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Week of: Oct 04, 2015

HSU, Redwood Coast Tsunami Workgroup Host Regional Earthquake, Tsunami Workshop Geology

Geoscientists and educators from Humboldt State University and the Redwood Coast Tsunami Workgroup collaborated with the National Science Foundation-funded Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP; and the Southern California Earthquake Center for a four-day workshop for coastal northern California educators.

Twenty-seven K-12 teachers, park/museum interpreters, and emergency management educators from Humboldt and Del Norte counties participated in an intensive introduction to the science of earthquakes and tsunami in our region and how to best communicate preparedness information.

The workshop was held October 9-12 on the Humboldt State University campus and included a field trip of sites in coastal Humboldt and Del Norte Counties on Saturday, Oct. 10. The workshop is the sixth in a series by CEETEP and the first to be held in California.

ShakeOut Drill Scheduled For Thursday Geology

Humboldt State’s campus community is encouraged to participate in the Great California ShakeOut Drill (, an annual event to practice what to do when you feel an earthquake. The drill is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m.

To participate, start by setting your cell phone or watch alarm for 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.  At that time, drop to the ground or floor, cover yourself by getting under a table or desk (or if outside protect your head with an arm), and hold on for 60 seconds. Drop, cover, and hold.

Videos prepared by HSU Geology Professor Emerita Lori Dengler about exactly what to do, can be viewed at  This emergency management website also has summaries about how to respond in many other types of emergency.

View a video about the California Shakeout designed to be played during the drill at

Week of: Sep 27, 2015

Testing Center Improvements Testing Center

Humboldt State University’s Testing Center has recently made some changes and improvements to its services for students and instructors.
We would like to discuss the various changes that the Testing Center has implemented, as well as answer any questions that your department may have regarding HSU’s Testing Center services. Some topics we would like to cover are:
*Online Forms
*Make-Up Exam Requests
*SDRC Accommodated Exams - How does this procedure work?
*Reminder Emails
*Online Exams (i.e, GRE, PearsonVue, etc.,)
*Ongoing Projects
Please consider having the Testing Center speak at your next department meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ext. 5661. 

Week of: Sep 20, 2015

Obituary for Professor Emeritus E. Larry Squires, Dept. of English English

Professor Emeritus E. Larry Squires, a longtime faculty member in the Department of English (1965-1983), passed away on Sept. 1. His obituary, originally published in the Times-Standard, is below:

EDGAR LARRY SQUIRES June 10, 1925 to September 1, 2015. Edgar Larry Squires of Alameda CA died of natural causes September 1, 2015, at Shady Lane Rest Home in Richmond, CA. He was born on June 10, 1925, to Edgar Larry Squires Sr. and Gladys Marsden in Salt Lake City Utah. Larry was a thoughtful, gentleman and an avid tennis player, skier and master martini maker. He loved art and music, especially Brahms whom he called the most celestial of composers.

During WWII Larry, a graduate of USCG Officers School in Alameda, served with the Merchant Marines. Later his love of literature drew him to academia. He attended the University of Utah, earned a B.A. from San Francisco State University, an M.A from UCLA and a Ph.D. in English Literature from UC Davis.

He enjoyed being the proverbial English major and his life’s work was as professor of English Literature at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA for 30 years.

Surviving Larry Squires are his wife April and children Eliot of Utah, Nicole Marca of California, Michelle Squires of Iowa, Remy Squires of California and Stephanie Niedermeyer of Oregon.

Larry’s guides for life were Thomas Hanzo, friend and UC Davis graduate adviser, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Jesus Christ. For his wife April he was mentor, best friend and loving husband for 41 years. Their poem for each other is John Donne’s, “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning”. His last wish was that all his children be happy, and his last words were, “Let’s go home. All of us.” His final resting place is Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif.

Two Colleagues in Business Services Announce Retirement Business Services

Two of our colleagues in Business Services have announced their plans to retire: Carol Lorentzen will be retiring after 12 years with the University and Mike Burghart has given us notice that he plans to retire in January 2016 after 10 years of service.  Please congratulate Carol and Mike on their retirements!  They will leave big shoes to fill.

As is the case with every position vacancy, these retirements provide the opportunity to tune up organizational structure.  Vice President of Administrative Affaires Joyce Lopes has decided to reorganize the team with a focus on using resources more effectively and efficiently by eliminating the Associate Vice President of Business Services position and launching a search soon for Mike Burghart’s position.  The new organizational structure will broaden the team and provide the opportunity to focus on implementing strategic priorities.

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