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Class Notes


BILL JONES, 1956 Music Ed, states, “Although the axe says 1950, the picture was taken in either 1953 or 1954 after I returned from the Navy.”

RICHARD GRIFFITH, 1958 Physical Education, retired after many years of public service. He was last employed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as a Special Agent monitoring interstate commerce (trucking) and hazardous materials movement.


VICTOR LEE DUSENBERRY, Jr., 1962 Industrial Arts, became a U.S. Naval Officer. In the fall of 1965, he returned to Humboldt State College to complete a credential. By 1973, he became the Machinist Apprentice Shop Theory teacher, which he did until retirement in 1994. Concurrently he was an adjunct faculty instructor of Industrial Technology at Solano Community College, retiring in 2010. In 1996, Dusenberry completed a master’s of education degree at Sacramento State University. He and his wife have two daughters, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They live in Vacaville, Calif.

PATRICIA G. TILLEY, 1962 Education, is retired with her husband, Forest, living in Mendocino County since ´73. They have done volunteer work for many years in Fort Bragg, and enjoy traveling around the country in their travel trailer, often trekking to Vermont to visit her daughter and family.

THOMAS J. WHEAR, 1962 Forestry, is retired after 29 years with the U.S. Forest Service, and has moved to Gardnerville, Nev. He joined his brother in the self-storage business.

DICK VERNIMEN, 1964 Wildlife Management, has been retired from the Bureau of Land Management for 16 years. He retired while district manager of the Anchorage, Alaska, district.

RONALD LEE KRAMER, 1965 Psychology, is retired and raising horses, sheep and alfalfa in Omak, Wash.

CARL CHATFIELD, 1966 English, is happy with his current 33-year teaching career at a local high school. Carl says he owes it to the fifth-year teaching credential he received from HSU, and is very happy to still be living in Arcata.

ROBERT T. LACKEY, 1967 Fisheries Biology, is currently teaching at Oregon State University. He has been engaged in developing online classes in natural resources as part of OSU ECampus.

JOHN MITCHELL, 1968 Fisheries Biology, taught oceanography, biology and earth science for 33 years at El Camino High in Oceanside, Calif. He also coached football, baseball, softball, tennis and golf. Mitchell has been retired for eight years and has been married to Barbara (Clevenger) Mitchell (´68) for 44 years.

DON KENNEDY, 1968 Psychology, after 30 years in management and public accounting, opened his own consulting office. He never dreamed of a business career as a student, but says life has a way of changing our plans. Kennedy still cherishes his four years at Humboldt.

BRUCE SIMONSON, 1968 Forest Management, says that although his education did not lead him down his chosen career path, it may have saved his life. Two months after graduation, Simonson joined the U.S. Army and began training as a combat engineer with secondary training as a combat soldier. When Simonson was sent overseas during The Vietnam War, he managed to snag a clerical job for a frontline company. He says although there were a few close calls with mortars, he never saw much action.

TIMOTHY ALLEN, 1969 English, is currently the executive director of the Carlston Family Foundation. The Foundation’s primary mission is to identify and honor outstanding California high school teachers.

CHET OGAN, 1969 Biology, retired in December of 2010 after 41 years with the U.S. Forest Service. Since retiring, he has traveled to exotic locations around the globe, such as the Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru.

GARY TUTTLE, 1969 Physical Education, coaches girl’s high school basketball and is active in the local Democratic Party.

KENT WILLIS, 1969 Biological Sciences, taught grades seven and eight at Fortuna Middle School in Fortuna, Calif., and served as both vice principal and athletic director. Willis developed a middle school level invertebrate biology study unit for his master’s thesis at University of San Francisco, and was awarded a scholarship for a master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Willis recently completed a dissertation on the relationship of knowledge of multiplication tables and fraction operations to learning algebra, which was the final step to completing his doctorate in Teacher Leadership. His wife, Marsha Gallon, is an HSU alumna and teacher, as is one of their two children


KATY TAHJA, 1970 Journalism & Mass Communications, is pleased that her Arcadia Publishing campus history book “Humboldt State University” is selling well. She is contemplating writing a book on the 49 railroads that existed in Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

GORDON DENNIS WOGAN, 1970 Biological Sciences, spent three years in the Coast Guard after graduation, and received his Master of Science degree from University of California, Davis. He has since worked as a technician with the University of Idaho’s horticulture program, and was hired as a horticulturist with the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture’s Nursery and Christmas Tree Program. He retired after 29 years with the ODA. He has been married to Patricia Hatfield for nine years, and together they have five children and three grandsons. They are currently enjoying retirement and all its luxuries: traveling, wood working, bird watching, gardening and “anything else that looks interesting.”

RON MELIN, 1971 Geography, retired from teaching in Los Angeles Unified School District and is currently doing restoration work at Madrona Marsh and Preserve in Torrance, Calif.

JUDY CHANCE HOPE, 1971 Art, having worked as a ceramist and drafter (both mechanical and architectural), shifted her focus to painting 15 years ago. Last year, Hope received a gold medal award for a painting of the redwoods in Jedediah Smith State Park from the Redwood Forest Foundation. She works in acrylic and oil and has work in collections all over the country and Europe. Hope and her husband, also an HSU grad, have one daughter who is an artist in New York. They have a small farm in rural Mendocino County.

JOHN P. MARSH, 1972 Dramatic Arts, retired last year as professor emeritus after a 10-year stint as lead professor in the videography program at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas. He started the all-digital movie-making program after an 18-year career in Hollywood producing music videos, TV movies and feature films for Casey Movies and Chestnut Hill Productions. After leaving HSU he dabbled in his low-budget doc-and-schlock movie company, Liberty Films. As a retiree, he and long-term girlfriend, Kelly Curtis, married and resurrected Liberty Films as an all-digital documentary film company.

EDWARD GULLEKSON, 1973 Oceanography, spent six years as a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration corps officer and three more doing environmental consulting. Then he completed a master’s program and changed careers to management consulting. Gullekson now works in a technical company.

DAVID PATULA, 1973 Fisheries, just retired from the Nevada Department of Wildlife after 32-plus years as a field game warden.

NORM BENSON, 1974 Forestry & Wildlife Resources, is happily married and living in Northern California.

