HSU Origins

1. How many names has Humboldt State had since its origin in 1913?

  1. Three
  2. Four
  3. Five
  4. Six

2. What was the first name of the university newspaper?

  1. The Stormer
  2. The Foghorn
  3. The Hilltopper
  4. The Lumberjack

3. On May 16, 1915, 15 women graduated from Humboldt State Normal School. Where was this first commencement ceremony held?

  1. Redwood Bowl
  2. Van Duzer Theatre
  3. The Minor Theatre
  4. Founders Hall Courtyard

4. What was Nelson Hall?

  1. First building to have central heating (no need for air conditioning)
  2. First building to house a president
  3. First co-ed residence hall
  4. First facility to house a computer center

5. The HSU motto is Phos Aletheia, which means what in English?

  1. Health and Happiness
  2. Prosperity and Hope
  3. Hope and Light
  4. Light and Truth

6. In 1916, who donated 51 acres for the site of Humboldt State’s permanent campus?

  1. Hiram Johnson and the Pacific
  2. Lumber Company
  3. William Preston and the Union
  4. Water Company
  5. L.K. Wood, founder of Arcata
  6. William Carson, lumber baron

7. What type of college was Humboldt Normal School originally?

  1. Forestry
  2. Natural Resources
  3. Teaching
  4. Biology

8. Where was Alexander von Humboldt from?

  1. Germany
  2. Russia
  3. Great Britain
  4. The Netherlands

9. When did von Humboldt explore the region of Northern California that now bears his name?

  1. 1797
  2. 1801
  3. 1813
  4. Never

10. Who was not a Humboldt State president?

  1. Ralph Swetman
  2. John Van Duzer
  3. Arthur Gist
  4. Cornelius Siemens

11. Who was Humboldt State’s first president

  1. Nelson Van Matre
  2. Ralph Swetman
  3. Arthur Gist
  4. Cornelius Siemens

12. What facility, completed in 1944, was a Public Works Administration project?

  1. Van Matre Building
  2. Marine Laboratory in Trinidad
  3. Redwood Bowl
  4. Nelson Hall

13. What was Gist Hall originally?

  1. Dining facility
  2. Residence hall
  3. Administrative building
  4. Elementary School

14. Founders Hall was designed by a Southern California architect who happened to visit the campus on a sunny day in 1912. He mistook the summer day as typical Humboldt weather and left the courtyard archways open. When were they enclosed?

  1. 1913
  2. 1929
  3. 1941
  4. 1970

15. How many courtyard archways are in Founders Hall?

  1. 10
  2. 27
  3. 39
  4. 50

16. When did Humboldt State adopt “Lumberjack” as a mascot?

  1. 1914
  2. 1952
  3. 1936
  4. 1969

17. The first catalog promised a climate that would keep students…

  1. “studying in the library”
  2. “mentally keen and alert”
  3. “comfortably cool and attentive”
  4. “sharp and awake”

18. What year did KHSU-FM, then KHSC-FM, begin broadcasting?

  1. 1944
  2. 1947
  3. 1961
  4. 1967

19. In its first year of existence (1914), where was Humboldt Normal School located?

  1. The Minor Theatre
  2. Gist Hall
  3. The Sequoia Theatre
  4. Arcata Grammar School

20. In 1922, how much did a one-month railroad commuter ticket from Eureka to Arcata (the main form of transportation at the time) cost?

  1. $0.60
  2. $1.45
  3. $1.70
  4. $3.35

21 What was not an admissions requirement in the early 1910s?

  1. 17 years or older
  2. must hold a high school diploma
  3. a good moral character
  4. a promising score on an aptitude test

