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Class Notes

1960s

GEORGIA MCDANIEL, 1962 Education, recalls her time at Humboldt State along with her husband, Stanley K. McDaniel (’61 Communication). She and her husband had a 3-year-old son when they enrolled and he worked the night shift at Rodiscraft, a particleboard company. They were the first married couple inducted into the school’s honor society. At the time there were fewer than 1,000 students enrolled. Stan graduated in 1961 and later received his master’s degree from HSU before going to Indiana University for his doctorate. He is now retired from the University of Tennessee. Georgia was delayed a year due to the birth of their daughter the week before finals in her sophomore year. She earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in Elementary Education in 1962 and another in Home Economics in 1976. She then went to Lesley College in Boston for her master’s degree. She is retired from teaching elementary school in Knox County, Tenn. She and Stanley could park at the bottom of the hill and quickly get to Founders Hall to class.

DEANNA DICK, 1964 Zoology, retired from a career in the clinical laboratory field, beginning in Chico, Calif., and ending back in Eureka. She is now running a small farm between Eureka and Arcata and enjoying being back on campus in the Over 60 Program studying Piano and Music Theory.

ROBERT NISBET, 1965 Forestry, moved from forest growth modeling at UC Santa Barbara, to customer behavior modeling with data mining tools at AT&T in 1994, and never looked back. He retired from Santa Barbara Bank & Trust in 2009 as associate vice president of Technical Services. Nisbet thought he would just relax; what happened was very different from that. He published his first book, Handbook of Statistical Analysis & Data Mining Applications, and it won the Prose Award from the Association of American Publishers for the best writing in a book in the mathematics category published in 2009. Next came Practical Text Mining, and Nisbet’s author team is working on a third book on predictive analytics in medicine and health care. Currently, he serves as an instructor in the Predictive Analytics Certification Program in the UC Irvine Extension program.

Robert LackeyROBERT LACKEY, 1967 Fisheries, resides in Corvallis, Ore., with his wife Lana Apparius Lackey (HSU ’66-67). In 2008, he retired from the Environmental Protection Agency where he was deputy director, among other positions, of the agency’s Corvallis Environmental Research Laboratory. He now works as a professor of Fisheries at Oregon State University, where he continues teaching, research, and consulting, but still makes time to enter the occasional 5K race.

KENNETH JAMES TOWNSEND, 1967 Business, is now retired after 30 years of federal service with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the Department of Energy. A U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, Townsend has enjoyed worldwide travels with his wife of 47 years, Emilie (Britvec) Townsend (HSU ’66). “I will always treasure our years at HSU where we met and married,” Townsend says.

JERRY WAYNE COPELAND, 1968 Botany, is currently working on a Flora of the Tetragonostachys, a major subgenus of the plant genus Selaginella. This will be a long-term project beginning with species found in North America. The Flora is being constructed as a series of Excel interactive workbooks and is free via email to those who are interested. -Editor’s note: visit alumni.humboldt.edu for info on connecting with fellow alumni.

RICK HOFFMANN, 1968 Forestry, has retired from full-time employment after two careers—entomology research (at UC Berkeley) and science teacher. He now works as a science education consultant, substitute teacher, and tutor to students in science.

1970s

EARL MILLER, 1970 Business, went on to earn his teaching credential in 1971 at Humboldt. Miller retired in 2008 from the Chaffey School District in Ontario, Calif., after 36 years as a teacher, coach, counselor, and assistant principal. He married in 1974 and has two children, Andrea and Zack, with his wife Anita. In 2011, Miller started the Jim and JoAnne Hunt Scholarship Fund for track and cross-country athletes with Gary Tuttle (’69), Vince Engle (’70), Pete Pedroza (’71), and Bill Scobey (’72). They raised $5,000 last year and are hoping to raise $6,000 this year. Like to help? Contact Miller through the Alumni Association website. “Humboldt was a great place. Help us help some others enjoy the experience,” Miller states.

MARY WICKSTEN, 1970 Biological Sciences and 1972 Biological Sciences, is a professor of Biology at Texas A&M University. She just finished her major publication, “Decapod Crustacea of the Californian and Oregonian Zoogeographic Provinces,” in the journal Zootaxa this year. This monograph contains keys, illustrations, short descriptions and information on range, depth, habitat and living color for all crabs, shrimps and lobster-like species, freshwater or marine from the shore to the abyss from Washington to mid-Baja California. Wicksten says, “Yes, I am sending a copy to the Humboldt Marine lab!”