ARNOLD (ARNIE) BRAAFLADT, 1974 Journalism & Mass Communication and Political Science, is thrilled his older daughter, Nicole, an engineer with the California Department of Transportation, will be married in September to Tim Farrell, a CDF firefighter and also an HSU alumnus. Nicole and Tim live in Kneeland and are planning a “hoe down” on their mountain property (with two bands!) as their wedding reception. Braafladt is also happy to be “on the mend” from recent neck surgery and is looking forward to his next trip to Kauai in October to celebrate his 60th birthday.

THOMAS B. JONES, 1974 Physical Education, is an assistant principal at James Monroe High School in North Hills, Calif. Tom has spent 34 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District as a teacher, coach and dean. He is a current member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Advisory Committee for Wrestling, and a member of the L.A. City CIF Section Athletic Committee. Tom has been married to his wife Mary for 31 years, and they have four daughters. Their youngest graduated from HSU in ´06, and two are married with children.

STEPHANIE FREDIANI EWAN, 1975 Geography, has greatly benefited from her Geography degree in extensively traveling the world. She has worked for Pacific Bell for 16 years and Pacific Gas & Electric for 20 years.

BONNIE JEANNE KOSKI, 1974 Nursing and 2009 Music, retired from her 28-year profession as a public health nurse in Humboldt County and returned to HSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Music. Koski is currently taking it easy while recovering from open-heart surgery last July. In the meantime, she enjoys helping her two young granddaughters, ages five and seven, with their piano lessons.

TIM SPERRY, 1975 Natural Resources, teaches science and health in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and is getting ready to retire within the next few years.

PATRICIA KUSHNER, 1976 Teaching Credential, is a retired elementary teacher, now working for the U.S. Forest Service as a seasonal information and collection officer in El Dorado National Forest.

MICHAEL MARGOLIES, 1976 Physical Education, recently published “The Athlete within You- A Mental Approach to Sports and Business.”

BONNIE MITCHELL-DUNLAP, 1976 Journalism, has been an English teacher at Fortuna Union High School since 1994. Three years ago, she married Robert Dunlap and is now retired. Between them, they have seven children and eight grandchildren.

JILL PERRY, 1976 Geology, has been the curator of the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, which has more than 3,000 varieties of roses and has lived in San Jose since 2005.

LUIGI PINNA, 1977 Economics, took an involuntary early retirement after 28 years at GTE/Verizon. Luckily, he was working in international business in Italy at the time, so he chose to remain in Europe. He is now a lecturer in Corporate Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

ED TRIGEIRO, 1977 Health & Physical Education, became a volunteer firefighter with the Arcata Volunteer Fire Department in 1975 while still attending Humboldt State. After graduation, he became an athletic trainer at College of the Redwoods, where he took care of both men’s and women’s athletic team’s injuries. He was hired by the Arcata Fire District in 1982, working his way from firefighter, to engineer, to captain, and retiring as an assistant fire chief in April 2008. In 2009 he developed a Fire Technology Degree program at College of the Redwoods. His wife, Anita, works in the HSU University Center Business Office, and they have been married for 30 years. They have one son, Joe, who lives in Colorado.

MARILYN TAYLOR, 1977 Math, has switched sports from running to horseback riding and is retired.

MARILYN YOSPE, 1977 Art, lives in Eureka, restoring a Victorian home. She retired from a career as a social worker and is currently making jewelry to sell at local craft fairs.

JOEL D. EIS, 1978 Theatre Production, recently had his book, “A Full Investigation of the Historic Performance of the First Play in English in the New World, The Case of Ye Bare and Ye Cubbe, 1665,” translated to the stage by Shotgun Players, a Berkeley, Calif., theatre company. The play is titled “God’s Plot,” and is one among three theatrical adaptations of his book. Eis, now living in San Rafael, Calif., where he and his wife Toni run the Rebound Bookstore, is finishing another book for Edwin Mellen Press, on the Greek theatre, due out in early 2012.

DANIEL HALE, 1978 Speech Pathology, says his years at HSU prepared him for success in his chosen field of special education speech pathology, and changed his life forever.

BOB AASERUDE, 1979 Fisheries and Environmental Resources Engineering, was recently named senior vice president with MWH Global, a wet infrastructure provider of environmental engineering, construction and consulting.

MORGAN EATON, 1979 Geography, is living it up in the dry side of Washington State and is looking forward to retirement soon.

RUTH FLOCCHINI-EDWARDS, 1979 Speech Communication, looks back at her HSU experience as one of her greatest accomplishments, and is now a senior project manager at her place of business. She owes all of her great opportunities along the way to her Speech Communication degree.

CHRIS PLATIS, 1979 NRPI, worked for California State Parks from 1977 until 2009 as a state park ranger. After graduation, he worked as an official for high school and collegiate wrestling for 20 years. He married in 1988 and now has four wonderful children. In October of 2008, he and his wife returned to HSU for the induction of their 1978 HSU wrestling team into the HSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He helped more than 100 Boy Scouts complete their Eagle Scout service projects. He and his family moved to Spain for a year and lived in Catalunya, just outside Barcelona.


BRIAN AKRE, 1980 Journalism & Mass Communication, recently moved his family to The Hague to become senior speechwriter for the CEO and senior leadership of Royal Dutch Shell. He previously worked as head of Executive Speaker Services at Nokia in Finland. Earlier this year, Akre received a Cicero Speechwriting Award for a speech he wrote with Nokia’s former CEO.

JAMES FREEMAN, 1980 English, published his 18th book, “Irish Wake: In Loving Memory of Us All,” a collection of 10 short stories, which is a fundraiser for a student scholarship at Bucks County Community College, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s then-book editor, Frank Wilson, said of Freeman’s earlier fiction: “If this book (“Ishi’s Journey”) doesn’t move you to tears, then you may be in need of a heart transplant.”

LAWSON SNYDER, 1980 Fisheries Biology, spent 31 years after graduation with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, which later became the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He started in 1980 as a freshwater fisheries biologist and is currently deputy director of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation.

CONNIE HENDRYX, 1981 Natural Resources, is still working with the Klamath National Forest as a National Environmental Policy Act planner on the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District, but is looking forward to retiring in 25 months (but who’s counting?). Her husband, Michael (attended HSU 1979 to1981), retired as the museum director for Siskiyou County in 2010, but continues to work there part time. Their daughter, Emilie, recently started a full-time job in her church in Valencia, Calif., which is too far away for her parents’ liking!

