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JD Hastings to Compete in Ultimate Frisbee World Finals

Friday, November 03, 2017

WCE graduate student JD Hastings will compete in the world finals of Ultimate Frisbee in January as one of 24 athletes selected for the U.S. under-24 Mixed National Team. The World Flying Disc Federation hosts the World Under-24 Ultimate Championships. The competition will be held in Perth, Australia, January 7-13, 2018.

Ultimate Frisbee is a competitive club sport at the collegiate level. As an undergraduate student, Hastings played for UNC Darkside, the men’s team at UNC Chapel Hill, which is consistently ranked among the top teams in the country. After enrolling in graduate school at UNCW in fall 2016, he used his remaining year of collegiate eligibility to play as a captain on the UNCW men’s team. UNCW beat UNC Darkside, and went on to compete in the finals of the U.S. College Championships in May.

Hastings is on track to earn his M.Ed. in higher education in spring 2018. He is actively involved in campus recreation and student affairs at UNCW, where he works as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Campus Life and Programs, and as a Graduate Assistant for Crossroads. He is also collaborating with Andrew Ryder, assistant professor of higher education, on a study of how “creeping legalism” is changing the work of student affairs professionals. Hastings and Ryder conducted in-depth interviews over the spring and summer with student affairs professionals across the U.S. Their paper on the topic has been accepted for presentation at the 2018 NASPA annual conference. The event will be held in Philadelphia in March, 2018.