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Alumni News

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Congratulations to Phil Haussler, HHS Class of 1996, for having his book "Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas" named a 2013 Book of the Year by Creative Child Magazine! Phil's books are all personalized books, so you can order one that is personalized for your child or children! Check out the link below for more details! http://www.marblespark.com/

Bree Robbins (HHS 2006)! Bree recently joined Reagan, Melton & Delaney, L.L.P., a law firm in La Vista, Nebraska. She is a graduate of Hastings College with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2013. Bree is licensed to practice law in Nebraska, and although works she works in La Vista/Omaha she can handle cases throughout the State. She is a mother of two and has been actively involved as a volunteer at Christ Community Church and is involved with the Omaha Bar Association and Sarpy County Young Professionals. Her areas of concentration are family law, criminal defense, civil litigation, and personal injury litigation. 

Stacy Selko, a 2009 HHS grad, graduated in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Animal Science. She is currently completing a 6 month internship at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Her daily responsibilities include providing basic care for lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, bobcats, and bears. She is in charge of cleaning out enclosures, preparing food for the animals and feeding them and helping in projects that will enrich the lives of the animals in the refuge's care (i.e. habitat construction). She also gives tours to the public to spread awareness about exotic animal ownership. Stacy's hope is that this internship will bring her one step closer to her dream of becoming a zookeeper and in working in conservation education.

Amy Sandeen is a 1989 graduate of Hastings High School. 
This story ran in the Hastings Tribune in July 2013.

Tracy Stickels Douglas is a 1989 graduate of Hastings High School.
This story ran in the Hastings Tribune in June 2013.

James Reimer, a 1967 graduate of Hastings High School, recently published the book ARDMORE, that is set in western Nebraska.

Mike Karloff is a 1977 graduate of Hastings High School.

Mike Karloff played for the Hastings Chiefs American Legion baseball taem from 1975 to 1977.

Chad Essex is a 1990 graduate of Hastings High School.

Jessica Bauer, a 2004 graduate of Hastings High School recently joined Seiler & Parker Law Firm in Hastings. She is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies and French and received her Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University in 2012. Jessica is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. She has been actively involved as a CASA volunteer and is a member of the YMCA. Her areas of concentration are civil litigation, family law, juvenile law, collections, and criminal defense.

Michael Tushaus is a 1993 graduate of Hastings High School.

Hastings Tribune Article, Saturday, May 11, 2013


Army Master Sgt. Joseph Bowlds, a 1988 graduate of Hastings High School, was recently decorated with the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for non-combat meritorious achievement or service.

Congratulations to Hope Reiners for receiving an award for
Best Resort Fashion Wear at the March 2013 LA
 Fashion Weekend!

Hope Reiners, a 2004 graduate of Hastings High School, started her own clothing line, Culture Swimwear in 2011. Her ultimate desire has been to make a positive impact on the world through her swim line. She partners with KeoK`jay, an organization in Cambodia that works to create jobs and benefit women who have HIV/AIDS by providing them with equal opportunities and salaries, the ability to learn special skills and have a sense of purpose. The organization not only works to help these women regain their health and cope better with the illness, but also to provide for and educate their children. While making a difference to women in need, Keok`jay makes a substantial contribution to protecting the environment. All of the eco-friendly products are either made from recycled or natural materials as well as non-toxic dying processes. 

Culture Swimwear evokes the strong, free spirit and beauty of all women. Each piece makes a bold statement with colorful designs, solid cover-ups as well as tribal prints. The collection is made entirely from recycled and vintage fabrics with intricate crocheted details on many of the styles.

With the line, Hope wishes to inspire women everywhere to feel beautiful in their own skin. “It is my hope to not only empower the women we work with in Cambodia, but to educate and empower all the women who wear our suits.” –Hope

Hastings Tribune Article, March 2013.

Corey Stutte is a 2000 graduate of Hastings High School

Hastings Tribune Article, March 2013.

Gary Freeman is a 1989 graduate of Hastings High School

Kendra Grams, HHS class of 2002, was ordained on Saturday, November 17, 2012 in the First Presbyterian Church, her home church until she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend Coe College, from which she graduated in 2006. She was graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, in 2009. Kendra has been serving at Potomac Presbyterian Church in Potomac, Maryland, as Associate for Spiritual Development of Children and Youth since February of 2010. After her ordination she will serve Potomac Presbyterian as Associate Pastor for Family Ministries.

Louie Eckhardt, a 2000 graduate of Hastings High School, is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance at Louisiana State University, where he studies trumpet and Baroque trumpet with Dr. Brian Shaw. In addition to his duties with the Monroe Symphony, he also plays extra trumpet with the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans, and maintains an active performing schedule in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.

Phil Haussler, 1996 HHS alum, has published his second children's book! His books, Twas the Mouse that Saved Christmas and Following Featherbottom are both personalized children's storybooks! This means that before purchasing them, you can have your child's name inserted into the story line! You can read more about Phil and his books by clicking on the link below!

In August 2012, Cathrine Grace Erickson, a 1991 Hastings High Alum, was named the Director of Track & Field and Cross Country at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. 