ROSALIND (SPRING) BURGUNDY, 1973 Art and Elementary Teaching Credentials, retired from her last teaching position at Modesto Junior College as an English-As-Second-Language Instructor. With more than 45 years of world travels, including working in the Roman Forum, she now focuses on writing about the Etruscan (pre-Roman) culture. Burgundy says, “Although they are long gone, the vibrant spirit and attitudes of these ancient, sophisticated people is deep in my soul.” Her Etruscan historical novels are Odyssey of an Etruscan Noblewoman, Tuscan Intrigue and Song of the Flutist (Epic of the Ancient Etruscans).

KATHLEEN DUNN, 1974 Nursing, was selected to receive the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Award for Nursing Excellence (RN-Expanded Role) for 2012. She received her award from V.A. Secretary Eric Shinseki in Washington, D.C., on June 1. This award is given annually and only once in the recipient’s lifetime.

ROBERT WILLETT, 1975 Wildlife Management, has attended other colleges since HSU for his career needs and had to move away from Humboldt County and return to his roots in the Bay Area to find the right career for himself. While at HSU, he joined the Eureka Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer and then, once finished at HSU, Willett attended College of the Redwoods where he began taking Administration of Justice courses while applying for positions at various police departments. Within a year, Willett was hired by the Fremont Police Department, where he completed a 30-year career. While working at FPD, Willett obtained a teaching credential and taught high school Administration of Justice for 15 years.

DAN SIMPSON, 1975 Natural Resources, teaches high school Science and Math at Hope Christian Academy in Marsing, Idaho.

RODNEY MERRILL, 1975 Sociology, earned his Ph.D. in Social Science in 2011 at Tilburg University, in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

ROBIN DELOZIER, 1976 Home Economics (Nutrition), has called Arcata her hometown since birth and remembers Humboldt as a great school and Arcata as the “true” northern coast of California.

Mitch WaldowMITCH WALDOW, 1976 Journalism, recently joined the HSU Alumni Ambassador program and attended the Santa Monica Unified college fair at the SM Civic Center.

DENNIS A. HANSELL, 1978 Biological Sciences, is an Oceanography professor at the University of Miami. His research focuses on the ocean carbon cycle, with particular interest in the role of organic matter. Presently, Hansell serves as chairman of the United States Carbon Cycle Scientific Steering Group. Hansell will be participating in a research cruise in early 2013, in the Ross Sea of the Southern Ocean (53 days at sea), followed by June cruise in the Gulf of Alaska.

1980s

ED BUSCH, 1980 Fisheries Biology, shares the news that his project with Civil War letters and photos at Michigan State University’s Archives & Historical Collections went online the month of October 2012.

MARK WHITE, 1983 Natural Resources, teaches high school biology at Chaffey High School in Ontario, Calif. He is married with one child and, in 2009, completed the La Ruta de Los Conquistadores, a four-day mountain bike race.

THOMAS DORST, 1984 Business Administration, after earning an MBA from San Jose State University with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma), has been working at the same company for the past 26 years. Dorst is currently the deputy director of business management responsible for operations finance, program planning and financial control, estimating and pricing, rates and budgets, compliance and archives.

Larry Estrada LARRY ESTRADA, 1984 Forest Resources Management, has been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, as an assistant district counsel, at the district’s labor counselor, since December 2009. He formerly was with the Law Department for the U.S. Postal Service, from 1998 to 2009. On Oct. 15, 2012, Estrada was awarded the Department of the Army’s Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. The Achievement Medal for Civilian Service is for exceptionally outstanding and continual stellar service as the deputy counselor concerning employee labor relations during the period of Sept. 14, 2011 to Sept. 14, 2012. Estrada distinguished himself by providing extremely proficient civilian human resource legal advisory services to the commander and deputy commander in order to define and propose strategies and flexibilities to best meet the district’s mission requirements. His dedication to duty and manner of performance is in the highest traditions of Army Corps of Engineers service and reflects great credit upon himself, the Los Angeles District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Since July 2010, Estrada has been performing Mexican folk dance with the Ballet Folklórico Ollin. He began his dance career with the North Country Folk Ensemble in Arcata in 1980. After a break from 1984 to 1989 (Estrada was with the U.S. Forest Service and then in law school), he danced with the Ballet Folklórico de Stanford University from 1990 to 1993, and then was with Grupo Folklórico Los Lupeños de San Jose from September 1993 to November 2009.

