Latest Achievements

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

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Week of: Apr 22, 2018

Student Colin Mateer, Anais Southard, Lonny Grafman, Environmental Studies

As covered in the Times-Standard, Environmental Studies majors Colin Mateer and Anais Southard and Environmental Science and Management major Aida Castro worked on a water catchment system in Loleta, under the guidance of HSU’s Environmental Engineering/Appropriate Technology faculty member, Lonny Grafman. Check it out here:

Faculty Maral N. Attallah, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Maral N. Attallah (Lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department) will participate in a two-week seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC (June 2018).The seminar is titled, “Racial Practice: Theory, Policy, and Execution in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South”.

Student HSU Model UN, Politics

Students in the Model United Nations program participated in the Model United Nations of the Far West conference in San Francisco. Competing against more than 450 students from 30 universities, students from Humboldt State represented Kenya, Panama, Slovenia, Syria, and Vietnam.

HSU’s team received several awards. Kenya (represented by Averie Middleton, Sessi Fletcher, Syd Long, Jenesy Gabrielle Burkett, and Mara Arvizu), Slovenia (represented by Alex Banaskiewicz, Isabelle Tisson, Kayla McClelland, and Hailey LaJoie), and Vietnam (represented by Ryan Thomas, Nick Thomas, Alexis Borwn, Fabian Cuevas,and Dani Saldaña) were recognized as top performing teams.

Faculty Russell Gaskell, World Languages and Cultures

Congratulations to Club Advisor of the Year, Russell Gaskell. Russell teaches Spanish and is the Club advisor for Lambda Theta Phi. The award is given to advisors that not only advise their clubs but also mentor and help club members develop their leadership and professional skills.

In the words of club members, “Professor Gaskell has been… spectacular ever since he has been the advisor of the Lambda Theta Phi. What Russell has done is provide us with a crazy amount of support that makes us feel like he’s a part of our family. … He’s an amazing professor, a hell of an advisor, and more than being just our advisor, he is one of us.”

The ideals of Lambda Theta Phi are the following: Academic Excellence; Brotherhood; Leadership; Latino Unity; Service. Lambda Theta Phi brothers perform community service, sponsor events which highlight and celebrate Latino heritage, participate in educational workshops, and enjoy many social programs. As a result of their active participation in every aspect of college life, they are developing their organizational, communication, and leadership skills, all while pursuing the coveted diploma.

Staff Todd Larsen, Housing & Residence Life

Todd Larsen, Associate Director of Business Operations in Housing & Residence Life was selected to be on the Exhibits Committee for The Western Association of College and University Housing Officers (WACUHO) Annual Conference and Exposition for 2019. The Exhibits Committee provides an opportunity for Association members, Corporate Affiliate members and non-member vendors to collaboratively network and share ideas and products through an open exhibits area at the Annual Conference and Exposition. This past conference, there were over 50 exhibitors including design architects, construction managers, rooms management software, furniture providers and more.

Staff Donyet King, Housing & Residence Life

Donyet King has been appointed as one of the Tri-Chairs on the Women of WACUHO Committee for the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers.

WoW strives to give women a voice in Student Affairs and create professional development opportunities, like regional Drive-In Conferences, mentoring programs, and scholarships to attend the annual WACUHO Conference.

Donyet is passionate about creating professional opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups. Congratulations on your appointment, WoW and Student Affairs are lucky to have you!

Faculty Cindy Moyer, Music

Scales and Arpeggios with Shifting Practice by Cindy Moyer has been published by Galaxy Music Corp.

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Dallasheh has been awarded the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This award is for completing her book manuscript, “Contested Citizenship: Nazareth’s Palestinians in the Transition from British Mandate to Israel, 1940-1966.”

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Dallasheh participated in College and University Educators Workshop at the Council for Foreign Relations in New York, NY. The workshop brings together over 100 professors, from around the USA, who are teaching courses on or related to international relations and U.S. foreign policy, along with those from other fields who are interested in introducing global issues into their classroom.

Faculty Leena Dallasheh, History

Dr. Dallasheh presented a paper entitled “Despite the Nakba: Palestinian Nazareth in Israel” at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. The paper was a part of the Institute for Middle East Studies Annual Conference 2018 – Nakba: Past and Present.

Faculty Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Rosemary Sherriff (Geography) co-authored a new perspective paper titled “Advancing Dendrochronological Studies of Fire in the United States” in the new journal Fire.

