There’s a new face in Transitional Studies. Zane Hesting started as part-time clerical staff on March 4, but he is no stranger to the LLC. Zane’s love of reading has made him a familiar face to many of the library staff. He finished all of his CSC coursework in December, and is looking forward to graduating in Spring 2019 with a Literature degree and a creative writing minor. He is excited to be working for the college that he attended for the past three years. Zane remarked, “As a student, I always knew the staff and faculty were helpful, friendly, and hardworking. Being able to learn as an employee from the same people I learned from as a student is great. It’s nice to be on this side of things.”
Chadron State College has been a great fit for Zane because it feels small but offers real world experience. As an out of state student, he greatly appreciated the Eagle Rate because of its affordable tuition. Zane came to us from Kansas, and as you can expect from that state’s reputation, he is an avid baseball and basketball fan. He can name every World Series winner from 1960-present and every March Madness champion since 1998.
Zane is also an outdoor enthusiast, and Chadron has been a great place to explore. Being within two hours of three National Grasslands and numerous other public lands has presented plenty of great fly fishing and hiking spots. Zane is obsessed with place, and he has enjoyed being in a western locale for the past 3 years. Anyone who has heard or read Zane’s poetry can testify to how much place permeates his work. We are happy to have Zane take his place in the Library Learning Commons.
This is an interesting time for Zane to start, as it is a time of transition for Transitional Studies. Tamara Toomey shifted to Director of Market Development on March 25. Along with her role overseeing START, she is now in charge of registration days, orientation events, and move in, and she handles enrollments of various populations (i.e. professional development, dual entry, non-credit degree seeking). Tamara is still managing Transitional Studies on an interim basis and is working closely with Zane to make sure that students’ needs are met.
If you get a chance to stop by and see Zane, ask what he’s reading. He’s always got an interesting answer, so make sure to allow yourself extra time to browse the stacks. Zane’s love of reading is infectious!