PENELOPE LIOTTA, 1984 Wildlife Management, received a Master of Education, conferred December 2012, along with teaching license from Bethel University, in McKenzie, Tenn. She is beginning a new career as a secondary school biology teacher.

JOHN PAUL HUNT, 1985 Geology, recently marked 25 years at SMC, a geotechnical consulting firm in Orange County, Calif., where he has been a partner for the last 10 years. Hunt and his wife, Patty (’85, Business Administration), just celebrated 26 years of marriage. Hunt has also been very active in cross-country mountain bike racing and just recently won his first race. Hunt says, “If only HSU had mountain bike racing back in the day.”

BEVERLY WEBER, 1985 Journalism and Mass Communications, completed two master’s degrees, one in Adult Education/Distance Learning and one in Psychology. She is currently starting a Ph.D. program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

GREGORY DAY, 1986 History, is an attorney in Oregon where he practices family, criminal and disability law. He served as an infantry officer in the Sinai, Egypt and in Afghanistan, and commanded an infantry battalion in Iraq. He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and is currently a colonel with the National Guard. He has a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law. Day lives on the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Ore., where his family enjoys white-water rafting, scuba diving and backpacking together.

TOM SWETT, 1987 Industrial Technology, recently moved to Rancho Cordova, Calif., to accept a promotion with Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) as the director of process reengineering. He previously worked as the regional coordinator for clinical integration in the Arizona market for Abrazo Health Care (part of Vanguard Health Systems). Earlier this year, he earned the prestigious designation of Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality from the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

ROBERT RUEHL, 1987 Geography, works at the Weather Forecast Office in Eureka. He is currently involved in the installation of many automatic weather data collection packages throughout northwestern California in conjunction with California State Parks, California Department of Water Resources and the National Weather Service’s California/Nevada River Forecast Center.

JOHN REED, 1988 Business Administration, served in the U.S. Army for 20 years. He is now retired and works for the Veterans Administration in Oakland, Calif. He retired at the rank of major while serving in Iraq for 18 months. In 1987, he received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. He lives with his wife and two stepdaughters in Richmond, Calif.

1990s

CARIN KALTSCHMIDT, 1990 Computing Science, was recently promoted to principal from senior manager at Ernst & Young LLP’s San Francisco office. She is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s advisory practice and serves in its program management performance improvement practice, focusing on complex program management for enterprise transformation programs. Kaltschmidt has spent the majority of her 20-year career providing program and change management services to companies in the health care, technology and financial services industries. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science from Humboldt State University and is a certified Project Management Professional.

MAILA (FELPER) OGDEN, 1992 Sociology, has been working in the social work field for over 20 years and recently changed jobs. She is now working as a hospice social worker in Southern California’s high desert. “I love the opportunity to be a part of the end of life journey. I have been married for the past nine years and love living in Wrightwood, Calif., in Angeles National Forest,” she says. Ogden also volunteers for the Angeles National Forest Grassy Hollow Visitors Center.

CONRAD LEO HUYGEN, 1994 Geography, is a U.S. Air Force chief senior defense counsel stationed at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Lt. Col. Huygen is responsible for a team of 36 judge advocates and 26 paralegals who provide trial defense services in the eastern U.S., Europe and Southwest Asia. His wife, Julie, is also an Air Force lieutenant colonel and is currently deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

CHRISTOPHER WATT, 1997 Geology, has been working for local engineering firm LACO Associates for the past 15 years and was recently elected president and CEO.

SARA SKINNER, 1998 Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation, just recently started her own heritage photography business, capturing the natural and cultural worlds.

JASON RALEY, 1998 Forest Resource Management, served four years in the Peace Corps as an environmental development volunteer in Bulgaria and the Ukraine. He has been working in financial aid at Sacramento State University and lives in Sacramento with his wife and two sons.

CAROL RENEE CROISSANT WHITE, 1998 English, started a personal business in garden and landscape consultation for Washington state’s Puget Sound region. The firm emphasizes ecological responsibility and sustainability.

