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Week of: May 13, 2018

Faculty Professor Marissa O'Neill, Social Work

Professor Marissa O’Neill published in May 2018 Journal of Public Child Welfare: “IV-E or not IV-E, that is the question: comparisons of BSW Child Welfare Scholars and matched trainee confidence and retention”


Our longitudinal study examined the effectiveness of BSW IVE Scholar training compared with a matched cohort of traditionally trained employees. The BSW IV-E Scholars felt significantly more prepared than their traditionally-trained coworkers. BSW IV-E Scholars were significant investment of training dollars for IV-E at the Federal, state, and local levels.


Faculty Professor Jen Maguire, Social Work

Professor Jen Maguire recent panelist for the Assembly Committee hearing on Campus Climate

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the California State Capitol, HSU Department of Social Work Professor Jen Maguire served as a panelist for the Assembly Select Committee hearing on Campus Climate.

The hearing, chaired by Assembly Member Shirley N. Weber, included input from California Community Colleges, CSUs, and UCs advocating for college student basic needs and a Q&A;with the Legislators.

Student Dominique Birdsong, Art

Graduating senior and Honors Painting participant Dominique Birdsong, was selected by her painting professors, Teresa Stanley and Gina Tuzzi, to participate in the 10th Annual Art of Painting Conference and Exhibit at John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, California in March. The exhibit featured the work of 20 top young college student painters from across the state. The exhibit and conference is geared towards nurturing dialog on contemporary painting and fostering interaction between young artists and established professionals in the field. A full-color catalog featuring Dominique’s work, as well the work of other top students, was produced.

Student Dominique Birdsong, Art

Graduating senior and Honors Painting participant Dominique Birdsong, has been accepted into the MFA program at the Royal College of Art in London, England. The Royal College of Art offers postgraduate degrees to students from over 60 countries and is considered to be the world’s leading art and design university, according to a recent international survey. It has also been consistently placed first in the OS World University Rankings. Dominique was accepted into the program through a highly competitive selection process, submitting paintings from her “Trapped” series, paintings that explore issues of identity and loss. You can see more of her work at

Faculty Sarah Jaquette Ray, Environmental Studies

Dr. Ray has been invited to speak on “Coming of Age at the End of the World: Eco-grief and the Climate Generation,” at UC-Santa Barbara on June 1.

Week of: May 06, 2018

Faculty Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association Faculty Award Winners, Various

The ERFA Faculty Awards winners were honored on May 8 at the University Senate Reception. This year’s winners are:

Barbara Clucas, Department of Wildlife
Melissa Hawkins, Department of Biological Sciences
Margarita Otero-Diaz, Environmental Resources Engineering
Michihiro Clark Sugata, Department of Sociology

The website for the awards is:

Student Geography Students, Geography

Humboldt came home with several top awards from the 72nd Annual California Geographical Society meeting in Sacramento. The 18 current students, along with alumni, who attended represented HSU Geography with strong enthusiasm and professionalism.

We had three student awardees. Samuel Wood won first place for the Cartography Paper Competition. Joshua Shindelbower won second place for the Cartography Paper Competition. Quint Migliardi won third place for the Digital Cartography Competition, and several of our students landed Student Travel Awards. Well done!

Photos and more information here.

Student Geography Students, Geography

Congratulations to our 2018 Geography scholarship recipients! At the annual awards BBQ, scholarships and awards were distributed thanks to the generosity of alumni and other donors. A new Kosmos award was created this year for leadership and creativity in geospatial science and cartography. Congratulations to recipients Miyako Namba (Dr. John L. Harper Memorial Scholarship), Hartford Johnson (Herring Geography Scholarship), Quint Migliardi (Dr. Joseph S. Leeper Scholarship), Kevin Greer (Suzanne Wetzel Seemann Scholarship), Amy Lautamo (Webb Bauer Award), Andrew Gibbs (Excellence of Scholarship, National Council for Geographic Education), Joshua Shindelbower and Gilbert Trejo (Kosmos Awards)

Faculty Barbara Klessig, Anthropology

Barbara Klessig has been invited to teach an experimental archaeology workshop in textiles at the University College Dublin,Ireland May 18th to students in their MSc in Experimental Archaeology.