LIBBY MAYNARD, 1982 Art, co-founded The Ink People, a community arts organization, with Brenda Tuxford (1980, Art, deceased) in 1979. The Ink People has facilitated over 200 community arts projects and currently oversees more than 60 ongoing projects. In 2011, Maynard received the Selina Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for excellence in community arts leadership.

DANIEL MONTOYA, 1982 Journalism, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and was nominated for teacher of the year at his school site, (didn’t win but placed!). Montoya is currently attending the University of California Los Angeles writers’ program.

JO ANNE M. SMITH-FLUECK, 1982 Wildlife, was president of the Scientific Steering Committee for the sixth and seventh International Deer Biology Congress (2006 and 2010, respectively) and is serving again for the upcoming eighth congress. Currently she is affiliated with Institute for the Analysis of Natural Resources (IARN), Universidad Atlántida Argentina in Mar del Plata, Argentina, as a research scientist.

LAURIE BROWN, 1983 Psychology, recently published the true crime book, “Stand-Up Guy,” which is available in eBook format.

JANE HALL, 1983 Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation, is a state park ranger and peace officer for California State Parks, and is currently the unit ranger at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, Calif.

JACKI HOLZMAN, 1983 Geology, works at the Federal Aviation Administration in the Office of the Regional Administrator. She is married and has a 15-year-old son. Holzman and her husband are members of a local taiko drumming group, Tomodachi Daiko. Her other hobbies are yoga and gardening and supporting her son’s swimming. Holzman has lived in Alaska for over 25 years and may be driving through Arcata this summer on a family road trip.

SUZANNE LARSON, 1983 Journalism, went to work as the public information officer for Beaufort County government in 2004 after more than 20 years in television news and documentaries. She serves as press liaison. She initiated a government television station in 2006, The County Channel, which has earned five Telly Awards. Suzanne earned a Cine Golden Eagle in 1991 for producing and writing the historical documentary, “A Light On Treacherous Waters,” which she used as the basis for the play, “People of the Light,” in 2009. The play was presented at the University of South Carolina through a grant from the S.C. Humanities Council.

MIKE McHENRY, 1983 Fisheries, has become a leading expert in salmon fisheries restoration in Washington State as the fisheries habitat biologist manager for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. His most recent project is working on the Elwha River dam removal project. In 2005, McHenry won the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Environmental Hero Award and has been quoted in National Geographic about dam removal. McHenry writes, “Humboldt State University provided the solid background and knowledge so that I could excel in my career.”

MICHAEL MOORADIA, 1983 Business Administration, has been employed by the Los Angeles County Assessor for 23 years. He has been a supervising appraiser for the last 13 years in the Business Division, the Leasing Section and now the Audit Section. He and his wife Pam have been married for over 14 years. Their daughters are Susan, 13, and Dana, 10.

DAVID TALLEY, 1983 Biological Sciences, is finishing his 30th year as a public school educator. He taught science at the middle and high school level for 13 years in California before moving into school administration. Talley has worked at all grade levels K-12 and currently serves as principal of Quincy High School. Talley and his wife, Michele, have been married for 21 years and have two daughters, Danielle and Marinda.

DEAN DIAZ, 1984 Business Administration, moved to Fresno, Calif., and started working for Jostens in July of 1984. Twenty-seven years later, he is still with Jostens! He has been married for 22 years and has two children. Beau, 20, is a junior at University of Louisville in Kentucky, and Alejandra, 18, is a freshman at Boston University.

BONNIE FOUAD, 1984 Home Economics, is currently living in Kuwait while her husband works as an architect building the new Kuwait University. She is homeschooling her 10-year-old daughter and staying active as a leader for U.K. Girl Guides and teaching sewing and nutrition classes for a variety of small groups of children. She loves traveling in the Middle East but the family loves their time in the U.S. most of all. Fouad writes, “My favorite U.S. update I receive is my online HSU Alumni newsletter!”

DANIEL MAYO, 1984 Forestry, has been in law enforcement for some time and was recently promoted to an investigation position.

GARYEDUARDOPERLESS, 1984 Geography, is now teaching Spanish, world geography and history at a small university preparatory school in Poulsbo, Wash., after many years as a public school science teacher. Perless lives near Port Townsend, with his wife, Jocelyn, and children Will, 9, and Serena, 4. Perless would love to hear from any Geographers or students who went to Oaxaca in ´84!

SUE POUCHER, 1984 Industrial Arts & Technology, is currently teaching a women’s Writing Retreat and creating another class that centers on helping people actually see the world around us instead of walking through it with all senses off.

JACK EASTON, 1985 Forestry, after 23 years in environmental consulting, has gone to work for Riverside Land Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust. He is reinvigorated and ready for another 23 years in the field.

JOHN EBERL, 1985 Fisheries Management, took an opportunity to work in South Korea teaching English, after an initial career in fisheries. Since then, Eberl has worked for both South Korean colleges and universities, and a U.S. college as an instructor. He presently lives in Seoul, South Korea, and works for a college in its suburbs.

JANET MORLAN, 1985 Geography, retired in 2011, and received the best retirement “gift.” In May, she was flown to Washington, D.C. to receive a National Wetlands Award. And it all began at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary many, many years ago.

DOUGLAS RISCHBIETER, 1985 Fisheries Biology, just completed a career-crowning project: restoration of a degraded wetland site in the middle of the Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness. Coordinating California State Parks, California Conservation Corps, Army National Guard and several vendors’ resources, they successfully repaired a rare and fragile mountain meadow.

HOLLY WIRTH, 1985 Business Administration, works as a senior human resources consultant for Regence Blue Shield.

TODD BERGGREN, 1986 Mathematics, and Lynn Berggren, 1987 Mathematics, are living in Colorado where he is working as senior IT director for the Geological Society of America and she works as a math teacher.

STEVE DE BLOIS, 1986 Biology, just finished an acoustic-trawl survey for Pacific hake off the U.S. West Coast aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship Bell M. Shimada.

DAVID DIRK STANLEY, 1987 Computer Information Systems and 1989 Business, says his daughter will be sending out her fall college application(s) and HSU is top on her list!

