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Krause launches PassTime app to help others connect through recreation

After graduating from Hastings College in 2015 with a degree in business administration, Brandon Krause began the process of transforming an idea into a reality: helping connect people looking for a pickup game or workout partner. Krause’s solution was PassTime Sports, a social networking app for people who are looking for others who share favorite …

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While finishing college career, Sesay developing skincare line to honor her heritage

Hastings College senior Mariama Sesay has always loved practicing skincare because when she looked around at her family, they all had flawless skin at any age. She said she dreamt of making African skincare products popular to honor her roots, and is working to make that dream a reality with her skincare line “I skinkare.” …

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Through volunteering, Cox presented with real-world opportunities as a first-year student

In the summer of 2020, Hastings College first-year student Jeremiah Cox wanted to write an article about George Floyd’s death for his local newspaper in Chaska, Minnesota. When looking for resources, Cox met the Anti-Racism Commitment Coalition (ARCC) founder, where he was presented with an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. The communication studies major became …

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Perdunn ‘04 protects power system by working in cybersecurity with OPPD

A man of many talents, Michael Perdunn ’04 worked in customer service, marketing and project management before landing a dream job that fits with his passions. He protects the Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) power system by managing the cybersecurity team in Omaha, Nebraska. During his work as a project manager, the communication studies and …

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Burke ‘17 starts educational career in the midst of COVID-19, helps students succeed

When starting her career in a high school this fall, Melissa Burke ‘17 wasn’t expecting her job to be fully online. The Hastings College psychology and health administration graduate works as a school social worker at the Chicago Tech Academy, a charter school in Chicago, Illinois. While the school is entirely virtual this year, Burke …

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Bronco Buddies adapts to connect with elementary students through pen pal program

Bronco Buddies, started a year ago by education major Michaela Bailey, seeks to connect students at Lincoln Elementary School in Hastings with college student mentors. Last year, student athletes would visit and play with Lincoln Elementary students at lunch and recess. This year, the program looks different, as it shifted to a pen-pal program with …

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