Week of: Apr 29, 2018

Student Club Chemistry Club, Chemistry

The Chemistry Club, “The Free Radicals” received two awards from The American Chemical Society. They received a commendable student chapter award and the green chemistry award! Students in this club actively participate in outreach and fun science activities as well as career building workshops.

Student Mele’ana ‘Akolo, Charles Biles, John Cortenbach, John Dellysse, Sean Haas, Buddhika Madurapperuma, Carla Quintero, Library

Congratulations to authors accepted in vol. 2 of HSU’s peer-reviewed Ideafest Journal. Publication forthcoming at
Mele’ana ‘Akolo “A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Work with Koloa in the Tongan Community”
Charles Biles “Teaching Apportionment”
John Cortenbach and Buddhika Madurapperuma “Survey and Map Distribution of English Ivy at Patrick’s Point”
John Dellysse and Buddhika Madurapperuma “Developing a Coastal GIS Model of Sri Lanka to Pinpoint Areas at Risk of Tsunamis”
Sean Haas “Searching for a Connection between Radio Emissions and UV/Optical Absorption in Quasars”
Carla Quintero “How Many Quasars Have Extremely High Velocity Outflows?”

Faculty Cyndy Phillips, English

Cyndy Phillips has formed a local independent press, SequoiaSong Publications, which specializes in bringing voices and art to print that might not otherwise make it to mainstream publishing. SequoiaSong’s first publication (in conjunction with HSU Press)—a children’s bilingual picture book written by Peter Jain and illustrated by South Bay and Pine Hill Elementary School students— will be released at Arts Arcata on May 11, 5:30-7p.m, at Wrangletown Cider Company, 1350 9th Street, Arcata.
The book serves as a fundraiser to support the music, art, and library programs of South Bay Union Elementary Schools.

Staff Housing & Residence Life, Housing & Residence Life

Humboldt State University has been featured in Unique Venues magazine, in an article titled “The Time of Your Life: 8 colleges and universities provide one-of-a-kind experiences.”

View the magazine online at

Faculty Ramona Bell, Cheryl Johnson, Lisa Castellino, David Hickcox, Amber L Blakeslee, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In her work in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ramona Bell was a part of a team who received a $200,000 grant from the CSU Office of the Chancellor for Advancing Faculty Diversity. The grant, awarded Fall 2017, is to help support the retention and recruitment of underrepresented faculty of color.

Faculty Amy Rock, Geography

Amy Rock and Ryan Malhoski have co-authored Mapping with ArcGIS Pro, a practical approach to cartographic design and decision-making with tutorials for ArcGIS Pro and integration into ArcGIS Online.

Student Jeremy S. Johnson, Noah K. Dunkley, Gabriela D. Martinez, Anthony E. Sanchez, and C.D. Hoyle, Physics & Astronomy

Congratulations to these student and faculty authors for the successful publication of an article titled “Novel Tests of Gravity Below Fifty Microns” in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of The National Conferences On Undergraduate Research (NCUR), 2017. Jeremy Johnson also presented this work at the conference itself, which was held in Memphis, TN in April, 2017.

Student Nicholas Hernandez, Physics & Astronomy

Nicholas Hernandez presented a poster providing a research update on work being done in the HSU Gravitational Physics Laboratory at the 2018 April Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS), which was held in Columbus, OH April 13-17.

Faculty Katia Karadjova, Library

Librarian Katia Karadjova was awarded a scholarship by the Society for College & University Planning (SCUP) to present at the SCUP 2018 annual conference in Nashville, TN, July 14-17. She will be presenting jointly with the Dean of Libraries at Drexel University in a panel session, Assessing Library Spaces as Learning Environments Goes Beyond Measuring Occupancy.

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