KATHERINE LOUISE KALTHOFF, 1988 World Languages and Cultures, is married with a 3-year-old daughter and is working on another child. Kalthoff has been clean and sober for more than 7 years. Kalthoff writes, “my years at HSU taught me about a sense of community that I have brought to my medical practice. I am truly blessed.”

JOHN WEBB, 1988 Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation, was hired as a Delaware Fish & Wildlife agent in January 1989. He plans to retire in two years and move to Michigan with his wife, Becky, and two daughters, Kelsie and Carley. Webb is currently a sergeant and primarily does investigations into illegal hunting and fishing activities. He has arrested many people over his career and one of his future goals is to write a book about some of his more memorable cases.

JOSEPH COOHILL, 1989 History, is a history professor at Duquesne University. His books include “Ideas of the Liberal Party: Perceptions, Agendas and Liberal Politics in the House of Commons, 1832-1852,” and “Ireland: A Short History (Oneworld Short Histories).”

BRENT EVANS, 1989 Biology, retired from teaching for San Diego Unified School District.

HALEY GOETSCH, 1989 Psychology, has been working in California for the past 10 years as a school psychologist and school counselor. After working in Lake, Calaveras and Mendocino counties, she moved back to Humboldt in 2007, with her daughter Sonja. Goetsch became engaged to Greg Beaumont in August of 2010. Her daughter Sonja will soon graduate from Arcata High School and has been accepted to HSU for the fall.

MICHAEL K. MOORE, 1989 Zoology, went on to obtain a Master of Science in Zoology from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana. He is currently an associate professor of Biology at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and teaches classes in ecology, evolution and environmental science. Most of his research has focused on the community ecology of larval anurans (frogs). However, lately Moore has spent a lot of time studying the patterns of biodiversity of opilionids (harvestmen) in Caribbean tropical forests. He mostly does field research in Trinidad and Tobago. Moore and his colleagues are currently working to complete species descriptions for 13 species of harvestmen from these islands, and they continue to study the behavioral and community ecology of this island fauna. Moore is still married to Katherine M. Moore (they were together during his Humboldt days!), and together they have three children Matthew, 13, Wyatt, 16, and Nicole, 24.

JOHN RUTH, 1989 Nursing, recently became certified as a wound, ostomy nurse after graduating from the Cleveland Clinic School of Enterostomal Nursing. He has been a registered nurse since ´89, and currently works in the field of home health. He is a wound, ostomy nurse for Providence Home Health, Portland, Ore.

ROB SLATEN, 1989 Sociology, has two boys, Jack and Harry.

DOUG VOGT, 1989 Oceanography, just received a promotion as a program manager for EWIE at John Deere Drive Train Operations


SANDRA LEE MATHEWS, 1990 Journalism and Mass Communication, says her Journalism degree served her well in business. She worked in telecommunications for 20 years after graduation. The writing and presentation skills Mathews learned in the journalism department along with speaking skills, gave her the impetus to compete for and win jobs for her company. Mathews is currently retired and now volunteers in the Community Relations Department at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif., where she contributes to the hospital newsletter and serves in public events hosted by the hospital.

JANE MCKAY, 1990 Art, recently completed her bachelor’s of science in nursing and is currently enrolled in a nursing master’s program. She was named clinical supervisor of hospice at Signature Hospice in Portland, Ore.

LARRY STEPHENS, 1990 Forestry, has been working for the California Department of Fish and Game for 12 years, enforcing hunting and fishing laws in the mountains of Southern California.

JANA RIVERS-NORTON, 1991 English, taught both full time and part time at several public and private institutions of higher learning including the University of New Mexico, SUNY, Alfred State College, the DeVry Institute and National University from 1991 to 2011. In 2005, Rivers-Norton received a Story Fund Grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct and publish an oral history project titled “Told From the Heart: Stories of California’s Native Women.” She most recently served as the associate dean of instruction at The Art Center Design College in Tucson, AZ.

COLEEN SHADE, 1991 Natural Resources, is a principal planner and Tahoe office manager for R.O. Anderson, an engineering, planning and surveying firm in Nevada and California. Her work is mainly concentrated in the Tahoe basin and in the Sierra. Shade is married to David Fournier, who is a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. They have two daughters, Larissa,16, and Sarah, 12.

CHRISTINE (TINA) SHOYS, 1991 Liberal Studies, is currently retired and living on the central Oregon coast, where she is an actively involved in community associations. She has recently taken up mosaic art as a creative outlet.

KEN FARNSWORTH, 1992 Social Science and 1996 Geography, is now doing freeform metal artwork on his ranch in Willits, Calif.

M. SCOTT GRABAU, 1992 Theatre, Film, & Dance, joined the Irvine Valley College Theater Department as fulltime faculty for the Spring 2011 semester. His professional design credits include: “‘da Kink In My Hair” (NAACP Award), “Don Quixote,” “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “The Goat,” “Long Story Short,” and “Superior Donuts” (San Diego Repertory); “The Sound of Music,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Dreamgirls” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” He received his master’s of fine arts degree from UC San Diego.

DONALD (DONNY) TRIPLAT, 1992 Sociology, is starting a native landscape business after 12 years of research forestry, five years of environmental restoration, five years of arborist work, and 10 years of service in the food industry catering and working in fine dining restaurants. He and his wife are creating the Truckee River Sanctuary, where they grow food, raise poultry and have built a kiva to share with their community.

MATTHEW DANIEL MASON, 1993 History, earned a Master of Arts in 1994 and a Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of History at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, as well as a Master of Arts degree with a major in Archives Administration from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2003. In fall 2004, Mason began tenure as an archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, where he specialized in photographic collections, as well as manuscript collections principally based in the Trans-Mississippi West. In this work, Mason has processed several collections related to Northern California and Humboldt County.

CAROL TAYLOR, 1993 Business, is a retired in-home supportive services homecare provider, and former ethics officer in the Homecare Division of Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers.

STEVEN WERT, 1993 Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects, is a kindergarten teacher at Fontana Unified School District.

KIMBERLY (HUTCHINS) VON ATZIGEN, 1994 Studio Art, married Nik von Atzigen in July 2010. They are currently living in Leucadia, Calif.

