Get Ready! 10 Ways to Celebrate HSU's Centennial

Humboldt State University will soon mark its 100th year, with a full academic year of events and activities scheduled to celebrate the milestone. It all starts in August 2013.

Lyceum group in front of bus

On campus, events and activities will include a Centennial Speakers Series, a documentary video, reunions, showcases of the University’s three Colleges and the Library, a play about Prussian naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt’s life, musical compositions, art pieces, Centennial merchandise and much more.

We understand that many of our 50,000+ alumni live too far away to make it to campus. Don’t worry! Mere distance doesn’t mean you can’t take part in this yearlong party. In addition to the major campuswide events, Humboldt Alumni will be hitting the road with HSU Centennial Birthday Parties all over the country.

No.1 Get all the Centennial news at humboldt.edu/100

Humboldt.edu/100 is the source for all the latest news on Humboldt State’s Centennial Celebration. Check in for important dates and information. Then browse historic photos and stories, a timeline of Humboldt State history and more. Plus, you can follow HSU Centennial on Facebook.

No.2 Attend Homecoming & Family Weekend

Humboldt.edu/100 is the source for all the latest news on Humboldt State’s Centennial Celebration. Check in for important dates and information. Then browse historic photos and stories, a timeline of Humboldt State history and more. Plus, you can follow HSU Centennial on Facebook.

September 27-28. This year’s Homecoming & Family Weekend gets a Centennial-themed twist. In addition to the usual fun, the weekend gets started with an old-fashioned Homecoming Parade. The route ends on campus, when everyone is invited to participate in a giant “Human 100” photo, to be followed by a 100th Birthday Party and Rally.

Saturday starts with kayak tours of Humboldt Bay, while in Arcata, the Farmers’ Market is in full swing. Meanwhile, Classes Without Quizzes offers scholarly talks you won’t even have to take notes on. Saturday afternoon features a big tailgate party, and after that it’s over to Redwood Bowl for the football game. Don’t miss it!

No.3 Get Some Centennial Stuff

The HSU Bookstore and alumni.humboldt.edu will be loaded up with custom Centennial-themed gear including great gifts like T-shirts, coffee mugs and other commemorative memorabilia. Shop online, or better yet, browse the selection when you’re visiting campus.

No.4 Celebrate at the HSU 100th Birthday Festival!

SATURDAY, AUG. 24, 2013. HSU’s big Centennial kick-off party, happening right before fall classes begin. Come on down to the Arcata Plaza, bring the family and be a part of the start of a yearlong celebration.

No.5 Attend an HSU Centennial Birthday Party

The Humboldt Alumni office is hitting the road and bringing the fun to the far-flung HSU Community in a series of regional Birthday Parties. Be sure to check alumni.humboldt.edu for the latest schedule. It’s like one of those progressive neighborhood dinners, but national.

No.6 Share Your HSU Stories and Photos

Take a minute to share a story and maybe even some Kodachrome photographs of your college years. At Humboldt.edu/100/share you can share your stories in all types of categories:

  • First week at Humboldt
  • Favorite professors
  • Clubs and such
  • I practically grew up here
  • Legacy families
  • Falling in love
  • Cracking the books
  • Outdoor adventures
  • Graduating

Stories you submit might be featured on the website, in the Alumni Newsletter, Facebook and this magazine.

No.7 Get Involved with HSU

By now you’re probably getting the idea: There are tons of ways to get involved with Humboldt State University, and the Centennial Celebration is the perfect time to start. For starters, be sure you’ve updated your latest contact info at alumni.humboldt.edu.

Did you know you can join HSU admissions counselors in recruiting students to HSU from your area? Or help current students with career advice and mentoring?

Of course, you can always make a charitable gift to HSU too.

No.8 Catch the Jacks on the Road

With 12 intercollegiate teams, HSU’s student athletes travel much of the western United States to take on opponents from Washington State to Colorado. Some teams will sport special uniforms and hold themed activities. Keep up with HSU sports at Humboldt.edu/hsujacks.com.

women's crew in Humboldt Bay No.9 Memorize the Humboldt State Fight Song

Knowing all the lyrics to the Humboldt State Fight Song marks you as someone who truly bleeds the green and gold. This is best belted out at full volume, preferably somewhere public:

Drive on Humboldt
on down the floor
Drive on Humboldt
show ‘em the door
Forwards snuff ‘em
Centers stuff ‘em
We are on the march
We must have a victory
For the Green & Gold
So fight, fight fight!
Win for Humboldt State!
No.10 Celebrate HSU’s Precise 100th Birthday Wherever You Are!

On April 6, 1914, classes opened at Humboldt State Normal School in what one historian has dubbed a “drab” and “austere” building. Things certainly have canted for the better in the last 100 years. Mark the date and make a toast to your alma mater (hint: April 6, 2014, is a Sunday. The perfect day for an HSU Centennial barbecue in your backyard?). HSU alumni are known for throwing “watch parties” across the country during big HSU sporting events. Enterprising alumni everywhere will find their own ways to mark this special day.