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Week of: Jan 25, 2015

Student Patty Chang, Julian Davlin, Rhonda Holmes and Heather King, Social Work

With funding assistance from HSU’s College of Professional Studies and HSU Presidential Travel, students from the Department of Social Work were able to accept a personal invitation to attend and present at the inaugural California Higher Education Food Summit, Jan. 16-18, at UCSB. Students included BASW students Patty Chang and Julian Davlin, and MSW students Rhonda Holmes and Heather King.

The three-day summit, held under the umbrella of the broader UC Global Food Initiative (UCGFI), included workshops, speakers, and activities aimed to forge collaborations and conversations about food justice across the state’s college communities. HSU Social Work students, led by Professor Jen Maguire, presented a workshop entitled: Beyond ‘Poverty Pimping’ and ‘Hand-Outs’: A Case Study of Campus Food Systems Change Through Community Engagement. The workshop explored the engagement of community partners, and proposed informational and destigmatizing programs to support food security for students. For more information about the summit visit:

Week of: Jan 18, 2015

Student Students, faculty and staff, Center for Service Learning & Academic Internships

Humboldt State has been named to the National President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The HSU Center for Service Learning & Academic Internships (CSLAI) applies each year for the national award, which recognizes a collaboration of students, faculty, staff and community partners. HSU has been named to the list 7 out of the past 8 years. The annual award “highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.” For more information, go to, or contact the CSLAI at x4963.

Alumni Brittani Orona, History

History graduate, Brittani Orona was selected to be part of the 2014-2015 class of Capital Fellows. The Capital Fellows Programs are administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Fellows work 10-11 months as full-time staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. They participate in policymaking, program development, and program implementation. Fellows gain first-hand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.

Student Heather King, Social Work

Heather King, MSW student in the Department of Social Work and Oh SNAP! MSW Intern, has been selected to attend the 2015 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum through the Student Diversity Program. She is one of 30 students who will attend and participate at the Forum and in Student Diversity Program activities taking place February 17 – 20, 2015 in Crystal City, VA. The USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program is designed to expose students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today’s real world environment. For more information about the Forum, visit:

Week of: Jan 11, 2015

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Matthew Derrick, assistant professor of Geography, published an article titled “The Muslim Spiritual Board of Tatarstan, Political-Territorial Transformation, and the Changing Character of Tatar Islam” in the December 2014 issue of The Journal of Central Asian and Caucasian Studies, an international scholarly journal.

Faculty Paul Cummings, Music

Paul Cummings, associate professor of music, authored an article in the book series called “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band,” a widely used resource for wind band directors throughout the world. The article contains a comprehensive analysis of a band arrangement of composer Paul Creston’s “Five Little Dances” and is included in volume 10 of the series which was published in December, 2014, by GIA Publications. More info at:

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