RONALD G. DAVIS, 1994 Theatre, Film, & Dance, lectured at various Canadian universities, including York University in Toronto, and Concordia University in Montreal, and is currently working on rewriting his dissertation on ecological aesthetics. He recently wrote a script titled “Glacial Melt and Sea Level Ride: (There are no solutions)” that is to be made into a performance piece for a 16-women’s chorus with the help of classical composer Joyce Todd of Berkeley, Calif.

TERESA DONNELLY, 1994 Liberal Studies, didn’t pursue her original goal of teaching elementary school-aged students, but she did begin corporate training and is now a senior trainer for Liberty Mutual Insurance. She is living in Denver, Colo., and is married to a wonderful man and has a fantastic 13-year-old son.

MICHAEL BEEVE, 1995 Wildlife, says his daughter, who was 1 year old when he started at HSU, is planning on attending UCSF this fall. “Life moves along”, he writes.

SUSAN CONELL, 1995 Geography, has been the Cascade County planning director since August 2010.

JASON ESQUERRA, 1995 Theatre, Film, & Dance, worked as an actor in Los Angeles, New York, and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

KIM GRISWELL, 1995 English, recently moved from her position as senior editor for Highlights to the position of developmental editor at Portable Press in Ashland, Ore., known for the Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers. Griswell will be developing books in the For Kids Only series.

ROBIN HOLCOMBE, 1995 Wildlife Management, recently retired from 15 years of teaching bilingual kindergarten (what she calls “Wildlife Management”!) She plans to move to Houston, Texas, until her husband retires. She adds, “Onward and upward, the sky is the limit!”

PERRY PIERI, 1995 Math, spent five years after graduation working as a technician, and is now in his eighth year of teaching middle school mathematics in Redwood Valley, Calif. He is so thankful for the great experience he had with all of the great math professors at Humboldt: Phyllis Chin, Mr. Khazanie, Mr. Patel, M. Reiner, Ken Yanosko, Mr. Biles, Mr. Howard Stauffer, and Mr. Hansen. Pieri feels lucky to have worked and studied with some of the best educators in California, and is thankful for the gifts of the seventh-and eighth-graders who he says often make his day full of surprises and wonder.

EVAN PINTO, 1995 Anthropology, has been working as a secondary teacher for a virtual high school, and also teaches vocational education classes (in a bricks and mortar class). In addition, he, his wife, and two children just adopted a 2-year-old golden retriever.

CARRI RATAZZI, 1995 Liberal Studies and Elementary Education, is living in Denver, Colo., with her beautiful partner of 11 years and their two beautiful kids, ages 5 and 3. She is a geriatric care manager with Care Management Solutions, and loves her profession.

LESLIE DEAN, 1996 Geography, is working at a defense contracting company, BAE Systems, as a systems engineer. She has been with BAE for almost 12 years now in various roles, including cartographer/geospatial analyst, trainer on mapping software and tester on software.

SHAWNA JOY HERNANDEZ, 1996 Philosophy, did not pursue an advanced degree in Philosophy, but found her bachelor’s in Philosophy has served her well. Hernandez writes, “I feel that my written communication, critical thinking and ‘outside the box’ perspective have come in very handy as I have navigated my way through the business world.”

JOHN JAMISON, 1996 English, moved to China for a “short” teaching stint, and has been there ever since. In 2001, he received his master’s degree in English from Iowa State. Jamison is now working for Intel as its Chengdu site employee communication manager and working on its China staffing online engagement strategy.

SOPHIA HABL MITCHELL, 1996 Geography, recently started her own environmental consulting firm, Sophia Mitchell & Associates, after 11 years in the private sector. The firm’s focus is on California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act documentation and project management.

JEFFREY NEWBORN, 1996 Forestry, owns A & D Tree Service.

SEAN SEIDELL, 1996 Interdisciplinary Studies, and his wife, Nichole, recently had their second child (a girl).

BRIAN EISENHAUER, 1997 Sociology, is thankful and happy to continue to teach environmental and natural resource sociology while conducting research at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where he is director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability and acting director of the Center for the Environment (CFE). CFE coordinates an interdisciplinary Master of Science program in Environmental Science and Policy, and Sociology has a critically important role in the program.

RICHARD A. MAYHEW, 1998 Physical Education, received the 2011 Mildred Williamson Award, which is designed to reward and encourage excellence in the classroom. Richard received his teaching credential from HSU, and taught in the Carmel School District for nine years before transferring to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. He is currently teaching at Seaside Middle School in Seaside, Calif.

NOAH RUBINSTEIN, 1999 Psychology, has worked with individuals, couples and families for the last 20 years in various social service, counseling, and consultation roles within different communities, including mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, emergency shelters, hospice organizations, home-based therapy programs, summer camps, the Los Angeles Unified School District and in private practice. He has two young boys, Kobe and Niko.


LAURA BAKER, 2000 Nursing, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was raised. She has worked as a staff nurse in labor and delivery since graduation. Baker recently transitioned out of patient care services into the clinical informatics department where she is on a team to build and implement an electronic health record system. Baker has been married for eight years, has two daughters, one chocolate lab, and two cats (from the Humboldt County Humane Society).

TIM MULVEHILL, 2000 History, and wife, Sylvia, just celebrated their son Nick’s first birthday. Mulvehill lives in Long Beach, Calif., and teaches world history at a large, urban high school. He earned a master’s degree in Education at Concordia University, in Irvine, Calif., and most recently became a National Board certified teacher of history.

JORDAN SCHUGAR, 2000 English Literature, and his wife, Heather Schugar, both Ph.D.s, recently published an article in the Spring 2011 issue of The California Reader, titled “‘Oceans Like Tiny Cups of Tea: Mapping Figurative Language in Narrative-Informational Text.” Both Jordan and Heather currently teach English and literacy, respectively, at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Jordan and his wife live in the suburbs of Philadelphia with two boys, Owen and Milo.

JEANNENE EMS, 2001 Nursing, has spent many years as a travel nurse, and is currently working in Denver, Colo., as a charge nurse in the emergency room. She plans to bring her new husband to visit the redwoods this fall.

JESSE FELDMAN, 2001 Speech Communication, moved in March of 2010 with his wife of four years to San Lorenzo, Calif. Their daughter turned 3 in September of 2010, and they have recently added a new member to their family: Cooper, a black and white longhaired Chihuahua.

