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Stories about and for Hastings College alumni
Hiking opportunities near Laramie, Wyoming, provide three outdoorsy Hastings College alumni with much-needed breaks from their graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Wyoming. “It’s unusual to have three students from a small department at a small school in the same graduate program,” said Dr. Neil Heckman, Chair of ...Read more

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.

Dr. Tiffany Ziegler's love for history became manifest during a course at Hastings College. She discovered history is about concepts, not just dates.

A fan of both the Hastings College Broncos and the Denver Broncos, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock '91 uses friendly wager to support community service.

The exhibit, on display through Dec. 19, weaves a photographic tale of an intriguing “stickwork” sculpture by renowned artist Patrick Dougherty with assistance from Hastings College students and Teal Peterson '13.

Kitty (Crafton) Burton ’99 is providing superhero capes and “super hope” to children and families facing congenital heart disease.

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