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Student Spotlight: Meet Travis Grafe-Cline

Student Spotlight: Meet Travis Grafe-Cline

Feb 5th , 2019

Meet Travis Grafe-Cline. Travis is an Arts Management & Business Administration major with a minor in Graphic Design. He's also a member of Performing Arts, Student Senate,  Circle K International, Midland Activities Crew, Phi Beta Lambda, and Arts Leadership Council. We sat down with Travis to learn more about him - in his words.

What brings you to Midland University?

I chose to attend Midland because of the Arts for All mentality. Performing Arts has always been my passion and the approach at Midland lined up with how I thought performing arts should be taken. The opportunity is offered to any student and creates a very inclusive environment.

What is your major and what inspired the decision?

When I first started school my major was Music Education, however, I quickly found my true passion in the technical arts during JTerm my freshman year when I assistant stage managed for Music Man. From that point, I switch my major over to Arts Management with a focus in Technical Arts. This degree and program have inspired me to continue my passion as a stage manager and a producer. Giving me the opportunity to Stage Manage 3 Main Stage shows, and serve as a Producer for the Spotlight Series ‘18 & ‘19. 

What do want to do once you graduate?

Upon graduating I would like to continue my education by pursuing my Masters in Business Administration.

What is your greatest accomplishment since starting college?

My greatest accomplishment since starting college is tied. (Sorry) Being able to Produce the Nebraska All State Musical for 100 High School students is one of my greatest accomplishments. Being a former 4-time camper for this summer camp and being able to come full circle has truly been fun. I am thankful for the trust that Dan Hays instills in me when it comes to this camp, going with my crazy thoughts to expand the camp to incorporate more aspects of the performing arts.

My other greatest accomplishment is the creation and execution of the Midland University One-Act Clash. I accepted the challenge of creating a one-act competition that incorporated workshops with our profession theatre staff for over 500 High School Students. 

Any advice for your fellow Warriors? Or what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

My advice for my fellow Warriors is to always remember: it is what it is. My mother battled cancer for five years and lost her battle on Thanksgiving day in 2017. She was my biggest supporter and would always tell me, "It is what it is". You have to keep moving forward even when there are obstacles in your way. Which is exactly what I did in 2017, I chose to return to campus three days later to run two days of High School District One-Act competitions. I refused to let my hard work go to waste because in the end it truly is what it is.

How do you spend your time when not at Midland?

When I am not at Midland, I can usually be found volunteering for the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Program of Nebraska. For the past 5 years, I have had the privilege to volunteer with this outstanding organization. Serving as a Junior Staff members for their summer seminar, On the HOBY Ne Alumni Board of Directors for three years, and as the Director of Logistics for the 2018 Seminar. HOBY NE truly started me down the road of service that I have continued in college with Circle K.

During mission day, where did you or where will you volunteer your time?

During the past mission day, I had the opportunity to travel around to Midland Sponsors and thank them for supporting Midland on behalf of Student Senate.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would choose a giraffe because Giraffe is a lot like Grafe.

What’s your dining hall go-to?

Chicken Strips, it is always and forever chicken strips!

If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?

Crans Montana, Switzerland! I have had the opportunity to travel there twice with the Nebraska Ambassadors of Music. It is such a beautiful sight to wake up to the Swiss Alps as the fog recedes.