ELIZABETH GAZAREK, 2001 Business Administration, and her husband are expecting a baby in the spring.

MARLETTE GRANT-JACKSON, 2001 Native American Studies, was a student assistant for the Indian Teacher & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) while attending HSU. After graduation, she was lucky enough to get a full-time job at ITEPP as the Curriculum Resource Coordinator and now after 10 years she is the resource coordinator and the student advisor for the program.

STACY MADSEN, 2001 Political Science, lawyer for the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, and Alfonso Acosta (‘01), an environmental associate for a large oil corporation, met while attending college at HSU, and have been married since 2004.

JENNIFER POLSE PAYNE, 2001 Psychology and 2007 Chemistry, misses Humboldt dearly, which she considers the best time of her life, and is thankful for such an in-depth education. She is now a licensed marriage and family therapist and the lead counselor at an alternative high school with a private practice in Berkeley, Calif.

DAN REID, 2001 Theatre Arts, is an Architecture graduate student at the University of Oregon. He and his wife welcomed their first child, Stella Evelyn, on Nov. 17, 2010.

MICHAEL SAWLEY, 2001 Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation, is happily married to HSU alumna Julie York (´00 Social Science) with two young daughters and living in Chico, Calif.

TAMI MILLER NELSON, 2001 Journalism & Sociology, has been living in Elk Grove, Calif., with her husband, Louis Nelson, and two kids for the past seven years after getting her Master of Arts degree in Journalism in Cardiff, Wales. She is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher for the Elk Grove Unified School District and is in the process of opening an online cloth diaper/natural family product store.

ERIKA WRIGHT, 2001 English Literature, says HSU helped prepare her for the next 10 years of her life. After graduation, she moved to London to pursue her Master of Art in national and international literature in English at University of London, School of Advanced Studies. Since studying in London and Berlin, she taught in Xi’an, China, teaching the 1:2:1 program, where Chinese students have the opportunity to study two years at HSU. Wright now lives in Perth, Western Australia, and is teaching ESL to pre-literate refugees at Murdoch University.

JUSTIN BUFFINGTON, 2002 Political Science, went on to Golden Gate University School of Law and is now engaged in the representation of public safety unions and their constituent members across the state of California.

IAN COLVERT, 2002 Computer Information, has enjoyed many adventurous opportunities the last 10 years: Colvert spent several years working as a fisheries and GIS technician in Yakutat, Alaska, and sailing a 50-foot sailboat from Tahiti to Hawaii as part of his graduate certificate work (HSU, 2006). Colvert also worked aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ship Rainier, as a hydrographer and working diver for four years throughout Alaska. Lastly, he is enjoying his service for the NOAA as a navigation response team member for the Pacific Northwest.

KALISTA HICKMAN, 2002 Psychology, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who makes good use of her psychology degree working for the psychiatry department at Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville, Calif. Kalista and her husband are also the proud parents of a 3-year-old son, Nathan. Nathan has an extra 21st chromosome, which has inspired Kalista to be active in her local special needs community.

SHELLI MAHER-SARCHETT, 2002 Sociology, is in her seventh year as the Assistant Softball Coach at Humboldt State University.

KRISTINA PAULO, 2002 Liberal Studies Elementary Education, is currently employed with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

MELISSA TENNILLE, 2002 Philosophy, says she kept busy this December because she owns two independent children’s toy stores in Tacoma, Wash. Working at a public school library helped her create a large book section, but her favorite toys to sell will always be the science experiments.

AMANDA J. BRAXTON, 2003 Environmental Science, is working in Redding, Calif., for the Smart Business Resource Center as a job coach and program manager. She enjoys serving the jobseekers and businesses of Shasta County.

JOSHUA DER, 2003 Botany and Biology, received his Master of Science in Plant Biology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where his thesis was selected for the SIUC Alumni Association Outstanding Master Thesis Award in 2005, and the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master Thesis award in 2006. He then earned his Ph.D. in Biology at Utah State University. He currently has a postdoctoral position at Penn State University, where he is the project manager of the Amborella Genome Sequencing Project. He and his wife, Kristal Watrous (´04 Biology), have two children.

KATHY DILLEY, 2003 Biology, has owned and operated her own business, GreenEarth Landscapes, in Arcata, Calif., for the past seven years. She is also the assistant manager of the Humboldt Fish Action Council Native Plant Nursery in Blue Lake, Calif., which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to local salmon habitat restoration.

CHRISTIAN GANDY, 2003 Geology, and his wife, Kathryn, are expecting their first child in December.

JESSICA HOFFSCHILDT, 2003 Art, is currently working at Kinoshita Circus in Japan.

LAURA TANKERSLEY LANDOLL, 2003 Journalism & Mass Communications, now manages public relations activities for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association after working the past 7 years for global and local PR agencies. She is expecting her first child in November and lives with her husband and dog in Denver. Landoll says, “I’m happy to help all undergrads with networking or PR job leads.”

JEREMY MILLS, 2003 Natural Resources, began working for the Yurok Tribe transportation program in October of 2010.

KRISTIN PETERS (SNOOKAL), 2003 Political Science and 2004 Film Production, is living in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and fellow HSU graduate, Gil Peters.

HEATHER SUNDBLAD RHOADE, 2003 Journalism & Mass Communications, owns a cake/cupcake business and works on freelancing for various publications.

CARRIE VATH, 2003 Biological Sciences, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Vath’s research focuses on primate conservation, forest management planning, and community development in Cross River State, Nigeria.

NICHOLAS BAUER, 2004 Fisheries Biology, is now working for the California Sea Grant Program as a fisheries biologist monitoring Coho salmon in the Russian River.

JOSHUA BROOKSHIRE, 2004 Geography, is working for Bandelier National Monument as a lead helitack crewmember. Helitack refers to helicopter-delivered fire resources.

CELESTE DODGE, 2004 Art, is conducting graduate research in biology at San Francisco State University. As a Sierra amphibian biologist for the past four years, Celeste has worked with the Yosemite toad, which has been disappearing over the past 30 years. She is attempting to discover the cause of its potential extinction by investigating diseases that are causing amphibian and wildlife extinction around the globe.

