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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.

Week of: Sep 13, 2015

Archaeologists From Poland Visit Campus Thursday Anthropology

Dr. Arkadiusz Koperkiewicz and Dr. Marek Polcyn, archaeologists from Poland, will be on campus to next week to present a lecture on their ongoing studies of the medieval archaeological complex at Bezławki, Poland.

The distinguished professors will present a lecture open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in BSS 166, followed by a reception with snacks and drinks. There will also be a meet-and-greet on Sept. 25, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the University Banquet Room.

The Bezlawki Archaelogical Complex is a medieval archaeological site in Poland during an eventful time of religious transition and Teutonic Knights. Bezławki is the location of the Medieval Bioarchaeology in Poland field school run jointly through HSU Anthropology at the Slavia Foundation. Drs. Koperkiewicz and Polcyn also work at many other fascinating historical and archaeological sites across Poland.

Sponsors of the event are the Center for International Programs, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, College of eLearning and Extended Education, College of Natural Resources, and the Office of Research, Economic, and Community Development.

Week of: Sep 06, 2015

Students Explore Resource Use in the Mattole Valley Environment & Community Master of Arts Program

Students in the Environment and Community Master of Arts (E&C) program at Humboldt State University study the diverse relationships between environment and community. In 2015, a new field-based course introduced the class to place-based social science research through an immersive 5-day trip to the Mattole Valley.

From August 17th through the 21st, 10 students – along with instructors Erin Kelly of the Forestry and Wildland Resources Department and Flora Brain of the Mattole Restoration Council – learned about the history and future of resource use in the Mattole from restorationists, ranchers, foresters, and marijuana growers. Students visited ranches and forest lands, plant nurseries and community centers, and learned about how Mattole residents live in an isolated but beloved part of Humboldt County. Student Megan Frederickson said that, “learning how the community works together despite all their differences was probably the most fascinating to me. It was stepping back in time almost.”

One of the goals of the course was to provide an introduction to research for new graduate students. Student Timothy Masters said that the course “provided a real-world context to help me better conceptualize what social science research actually looks like.” As a follow-up to the field course, E&C;students are writing and presenting research prospectuses based on data collected in the field.

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