Hastings College students awarded fellowships to study in Ireland

The Hastings College Irish Fellowship program is a distinctive, competitive study abroad opportunity offered annually to full-time Hastings College students.

In partnership with Davy Spillane, Grammy Award-winning Irish musician, Hastings College sponsors the program, which blends on-campus coursework with a month of independent study in County Clare, a region in the west of Ireland offering remarkable educational and cultural opportunities.

“The Irish Fellows program is an incredible opportunity for Hastings College students to spend a month living abroad while they conduct original research relevant to their field of study,” said Dr. Rob Babcock, a history professor and advisor of the program.

Recipients of fellowships for travel in the fall of 2016 include:

  • Emilie Barnes, an English major from Omaha, Nebraska, researching “Publishing ‘Cross The Pond.”
  • Hannah Morine, an economics major from Blair, Nebraska, studying “The Macroeconomic Effect of Tourism on the Irish Economy.”
  • Dakota Ghegan, a music major from Omaha, Nebraska researching “Traditional Flutes and Tablature of Ireland.”
  • Kirsten Gilliland, an English and journalism education major from Ainsworth, Nebraska researching “Irish and American Print Journalism: a Case Study.”
  • Kelly Kruse, a broadcasting and Spanish major from Colorado Springs, Colorado studying “How do you get your news, Ireland?”

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Bang for the Buck” school by Washington Monthly. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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