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2010s

Group aims to grow diversity in the classroom

Steven Dunham ’16, Casey Molifua ’15/MAT ’17 and Tahj Willingham represent minorities in the classroom — in more ways than one. These three men of "colorful backgrounds" are not only part of the approximate 20 percent of non-white teachers in the United States, but they've also established a group to promote diversity among educators. Ethnic and Minority Educators for a Legacy (EME4L) is a local organization focused on educating others about the need for ethnic and minority teachers. Founded in 2017 by Dunham, Molifua and Willingham, the group makes a concerted effort to recruit educators of ...Read more

Lambie rises to top of cycling world

Two years ago, Ashton Lambie ‘13 set the record for the fastest bike ride across Kansas. Now, Lambie, with his orange handlebar mustache, is gripping the handlebars of another bike — one that he pedaled fast enough in the velodrome, cycling’s racing track, that he’s the number one ranked rider in individual pursuit and omnium. This year’s success began in August in California where, after three grueling days, he won gold in individual pursuit and two silvers at the USA Cycling’s national championships. As national champion, USA Cycling selected Lambie to represent Team USA in the Pan-American ...Read more

Sociology grad reinvents public perception of animal control

When animal law enforcement officer and 2015 Hastings College Graduate Timothy Rice catches a pet owner without a leash, he doesn’t issue a ticket. Instead, he offers a lesson on the dangers of off-leash pets, provides them with a free slip leash and sends them on their now law-abiding way. For Rice, this is just one way to break the stereotype of “mean old dogcatcher.” “I take this type of approach for a lot of violations,” Rice said. “It gives me the opportunity to educate the public on the law and resolve the situation without being a no-discretion ticket robot.” Rice works for the Humane ...Read more

API fellowship allows Case to help improve newsrooms

Emily Case ’14 hails from a small Nebraskan town with little diversity, yet she’s developed a passion for giving a voice to minority populations. “I feel like on the most basic level, I’ve always been interested in other populations,” Case said. “I am from Gibbon, Nebraska, which doesn’t have a lot of diversity, so I was always interested to encounter people from other backgrounds.” Case’s post-Hastings College pursuits have led her on a path of combining her interest in diversity with her talents as a journalist. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln ...Read more

Diffendaffer improves athletic safety, performance through biomechanical research

Alek Diffendaffer applies reflective markers to the major joints and anatomical landmarks of a baseball pitcher as 3D motion capture camera and high-tech software stand by to record the pitcher’s movements. Each recording will be recreated into a life-like animation on a nearby computer screen. The motion picture industry evolved greatly with the introduction of 3D motion capture cameras, and movies like “Avatar” and “The Polar Express” are possible thanks to these unique software programs. While Diffendaffer is no stranger to this technology, his job does not include mass distribution of the ...Read more

Barnes garners diverse skillset from hands-on publishing

If Emilie Barnes ’17 was keeping a list of her steps to success in the publishing industry, it would be full of checkmarks. Complete an internship with a small press in Ireland? Check. Self-publish a book of personal literature? Check. Get hands-on experience as a co-editor of a literary magazine, a chief copy editor of a collegiate newspaper and an intern with the Hastings College Press? Check, check and check. Ironically, Barnes can also cross “find a hidden talent” off her list, as her initial educational endeavors never included a pursuit of publishing skills. “I kind of fell into ...Read more

Meeske maximizes publishing talents with graduate program

For a young professional looking to launch a career in publishing, the Denver Publishing Institute (DPI) makes a perfect stepping stone. The four-week graduate program covers the complete book publishing process through lectures and workshops hosted by current industry professionals, and it boasts a network of more than 3,500 alumni who support young graduates in navigating career paths. This year, a talented Hastings College graduate was among the institute’s 95 accepted students. “When I interned at the Oklahoma Gazette my senior year at Hastings College, my mentor, the assistant editor, ...Read more

Cranbrook grad finds beginning with Hastings College art

When Alyssa Rose Bliven ’14 first enrolled at Hastings College, she planned to one day become a veterinarian. The future had something else in store for her. During the 2017 Hastings College Homecoming and Family Weekend, Bliven returns to Hastings as a proud Bronco alumnae. But instead of sharing tales of doctoring animals as a veterinarian, she’ll fill the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center gallery with a sculpture collection she created as a master metalsmith. Bliven is a recent graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s metalsmithing program. Cranbrook, one of the country’s leading graduate schools ...Read more

Thiel customizes career in luxury shoes

Yannic Thiel ’11 takes pleasure in his refined tastes for the simple joys in life. For him, there is great happiness to be found in a good education, competitive soccer and luxury shoes. He’s such a believer in this foundation of happiness for him that, in January 2015, the former Hastings College economics major started his own custom shoe brand and company. Yan Raven Germany, based in Munich, Germany, is a one-of-a-kind business that sells luxury sneakers. Thiel’s brand stands out among the crowd of notable footwear producers due to its high-quality materials — including fine goat suede and ...Read more

Recent grad takes on Comic Con, television news

For Jennifer Schmidt ’17, opportunities abound behind the lens of a camera. Her photography and videography skills have introduced her to Napoleon Dynamite, helped her bring news to audiences across Nebraska and secured her two professional positions. Just months after graduation in May, the Hastings College journalism graduate leveraged her multimedia know-how to find early career success with a unique volunteer opportunity at Denver Comic Con and a full-time position on the NTV production staff. Capturing cosplay at Comic Con In late June, Schmidt’s media skills became her ticket to an ...Read more