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

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Week of: Oct 02, 2016

Faculty Kayla Begay, Native American Studies

HSU Native American Studies Asst. Professor Kayla Begay is set to present at the Conference on Endangered Native American Languages at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA, October 13-15. Begay presented “Teaching Wailaki: Archives, Interpretation, and Collaboration” along with Justin D. Spence and Cheryl Tuttle, Round Valley High School. More information is available at

Student Club Staff, Faculty & Students, HSU Oh SNAP!

Humboldt State University’s efforts to address student hunger are profiled in a recent national report issued by the College and University Food Bank Alliance. The report, titled “Hunger on Campus,” profiles HSU’s work on bringing EBT benefits to campus and student-run Oh SNAP! weekly farm stand. Download the full report here:

Faculty Rae Robison, Theatre, Film & Dance

Rae Robison was one of several “local luminaries” asked to perform as the Narrator at Ferndale Repertory in their production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Robison performed to a packed house on Oct. 1, 2016. Upcoming productions feature other HSU staff, faculty and alumni.

Faculty Alison Holmes, Politics

Alison Holmes, International Studies was an invited participant in a faculty development roundtable at the International Studies Association – West, Regional conference in Pasadena, CA.

Faculty Alison Holmes, Politics

Alison Holmes was reelected to a fourth term to the Management Committee of the Transatlantic Studies Association at their annual conference which took place in Plymouth in the United Kingdom in July.

Week of: Sep 25, 2016

Faculty Tyler Stumpf, Business

Tyler Stumpf, Asst. Professor of Management, recently published a paper entitled “Navigations: Enhancing Qualitative Hospitality and Tourism Research Outcomes in Pacific Island Countries” in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Innovation in Hospitality and Tourism Management. This paper explores how traditional open-ocean navigation principles predicated on catalyzing inputs from the external environment can be applied to help improve the qualitative research process when investigating hospitality and tourism phenomena in Pacific Island countries.

Faculty Harold Zald, Forestry & Wildland Resources

Harold Zaid was recently interviewed about his research regarding the relationships between drought, insect outbreaks, and wildlife by the independent digital media Water Deeply.
Link to the article

Faculty Janelle Adsit, AJ McGough, Angela Compton, Bri Lucero, English

Janelle Adsit presented “Teaching the Undergraduate Literary Magazine” at the Creative Writing Studies Organization conference in Asheville, NC. The presentation discussed innovations associated with Toyon Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art ( Integral to the presentation was research conducted by English majors AJ McGough, Angela Compton, and Bri Lucero during the Spring 2016 semester, supported by the Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Fellowship program.

Staff Benjamin Funke, Art

Artist and HSU staff member, Benjamin Funke will be speaking about his work at the Morris Graves Museum of Art. The event will take place Sunday, October 2nd at 2 p.m. There will be a tour of his current installation in the Sculpture Garden at the museum. View the event:

Week of: Sep 18, 2016

Student Gabriella Jarnaghan and Ty’ithreeha Allen,

HSU students Gabriella Jarnaghan and Ty’ithreeha Allen have each been awarded $10,000 scholarships as part of the Rodney T. Mathews Jr. scholarship offered by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Jarnaghan is a Business Administration sophomore and Allen is a Child Development sophomore minoring in American Indian Education and Psychology. The Lumberjack profiled the students here:

Faculty Susan M. Abbey, Theatre, Film & Dance

Susan Abbey’s course proposal—Acting for the Camera: A Reel Experience—has been accepted for a two week intensive course for Theatre students as part of the CSU Summer Arts, 2017 curriculum. The course, which will be held at CSU, Fresno July 10-23, will feature a professional acting teacher, casting director, and professional actor as mentors to students of theatre who want to learn film and TV acting techniques.

Faculty Matthew Derrick and Rosemary Sherriff, Geography

Matthew Derrick and Rosemary Sherriff, Geography Department, are taking over as editors (co-editors) of the California Geographer, a long-standing peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on all aspects of California geography and beyond. There will be a new format that includes not only geographic scholarship, education, and book reviews, but also welcomes non-scholarly essays, photo essays, and geo-visualizations.

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

Armeda Reitzel is one of the co-authors of an article titled “Setting an agenda for stakeholder research to field test the NCA learning outcomes in communication” that was published in Communication Education in August 2016. This article featured work done as part of the National Communication Association’s multiyear Learning Outcomes in Communication grant project.

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