Success Stories

HC grad, former Fulbright Fellow is a national expert on Yemen

It’s fairly common for Gregory Johnsen ’01 to receive threats from Al-Qaeda members. “It’s something you can look at in different ways,” Johnsen said about the threats. “It lets you know that some of what you are doing has validity.” Johnsen is a national expert on Yemen and Al-Qaeda’s presence there. He has appeared on […]

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Entrepreneurial spirit leads to multiple business ventures for 1993 HC grad

As a student at Hastings College, Gordon Whitten ’93 paid his own way through school. One of his first inspirations for a business venture occurred in his Hastings College dorm room. He created an adjustable steel frame loft system for elevating beds. Gordon patented his idea for The Space Loft as a sophomore and formed

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Anderson ’65 won two Olympic gold medals, set world records

Expert rifle sports shooter Gary Anderson ’65 won two Olympic gold medals, seven World Championship gold medals, 16 national titles and set six world records. He has worked for the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Civilian Marksmanship Program and served as a senator in the Nebraska Unicameral. After his retirement from competitive shooting, Anderson

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Biology and communications major managing wildlife in Alaska

Shortly after graduating from Hastings College in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and speech communication, Charlotte (Higgins) Westing loaded her belongings in a U-Haul and headed north to start work on her master’s degree at Alaska Pacific University. Charlotte’s thesis focused on wetland restoration from off-road vehicle damage. She graduated in 2002 with

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The Senase Project

From the fall/winter 2013 edition of HC Today. Grant Nagaki ’13 co-founded The Senase Project after a college trip to Ghana and what he and others witnessed in the rural farming villages of Senase and Akatim. The young group was stricken by the faces of 120 children who were heartbreakingly devoid of hope. The Akatim

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Pacha Soap: Raising the Bar

From the fall/winter edition of HC Today. In June 2013, the Pacha Soap crew traveled to Peru to distribute 1,200 bars of soap and provide hand-washing education to the children of several remote schools in the Andes Mountains. As part of its Raise the Bar campaign, Pacha Soap gives a bar of soap to someone

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