2010s | Hastings College


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

Sherrill interns as NAIA sports ‘gatekeeper’

Since right after her graduation in May of 2016, Nikki Sherrill has spent her days overseeing women’s division II volleyball and women's division II basketball for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Responsible for everything from updating ratings, maintaining historic archives and writing press releases related to the sport, Sherrill acts as each sport’s “gatekeeper” in her role as a sports communication and information intern. Fresh out of college with a degree in journalism and sports management, Sherrill’s post-graduation plans did not include working in sports ...Read more

HC alumna secures prestigious scholarship for graduate study abroad

Most students complete master’s degree programs at schools across the state or even across the country, but few have the opportunity to study abroad. Miranda Klugesherz, a 2015 Hastings College graduate, plans to do just that. Klugesherz will attend University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, as one of only 12 national recipients of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship sponsored by the U.S.–Ireland Alliance. The year-long Master of Science program in social policy begins September 2017. She will focus her work on engaging individuals who have experienced hunger and poverty and the ...Read more

Music grad explores life out of comfort zone

As her graduation from Hastings College neared, Hannah Jensen ‘15 wasn’t sure exactly how she would apply her double major in piano performance and music education outside of college. Little did she know, an opportunity to combine music and serving others would present itself to her, providing her with an experience that would drastically change her outlook on life. “When I was thinking about what I wanted to do after graduation, I knew that I wanted it to involve music, and I knew that I wanted it to involve helping people,” Jensen said. “I was talking to Alayna O’Connell (‘14), one of my ...Read more