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Week of: Jul 10, 2016

Student Club Kacie Flynn, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority

Members of a Humboldt State sorority were recently recognized with 10 awards at a national convention.

The 2016 International Leadership Forum for the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Inc. was held in Philadelphia June 30th – July 3rd, 2016. This biennium convention was attended by nearly 550 delegates around the country and marked the centennial kick off for Delta Phi Epsilon. The event included distinguished alumnae speakers, professional development workshops, and the opportunity to celebrate Delta Phi Epsilon’s 100 years of sisterhood and service.

The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at Humboldt State University sent three delegates to represent the HSU Chapter, currently the only active chapter on the west coast. HSU’s undergraduate delegates included current Chapter President Jacqueline Trzeciak (senior, Cellular Molecular Biology), Vice President Operations Mickayla Matarazzo (junior, Social Work) and Vice President Academic Affairs Eve Mejia (senior, Cellular Molecular Biology).

Additionally, the California Alumnae Association, primarily composed of HSU graduates, had seven alumnae representatives from Humboldt State University attending.

The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at Humboldt State University as well as the California Alumnae Association walked away with 10 awards total, the largest recognition for the west coast chapters in 28 years.

The Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at Humboldt State University was chartered in 1988 and currently has close to 50 undergraduate members. Soon they will be joined by two new colonies being established on the west coast: California State University, Los Angeles (fall 2016) and University of California, Merced (spring 2018).

Individual Awards:

Harriette Hirsch Sisterhood Award: Kacie Flynn, Epsilon Upsilon

Established in 1996 to honor Harriette Hirsch for unselfish support and service to Delta Phi Epsilon, this award is presented to a member of the sorority who has given unselfishly of her time and resources to ensure the success of Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

Outstanding Alumnae of the Biennium: Gina Curtis, Epsilon Upsilon, Humboldt State University, CAA

Outstanding Alumnae of the Biennium: Rose McGovern, Epsilon Upsilon, Humboldt State University, CAA

Outstanding Alumnae of the Biennium: Kacie Flynn, Epsilon Upsilon, Humboldt State University, CAA

Outstanding Alumnae of the Biennium: Margie Janes, Epsilon Upsilon, Humboldt State University, CAA

Outstanding Alumnae of the Biennium: Lynna Do, Alpha Iota, San Francisco State University, CAA

Outstanding Alumnae of the Biennium presented to those alumnae members who have represented Delta Phi Epsilon’s highest standards and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service outside the sorority as well as within.

Outstanding Undergraduate of the Biennium: Sam Barton, Epsilon Upsilon, Humboldt State University

Outstanding Undergraduate of the Biennium presented to those undergraduate members who have represented Delta Phi Epsilon’s highest standards and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and scholastic qualities outside the sorority as well as within.

Organizational Awards:

Outstanding Recruitment Award: California Alumnae Association, Humboldt State University

Outstanding Recruitment Award presented to the Alumnae Association that experienced the largest percentage of growth in membership.

Outstanding Senior to Alumnae Programing Award: California Alumnae Association, Humboldt State University

Outstanding Senior to Alumnae Programing Award presented to the Alumnae Association that excels in preparing collegiate senior members for alumnae membership during the biennium.

The Rhoda Klein Award for Excellence in Financial Responsibility: Epsilon Upsilon, Humboldt State University

Awarded to the active undergraduate chapter displaying excellence in financial responsibility.

1917 Club: Epsilon Upsilon, Humboldt State University

During the 2015-2016 academic year the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at Humboldt State University exceeded their goals and as a result was admitted into the “1917 Club of Delta Phi Epsilon.” This elite club recognizes them as one of the top chapters in the nation.

Week of: Jun 05, 2016

Student Kristin Cooper and Catherine Trimingham, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Two Humboldt State University students passed the rigorous “Fundamentals of Soil Science” exam offered on April 15, 2016, becoming Associate Professional Soil Scientists, according to test results from the Council of Soil Science Examiners.

Kristin Cooper and Catherine Trimingham graduated from Humboldt State University with the Wildland Soils option in Rangeland Resource Science. Kristin has performed range technician duties for the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming and has volunteered for several California Resource Conservation Districts. She is studying for the GRE exam and plans to apply to a graduate program for Fall 2017. Catt rowed for the HSU Women’s Crew team and is currently working as a forest-wide soils technician on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. She says that “my education is much more well-rounded compared to the people I work with. I am able to understand a majority of the timber jargon, identify most of the plants I come in contact with, and have been told that my notes are too thorough.”

The national pass rate for the Spring 2016 soils exam was 56 percent, with a California pass rate of 87.5 percent. Since 2011, 25 HSU students have attempted this exam, with an overall pass rate of 80 percent, the last two years with 100 percent success. Those who pass the fundamentals exam will be eligible to take the Professional Practice exam after five years of professional experience, an additional step in becoming a Certified Professional Soil Scientist. Recent Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) discussions about program self-certification have included the fundamentals exam as one indicator of program quality. Given that the exam is multiple choice, it does not evaluate students’ field skills per se, but is an exam that is offered nationwide and is therefore ‘portable.’ Humboldt State University Wildland Soils students (under the Rangeland Resource Science major) spend more than 200 hours in field or laboratory learning experiences, honing hands-on skills and field judgment of soil properties, limitations, and capabilities.

Week of: May 29, 2016

Faculty C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy

Dr. C.D. Hoyle published a book chapter entitled “Laboratory-Based Gravity Measurement” in Volume 3 of Wiley’s “Handbook of Measurement in Science and Engineering.” The peer-reviewed reference series is edited by Myer Kutz.

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