22. What was the first fraternity on campus?

  1. Chi Phi
  2. Delta Sigma Phi
  3. Delta Phi Epsilon
  4. Tau Kappa Epsilon

23. What was the monthly cost of room and board in the 1910s?

  1. $40-45
  2. $30-35
  3. $20-25
  4. $10-15

24. Prior to the “Lumberjacks,” what did the student athletes of Humboldt State compete as?

  1. Hilltoppers
  2. Banana Slugs
  3. Murrelets
  4. Thunderbolts

25. What was the annual salary for male faculty members in 1914?

  1. $500
  2. $800
  3. $1,800
  4. $2,000

26. What was the annual salary for Nelson Van Matre, the first university president?

  1. $2,500
  2. $3,200
  3. $5,000
  4. $6,000

27. Humboldt State played—and lost—its first informal football game against players from where?

  1. Rotary Club of Arcata
  2. Cal Berkeley
  3. Pacific Lumber Company
  4. Fortuna High School

28. Who called the university’s namesake, Alexander Von Humboldt, the “greatest scientific traveler that ever lived?”

  1. Rollin Richmond
  2. Charles Darwin
  3. Martin Van Buren
  4. Stephen Hawking

29. Before becoming HSU’s first president, Nelson Van Matre held a position as what?

  1. An attorney
  2. A teacher
  3. An elementary school principal
  4. Superintendent

30. When did Humboldt State play its first intercollegiate football game against Southern Oregon Normal School?

  1. 1919
  2. 1927
  3. 1931
  4. 1938

31. HSU established a wildlife management program—reportedly the first of its kind in California—in what year?

  1. 1920
  2. 1940
  3. 1950
  4. 1960

32. In the 1950s, a group of HSU professors formed a loose social association called what?

  • The Buffalo Heads
  • The Staters
  • The Elkhounds
  • The Wild Boars
  • 33. Nelson Hall was named after Hans. C Nelson, who was known for doing what?

    1. Serving as the first university provost
    2. Donating the land for campus
    3. Introducing legislation that created Humboldt State
    4. Securing community donations

    34. Who earned the title “Mr. Humboldt” for his more than 40 years of service to the university?

    1. Arthur Gist
    2. Cornelius Siemens
    3. Ralph Swetman
    4. Homer Balbanis

    35. The inspiration for Lucky Logger, the school’s mascot, came from what?

    1. A cartoon in Mad magazine
    2. A cartoon by a student artist in the Lumberjack
    3. A statue that once stood in the men’s gym
    4. A humorous skit by theater students

    36. Humboldt State Normal School’s establishment coincided with the Progressive Movement (circa 1890-1930), which championed universal education. Who was the period’s ranking educational theorist?

    1. John Dewey
    2. Moises Saenz
    3. James Hayden Tufts
    4. James Rowland Angell

    37. In what year did Founders Hall receive its iconic red tiled roof?

    1. 1915
    2. 1925
    3. 1935
    4. 1945

    Student Life

    38. Which of the following is not an HSU varsity sports team?

    1. Softball
    2. Crew
    3. Wrestling
    4. Track & Field

    39. How many majors does HSU currently offer?

    1. 44
    2. 48
    3. 73
    4. 13

    40. How many students currently attend HSU?

    1. 8,100
    2. 7,200
    3. 7,600
    4. 4,300

    41. More than 27 percent of HSU students come from what region?

    1. North Coast
    2. Bay Area
    3. Out of State
    4. Southern California

    42. Based on Lumberjack editorials and columns, which of the following issues did NOT largely concern the student body in the 1930s?

    1. Women smoking
    2. Inadequate school spirit
    3. The price of a milk shake
    4. The cost of housing

    43. 1984 alum Steve Hillenburg—the creative genius behind the popular children’s cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants—majored in what?

    1. Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation
    2. Studio Art
    3. Journalism
    4. Biology

    44. Humboldt State features the only endowed chair dedicated to researching one species. What is that species?

    1. Redwoods
    2. Eucalyptus
    3. Lichen
    4. Tan Oaks

    45. In 1928, student Elta Cartwright qualified to compete in the Amsterdam Olympics in which sport?

    1. Track & Field
    2. Diving
    3. Gymnastics
    4. Equestrian

    46. During the 1980s, Humboldt’s State Ultimate Frisbee team—the Buds—experienced an unfortunate but briefly lived name change to what?

    1. The Storm Trolls
    2. The Corkscrews
    3. The Flying Discs
    4. The Flying Mushrooms

    47. Which short story writer is one of the most famous literary figures who ever attended Humboldt State?

    1. Temple Bailey
    2. Raymond Carver
    3. Sherwood Anderson
    4. Zealia Bishop

    48. For years, students competed in traditional logging competitions during Lumberjack Days. Which of the following was NOT an activity?

    1. Log rolling
    2. Axe throwing
    3. Pancake flipping
    4. Cabin building

    49. Brother and sister team Jeff Cresswell (’99, Fisheries Biology) and Michelle Kalberer joined forces to create which sustainable business?

