Benedictine College Names Hasselquist as Outstanding Young Alumna

  • Friday, May 10, 2013

Hasselquist and Benedictine President Stephen Minnis

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., has announced that Hannah (Dumpert) Hasselquist, Class of 2011, marketing specialist for the Camp Fire organization national headquarters, is the 2013 Young Alumni Award recipient.  The Catholic, liberal arts college initiated the award in 2007 to recognize alumni who are under 35 years old, have distinguished themselves in their community and profession, and who support the values promoted at Benedictine College.  The award was presented on May 10 at the traditional Senior Brunch, held the day before Commencement Exercises.

“Benedictine College has prepared you.  They have prepared you well,” Hasselquist said to the gathered seniors.  “There is something special that comes from this school.  That feeling that you have the world right at your fingertips.  Do you know how to hold on to that feeling forever?  You come home to BC.”


Hasselquist graduated from Benedictine College Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor’s degrees in both business administration and dance.  She brought those two passions together while she was still in school as one of the founders of the Raven School of Dance, a student-run business.  The Raven School of Dance continues to operate and recently celebrated five years of bringing dance classes to the youth of Atchison.  While in school, she also served as captain of the Raven Dance Team.


At Camp Fire headquarters in downtown Kansas City, she is responsible for the organization’s social media footprint, its National Youth Advisory Cabinet, and national constituent communications.  Even at this early stage in her career, Hasselquist has helped the Camp Fire organization win several awards for its brand, leadership, and overall business model.


But she doesn’t stop with excellence in the workplace.  She supports many non-profit organizations, predominantly through gifts of her time and talent.  She utilizes her dance experience as the director of Paola School of Dance’s successful competition team and helps coach Paola High School’s dance team. She said that she sees these opportunities as ways to help high school girls explore and develop their passion and prepare for college.

“When I think of someone who truly personifies Benedictine’s values and mission, I think of Hannah,” said her husband, Max. “She equates her successes with her time spent as a Raven.”


Hasselquist also dances in a tap troupe that travels around the country teaching adult women the importance of living empowered, healthy lifestyles. On top of that, she was recently elected as the Kansas/Missouri ambassador for the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. Hasselquist was selected from hundreds of applicants to serve this movement and help convince our national lawmakers of the importance of having a youth voice in our government. Finally, Hasselquist gives back through volunteering at several local community youth organizations and gives her time back to the Benedictine College Dance Team and business department whenever she can.


The Kansas City community recognized her efforts as well. In 2012, she was nominated for the Young ATHENA award hosted by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes Kansas City business women who help empower other woman through their work and volunteerism.


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.