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Two HC grads on the bench

Two Hastings College graduates have been appointed as judges in Nebraska courts. John H. Marsh ’81 was appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts in March to the Ninth Judicial District Court, which covers Buffalo and Hall counties, including Kearney and Grand Island. Stephanie R. (Leibert) Hansen ’96 was appointed by Ricketts in November 2015 to the Fourth Judicial County Court, which covers Douglas County, including Omaha. Prior to his appointment, Marsh was a partner at a private law office in Kearney and served as the Deputy Buffalo Public Defender since 2007. During 22 years of private practice, he ...Read more

Press internship with senator inspires Musgrave to pursue policy

After spending the summer as a press intern in the office of one of his home state senators, Nick Musgrave returned to Hastings College with a much more clear image of what he’d like his future to look like. “This summer really solidified my strong desire to go back to Capitol Hill and work as a staffer,” Musgrave said. “It really reinforced that I want to go back to Washington D.C., and if I do go back to D.C., I think I would want to work in government and in public service.” For almost three months, the senior political science and history double major from Parksburg, West Virginia held a ...Read more

Video: Pettigrew serves as Chair of Chairs of the Nebraska Democratic Party

Hastings College Alum Bud Pettigrew '83 graduated with a degree in political science and history. He now serves as the Chair of Chairs of the Nebraska Democratic Party, where he works for former Senator Bob Kerrey. Pettigrew was also a teacher and coach for 25 years before getting involved in political campaigns. He has also met several well-known politicians, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. */ ...Read more

Emily Johnson exploring hunger issues as Emerson Fellow

Most people view food as something to be eaten. Most people fail to see the justice issues that stem from the food system. Access to food is a complex. People like Emily Johnson, 2014 Hastings College graduate, are driven by these issues, and making change within the food production, distribution and consumption system. This drive has led her to accept a fellowship position with the Emerson National Hunger Fellows program. Emily first heard about the fellowship from a supervisor at her summer internship with Nebraska Appleseed. Although she was not get accepted the first time she applied, she ...Read more