    1. Klean Kanteen
    2. Polartec
    3. Black Diamond
    4. Lucy

    50. In the early 1980s, Eddie Scher (’81, Political Science) and Heidi Chien teamed up to create Soy Vay, which has become a national sensation. What is Soy Vay?

    1. A brand of environmentally friendly soy ink
    2. A kosher line of Asian sauces, dressing and marinades
    3. A popular soy-based beverage line
    4. Fermented bean paste

    51. From water polo to wrestling, Humboldt State offers more than 180 clubs. Which is not a recognized club on campus?

    1. The Humboldt Quidditch League
    2. Chinese Students and Scholars Association
    3. Logging Sports Conclave
    4. Von Humboldt Association

    52. HSU alum Mark Conover participated in the 1988 summer Olympic games in what event?

    1. Marathon
    2. Cycling
    3. Water Polo
    4. Kayaking

    53. HSU’s 1983 relay team set a long-standing record in what distance?

    1. 4x100
    2. 4x200
    3. 4x800
    4. 4x1500

    54. In 2004, HSU staffer and alum Barb Duca finally earned a degree in Business (with a minor in Economics) after how many continuous years of enrollment at HSU?

    1. 16
    2. 19
    3. 21
    4. 23

    55. HSU has had quite a few fight songs over the years. Which of the following was NOT one of them?

    1. H-U-M-B-O-L-D-T
    2. Humboldt Locomotive
    3. Sons of H.S.C.
    4. Hey Oh Humboldt

    56. In 1964, the school’s Division of Health and Physical Science laid out goals for program participants. Which was NOT one of them?

    1. Be able to swim
    2. Learn how to handle the body skillfully
    3. Make the body a social, economic and health “asset”
    4. Be practiced in self-defense

    57. In 1997, students considered changing the school’s mascot from Lucky Logger to what?

    1. The Thunderbolts
    2. The Storm Trolls
    3. The Marbled Murrelet
    4. The Mitochondria

    North Coast Community

    58. Which of the following is not one of the North Coast’s ‘six rivers?’?

    1. Klamath
    2. Russian
    3. Van Duzen
    4. Smith

    59. What was Arcata called for its first 10 years?

    1. Bucksport
    2. Union
    3. Falk
    4. Weott

    60. Who led the first group of European settlers to Arcata?

    1. L.K. Wood
    2. Dr. Josiah Gregg
    3. Bret Harte
    4. Henry Buhne

    61. Which native tribe originally inhabited the land that Humboldt State University is on?

    1. Yurok
    2. Hoopa
    3. Tolowa
    4. Wiyot

    62. What year did Arcata vote to become a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone?

    1. 1989
    2. 1991
    3. 2007
    4. 1994

    63. What is the current estimated population of Humboldt County?

    1. 100,000
    2. 135,000
    3. 1,000,000
    4. 28,000

    64. What is the current estimated population of Arcata, including students?

    1. 16,000
    2. 28,000
    3. 8,000
    4. 17,000

    65. Humboldt County covers how many square miles?

    1. 3,500
    2. 4,000
    3. 3,200
    4. 1,000

    66. The name ‘Arcata’ comes from the Yurok word ‘oket’oh’ which means what?

    1. Place of fog and rain
    2. Where there is a lagoon
    3. Sacred ground
    4. On the hilltop

    67. The city of Arcata began offering bus service—from the post office to campus—in what year?

    1. 1952
    2. 1958
    3. 1962
    4. 1970

    68. HSU’s unique geographic location also makes it one of the most earthquake prone spots in the country. How many earthquakes have caused damage since 1850?

    1. More than 5
    2. More than 15
    3. More than 30
    4. More than 60

    Around Campus

    69. Humboldt State University’s main campus covers how many acres?

    1. 144
    2. 591
    3. 90
    4. 270

    70. In 1987, L.W. Schatz gave the university a generous donation of land to create a field experiment station for what?

    1. Bees
    2. Fish
    3. Trees
    4. Rocks

    71. In 1970, nearly 3,000 students, faculty and administrators held the biggest demonstration in Humboldt State’s history to protest what?