Erickson, who enters her 17th year as a collegiate coach, has helped lead her teams to four top-five NCAA finishes, including the 2005 NCAA National Indoor Championship. She has mentored 33 NCAA qualifiers, 13 NCAA and USA Track and Field (USATF) All-Americans, and her student-athletes have captured 24 individual conference titles.

She continues to be a pioneer in her field and a leader for female coaches. Since 1996, she is one of only seven female coaches to produce a national champion in the throws events and is the only one to guide an athlete to a title in the hammer throw. She also coached a runner-up finisher in the weight throw and an NCAA three-time runner up in the shotput.
Most recently, as the associate head coach at Harvard, she lead the Crimson throws corps to an impressive finish, scoring better than 52 percent of the team points at the outdoor Ivy League championships in 2012. She also was integral in bringing in the No. 5 men's recruiting class in 2011-12, and produced four USATF All-Americans, 18 NCAA qualifiers, seven individual Ivy League champions, 14 All-Ivy League selections, 60 ECAC/IC4A qualifiers, and eight USATF Junior National qualifiers.

Prior to Harvard, Erickson spent four years as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee, where she helped lead the Lady Volunteers to the 2005 NCAA National Indoor Championship and a third-place finish at the NCAA outdoor meet one year later.

Erickson also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at ACC-member Clemson University, where she mentored the 2002 NCAA national champion and collegiate record holder in the women's hammer. In 2001, she helped lead the Tigers to a third-place team finish at the NCAA indoor meet and a seventh-place finish at the outdoor meet. Her student-athletes earned seven All-America honors, nine ACC titles, seven all-conference honors and four ACC meet records.

From 1998 to 2000, Erickson served as an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi and from 1996 to 1998 as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. She worked with both the men's and women's programs at each school.

At Ole Miss, she guided six athletes to school-record performances, and produced a USATF Junior National qualifier in the men's discus and hammer and an NCAA qualifier in the women's high jump.

Erickson began her coaching career at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, where she guided athletes to five Sun Belt Conference individual titles and contributed to the women's 1997 Sun Belt Conference indoor team title. She also coached a Junior National qualifier.

A 1995 graduate of Florida State University, Erickson is the former record holder in the discus and still ranks among the top 10 shot putters all-time at her alma mater. The four-time letter winner was an All-ACC selection and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll that same year. She also lettered as a center in basketball during the 1992-93 season and, at that time, was one of only three athletes in Florida State history to letter in both basketball and track.

Erickson is active in the USATF community. She is a Level I and II certified coach in throws and jumps. From 2004 to 2009 she served as the USATF national coordinator for women's hammer. In that role, she monitored the progression of Olympic, elite level and professional women's hammer throwers. Additionally, she served as assistant coach for the 2008 World Junior Team in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and head manager for the USA vs. Germany vs. France in Munich, Germany, in 2004.

HHS alums Gordon Whitten '89 and his wife Karry (Hegwood) Whitten '90 are featured in the Summer 2012 Edition of HC Today. Click to read the article "Making the Connection".

Bruce Watley, a 1986 graduate of Hastings High School, has worked for the last 20 years in the outdoor-sports industry and currently teaches entrepreneurship, marketing, and sports management at the University of Sioux Falls. He holds a B.S.B.A in Marketing from Creighton University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Certificate in Family Financial Planning from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and is presently a doctoral student at Regent University studying organizational leadership with a concentration in Human Resource Development. Watley expects to complete the program in 2014. 

Jesse Goetz Loeffler, a 2004 graduate of Hastings High School, recently received her M.D. at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Stephanie Burchess Dannehl, a 1987 graduate of Hastings High School, recently received her Master of Science in Education Instructional Technology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. 

Joyce Yen, a 1991 graduate of Hastings High School, recently received the University of Washington David B. Thorud Leadership Award. Dr. Yen is the program and research manager for the University's ADVANCE program. The goal of this National Science Foundation-funded program is to increase participation of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math. 
Joyce's leadership has had a profound impact on the program since she began her involvement in 2003. The percentage of women faculty in the College of Engineering has risen from 16 percent in 2003 to 21 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average of 12.7 percent. 
Beyond the numbers, Joyce is seen as a "miracle worker" for her ability to bring people together for amazing results. The chair of the psychology department desscribes her as, "an effective, compassionate, inclusive, and focused leader that not only sets high goals, but also shows by example how to achieve them." Adds a former biology chair, "I've been lucky to meet some amazing people in my decades at the UW, and Joyce Yen is definitely in the group I admire most."

Brian Kloppenborg, a 2002 graduate of Hastings High School, graduated in June of 2012 with a Ph.D. in Physics   from  the   University  of  Denver. He now begins a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany.  Kloppenborg    graduated   in   2006   from Hastings College  with  a  Bachelor of Arts in Physics with minors in  Mathematics  and  Computer Science. He worked   for   a  year  at  Mary  Lanning  Memorial Hospital   while   waiting  for  his  wife and  fellow HHS graduate,  Jessica Kloppenborg  (formerly Heeren), to finish  her  studies  at  HC.  After  that, they  moved to Denver  where  he  joined  the  University
   of Denver’s Physics and Astronomy Department.  A noteworthy career achievement for Kloppenborg
  came  in  April of 2010, when  he had a first-author  publication appear in the prestigious journal Nature.
access his Curriculum Vitae click here

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