SAM YUDIN, 1999 German, was recently recognized as the Top Performer of the Year in the new U.S. Army Cyber Command. Yudin says, “We are setting up the military’s newest combatant command, which is truly a historic time. It is a million light-years away from the redwood curtain but my time spent at Humboldt has aided me in my achievements in the military.”

2000s

AMANDA SHUFELBERGER, 2000 Wildlife, after working for several government agencies, Shufelberger has been working as a wildlife biologist in Grass Valley, Calif., for Sierra Pacific Industries for over five years.

KELLIE THARP, 2002 Wildlife, received her Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science & Policy in 2007 and subsequently accepted a position with the Arizona Game and Fish Department as the environmental education program manager. After two years, Tharp was promoted into the position of education branch chief with the department. In 2011, she received the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Mark J. Reef memorial award, which recognizes distinguished young wildlife management professionals for their outstanding service in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources and for overcoming challenges through creative, determined initiatives of the nominee’s own device, producing benefits beyond the immediate area of mandate of the nominating agency. “The Humboldt State University Wildlife program provided an excellent foundation for pursuing a career in wildlife conservation. After graduation I worked as a biologist for the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska and Oregon,” Tharp says.

M. ROSESHOSHANNAANTHONY, 2003 Art and Dance, created and performed a collaborative dance tribute for the first African Olympic Gold Medalist, Nawal El Moutawakel, as she was inducted into the International Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum in San Francisco. Anthony was joined in this colorful and festive dance celebration by her Ya Habibi Dance Company, which includes many HSU students and alumni, and a group of Moroccan-style dancers led by Bay Area dance artist Hannah Romanowsky.

MICHAEL HIBMA, 2003 History, enrolled in the History graduate program at Sacramento State University. Soon after enrolling he began a 2 1/2-year internship in the Community and Cultural Studies Office at the California Department of Transportation’s headquarters in downtown Sacramento. While there, Hibma worked with architectural historians in research, writing and general assistance in completing cultural resource reports for transportation projects all over the state. He also provided technical editing assistance for documenting agricultural properties in California. In 2007, Hibma submitted his thesis titled, “Historic District Nomination of the Newton Booth Neighborhood, City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, California,” and graduated with a Master’s of Arts degree in History. Just prior to graduation, Hibma took a position with LSA Associates, Inc., a private environmental consulting firm, as an architectural historian/cultural resources manager. Hibma says, “I am very lucky to be doing what I am for a career. My undergraduate experience in the HSU History program definitely set me on a course of success and personal achievement. I will always be grateful for my time at HSU and the helpful, yet challenging professors I met, the stimulating learning environment and the fun I shared with many of my peers.”

CORY WHITE, 2004 Education, was recently hired at the University of San Diego as an assistant football coach. Also, White and his wife, Erin Jackson-White, ’05, celebrated their three-year anniversary.

ERIC BURKE, 2005 Forestry and Wildland Resources, recently accepted a promotion as vegetation management officer for the Tahoe National Forest, Yuba River Ranger District. Burke is married to Martha Burke (RPF # 2918). The couple is expecting their first child, Sierra Elizabeth, in March.

JOEL CORREIA, 2005 Geography, has worked in a variety of international development jobs from a nonprofit in Kenya, to serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. He’s also designed his own projects to increase educational opportunities for rural youth in Paraguay. The last project took Correia on a six-month, 5,000-mile bicycle tour through South America to raise funds and awareness about the project. In May of 2012, he graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. Correia says, “I am excited to continue my education in geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder where I will pursue a Ph.D.”

ANDY POWELL, 2005 Philosophy, has been working at Lost Coast Communications as a DJ for KWPT-FM, “The Point,” as the host of The Night Show. Outside of playing music on the show six nights a week, he also talks about current events—news, politics, foreign policy and yes, even some philosophy—and attempts to present a fair look at subjects or topics of debate in today’s times. Powell is still playing music with his band, Strix Vega, as the bass player, keyboard player and one of the composers. They are expecting to release their third album in early 2013.

JOSH L. BROWN, 2006 Natural Resources, is an Environmental Scientist at the California Department of Water Resources in Sacramento. He is the proud father of 1-year-old Sonia. Brown says he’s “missing the North Coast.”

RASHAD THOMAS, 2006 Politics, Thomas and HSU alumna Imelda Fernandez had their first child, a baby girl named Amira Thomas-Fernandez.

