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Cultural immersion on the Camino de Santiago

Perched on a rocky landscape overlooking a seemingly endless horizon of water, Jenna Jaeger, sophomore biology and Spanish double major, sat quietly meditating after a five-day trek through Northern Spain. The quiet moment gave her a chance to reflect on the 72-mile hike she’d just completed during January Term (J-Term) 2017. While many students use J-Term as an opportunity to travel abroad, Jaeger and six other Hastings College students set out on a J-Term trip that led them to the end of the earth — and into a new culture. Accompanied by Dr. Pedro Vizoso, associate professor of Spanish, and ...Read more

Technology, nature and development: Connecting concepts, students during J-Term

Laptops, iPhones and other electronic devices are staples in today’s society, but some argue these devices may be more dangerous than we think. In the January Term (J-Term) course PSY 302 “Technology, Nature and Development: Disconnect to Reconnect,” Hastings College students explored these major mainstays in their everyday lives — and discovered the true effects of their technological interactions. The course is taught by Dr. Stephanie Furrer, a psychology professor at Hastings College who specializes in childhood development. It originated as an interdisciplinary exploration of nature and ...Read more

Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium fuels Ocander’s marine biology aspirations

An Omaha native and Hastings College wildlife biology major, senior Ashlyn Ocander dreams of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals. Her passion for marine biology blossomed when she was 13 and witnessed newborn sea turtles returning to the Gulf of Mexico. Since that day, she’s aspired to make a positive impact on aquatic ecosystems, despite her roots in the oceanless Midwest. “Sometimes when I tell people that I’m studying marine biology at a college in Nebraska, they ask me, ‘Where is your ocean?’” she said. Ocander found a Nebraskan ocean of sorts during her January Term (J-Term) ...Read more

Piper completes two internships in a single J-Term

Two internships are better than one. Or in sophomore biology major Geena Piper’s case, two internships during a single January Term. Piper has raised the bar and has already started preparing herself for a career after graduation. For the first half of J-Term, Piper, from Norfolk, Nebraska, spent her time shadowing the professionals at Valley County Health Department, a part of the Valley County Health System Hospital, in Ord, Nebraska. “They have four family doctors, three physician assistants (PAs) and a nurse practitioner,” said Piper. “I spent my time shadowing all nine of these medical ...Read more

After 57 years, Sachtleben introduces students to the night sky one last time

From his first day at Hastings College in 1960 as a “24-year-old kid with a crew cut,” to this past January Term as a seasoned educator, Dr. Clyde Sachtleben has spent most of his life as a Hastings College professor of physics. Even after his retirement from teaching in 2001, he returned to the College year after year to instruct a J-Term course that fueled his passion in a place that bears his name: “Intro to the Night Sky, ” an astronomy course that included class visits to the Sachtleben Observatory just south of town. But this January was different. It marked the official conclusion to ...Read more