Six Hastings College students awarded fellowships to spend month in Ireland

Six Hastings College students selected to participate in the Irish Fellows program will spend a month in Ireland this fall conducting research they proposed as part of the Irish Fellows application process.

The Irish Fellows program at Hastings College is a distinctive, competitive study abroad opportunity offered annually to full-time 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 outstanding educational and cultural opportunities.

“Irish Fellows remains a unique and extraordinary undergraduate program. Students learn any number of academic- and life-skills in the entire process, from project proposal to research to publication or presentation. They do so with significant guidance and mentoring, but ultimately, they do so on their own in a foreign country,” said Dr. Rob Babcock, a Hastings College history professor and advisor of the program.

Recipients of fellowships for travel in the fall of 2018 include:

  • Taylor Lipinski, an English-publishing major from Grayslake, Illinois, studying “From Fishing to Surfing: Lahinch’s Community Today.”
  • Emily Herbek a communications major from Grand Island, Nebraska, studying “The Representation of Cultural Commodification through Visual Communication.”
  • Davianne Czarnick, an English-publishing major from David City, Nebraska, studying “Discovering Irish Identity through Animated Films.”
  • Mandi Hawthorne a sociology major from from Wilburton, Oklahoma, studying “From the Heartland to the Emerald Isle: Human Trafficking in the Modern World.”
  • Jessica Trad, an English-writing major from Hewitt, Wisconsin, studying “Beyond the Burren: An inside View of Burrenbeo’s Efforts to Increase Environmental Awareness.”
  • Rachel Schmalz, a history major from Central City, Colorado, studying “John F. Kennedy’s Complicated Legacy in Ireland.”

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With more than 60 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to

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