Alumni News & Profiles
Skye Parker (’14, Construction Management) stumbled into kite surfing by accident. A few years ago, he posted an ad on Craigslist for one of his old surfboards. There was a potential buyer, but he wanted to swap: Parker’s surfboard for a bunch of old kite surfing gear.
If you’ve ever walked through the Wildlife & Fisheries Building, you’ve probably seen Mike Peters’ (’87, Wildlife Management) work.
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It was 2003 and James Adams (’13, Music) had just earned a certificate in electronics technology from College of the Redwoods. He was ready to re-enter the workforce, he recalls, but felt as though something was missing.
A Selection of clippings about HSU Alumni from around the world.
For Terria Smith (’08), journalism is more than just storytelling, it’s about helping people find their voice.
Smith is a multimedia producer and editor for FNX: First Nations Experience, a southern California based television station that covers issues affecting indigenous people and Native Americans.
When Eddie Scher (’81, Political Science) and Heidi Chien teamed up to create a tasty dipping sauce for their popular beef skewers on campus in the early 80s, they had no idea their tiny operation would become a national sensation.
Every year, dedicated HSU Alumni Ambassadors reach out to students in their own hometowns. Through one-on-one chats, college fairs and trips to local high schools, these alumni are helping to recruit the next generation of HSU students.
Assistant Director of Admissions Stacie Lyans recently wrote a thank-you note to all the alumni who participated in last year’s recruiting efforts. Read on for more.
Ask Paul Chamberlain (’06, Math & Physics) how his HSU education helps him in his career today and he’ll tell you about crew.
Kaitlin Yarnall (‘05, Geography) remembers Humboldt State’s Cartography Lab fondly. It’s the place where she learned the basics of mapping, design and Geographic Information Systems—all skills that later helped land her first job.
Where in the world do HSU graduates end up? Using the current locations 50,000+ alumni, Geography major Stephen Magnum set out to help illustrate the answer.
The International Studies Major at HSU has gone from strength to strength and now has over 100 students. As the program continues to expand, changes are afoot to improve the core, consolidate the number of concentrations and improve community as well as build career support. This will involve more focus on the political, economic and cultural drivers of globalization in the core and the creation of a new 200 level course in culture and a capstone class for majors.
This year, several graduating students wrote about their journeys to earning a degree from HSU and where that degree will take them.
Michael Kew (’98 Journalism) might have failed his first journalism class in community college. But he didn’t let that deter him from pursuing his passion— writing. Now Kew is getting ready to publish his first book, a collection of surf tales gathered over his career.
Chad Miller, (‘03 Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation), was recently accepted to the Navy Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif. His focus? Learning how to detect where terrorists are gathering materials to build improvised explosive devices
Jeff Johnson’s (‘83) foray into editorial cartooning began with a chalkboard outside the science department stockroom. On work breaks, he would fill the board with caricatures of Humboldt professors.
A duo of HSU alumni is exploring the depths of our ocean floors with the non-profit organization Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE). HSU student writer Ashley Ward caught up with alumni Andy Lauermann (‘00, Marine Biology) and Yuko Yokozawa (‘07, Oceanography) to discuss the group’s current projects.
For many alumni, careers and community activism begin after graduating from Humboldt State. But for Steven Dixon (’10, Economics) a career and an active role in his community were part of his life before beginning his HSU education. And he hasn’t stopped since.
Alum Carmen King (‘08, Economics) is using her passion for sustainability to help businesses and organizations reap the benefits of going green.