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Class Notes

1960s

SANFORD WILBUR, 1963 Wildlife, published a new book, Nine Feet from Tip to Tip: The California Condor Through History, the first in-depth look at the history of this species since the 1940s. It’s the culmination of some 45 years of field, lab and library research on the condors. In the mid-1970s, Wilbur and W. Dean Carrier (another ‘63 Humboldt Wildlife grad) were the impetus behind the current condor captive breeding program that is finally beginning to show real success.

LOUIS D’ARIA, 1969 Broadcasting and 1977 Theater Arts and Teaching Credential, has more than 40 years of experience in commercial broadcast journalism, the majority of which was in San Francisco (NBC, ABC). During his professional life, he won seven Emmys for photography, editing, lighting and producing. He has also won first place in the National Press Photographers feature category and first place at the New York Film Festival for best documentary, in addition to numerous other national and regional awards.

RICHARD CALDWELL, 1969 Music, was in the Navy Band Program for 20 years after graduating from Humboldt State. Since retiring in 1991 Caldwell has been a Band Instrument Repair Technician. Caldwell says he owes his career in instrument repair to a repair class he took at Humboldt the summer of 1969.

1970s

STEVE BRUDNEY, 1970 Philosophy, grew up in Lafayette, Calif., and loved hiking, camping, and backpacking and applied to Humboldt State College in ‘65. Brudney arrived in a foggy twilight and was terribly disappointed in Eureka and even the Arcata Plaza, but the next day was sunny and he explored the area and fell in love with it. Brudney often spent time after school at Patrick’s Point or exploring coves, beaches, and valleys before homework. The philosophy major was being developed during this time, which coincided with HSC developing into HSU, and Brudney would go on to receive the first Bachelors of Arts degree in philosophy. He later received a Masters of Arts in philosophy from UC Davis. Brudney appreciated his teachers at Humboldt a lot more than the ones at Davis who, for the most part, seemed less interested in being teachers. He settled here, returning in 1978 to raise his children in Fortuna, but the lure of Arcata always was calling him back. He met his wife-to-be while singing folk music in 1994.

NANCY (PLANT) HENDRIX, 1970 Speech Pathology & Audiology, earned three master’s degrees: one in Special Education (University of Arizona); another in Counseling & Guidance (Truman State University); and one in Rehabilitation Counseling (San Diego State University). Hendrix has two daughters and two granddaughters. She has taught special education in college for 10 years and was a special education teacher in public schools and elsewhere. Most recently Hendrix was counselor for California Department of Rehabilitation, covering the towns of El Centro, San Jose, Mountain View, Fremont. She is currently retired from Dept. of Rehabilitation and happily living in Grass Valley, Calif. Hendrix recalls fond memories of living in Arcata on A Street and a certain snowshoe backpacking trip with the Boot ‘N Blister Club.

ERIC VAN STRYLAND, 1970 Physics and Astronomy, served as president of the Optical Society of America (OSA) in 2006, and was the recipient of the R.W. Wood Prize of OSA in 2012. Stryland is also the first dean of a college devoted to Optics/Photonics in the U.S.

BRADLEY W. SABELLI, 1970 Theatre Arts, writes that Humboldt is his favorite program of the five he has graduated from. “Bless Richard Rothrock!” Rothrock was Sabelli’s advisor and mentor during his stay as the ATD in the scene shop. Since then Sabelli has had a wonderful career in the theatrical world. Thanks to this department he has made a successful living at “pretending and make believe.” Sabelli recently retired from the department of theatre and dance at George Washington University where he held the rank of University Professor Emeritus; having served as chair, TD, and senior designer. Sabelli has designed in professional, academic and military venues and career highlights include: former chair of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Chesapeake region; published intro to theatre texts and served on numerous editorial boards.

JAMES GUIGLI, 1973 Art, is a retired mechanical designer now authoring mystery novels and publishing with Amazon.

SCOTT KRUSE, 1974 Natural Resources, is building a passive solar home in the Coloma region of the American River with eminent architect David Wright. They use SIPS, geothermal, photovoltaics and other innovative tools.

STEVE LA HOOD, 1974 Theatre Arts, is part of the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco. La Hood supervised the final installation of the New Zealand pavilion. His company, Store Inc., designed the gateway experience for visitors to the Emirates/New Zealand center on Pier 32. La Hood says his time at Humboldt gave him the head start he needed to launch several businesses in New Zealand. He currently works all over Oceania and South Asia, enjoying a creative and productive life.

CHRISTINA PALENO ERICKSEN, 1978 Art, is enjoying a rewarding career in graphic design with a successful national company—all while living in Humboldt County. It doesn’t get any better.