    1. Kent State
    2. Imprisonment of John Sinclair
    3. Nuclear power
    4. American invasion of Cambodia

    72. Which famous musician/band donated staging and props to the university from a 1987 European tour?

    1. Michael Jackson
    2. James Taylor
    3. Madonna
    4. The Beastie Boys

    73. Which annual event—started in 1967—is the oldest student-run event of its kind?

    1. Social Justice Summit
    2. Lumberjack Days
    3. Humboldt International Film Festival
    4. International Education Week

    74. One of the earliest campus signs directing people to Humboldt State College was made of which tree?

    1. Madrone
    2. Redwood
    3. Douglas Fir
    4. Oak

    75. Who built the bleachers in Redwood Bowl under the direction of local carpenters?

    1. Students
    2. Staff
    3. Faculty
    4. Community volunteers

    76. Which political office holder is credited with saying “A tree is a tree … seen one you’ve seen them all,”—prompting HSU students to dedicate a lone tree to him in 1976?

    1. Gerald Ford
    2. Jimmy Carter
    3. Ronald Reagan
    4. Jerry Brown

    77. HSU offered courses in Home Economics until what year?

    1. 1990
    2. 1998
    3. 2000
    4. 2005

    78. Since 1963, HSU has owned a long line of ocean-going research vessels. Which of the following was NOT one of them?

    1. The Sea Gull
    2. The Catalyst
    3. The Malaguena
    4. The Pacific Cruiser

    79. Kerr Tower in Founders Hall was opened in 1971 for what purpose?

    1. Meditation
    2. Studying
    3. Napping
    4. Equipment Storage

    80. Which building was destroyed by arson in 1979 and rebuilt with help from the local timber industry?

    1. Siemens Hall
    2. Founders Hall
    3. Natural Resources Building
    4. Forestry Building

    81. What design element was temporarily inflicted on Founders Hall during World War II?

    1. It was covered with a tent
    2. It was camouflaged with paint
    3. The windows were blacked out
    4. The roof was painted red, white and blue

    82. What guards the lobby of Founders Hall?

    1. Two bronze Lumberjack statues
    2. Two bronze grizzly bear statues
    3. Two Assyrian warrior statues
    4. Two marble lions

    83. Where is the university’s seismograph located?

    1. The second floor of the library
    2. An underground vault in Founders Hall
    3. Fickle Hill Observatory
    4. BioCore Facility

    84. HSU’s fifth president, Alistair McCrone, served in various university capacities before coming to Humboldt. By education he was a what?

    1. Geologist
    2. Wildlife Biologist
    3. Economist
    4. Astronomer

    85. In 2013, Humboldt State earned which ranking nationwide among medium-sized schools for sending volunteers to the Peace Corps?

    1. 8th
    2. 16th
    3. 21st
    4. 33rd

    86. Professor Stephen Sillett, the Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology, has been featured in two recent cover stories in which national publication?

    1. Outside Magazine
    2. Scientific American
    3. National Geographic
    4. Discover

    87. Students and researchers from the Schatz Energy Research Center designed and built the first solar hydrogen energy system in the United States in which year?

    1. 1982
    2. 1989
    3. 1993
    4. 1997

    88. HSU has a long history of visits from by famous figures. Which one did NOT visit campus in the 1960s and 1970s?

    1. Robert Kennedy
    2. Ralph Nader
    3. Martin Luther King Jr.
    4. Ronald Reagan

    89. In early ‘70s the State Master Plan for Humboldt State University predicted an enrollment in 1990 of how many students?

    1. 5,000
    2. 12,000
    3. 7,000
    4. 8,000

    90. Which publication christened Humboldt State the “Cinderella of the North?” in 1970?

    1. The San Francisco Chronicle
    2. The Chronicle of Higher Education
    3. USA Today
    4. The Los Angeles Times

    91. In 2007, Humboldt State dedicated the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-certified structure in the 23 campus California State University system. Which is it?

    1. Kinesiology & Athletics Building
    2. College Creek Apartment Complex
    3. The Behavioral and
    4. Social Sciences Building (BSS)
    5. Schatz Energy Research Center

    92. Approximately how many exterior stairs are there on campus, leading some to call HSU “Hills and Stairs University” or “Hills, Stairs and Umbrellas”?

