Spring 2014

Katie Lowe (’15, COMMUNICATION)

KATIE LOWE already understood the importance of giving back when she began attending Humboldt State three years ago. As a high school junior in Lemoore, Calif., she had watched her grandmother endure a long illness, and the future HSU student also observed how hospice workers provided her family with comfort and support as the end grew near.

SHARING THE MESSAGE Classes in her major field of communication have helped Lowe develop the people skills she uses as a volunteer at the Hospice of Humboldt thrift store and in her current Admissions internship, a role that includes answering questions from prospective students, conducting campus tours and hosting Admissions group presentations. “My interpersonal communications class taught me how important it is to connect by being respectful. It’s really a beautiful process that helps you understand different types of people.”

HOME SWEET HUMBOLDT “When I was a (high school) senior, I was doing the whole road-trip process, visiting colleges. I was looking for that connection that felt like home. HSU was an easy choice to make after I saw how friendly the community is and how welcoming everyone had been. Now I can share that message with prospective students.”

HOSPICE SHOPPING Recalling the Lemoore, Calif. hospice service, Howe has set aside part of her busy schedule to volunteer at an Arcata thrift shop that funds local hospice programs. She works there four hours a week while balancing a 17-unit class schedule, an internship in the HSU Admissions Office and her second year of serving as a Humboldt Orientation Program peer counselor.

VOLUNTEERING at the Hospice Shop at 575 H St. has helped Howe, a Social Advocacy minor, find more opportunities to connect. “The shop raises money to support all the services my grandmother received. It’s fun to be around many of the elderly people who work and shop there, listening to their stories.
And, the shop has cute clothes!”