ERIC FRIEDLANDER, 2004 Geology, spent three summers after graduation working as a hiking/backcountry guide in Skagway, Alaska. He lives in Lake Tahoe and works for the city of South Lake Tahoe as the environmental programs analyst. He will be married in August and is looking forward to a road trip to Humboldt County to show his fiancée the amazing campus at HSU, the redwoods and the incredible coastline.

CHRYSTE JOHNSON, 2004 Psychology, is living in Arcata and finishing her first semester at HSU’s two-year master’s of social work program. She is a recipient of the Title IV-E Stipend designed for those who wish to concentrate in child welfare services as a practitioner.

ANDREA MAYER, 2004 Sociology, is finishing her thesis toward a master’s of business administration in nonprofit management.

ROBERT ROBINSON, 2004 English, has been teaching in San Diego for seven years. He taught at a private school for two years and a public school for five. He continued graduate work in education, focusing his attention on ethnic American literatures, social justice education, parent contacts, and culturally relevant pedagogy. Robinson teaches in the AVID program, working to increase the college enrollment of underrepresented students.

ALEXANDER WESTBROOK, 2004 Journalism, is working as the regional manager of business development at SAP Americas, Inc., a global software company that helps businesses of all sizes “run better.” She lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., a stone’s throw from the San Francisco Giants’ spring training facility. Westbrook is enjoying the sunshine but misses the fog and cooler temps during summer.

VINCE CAVIN, 2005 Religious Studies, is currently a refugee resettlement job developer with Catholic Charities in Jacksonville, Fla. It is very rewarding and he is using the skills he learned at HSU every day.

JOHN COMPAGLIA, 2005 Religious Studies, earned a master’s degree in medieval Islamic intellectual traditions with an emphasis on Islamic philosophy, science, and mysticism. On completing his master’s in 2009, Compaglia was awarded a Henry Luce fellowship to study the history and origins of Islam in Indonesia at Gadjah Mada University in the city of Yogyakarta. His research is to be included in a book to be published by the university at year’s end. Compaglia also is working on a book on similarities and differences of mythological and scientific methodologies.

KYLE KNOPP, 2005 Political Science, received his master’s degree in Public Administration in ’09 at SSU and now works as a senior analyst for budget policy and intergovernmental relations in the Executive Office of Mendocino County.

FRANCIS SHAWN BAWDEN, 2006 History, graduated with a Master of Library and Information Science, Archival Studies, from San Jose State University in December 2010. Bawden is currently employed with the U.S. National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California.

JOSHUA COLE, 2006 English, and his wife, also a Humboldt grad, travelled to the UK where he went to business school and worked in finance. After their daughter was born, they returned to the U.S. and settled in Seattle.

JEN CORDARO, 2006 Geography, is working on her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is working in social justice, focusing on human trafficking and refugees from Burma.

KEVIN FARLEY, 2006 Journalism, is a news producer at KIRO-TV channel 7 in Seattle. He won two Emmy Awards for his work at KSBW-TV channel 8 in Salinas, Calif.

KRYSTAL ROGERS, 2006 International Studies, Art and French, hiked 800+ miles over sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail, traveled to Kauai, led teenagers on backpacking and canoeing trips in the Maine woods, volunteered with children in Peru, hiked to Machu Picchu on the Inca trail (a lifelong dream), and just got engaged. She is back in her hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, and runs afterschool and summer programs for refugee youth resettling in Utah.

GINGER SARVINSKI, 2006 Liberal Studies Elementary Studies, Multiple Subjects, is so excited this year to have both of her boys playing for the Lumberjack Football Team. The boys have three Sarvinski uncles who played for Humboldt: Galen, Buzz, and Greg Sarvinski. “Go Jacks!”

RASHAD KORAH THOMAS, 2006 Politics, is the project manager (country director) for Uganda Village Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens in the villages that make up the Iganga District. They have programs in well construction, nets, fistula repair and more.

EMILY A. HAMERCHER, 2007 Geology, has been a graduate student in Geology at Caltech since finishing at HSU. Quite recently, she was officially promoted to Ph.D. candidate. She hopes to finish her Ph.D. in the next couple of years.

ELAINE HOGAN, 2007 Politics, after serving as a health volunteer for the Peace Corps in Honduras, is back in Arcata. She works for North Coast Children’s Services as a bilingual family service specialist serving high-needs families with children enrolled in the Head Start Program.

LIZBET HUSBY-GERRY, 2007 Anthropology, is working and living in Oregon.

MATTHEW MARKSTONE, 2007 History, is currently a fulltime teacher at Santa Maria High School teaching advanced placement world history and modern world history.

BECKIE MENTEN, 2007 Politics, works at the California Energy Commission as an energy efficiency specialist. She is currently working on programs to increase the energy performance of residential and commercial properties, including identifying financing mechanisms for homeowners.

GARRETT SPEARS, 2007 Journalism & Mass Communications, had freelance camera work for KCSB (City of San Bernardino) from February 2008 to April 2008. He has also had work for the Empire Wrestling Federation with his first match on March 15, 2008. Spears is now a part of a new pro wrestling show called “Wrestling Revolution,” which began taping in October.

JOHN TRISKA, 2007 Administrative Services, has been principal since 2008 at Brittan Acres School, a K-4 public school of 477 students in San Carlos, Calif., on the San Francisco Peninsula. Triska and his wife, Christine, live inside his school’s attendance area, allowing him to ride his bike to work each day, and making it easy for them participate in all the events of their community.

Diana “Dee” Campos, 2008 Politics, lives in New York City, working for En Foco, a nonprofit organization, and recently earned her master’s of fine arts in photography with honors from the Pratt Institute, in February.

ZACHARY CINEK, 2008 Journalism, worked for two years after graduation for the Ukiah Daily Journal, then set off on a road trip across America. He fell in love with Denver when visiting his cousin, and decided to move there permanently. Zack now works for a camera store in Broomfield, Colo., but confesses he misses the hands-on interaction of being a reporter and will get back into action as soon as he can land a job with the right paper.

ARIEL MARIE GRUENTHAL, 2008 Psychology, after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, U.K., in 2009 with a Masters of Science in Forensic Anthropology, took a job with the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office as a deputy coroner.

CAITLIN HOY, 2008 Theater Arts, has been working for a worldwide engineering company for three years. She just returned from a six-month computer-aided design coordination assignment in Israel.