GORDON LESTER BUSSELL, 2006 Native American Studies, work for Owens Valley Career Development Center, a tribal consortium working with revitalization of native languages. Bussell gives training on methodology of both teaching and learning native languages. Bussell had been working with up to eight languages at once under the Administration for Native Americans until September 2011. Presently the center services Paiute (3 dialects), Mono (2 dialects), Wukchumni and Yolumni, Tabatalabal, Kitamuk and Yaqui. Bussell speaks a Dene language daily, mostly Hupa and works with Mattole, Wailaki, Bear River, Redwood Creek and Tsenungxwe. He is a Hupa and Mattole Indian and member of the Yurok Tribe. Bussell had 50 or more native teachers of Hupa for a beginning to this knowledge, starting with his grandfather, Clem I. Bussell Sr., and guided by his father, Oswald N. Bussell. “I used to teach Hupa on the Hoopa Reservation but now work with the tribes here (Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties) and even present on language methods at conferences at times, most recently at the California Indian Education Conference at HSU,” Bussell says. He also has worked with a number of linguists over the years as a student and speaker, most notably professor Victor Golla of HSU’s Department of Anthropology.

KATHRYN RILEY, 2006 Wildlife, recently joined the San Diego URS Corporation as a wildlife biologist. She is currently conducting wildlife surveys on alternative energy projects in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California. Her focus is on migratory birds, burrowing owls and the federally-endangered desert tortoise.

MATTHEW THOMAS BRASHEARS, 2007 English, is happy to report that he was recently accepted to a graduate program at The New School. He’ll be working toward a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a field he was introduced to and excited by when he was an undergrad at HSU.

ROBERT DEANE, 2007 Journalism & Mass Communications, after nearly two years as a news reporter in Idaho and Oregon, Deane returned to Dorris, Calif., where he worked for the Butte Valley Unified School District as a teacher’s aide and library technician. Currently, he is taking online classes through Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif., majoring in Library/Information Technology. Deane says, “I still have great memories of Humboldt County and Humboldt State University and hope to visit the area again in the future.”

JULIA WEST, 2007 Economics, recently joined the HSU Alumni Ambassador program and attended the Fairmont Prep Academy college fair in Anaheim, Calif.

TIFFANY NEWTON, 2008 Women’s Studies and Journalism & Mass Communications, a seasoned Alumni Ambassador, recently attended the college fair at Granada Hills Charter High School with two fellow alumni, Jesse Ettinger, ’93, and Armando Ramirez, ’90.

ADAM PERETZ, 2008 Environmental Science and Management, went to Ibadan, Nigeria, in 2011 where he was initiated to Ifa, a traditional West African religion. Through Ifa initiation, Peretz shed his old self and was given a new name, Fagbemijo Amosun Fakayode. He has since returned twice to research and study Ifa as well as to bring other people to do their own initiations and other rituals. Along with his wife, Oyaseye Fakayode, a priestess of Oya, Peretz has formed the Oyeku Ofun Temple, a traditional Ifa and Orisha temple based in Northern California. The temple serves many devotees. Peretz has also written two books on the Ifa religion, “All Days Are Sacred” and “Ori Mi Gbe Mi: Ori, Support Me.”

HOLLY EDMUNDSON, 2009 Physics, went to graduate school at University of Oregon where she earned her master’s degree in Materials Science with an emphasis in Optics. Edmundson went on to secure a job in the semiconductor industry. She says, “Humboldt’s physics program gave me a major advantage when it came to E&M, electronics and lab experience all of which I used regularly in grad school and still use in my ‘real job’.”

NICHOLAS ENSTMINGER, 2009 History, is currently attending the Primary Care Associate Program (Physician Assistant) at Stanford University and is applying to the Master of Medical Science program at Saint Francis University this December. Entsminger says, “My history training at Humboldt State has been invaluable to my success.” His knowledge in history has allowed Enstminger to better understand the historical backgrounds that brought about socioeconomic and cultural boundaries that affect health care today. This has helped him understand the need for primary health care in underserved areas, often representing those affected by these boundaries. Additionally, the Department of History at Humboldt State trained Enstminger to effectively organize and communicate (both written and one-on-one) to both patients and other members of the health care team and to critically evaluate pharmaceutical updates, which may contain a high level of bias. He would like to especially thank professors Marschke, Mays and Pasztor.