1980s

VAUGHN HUTCHINS, 1981 Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, exhibited his first East Coast solo show of photography at Gallery 1401 at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. During, and after, earning his degree at HSU, Vaughn worked for the Mendocino National Forest’s Covelo Ranger District for 12 seasons as a fish-counter, trail builder, wilderness ranger, mule packer, firefighter, fire lookout and assisted with other assorted duties. Winters were spent planting trees, doing land-restoration work, and volunteering as a darkroom assistant at HSU. In 1991, Vaughn switched careers and continued to work for HSU as the darkroom technician for the Department of Art. His show consists of black and white images of the redwoods and Yosemite National Park. The exhibit at the University of the Arts came about as the result of the Morris Graves Museum reunion exhibit of students of Tom Knight, founder of the photography program at HSU. There, Vaughn reconnected with Harris Fogel, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from HSU before earning a Master of Arts at New York University. Fogel is an Associate Professor of photography and director of Gallery 1401 at the University of the Arts. Vaughn is a member of the Arcata Artisans Cooperative, which operates a gallery on the Arcata Plaza, and examples of his carbon and platinum prints can be seen there, as well as at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley.

DAVID HONEYWELL, 1982 Forestry, 1986 Computer Information Systems, and his wife have finally retired from the federal government; 28 and a half years for Honeywell and over 20 for his wife. During a business trip, he happened to buy a winning Powerball ticket. Honeywell and his wife accepted the winning check for $217 million on Valentine’s Day this year. Soon after, they retired and are now building their dream retirement home and enjoying life. The couple has donated $4 million to charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank and many others, as well as the goal of also establishing an HSU scholarship in the very near future.

DAVID LEMMER, 1983 Business Administration, and his wife, HSU alum Amy Lemmer, fell in love during their time at Humboldt State and will be celebrating their 29th anniversary in May. 

KEVIN NADIN, 1985 Forestry and Wildland Resources, has been with Sierra Pacific Industries for the past 11 years, currently in the position of network administrator. After leaving HSU, Nadin began working in various forestry positions before returning to school at Chico State. He has been married for 18 years and has three children.

BRUCE PARKER, 1986 Geology, has been hired as a staff surveyor for Manhard Consulting’s Reno, Nev., office.

EUGENECHARLESJUSTUS, 1989 Wildlife, was recently promoted to regional conservation officer with Idaho Fish and Game where he has been employed since 1990, soon after graduating from HSU. He manages the 22 conservation officers in the Southwest Region of IDFG. HSU’s wildlife program prepared Justus very well for a career in Idaho, where he excels in bird and “herp” conservation. Justus is married to Sue Epstein (‘89, Wildlife) and has two boys. The family loves fishing, hunting and camping in the wilds of Idaho.

1990s

JESSICA (WEGMAN) MCLAUGHLIN, 1990 English, is married and living in Sunnyvale, Calif. She has two daughters and teaches high school English at her alma mater. She loves working with the amazing kids in the area and spends her free time at her daughters’ sports and dance activities.

LEAH MANOS, 1992 Geography, is teaching geography at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and is a faculty advisor for its Gamma Theta Upsilon (geography honor society) chapter.

HECTOR DELEON, 1993 Liberal Studies Elementary Education, is a schoolteacher in Vista, Calif. DeLeon has a wonderful son, a gorgeous wife and misses the redwoods.

JASON COOLEY, 1994 Biological Sciences, is currently a chemistry professor at the University of Missouri.

DOUG DOWNIE, 1994 Biological Sciences, earned his doctorate in Entomology (population genetics in grape phylloxera) at UC Davis. Downie spent four years doing postdoctoral research on grape phylloxera, mealybugs, and ants. He took an academic position at Rhodes University in South Africa in 2003, where he stayed to 2011. Downie now works at the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation in Sacramento. Along the way he has published poetry and prose and self-published five books of fiction.

2000s

JORDAN SCHUGAR, 2000 English, was awarded the Distinguished Educator Award by Apple, Inc. Schugar received the recognition for being one of the nation’s most notable and innovative teachers. The annual ADE award recognizes teachers in all areas of academia who have creatively integrated technology into their teaching. Schugar is one of 90 U.S. educators selected this year for this prestigious award. Currently, Schugar is an instructor at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa., and teaches courses in the English and the Professional and Secondary Education departments. He specializes in teaching writing, composition, literacy and educational technology, among other education instruction areas. Schugar has written extensively about his research on literacy, reading comprehension, and mobile technologies for students in elementary through post-secondary education. He has presented his findings regarding Higher Education and Technology to national education organizations including the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conferences. He earned his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a member of the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA), the International Reading Association (IRA), the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), and National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). Schugar now lives in West Chester, with his wife and two children.

