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Colorado students recognized at Hastings College's “Celebration of Excellence”

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During Hastings College’s day-long Celebration of Excellence Tuesday, students and faculty were recognized for their achievements at Honors Convocation.

The Don and Nancy Seaton Faculty Achievement Award was presented to Nick Dinan, assistant professor of Exercise Science, while Becky Hamik, assistant professor and chair of the Physical Education & Human Performance Department, received the Vondrak Outstanding Advisor Award.

Dr. Kittie Grace, professor of Communication Studies, and Casey Molifua, instructor of Physical Education & Human Performance, were selected by a vote of the students to present the 2019-20 Invited Faculty Lectures on the subject of their choice. 

Members of the academic honorary Alpha Chi selected Dr. Robert Amyot, professor of Political Science, as the Alpha Chi Outstanding Faculty.

Hastings College students from Colorado receiving recognition as part of Honors Convocation are listed below.


  • Jonathan Wallace – Philosophy Book Award

Castle Pines

  • Nathan Holdridge – Dr. Ralph Lamb Economics/Business Administration Scholarship


  • Celeste Borg – Dr. Lorrie E. Bryant Psi Chi Scholarship
  • Sarah Sepan – Dr. Harry R. James Physics Scholarship

Central City

  • Rachel Schmalz – Tamara Babcock Endowed Scholarship

Colorado Springs

  • Darci Wax – Alpha Chi Outstanding Sophomore Student


  • Thomas Burdette – Alice and Jack Marvel Endowed Scholarship


  • Eboni Nash – Chuck Eigenberg Outstanding Senior Award and the Sociology Outstanding Senior Award
  • Laura Lindholm – Dr. Ralph Lamb Economics/Business Administration Scholarship


  • Maddie Downey – Dr. Art and Eunice Langvardt English Scholarship

Highlands Ranch

  • Erik Wetteland – Einspahr Accounting Excellence Award


  • Kaylyn Schoen – Outstanding Performer in Music


  • Andie Paschal – Religion Book Award


  • Tyler Huntsman – Elmer B. Van Horn Memorial Scholarship


  • Caroline Black – Outstanding Student Association Executive Council Member

Woodland Park

  • Jenny Sells – Stephen Lingwall Senior English Award