    1. 947
    2. 2,107
    3. 4,167
    4. 8,237

    93. What made a trip to the moon in 1971 and now resides on campus? Redwood seeds that are now full-grown trees

    1. A Marching Lumberjacks hard hat
    2. A U.S. flag
    3. Rhododendron seeds that are now plants in the greenhouse

    94. In 1987, which financial institution donated its former building to HSU?

    1. Bank of America
    2. Wells Fargo
    3. Coast Central Credit Union
    4. Umpqua Bank

    95. In 1998, researchers at the Schatz Energy Research Center debuted what?

    1. The country’s first street-legal, hydrogen-powered car
    2. The first electric bicycle
    3. The first hydrogen-powered clean water filter
    4. A solar powered clean water option for the developing world

    96. In what year did HSU become the first university in California—and the third in the nation—to ban single-use plastic water bottles from campus eateries?

    1. 2006
    2. 2008
    3. 2011
    4. 2013

    97. In 2002, Rollin Richmond succeeded Alistair McCrone to become which president?

    1. 4th
    2. 6th
    3. 8th
    4. 10th

    98. The Humboldt Energy Independence Fund, which sponsors sustainablity-related projects across campus, was founded by what group?

    1. Faculty
    2. California State University Chancellor's Office
    3. The student body
    4. U.S. Department of Energy

    99. How many NCAA Division II national championships does HSU hold?

    1. None
    2. Three
    3. One
    4. Five

    100. What team earned those championships?

    1. Track & Field, Wrestling, Tennis
    2. Football, Basketball and Soccer
    3. Softball and Crew
    4. Soccer and Crew
    Answers

    1. Six
    2. The Foghorn
    3. The Minor Theatre
    4. First co-ed residence hall
    5. Light and Truth
    6. William Preston and the Union Water Company
    7. Teaching
    8. Germany
    9. Never
    10. John Van Duzer
    11. Nelson Van Matre
    12. Redwood Bowl
    13. Elementary school
    14. 1929
    15. 39
    16. 1936
    17. “mentally keen and alert”
    18. 1947
    19. Arcata Grammar School
    20. $3.35
    21. a promising score on an aptitude test
    22. Delta Sigma Phi
    23. $20–25
    24. Thunderbolts
    25. $1,800
    26. $3,200
    27. Fortuna High School
    28. Charles Darwin
    29. Superintendent
    30. 1927
    31. 1940
    32. The Buffalo Heads
    33. Introducing legislation that created Humboldt State
    34. Homer Balbanis
    35. A statue that once stood in the men’s gym
    36. John Dewey

    37. 1925
    38. Wrestling
    39. 48
    40. 8,100
    41. Southern California
    42. The cost of housing
    43. Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation
    44. Redwoods
    45. Track & Field
    46. The Storm Trolls
    47. Raymond Carver
    48. Cabin building
    49. Klean Kanteen
    50. A kosher line of Asian sauces, dressing and marinades
    51. Von Humboldt Association
    52. Marathon
    53. 4x100
    54. 23
    55. Hey Oh Humboldt
    56. Be practiced in self-defense
    57. The Marbled Murrelet
    58. Russian
    59. Union
    60. Dr. Josiah Gregg
    61. Wiyot
    62. 1989
    63. 135,000
    64. 17,000
    65. 3,500
    66. Where there is a lagoon
    67. 1962
    68. More than 60
    69. 144
    70. Trees
    71. American invasion of Cambodia
    72. Madonna

    73. Humboldt International Film Festival
    74. Redwood
    75. Students
    76. Ronald Reagan
    77. 1990
    78. The Pacific Cruiser
    79. Meditation
    80. Forestry Building
    81. It was camouflaged with paint
    82. Two Assyrian warrior statues
    83. An underground vault in Founders Hall
    84. Geologist
    85. 16th
    86. National Geographic
    87. 1989
    88. Martin Luther King Jr.
    89. 12,000
    90. The Los Angeles Times
    91. The Behavioral and Social Sciences Building (BSS)
    92. 4,167
    93. Redwood seeds that are now full-grown trees
    94. Wells Fargo
    95. The country’s first street-legal, hydrogen-powered car
    96. 2011
    97. 6th
    98. The Student Body
    99. Three
    100. Softball and Crew

    Scores:

    100-80—You’re a Lucky Logger! Congratulations!

    79-60—Well done! You win a free subscription to Humboldt magazine!

    59-40—You passed (luckily, this is graded on a curve).

    39-or Less—You’re a little rusty. Recommended remediation? A trip to campus, STAT!