HEATHER FRAMBACH, 2009 Political Science, is currently an urban agriculture planner at the City of Austin, Texas, the community outreach manager for a small East Austin farmers’ market and an organizing fellow with Real Food Challenge, a national campaign that advocates for more local and sustainable food on college campuses. She completed her master’s degree in Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012.

JEFFREY HERNANDEZ, 2009 Social Work, just got back from a 12-month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, and is now married to Sarah Hernandez (née Haddix). He has been given new orders to move to Naples, Italy, and work as a social worker for the U.S. Navy. Hernandez has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. He says, “the Army has given me lots of opportunities to see the world and this is just the start. Thanks to all the staff in the Social Work department for the hard work and dedication when I was in the program.”

TRISHA MARIE PHILLIPS, 2009 Child Development, has worked in the field of special education since graduating. “I am wife to a wonderful man named Bryan and mother to his son, Rylee. Bryan and I met in 2007 at a high school birthday party in Arcata, and we were married in Benbow!” Phillips writes. She just began working at Crestwood Behavioral Health Center.

2010s

AKI JARLRUSON, 2010 Biological Sciences, started his second year as a doctorate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is focusing on molecular ecology, population genetics and quantitative genetics in the shallow water urchin genus Tripneustes. “Thanks to professor Sean Craig of Humboldt State, I had my first publication as a lead author before finishing my first year of grad school,” he says.

JOSH BARTEE, 2011 English, is pursuing a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since graduating, Bartee has had two papers accepted for conferences. The first, which he presented in May 2011 to the Robinson Jeffers Association in Monterey, Calif., is a look at the poet’s diachronic influence on the environmental ethics of rock climbers. The second paper, presented in November of 2011 to the Western Literature Association in Lubbock, Texas, concerns the hominid relationship with fire as read in Loren Eiseley’s The Angry Winter and a selection of poems by Robinson Jeffers. Bartee keeps busy studying, cycling and making all kinds of fun connections between poetry and natural history.

BRET COMNES, 2011 Physics, says “attending Humboldt State University and choosing to major in Physics has been one of the most important and beneficial decisions I have ever made. The faculty is fantastic educators, the curriculum is challenging and rewarding, it has intimate upper division class sizes, and there is ample opportunity to gain research experience if you want it.” Comnes is currently in the Doctoral Physics program at Portland State University.

Lynn Huynh LYNN HUYNH, 2011 Theatre Arts, is a seasoned veteran in the HSU Alumni Ambassador program. She has attended numerous fairs since last year. Huynh has represented HSU at the Baldwin Park Unified, Destination College 16 at University of Southern California and Alhambra Unified college fairs this fall.

CEDRIC KEITH AARON, JR., 2011 Social Work, was a student clinical intern with Humboldt County Mental Health for the 2010-11 academic year. He was a California Social Work Education Center Mental Health Stipend recipient as a graduate student as well. After graduation, Aaron was able to transition from intern to full-time employee with Humboldt County Mental Health as a mental health clinician. He is currently working towards his Licensed Clinical Social Work certification with a career goal to become an administrator with Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. Aaron enjoys attending HSU home football and basketball games to cheer on the student athletes.

ALEXANDRA MCGEE, 2011 Anthropology, has transformed from a Humboldt Lumberjack to a UC Berkeley Bear. McGee just started her first semester of graduate school as a Latin American Studies graduate student. Her last semester at HSU, she took an engineering course with Lonny Grafman, which excited her about small-scale energy projects, particularly how they relate to community participation, rural development, energy independence and environmental sustainability. She’s also put her anthropology skills to use, moving into a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery to live with a high lama. “I’d love to hear from you,” she writes.

YANG YANG, 2011 Geography and International Studies, went to London School of Economics and Political Science, after graduating from Humboldt State, to pursue a Master of Science in Human Geography and Urban Studies Research. In August, after completing his course work at the LSE, Yang proceeded to the Ph.D. program in Cultural Geography at University of Colorado at Boulder to do research in ethnic studies in China.

ALEF DURANT-WISE, 2013 Biological Sciences, has recently been hired as the laboratory manager at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. She is working on atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease in the Ley Lab. She is taking her last two classes for her two bachelor’s degrees in Marine Biology and Zoology as an intra-system exchange student at San Diego State University. Durant-Wise gives a special thanks to professor Sean Craig for being a great mentor.