Faculty Michael Vernon, Rosemary Sherriff, Jeff Kane, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Alum Michael Vernon (MS 2017) with Rosemary Sherriff (Geography), Jeff Kane (Forestry), and Phil van Mantgem (USGS) published a paper titled “Thinning, tree-growth, and resistance to multi-year drought in a mixed-conifer forest of northern California” in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.

Week of: Apr 15, 2018

Faculty John Meyer, Politics

John Meyer will serve as an invited Visiting Scholar at the University of Reading Centre for Climate and Justice, UK, from May 21-June 9, 2018. While there, he’ll work with the Centre’s Ph.D. students and is also organizing a workshop on “everyday environmentalism and climate populism” to include presentations by Julian Agyeman (Tufts), Nancy Fraser (New School), Lisa Disch (Michigan) and Sherilyn MacGregor (Manchester).

Student Roman Sanchez, Theatre, Film & Dance

Roman Sanchez – HSU Theatre Arts Senior

At the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Washington, D.C., Roman Sanchez was honored to receive the ASTEP scholarship – an all expense paid trip to attend the Artist as Citizen Conference at Juilliard this summer. He also received the National Arts Impact Award (Cash prize, all-expense-paid trip back to DC to speak on behalf of arts activism to Congress).

As a bonus he was able to be mentored by Deans of YALE’s School of Theatre Management, Vicki Nolan & Kelvin Dinkins Jr., and have powerful, one-on-one conversations with Jane Alexander, David Saar, Jorge Huerta, Luis Valdez, and many other nationally-recognized lea

Student Alex Childers, Brianne Hagen, Sarah Godlin, Hartford Johnson, and Carly Marino, Library

Students Alex Childers, Sarah Godlin and Hartford Johnson, and Librarians Brianne Hagen and Carly Marino presented “Researching the Redwoods: A New Approach to Archival Internships” at the Society of California Archivists’ annual meeting in Yosemite.

Faculty Kyle Morgan and Morgan Barker, Library

Librarian Kyle Morgan and Instructional Designer Morgan Barker presented the poster “Publishing Simplified: A High-Impact Productive Disruption, Teaching the Publishing Process for Student Self-Efficacy” at the CSU Symposium + PolyTeach Joint Conference.

Faculty Kyle Morgan and Garrett Purchio, Library

Librarians Kyle Morgan and Garrett Purchio presented their hands-on workshop “Students Lead the Learning: A Game Show Approach to Teaching Database Searching” at the CSU Symposium + PolyTeach Joint Conference.

Student Forestry and Wildland Resources Students, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship recipients in the Forestry and Wildland Resources Department! At the annual awards banquet, over $55,000 in scholarships were distributed thanks to the generosity of alumni and other donors. A new scholarship was created by the family of Allan Eugene Nilson, who taught for 14 years in the HSU Forestry department. The Nilson scholarship will support high-achieving students with financial need.

Special congratulations to Kristy DeYoung, recipient of the Professional Promise Award, and Mike Padilla, recipient of the Academic Excellence Award. Also congratulations to Dr. Kevin Boston, recipient of the student-selected Outstanding Faculty Member Award.

Week of: Apr 08, 2018

Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies

Dr. Ray was invited to give a public lecture, “Coming of Age at the End of the World: Eco-Grief and the Climate Generation,” at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

Student Jonathon Salinas, World Languages and Cultures

Spanish major, Jonathon Salinas, will present “Representation and Contributions of Latinas in the Gay Liberation Movement” at the UCLA Qscholars Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 18th.

As a queer person of color, Jonathon works to highlight narratives of underrepresented groups in the LGBT+ community to empower and engage his communities. Director at HSU’s Queer Resource Center, activist and, community organizer, Jonathon organized Humboldt County’s first ever inclusive Pride event to bring attention to the racism, ableism, misogyny, transphobia, and many other forms of exclusion that plague queer/LGBT+ spaces.

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Geography professor Matthew Derrick delivered a conference paper presentation titled “Territorial Politics of Mosques in Post-Soviet Central Asia” at the Central Asia Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Scholars and Students, held April 9-12 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Derrick is currently spending his sabbatical year as a Fulbright Scholar based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Faculty Mark Hemphill-Haley, Geology

Mark Hemphill-Haley is co-author on a recent publication in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America entitled “Onshore to Offshore Ground‐Surface and Seabed Rupture of the Jordan–Kekerengu–Needles Fault Network during the 2016 Mw7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake, New Zealand” It provides detailed observations of one of the most complex earthquake surface ruptures in history.

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