LAURA McNAUGHTON, 2008 Communications, moved to Vermont to work at Lyndon State College, a Vermont State College, as a student activities coordinator. Laura now lives in San Diego, Calif., with her Humboldt sweetheart and husband, Kienan Parr. She plans to attend graduate school in the next year for Higher Education.

JUSTIN NASH, 2008 Music, is finishing his Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Music Performance at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. He also performs professionally as a pianist and piano accompanist throughout the Bay Area. Last year Justin hosted a tsunami relief concert at Mills, and raised $3,000 for a nonprofit organization benefiting victims in Western Samoa. Justin plans to live and teach in the Bay Area after finishing his current degree next fall.

ARIC ANDERSON, 2009 English, joined the AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program, working on poverty reduction with the California Conservation Corps. He created transition programs and capacity building for age groups 18 to 25. Upon completing his contract Anderson was asked to stay on with the California Conservation Corps as a special corps member working in corps member development.

RICHARD ESPINOSA, 2009 English, immediately started in a pharmacy technician program from 2009 to 2010. Upon completion in May, he was asked to teach English in Thailand. Espinosa taught at a Catholic High School (Assumption College), for a year. He came back in May 2011 and has started the Ph.D. pharmacy program in Sacramento.

DUANE LINANDER, 2009 Zoology, is currently a research technician for fisheries cooperative research unit.

TRABEN PLEASANT, 2009 Anthropology, is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Social/Cultural Anthropology at University College London.

JESSICA POLETSKI, 2009 Sociology, received her Master of Arts degree in teaching in May from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore. She now resides in the Portland area and works for the Head Start Program.

NICOLE QUINN, 2009 Political Science, is currently serving her second term as an AFACTR (Assisting Families Access Change Through Resources) AmeriCorps member at Humboldt County Children and Family Services.

SCOTT SCHINDEL, 2009 Anthropology, is volunteering on a howler monkey project in Southern Mexico.

TONY SNOW, 2009 History, worked for the Humboldt Area Foundation on different grant programs, which provided him with experience in the field of grant writing and grant review. A year later, Snow was invited to work with the State of California as a Native American Liaison for the Department of Transportation (DOT). He gained a lot of experience starting his freshman year at HSU working on campus for the Center for Indian Community Development. Snow believes that his degree in History has prepared him to succeed at his job. Two of the three of the DOT’s Native American Liaisons have degrees in History.


HARRIET ANN BURR, 2010 Economics, started her master’s program in Community Economic Development and is very excited about it. She joined the Northern California Translators Association, volunteered to do translations for the National Parks Services for the Pacific Region, and is considering an AmeriCorps VISTA contract.

MICAH CARNAHAN, 2010 Wildlife, left school in the middle of his last semester in the fall of 2009 for a son who was born with a congenital heart disease. During a three-month stay at UCSF, he kept in contact with his professors and they worked with him to finish his coursework during his stay. His son is now 15 months, healthy and well. Because of his HSU training, he was chosen from among a number of candidates to be the new environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Game’s Lake and Streambed Alteration Program.

KAT CATANESE, 2010 Anthropology, worked for six months after graduating from HSU as a research assistant on a project through Tulane University concerning the reproductive strategies of male capuchin monkeys. Although she says it was an amazing life-changing experience, she came out of it knowing that she would much rather work with people, and she is currently seeking admission to HSU’s elementary education program.

DUSTIN DETWEILER, 2010 Rangeland and Resource Science, has been working as a range conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Student Career Experience Program. Once he graduated from HSU, he was converted to a career position with the agency and now works as a range management specialist working on ecological site descriptions for the Joshua Tree National Park Soil Survey and other surveys in the Mojave Desert.

KACIE FLYNN, 2010 Art, held an internship at Morris Graves Museum of Art during her undergraduate study. She was soon brought on staff to teach art lessons as part of the “Second Saturday Family Arts Day.” Flynn graduated Summa Cum Laude and since then has become the museum manager at Morris Graves in charge of special programs and events. She was also invited to show in the Young Alumni Exhibition “Fresh Meat” at First Street Gallery in August. Flynn works at HSU in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs as a grant coordinator and volunteers as a club advisor to Delta Phi Epsilon.

JOHN P. HILL, 2010 History, was accepted into the University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation master’s degree program, and received a competitive scholarship for “academic achievement and diligence.”

WESLEY KORPELA, 2010 Anthropology, is pursing a career in maritime archaeology.

JAMES ROBINSON, 2010 Environmental Resources Engineering, re-enrolled as a graduate student in HSU’s MBA program and is working on a minor in music, as well. He is working on the start-up of Green Traveler after winning the Economic Fuel competition for student entrepreneurs.

JAMIESON-LEE SCOTT, 2010 Anthropology, was recently accepted to Gonzaga University’s graduate program in Teaching English As A Second Language. Beginning this fall he’ll be in the dampest state in the country.

ADRIANNA SIMONE, 2010 English, is currently applying for Ph.D. programs and helping out the community through volunteer work. She is a library volunteer at the Eureka branch, which includes assisting with the English and Spanish story times by reading books, and helping the children and parents with the weekly crafts. Simone also volunteers at Sacred Heart Church as a religious education instructor for seventh-and eighth-grade students.

MELISSA WALDMAN, 2010 English, is currently writing and editing at a textbook company in San Francisco and creates K-12 grade English and Language Arts materials for larger publishing houses like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She is also a freelance food and drink correspondent for the SF Examiner Online and The Local Dish!

DANIEL ADELSPERGER JR, 2011 Construction Management, was promoted to assistant project manager at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka. Adelsperger writes, “It’s nice to know that all the hard work that I put into my major paid off. This proves how valuable Applied Technology is at HSU.”

ANDREA CASTILLO, 2011 Art, is working for a nonprofit center for the arts in Los Angeles at a summer art camp for kids.

JENNIFER MAYBERRY, 2011 Environmental Studies, moved to Missoula, Mont., immediately after graduation with her partner, wildlife biologist and climate change scientist Joe La Manna. While La Manna completes his Ph.D., Mayberry will be working in her newly appointed position of interim director of FireSafe Montana. Using her expertise in wildfire ecology and FireSafe councils, she will be coordinating fire departments with city councils, county commissioners and neighborhood committees.