On Friday October 2 Hastings College alumni arrived back on campus and participated in Bronco Connections: A Network Opportunity with Alumni. This open forum, previously apart of ALS, was a chance for alumni to connect with current Hastings College students, pass along advice and provide insights in to the professional world.
Bronco Connections featured eleven different headline forums in conjunction with different departments on campus. The Hastings College History and Humanities department featured a segment called Humanities Live, which featured Stacie (Brown) Goding, Mandy (Howard) Buderus and Susan Franklin.
Goding graduated from Hastings College in 2001 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. After graduation, Goding worked with Crossroads Center Rescue Mission before attending law school.
In 2005, Goding graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She is now an adjunct professor at Doane College’s Grand Island campus and practices law at Myers & Goding in Grand Island, NE.
Goding advised students to participate in a variety of activities on campus, in order to learn different things and meet new people. “I would advise students to try and branch out while at college. Especially at a place like Hastings College, you should definitely take advantage of all of the opportunities.”
Her involvement in a variety of things, including stints writing for the Collegian and participation in choir, left her with a college career without regrets. “I really don’t have any regrets with my college experience. I think I did a lot of things and don’t have any regrets in that regard.”
Goding referenced Hastings College’s size and enrollment numbers as an advantage for students saying, “That’s the beauty of going to a small school like Hastings College. You can touch a lot of subjects and try different things.”
Professors and advisors often have monumental impacts on students, and this was no different for Goding. “As far as professors having a big impact on me, I would say Dr. Babcock. I had a good relationship with Dr. Babcock and that sort of led to my major,” she said. “He pushed me to be confident and try new things.”
She also credits Hastings College for helping her meet lifelong friends and eventual husband. “I’m so glad I came to Hastings College. I met my husband and all my best friends at HC. I still have dinner with my roommates that I graduated with in 2001 and I still have great relationships with people I met here.”