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Through experience and support Willingham finds his teaching niche

Tahj Willingham knew he wanted to work in the education field after college, but wasn’t entirely sure if being a classroom teacher was the best position for him. The Hastings College education department helped Willingham find exactly what he wanted to do and found his passion in the physical education realm. */ ...Read more

Teacher turns to personal training with in-home health company

At first glance, Kristen Livingston’s lifestyle appears to take personal fitness to the extreme. The 1993 Hastings College graduate begins most days in the gym at 5:00 a.m. By the time “mid-morning” rolls around — at 8 o’clock — she’s already logged three hours teaching classes and personal training. But the majority of Livingston’s day is dedicated not to her own workout routine, but to personal health of others. “People usually get to a point in their life when they realize they need some direction with exercise and eating, and a lot of times they will go to gym or start running on their ...Read more

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

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

Experience in Ireland ‘simply amazing’ for students

Every October, students from Hastings College conduct research in Ireland throughout the month as part of a program called Irish Fellows. This program began in 2007 with then Hastings College Dean and Irish literature specialist, Dr. Richard Lloyd. Lloyd had formed a relationship with Grammy-winning musician Davy Spillane, who had performed at Hastings College, and Spillane agreed to be available to the Fellows throughout the month as a resource when needed. Lloyd enlisted the help of history professor Dr. Rob Babcock, who ultimately took over the program when Lloyd became president of ...Read more

TeamMates, Hastings College partnership a win

With TeamMates’ founder Dr. Tom Osborne '59 being a graduate of Hastings College and native of Hastings, Nebraska, it makes sense that Hastings College would be among the first and most active colleges in offering scholarships to TeamMates mentees. In fact, the College offers a noncompetitive Hastings College Teammates Scholarship, valued at $15,000 per year, available to anyone who was in the program for at least two years, plus it offers the Osborne Legacy Scholarship, which is a full tuition scholarship to Hastings. The Osborne Legacy Scholarship, first awarded in 2014, is an annual ...Read more