Fall 2013


Plaza Birthday Party Kicks Off Yearlong Centennial Celebration

Arcata Plaza

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Humboldt State University’s 100th Birthday Festival brought thousands of guests to the Arcata Plaza to help start the yearlong Centennial Celebration.

Hosted by the Arcata Chamber of Commerce, Arcata Main Street and the City of Arcata, the event took place two days before the start of the fall semester.

The Humboldt Folk life Society provided a full day of music and Ramone’s Bakery and Café handed out thousands of birthday cookies to partygoers.

Arcata Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandy Scott was master of ceremonies, leading the crowd through a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Following that, dozens of “future Lumberjacks” got on stage to share what they hoped to be when they grow up.

In closing out the official events, HSU President Rollin Richmond, Arcata Mayor Shane Brinton, Arcata Council Members Susan Ornelas and Michael Winkler, County Supervisor Mark Lovelace and HSU Associated Students President Jacob Bloom spoke about the campus’ unique connection with the community.

Brinton, Ornelas and Winkler read from an official proclamation from the City of Arcata. It read, in part, “Whereas, Humboldt State University formally opened on April 6, 1914, and has since granted more than 55,000 degrees to students from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds … Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the City Council of the City of Arcata hereby recognizes Humboldt State University’s Centennial and commends the University for fostering both academic achievement and community service. The Council also encourages the community and the many friends of HSU to participate in the year-long centennial celebration.”

For a full list of Centennial events, visit Humboldt.edu/100