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Student Phil Chaon, Alisa Muniz, Justin Purnell, Felicia Aragon, Andrew Wiegardt and Brendan Higgins, Wildlife Permalink
Humboldt State University’s Wildlife Quizbowl Team placed second in the student Quizbowl of the National Meeting of the Wildlife Society in Milwaukee. The single elimination tournament included 17 teams. HSU won the first match against University of Montana 95-25. The team won its second match against University of Wisconsin, Madison, 125-10, and its third match against Michigan Tech 85-70. The team was narrowly defeated in the final round by the University of Minnesota, Crookston, 105 to 100. This year marks the 13th time HSU competed at the National Quizbowl, with nine wins to date.
The quizbowl team included Phil Chaon (captain), Alisa Muniz, Justin Purnell, Felicia Aragon, and Andrew Wiegardt (alternate player).
The national meeting also included students presented “research in progress” posters. Muniz placed in top 20 (among 100+ posters, most by graduate and doctoral students). Student Brendan Higgins won several awards for some of his photos, including best of show.
Faculty Dr. Paul Cummings, Music Permalink
Associate music professor Paul Cummings has been invited to present at the 2014 national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association January 23-26, 2014 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Over 200 conductors of college orchestras from around the country attend this annual conference, which features performances, master classes, and scholarly presentations. Cummings’ presentation is entitled “Achieving Critical Mass: Strategies for Improving Recruitment and Repertoire Selection in the Small College (or College-Community) Orchestra.”
Student Cara Owings, Native American Studies Permalink
Cara Owings (Native American Studies) has received a 2013 Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $10,000 to assist California Indian students pursue their educational goals.
Student Club HSU Cycling, Student club Permalink
HSU Cycling continues to lead the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference after the second weekend of collegiate mountain bike racing at Sky Tavern near Reno on Sept. 28 and 29. The team also scored another milestone. For the first time ever, an HSU cyclist wears the conference points leader’s yellow jersey. Kate Hill is ranked number one of all women cyclists in the conference. HSU is a Division II team, but Hill and the team are now ranked above all other Division I and II schools, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly and Reno. See the WCCC conference website for rankings: http://wcccycling.org/results.html
Faculty William Rich, Anthropology Permalink
William Rich, Cultural Resources Facility Co-Director, presented at the Society for California Archaeology’s Northern Data Sharing Meeting Saturday, September 28th in Trinidad. His paper is titled “Workin’ the Transect: A Look at the Humboldt State University Cultural Resources Facility.”
Student Archaeology students, Anthropology Permalink
Four students received the Undergraduate Research Creative Activity Fellowship: Alyssa Haggard, Spencer Mitchell, Erik Marinkovich and Matt Price. The projects are overseen by Dr. Marisol Cortes-Rincon in the Archaeology Research Laboratory at HSU. Haggard’s project is “3D Virtual Curation: Archaeological Artifacts.” Mitchell is researching “Maya Political Interactions through Monumental Display: Ancient Warfare Propaganda.” Marinkovich will be examining “Ancient Roadways: Causeways in the Maya Lowlands” and Price will be exploring “Applied Experimental 3D Imagery Techniques on Artifacts.”
Faculty Mark Colwell, Wildlife Permalink
Mark Colwell delivered an invited plenary talk on the challenges of conserving threatened species at the 5th Western Hemisphere Shorebird Group meeting in Santa Marta, Colombia on 20 September 2013.
Student Club HSU cyclists, Cycling Club Permalink
After the first collegiate mountain bike race of the season, the Humboldt State University Cycling Club leads the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference. A dozen HSU cyclists raced at China Peak Resort last weekend, winning several of the events. HSU senior Steven Pearl won the men’s A cross country race. Katelyn Hill won the women’s A short track cross country race. The A category races are at the highest level of collegiate cycling competition, and these riders will qualify to race at national championships in October.
Several other HSU cyclists also had podium finishes (top three in their category) including Ali Osgood and Eli Robinson, who earned the team points to catipult HSU to the top of the regional rankings above all division one and two teams. Other HSU cyclists who competed last weekend are Sara Schneider, Ashley Hansen, Alvin Garlejo, Dylan Wright, Justin Graves, Justin Gore, Derek Roelle and Tyler Green. Full results can be found at http://wcccycling.org/results.html. The HSU Cycling Team heads to Reno this coming weekend for the next round of mountain bike races in the WCCC.
Staff Susan Rosen, Children's Center Permalink
Susan Rosen, director of Humboldt State University’s Children Center, has received a four-year $168,040 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support campus-based childcare services for low-income students. Funded under the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program, the award can be used for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well as before and after-school care for school-age children.