Meet Kathleen Hastings

Kathleen Hastings

My name is Kathleen Hastings and I'm an assistant director of admissions counseling at Keuka College. I recruit for Monroe County (including Rochester), all of Western New York (including Buffalo), and the Southern Tier west. I cover a lot of ground in my travels!

I was born and raised in Seattle, Wash., and about a year ago I embarked on a new journey, driving across country and planting new roots in upstate New York. I enjoyed seeing a lot of the U.S. on my drive east, and I am also enjoying learning about and living in a new part of the the country, as there are so many differences from the Pacific Northwest! I have the best friends and family in the world and I am fortunate enough to enjoy trips home and vacations with my friends and family every few months. I decided on a career in education several years ago and I earned a master's degree in school counseling. I am a Washington and New York state certified school counselor, and aside from working in the Seattle Public Schools as a school counselor, I have spent the past several years of my career in higher ed, working in both undergraduate and graduate admissions, which I thoroughly enjoy.

Kathleen's Recent Entries

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What to Bring to College

Written on June 24th, 2010 at 08:57 am by Kathleen Hastings.

Congratulations seniors on your graduation! The admissions staff wishes you a fun and relaxing summer!

Before you know it, August will be here, and that means packing to move to campus. We get lots of student questions about what to pack this time of year, so here is a list of suggestions for things to bring, and not to bring, for your dorm room. Don’t forget to talk to your roommate about what you are bringing, and what things you agree on that you can share!

Do Bring

  • Notebooks
  • Bedding, Pillow
  • Throw rug
  • Telephone
  • Stereo/radio
  • Snack food
  • Small refrigerator
  • Power strips with surge protectors
  • Stapler
  • Window fan
  • Pictures
  • Memo board
  • Cable ready TV
  • Backpack
  • Desk lamp
  • Wastebasket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishes/utensils
  • Posters
  • First aid supplies
  • Shower caddy
  • Plants
  • Computer
  • Pens/pencils/highlighters
  • Alarm clock
  • Clothes hangers
  • Toiletries
  • Towels/wash clothes
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Shower shoes/flip flops
  • Small microwave
  • Pots/pans

Do Not Bring

  • Candles
  • Halogen lamps
  • Incense
  • Holiday lights
  • Answering machines
  • Space heaters
  • Hot plates
  • Toaster over/toaster
  • Air conditioners
  • Coffee pots (except those with automatic shut off)
  • Pets (except fish in a task of 20 gallons or less)
  • Extension cords

Any questions? Contact your admissions counselor.

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Looking Ahead to Summer

Written on April 21st, 2010 at 08:45 am by Kathleen Hastings.

I can speak for everyone in the admissions office that we are all looking forward to the summer weather! A little sunshine and warmer temperatures will do us all good.

We are excited to announce our summer visit days as July 9th, 21st,and 26th.

Although you may visit any day during the summer, these summer visit days are a lot of fun, and include a campus tours, interviews with admissions counselors, and financial aid informational sessions. We’ll also be serving up lunch right on Point Neamo (our private beach front area) for all guests. Our very own dean of admissions and marketing, Fred Hoyle, will be grilling up hot dogs and hamburgers, and as you can see, summer is a great time to visit Keuka College and enjoy all that our lakeside location has to offer!

To schedule your visit, please call 800-33-KEUKA. We look forward to seeing you this spring or summer!

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Happy Spring Break

Written on April 1st, 2010 at 12:38 pm by Kathleen Hastings.

It’s spring break this week for students at Keuka College, and for many of you high school students out there, your spring breaks are coming up in the next several weeks. Spring break is a great chance for you to catch up on sleep, have fun with your friends, and relax, but it’s also the perfect time to take advantage of having some free time during the week to visit colleges.

You’ve probably been hearing this from your school counselor, your parents, your friend’s parents, your teachers, and now ME, but the truth is, the spring and summer before your senior year is a great time to start your college road trip. We invite you to come visit Keuka College over your spring break.

Come with a parent or grab a buddy from school, and participate in a campus tour, info session with a financial aid counselor, and interview with your admissions counselor. If you’d like to sit in on a college class, meet with a professor or perhaps a coach, let us know and we will try to accommodate your special requests. And- one added perk- we’ll give you an application fee waiver for visiting! This will come in handy next fall as application fees start to add up. Coming to campus for a visit is absolutely the best way for you to figure out if Keuka is the right college for you to pursue your college education at!

To schedule your visit during spring break, please call the Admissions Office at 800-33-KEUKA.

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Spring To-Do List

Written on March 17th, 2010 at 07:58 am by Kathleen Hastings.

This is a busy time of year as we bring in the fall 2010 freshman class! Here are a few reminders from the Admissions Office.

Seniors – Class of 2010

Accepted Students

Decision Time – If you are planning on attending Keuka, you need to submit your Enrollment Contract and a $200 deposit. Although we have rolling admissions we encourage you to deposit as soon as possible to secure your seat in the freshman class and to get a jump on your residence life paperwork.

Final Grades - Keep up the good work until graduation! Your admission is contingent upon successful completion of your senior courses and graduation, and your high school will send us your final transcript. Just a few more months- keep working hard!

College Credit?- Did you take college level courses through your high school or a community college or university? Did you take AP exams? If yes, please submit official transcripts to be evaluated for college credit to the Registrar’s Office.

Still considering applying? The good news is that Keuka has rolling admissions…. You still have time to submit your application for consideration for the fall class!

Questions? Contact your admissions counselor.

Juniors – Class of 2011

Campus Visits - Now is the time to start touring college campuses! We welcome you to come visit Keuka this spring or summer. You can schedule a campus visit by calling the admissions office at 800-33-KEUKA. We are open Monday- Friday 8:30am-4:30pm for campus visits.

Spring Open House - Come check out what Keuka has to offer, tour the campus, meet current students, talk with admissions and financial aid counselors, and speak with professors about your major. The spring open house is on Saturday, April 17th. To RSVP or for more information, call the admissions office at 800-33-KEUKA or visit our Open House Web page.

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The Inside Scoop on High School College Fairs

Written on November 4th, 2009 at 12:00 pm by Kathleen Hastings.

During the fall, high school students have the chance to visit college fairs in their schools and neighborhoods. Admissions representatives from colleges all over the country travel to college fairs to meet future students. Why do we come to your high school? To talk to you! If you are a high school student, all it takes is 5 minutes to approach an admissions counselor, introduce yourself, and ask a question about the college. What should you ask? The possibilities are endless. You could ask about a major you are interested in, a particular club or sport, or you could ask about what types of scholarships the college offers. Chances are the admissions counselor you approach will be thrilled to talk to you and you will get important information directly from the source.

Further, if you are interested in attending a certain college, make a good first impression on the admissions counselor. Going out of your way to introduce yourself and get to know the admissions representatives is only helping your candidacy at a school and your chances of being accepted. Getting to know your admissions counselor is one way to stand out amongst all other students who apply.

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The bottom line here is this- take advantage of college fairs at your high school and in your community. Attend the fairs, approach the college tables you are interested in, ask good questions that will help you learn more about the college, and make sure you introduce yourself to the admissions counselors. It’s your chance to make a good first impression and get all the information you need to make a good choice about where you will attend college.