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Week of: May 03, 2015

Faculty California Environmental Legacy Project,

The California Environmental Legacy Project’s 2-hour program, “Becoming California” was recently nominated for four EMMY Awards, including Best Documentary Program by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It also received nominations for the 44th Annual Northern California Emmy Awards in the categories of writing, photography and editing. The California Environmental Legacy Project is a multimedia initiative that aims to raise public understanding of environmental change and stimulate a new culture of stewardship. The project was led by Sacramento State and Humboldt State and HSU students were key contributors.

Student Bobbie Good, Social Work

Social Work student Bobbie Good co-facilitated with Byrd Lochtie May 4 at a session for board members and those working with boards on behalf of NorCAN, which promotes connections between people and organizations that work make the community healthy and strong.

The monthly presentations focus on keeping local organizations fresh through learning, sharing, and networking with the premise that local boards lead, delegate and inspire.

Good presented her masters project, which includes templates, tools and tips for local nonprofit boards to create and modify board manuals, bylaws, and orientations. Good was formerly a board president and is currently the secretary of the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) board.

“It was such a wonderful experience,” says Bobbie. “The board round table was attended by almost twice as many people as usual. I was presented with a gift from HACHR at the event as a thank you for my consulting for their agency related to my project. It was a magical day in my world.”

Good’s guide is available at the Humboldt Area Foundation resource library or can be requested in PDF.

Week of: Apr 26, 2015

Faculty Drs. Sheila and Steven Steinberg, Environmental Science & Management

Adjunct faculty members, Drs. Sheila and Steven Steinberg published a new book with Esri Press, “GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives”. This book shows researchers how to incorporate spatial thinking and geographic information system (GIS) technology into research design and analysis. Topics include research design, digital data sources, volunteered geographic information, analysis using GIS, and how to link research results to policy and action. Concepts presented in the book can be applied to projects in a range of social and physical sciences by researchers using GIS for the first time and experienced practitioners looking for new and innovative research techniques.

Faculty Holly Scaglione, Social Work

Social Work Lecturer Holly Scaglione recently partnered with Redwood Equine Partners and Healing Strides Psychotherapy, Inc. to offer an equine-assisted growth and learning demonstration at Redwood Acres. Social work students, staff and faculty attended the demonstration.

“Attendees learned from professionals in the field what it is like to do this work and how it is effective for clients (individuals, couples, families, and groups) seeking change in their life,” said Holly. “The event was a great success for all involved, including the horses!”

EAGL incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between facilitators, clients, and horses to address personal or treatment goals. Participants learn about themselves and others by engaging in activities with the horses, and then processing or discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The approach has been compared to ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses. For more information, visit

Student Camille Skweir, Mathematics

Math student Camille Skweir won the National Disc Golf Championship in Augusta, Georgia on April 17th. For more, visit

Faculty Matthew Derrick, Geography

Matthew Derrick, assistant professor in the Department of Geography, recently published a chapter titled “Territoriality and the Muslim Spiritual Boards of Russia” in The Changing World Religion Map (New York: Springer), edited by Stan Brunn.

Faculty Kevin Fingerman, Environmental Science & Management

Humboldt State has received a 2014-2015 Campus as a Living Lab grant from the California State University. HSU will use the grant to redesign Energy, Technology & Society (ENVS 370), an upper level course that explores technical, economic and policy changes concerning energy generation and use.

The Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program provides funds for teams of faculty and facilities staff to develop or redesign of a course that ties elements of sustainability into opportunities for learning using the campus physical plant. Funds of up to $12,000 are awarded to support the teams in the preparation of the proposed course.

Week of: Apr 19, 2015

Student Jesus Perez, Sociology

Jesus Perez’s senior thesis “Latina/o Self-Identified Students at HSU: Beyond Their Freshmen Year” was selected for the 2015 Distinguished Undergraduate Student Paper Award from the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA).

Faculty Gil Kline, Music

Professor Gil Cline, Department of Music, has been recognized by the international music world via inclusion of his biography in the recent German publication “Das grosse Buch der Trompete” (“The Big Book of the Trumpet”) A survey of accomplished, leading trumpet performers from around the globe, this honor stems in large part to his practical research on renaissance and baroque trumpets, which have led to performances of historic music on the natural trumpet, without valves, having no additional tuning conveniences. Locally, his Trumpet Consort von Humboldt, comprised of Cline, HSU undergrads, and recent graduates, explores the performance of music from 1500 – 1850 in a variety of settings, from concert hall to outdoor amphitheater, and from land to sea. TCvH was a hit in New York City at the 2012 Second International Symposium of the Historic Brass Society.

Faculty Marcy Burstiner, Journalism & Mass Communication

Professor Marcy Burstiner, chair of the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, was accepted as one of 12 journalism instructors from Hispanic Serving Institutions to attend the Dow Jones Multimedia Training Academy. The intensive workshop in El Paso, Texas, is scheduled for May.

Staff Shannon Childs, Stephanie Lane, Tom Trepiak, Athletics

Shannon Childs, Stephanie Lane and Tom Trepiak, along with three student-athletes, received a grant from the NCAA to attend the APPLE Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, on April 17-19. The APPLE conference identifies seven areas where athletics departments can impact substance abuse among student-athletes: recruitment, expectations & attitudes, policies, education, drug testing, sanctioning and counseling & referral. The goal of the conference is to promote student-athlete health and wellness by empowering teams of student-athletes and administrators to create an institution-specific action plan.

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