Latest Achievements

Updates about the latest publications and other achievements by our faculty, staff and students

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Week of: Mar 24, 2019

Faculty Phoebe Cellitti, Social Work

Social Work Instructor Phoebe Cellitti presented at the March 30 TEDxHumboldtBay event. Her presentation, titled Embracing the Grey is described as:

“Drawing from my experience as a social worker I am going to be talking about embracing the in-between parts of life, the places between joy and heartbreak, beautiful and brutal… how people like to categorize things as good or bad, how that leaves very little room for the nuances of life and ultimately leaves us disconnected from ourselves and each other. I will also be relating it to our current political climate and the ways we disconnect from each other.”

Faculty Melanie McCavour, David Greene, Forestry and Wildland Resources & Environmental Science and Management

David F Greene and Melanie J McCavour of the departments of Forestry and Wildland Resources & Environmental Science and Management were invited to speak March 7-9th, 2019 at the International Monarch Conservation Symposium in Toluca, Mexico, and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Presentations were on: fire ecology of California; the CEQA, landuse planning, and pollinator habitat; and the ecology of Abies religosa.

Faculty Cindy Moyer, Karen Davy, Sherry Hanson, Garrick Woods, Music

On Monday, March 18, the Arcata Bay String Quartet traveled to Ukiah to perform for the Ukiah High School Orchestra.

Week of: Mar 10, 2019

Staff Michael Le,  

Michael Le, Research Associate in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness won the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) 2018 Best Presentation winner for: “Data‐Informed Conversations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” Michael received the highest overall scores for the best overall presentation. Michael’s presentation will be featured at AIR 2019 in Denver, CO as CAIR Best Presentation and he will receive a $2,000 travel grant. This is Michael’s third time winning the award. Past wins were in 2015 and 2017.

Faculty Cindy Moyer, Music

On March 7, Cindy Moyer presented an Express Talk at the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Albuquerque, NM, on Introducing Scales and Arpeggios with Shifting Practice.

Week of: Mar 03, 2019

Faculty Joseph C. Diémé, World Languages and Cultures

Published new book titled: “La répudiation du tribalisme sous l’ère Barack Hussein Obama”, Harmattan Editions, Paris, March 1st, 2019.

Faculty Natalie Arroyo, Environmental Science & Management

Environmental Science & Management Instructor and Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo was recently named Assembly District 2 2019 Woman of the Year. Arroyo was selected by Assemblyman Jim Wood.

From Wood’s office:

Today Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) honors Assembly District 2’s 2019 Woman of the Year, Natalie Arroyo. Every year each Assemblymember has the privilege of selecting someone to be honored who serves their community with dedication and distinction. The day includes personal recognition during the legislative session in the Assembly Chambers and a luncheon. “Today we have the opportunity to recognize Natalie for her achievements and commitment to making a difference in the Eureka community,” said Wood.

Natalie lives and works on the North Coast in Eureka and was recently re-elected to her second term on the Eureka City Council. As a Councilperson, Natalie helped complete Eureka’s nearly 7-mile waterfront trail which is part of the California Coastal Trail, supported a Strategic Arts Plan that has demonstrated the value of the arts community in Humboldt County and initiated the return of 200 acres of culturally important land to the Wiyot Tribe. Representing Eureka, Natalie also serves on the board of the Humboldt Transit Authority.

By day, Natalie is a senior planner with the Natural Resources division of Redwood Community Action Agency, and is an enlisted member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, stationed at Humboldt Bay – and that’s when she isn’t lecturing at Humboldt State University.

Because of her passion for trails and fisheries health, Natalie serves on the board of the Humboldt Trails Council, and served on the board of the Salmonid Restoration Federation, a statewide organization dedicated to restoring native California salmon and trout.

“Natalie is more than an inspiration in Humboldt County,” said Wood. “Her career, her elected office, her service in the Coast Guard and her volunteer work demonstrates her amazing 24-7 commitment to public service.”

Faculty Louis Marak, Art

Emeritus Faculty member Louis Marak has been recognized by
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA): Excellence in Teaching Award 2019

Description of the award:
Recipients should be near or at the end of a career dedicated to the practice of teaching (may be awarded posthumously); shall have demonstrated excellence in their own creative work; shall have had previous recognition for and a history of awards in teaching; and should have highly visible former students in the field.

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Leena Dallasheh was interviewed for a podcast series on the Palestinian refugees and the Great March of Return in Gaza. The interview was published at Unsettled, a new podcast on Israel-Palestine and the Jewish diaspora:

Faculty Sing C. Chew, Sociology

Following official retirement, Professor Emeritus Sing C. Chew, Sociology, published his 8th book: The Southeast Asia Connection: Trade and Polities in the Eurasian World Economy 200BC-AD500 New York/Oxford: Berghahn Press 2018. He is also finishing another monograph entitled: Choices: Living Through the Next Dark Age to be published by Berghahn Press in 2019.

Faculty Leslie L. Rossman, Communication

Dr. Leslie L. Rossman and Dr. Joshua S. Hanan (HSU ’04) published an article in Communication Currents titled “Trump’s Promise to Make America Manufacture Again: USMCA and the Rhetoric of Neoliberal Exception”. It can be viewed at:’s-promise-make-america-manufacture-again-usmca-and-rhetoric-neoliberal?fbclid=IwAR0TjwIGB_ETJ4Uv3hczuqmAw_AkGu7NPWTzzKOEsfAh_8sSYhq1o8fcxAc

Faculty Alexandra Hootnick, Art

Alexandra Hootnick, lecturer in the Art Department, was named by Photo District News as one of the “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch” for 2019. This prestigious award is given to an international group of image-makers for their outstanding contributions to the field.

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