Fall 2013

Humboldt State Honors

Every year, HSU recognizes the outstanding achievements of a select group of alumni, students, faculty and staff.

2012-13 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Clifford AllenbyClifford Allenby
(’59, Economics, Psychology)
A high-ranking state appointee across eight California administrations, Allenby has also been a community activist for more than 20 years. In 2011, Allenby was named acting director of the California Department of Mental Health. In 2012 the American Society of Public Administrators honored Allenby for his career. Allenby and his late wife Sandy were both graduates of Eureka High School and high school sweethearts who were married for 50 years.

Ellie CachetteEllie Cachette
(’06, Political Science)
Cachette is the first recipient of the Recent Distinguished Alumni Award. Cachette is founder and CEO of ConsumerBell, a San Francisco-based company that helps businesses and customers track and manage product recalls online. She is an advocate of Women 2.0, a Silicon Valley organization for female entrepreneurs. She has been recognized by the California State Senate as an “Outstanding Educator” in AIDS and public health.

Robert HenryRobert Henry
(’67, Social Science)
Robert Henry was twice elected student body president, served as president of Tau Kappa Epsilon social fraternity and was honored as Humboldt State’s Man of the Year in 1967. He formed School and College of Legal Services in 1984, which has grown to represent more than 200 educational entities. In 2006, the Sonoma County Bar Association honored Henry with its Career of Distinction Award.

Rick Rosenthal Rick Rosenthal
(’67, Zoology)
A multiple Emmy and BAFTA award winning cinematographer, Rick Rosenthal has worked with the BBC/Natural History Unit in Bristol, England since 1984. This was a launching pad for many worldwide assignments that included Planet Earth and Life. His latest Emmy (2011) was for the National Geographic television series Great Migrations. Rosenthal’s most recent film work is an integral part of two television specials: Superfish and Hot Tuna. His latest film project, entitled The Dark Side of the Ocean, is scheduled for production this year.

Distinguished Faculty Awards

Sing ChewOutstanding Scholar – Sing Chew
Sing Chew was honored for the diversity of his research and his scholarship in environmental degradation and ecological crisis. He joined Humboldt State in 1990 and developed a theoretical model of recurring dark ages, which he has applied to periods of socioeconomic change worldwide. Chew’s research has yielded seven books, 18 journal articles and book chapters and four encyclopedia entries, among others. The Faculty Awards Committee lauded him as “a very productive scientist and an excellent teacher.”

Mark ColwellOutstanding Professor – Mark Colwell
Mark Colwell was honored for “superlative teaching, mentoring, scholarship and creative activities” since arriving at Humboldt State in 1989. The University Senate’s Faculty Awards Committee said his near-quarter century of service “has had a lasting effect at HSU through his excellence in teaching and sustained scholarly activities.” Highly praised by students for sharing his passion for science and ecology, Colwell also received plaudits for his research in shorebird
ecology, with an emphasis on conservation and management. He is the author of a critically-acclaimed book on the subject.

an AldagExcellence in Teaching – Dan Aldag
Dan Aldag, Department of Music, is awarded for exceptional work with jazz ensembles, consistently high teaching scores and high standards. He has served HSU for nearly two decades and in the past five years has taught 26 different courses, ranging from large lecture general education to small activity courses. Students praise his passion, dedication, clarity and willingness to help.

Kathleen DotyExcellence in Teaching – Kathleen Doty
Kathleen Doty is recognized for her dedication, talent and commitment in presenting difficult material in linguistics and rhetoric. Many of Doty’s current and former students call her one of the most influential professor they had during their college education, and praise her teaching about the politics of language and its impact on everyday life. She is also lauded for her continuing scholarship in both national and international settings

Outstanding Student Awards

outstanding students

Emanuel Delgado
Geography Major
Emanuel Delgado is a member of the Geography Intern Program of National Geographic Global Media. Delgado won first prize at the 75th Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Meeting. His poster, “Wetlands Loss of the Mad River Slough, 1870-2001,” topped undergraduate and graduate students from 11 western states. Delgado also is an Aztec dance instructor with the university’s MultiCultural Center and a Coastal Clean-up Intern.

Gabriela Garcia
Politics Major
Gabriela García, a Political Science major with an emphasis in globalization, is a Social Justice Summit Coordinator with the MultiCultural Center. García is a volunteer with Nuestra Feria Salud Eureka, serving as a translator for the Spanish-speaking community and assisting with health issues affecting the Latino/Latina community. She is also the recipient of the 2012-2013 Al Elpusan Award for Student Activism.

Masha E. Melnik
Biology and Psychology Double Major
Masha E. Melnik is completing dual degrees, a B.S. in Cellular/Molecular Biology and a B.A. in Psychology, plus a minor in Chemistry. Last fall, Melnik was a supplemental instruction leader for the genetics course of Professor Mark Wilson, assisting 17 students. Melnik was named a Presidential Scholar 2009 to 2012 and is a member of the Western Psychological Association and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.