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Distinguished Alumni Awards

Congratulations 2009 Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented each year to honor alums who are leaders in their fields and who make outstanding contributions to their community, nation, or Humboldt State University. The event has become a tradition at Humboldt State, with honorees celebrated on campus each year for 50 years.

The 2009 recipients are:

Johnny Diaz
JOHN DIAZ (B.A. in Journalism, 1977) has had a distinguished career in journalism for nearly 30 years. He has been editor of the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial page since 1996 and has won numerous awards for editorial writing. His enthusiasm and high performance set him apart early on as a journalism student at HSU, and he continues to give back by mentoring journalism students and young reporters in the San Francisco area.

Francisco Chavez
FRANCISCO CHAVEZ (B.S. in Oceanography, 1977) has had an illustrious career in biological oceanography. He is a Senior Scientist at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, where he has been on staff for 20 years. In 2005, Chavez was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences for his research on the impact of climate variability on oceanic ecosystems and global carbon cycling.

Richard Winnie
RICHARD WINNIE (B.A. in Economics, 1969) has been solving complex regulatory problems as counsel to all levels of government for over 30 years. He is currently the County Counsel to Alameda County, Calif., and has served as staff attorney to the California cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and Santa Rosa in addition to significant international work. He has a long history of civic accomplishment dating back to his time at HSU, where he served on the Associated Students Council, volunteered with the campus Young Democrats, and gave the valedictory address to his graduating class.

Join the many friends of the University who have attended this event to honor the award recipients for their many contributions. Come back to campus this spring to celebrate this year’s honorees.

2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet

April 17, 2009
Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner & program: 7 p.m.
Karshner Lounge and Kate Buchanan Room, HSU Campus

Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

You can find nomination forms at: alumni.humboldt.edu