NICOLE WEST, 2000 Interdisciplinary Studies, recently joined LACO Associates in Eureka as a planner/landscape designer. Prior to returning to Redwood Country, West was a planner for 3D Visions in San Francisco. West’s interest includes sustainable development, parks, trails, and environmental health. She has been assigned the role as head planner for Yurok Tribe’s Trails and Waterways Master Plan and is designing the Klamath Boulevard Gateway Project in Klamath.

BETH DOWNING CHEE, 2001 Journalism and Mass Communication, recently accepted a position as media relations manager for San Diego State University.

BRIAN HOLT, 2001 Natural Resources, received his master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University in May of 2012. He currently lives in Half Moon Bay, Calif., and works as a senior planner with the East Bay Regional Park District where he leads long-range planning efforts to protect an inter-connected network of open space and recreational lands.

ROBIN PRICE, 2002 History, recently began an overseas teaching position at the American School of Kosova this August. The American School of Kosova is located in Prishtina, the capital of the Republic of Kosovo. She currently teaches second grade.

BENJAMIN EBERT, 2003 International Studies, is now married, a father of two and runs a local investment and tax firm, Ebert Capital Management, in Arcata. Ebert is also on the HSU Centennial Planning Committee, is working on a patent for a quantitative investment strategy and periodically hires HSU interns.

ERICA DIAMOND, 2005 Child Development, is a teacher at an independent charter school in San Diego. She recently married fellow alum Richard Diamond (Art, 2005) who is a digital artist for Sony and they just bought their first home. Their son was born in 2001 and grew up on HSU’s campus (his favorite place was the Wildlife building and the crazy hall in the Art building) and he was also a graduate of the Child Development Lab. He is now as tall as me and is a super smart lacrosse and saxophone playing middle schooler. Diamond writes, “We have taken the things we learned at HSU, academically and life lessons (all three of us), to build the amazing life we are currently living. Thank you HSU!” Diamond states.

SARAH LEWERS, 2005 Journalism and Mass Communication, is currently living in Geyserville, Calif., and happily employed as a plaintiff’s-side civil litigator with the Law Offices of Peter Goldstone in Santa Rosa. While she handles a wide variety of cases, Lewers specializes in landlord-tenant work, easement disputes, and wrongful foreclosure cases.

RYAN MACEVOY MCCULLOUGH, 2005 Music and French, went to Colburn Conservatory in L.A. after graduating from HSU, went to University of Southern California for his master’s in Piano Performance, and was voted as Outstanding Graduate of Thornton School of Music.  He has been at the Glenn Gould Conservatory at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and has just been accepted on full scholarship to Cornell School of Music in Ithaca, NY, to get his doctorate of Musical Arts.

REBECCA SANDLER, 2006 International Studies, (née Hyke), married the love of her life, Reuben Sandler, on June 10, at a sweet, intimate ceremony at her mother’s home on Lake Pleasant in Michigan. The lovebirds reside in Berkeley, Calif., with their incredible canine companion, Cinder. Reuben is director of mechanical engineering at an exoskeleton company, and Becca works as a doula.

EVERSON CORRIGAN, 2006 Journalism and Mass Communication, moved down to Santa Cruz after graduating from HSU, where he worked at KSCO and KOMY radio, both AM news-talk stations. In 2010, Corrigan became a proud father with the birth of Emily Rose Corrigan. In the winter of 2012 he returned to Humboldt and is currently the Account Manager at StreamGuys. StreamGuys is an Arcata-based Content Delivery Network, streaming clients’ content via live and on-demand video and audio, podcasting, subscription systems, and protected content. Customers include KRFH, KHSU and Lost Coast Communications’ KHUM and KSLG.

ADAM GABRIEL PERETZ, 2008 Environmental Science & Management, now goes by Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode, following his initiation to the Ifa religion in Nigeria. Fagbemijo was married in June to Oyaseye Fakayode. Oyaseye gave birth to their first-born son, Famarada Ojo Fakayode, on October 3rd, 2012. In January, Oyeku Ofun Temple, the home of worship Fagbemijo and Oyaseye founded together, moved to Arcata. In April, Fagbemijo returned to Nigeria for the fourth time to be installed as a traditional chief of Ifa with the title Otun Amufawuni of Ibadan Land, meaning “the one who holds the love of Ifa”. Ifa is the traditional religion of the Yoruba people.

2010s

BENJAMIN JACKSON, 2010 Art, is currently a graduate student at Syracuse University working towards his Master’s of Fine Arts in Art Photography.

JESSICA PETERS, 2010 Anthropology, received her Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology in December 2012 from UCLA. She also presented her research in November 2012 at the American Anthropological Association, and at the Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities at the University of West Georgia.