took her senior thesis to an exotic location – a cave built within the walls of the Art Center Gallery.

Moses Dogbevia

Growing up in Ghana, Dr. Moses Dogbevia, Associate Professor of Chemistry, learned to live and work with people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, ideologies and cultural values. Traditional chemistry courses and labs don’t always afford opportunities for Dr. Dogbevia to share these lessons. However, the cultural experience course he has taught for several J-Terms does.

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