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Week of: Nov 12, 2017

Student RHA Delegation, Housing and Residence Life

An RHA delegation from HSU recently was awarded Best Program at the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Conference in Eugene, Oregon. The conference is dedicated to promoting student intellectual, educational, cultural, physical and social welfare. Attendees design and facilitate programs that provide an avenue for existing students to achieve full participation in the life of the college community. This is the first time that HSU has won any award at the regional level in the history of HSU’s attendance.

HSU gave two presentations: “Dia de los Muertos” by Jose Balderrama, Stephanie Brito and Lizeth Guzman; and “Problems with Porn” by Joshua Sales, Selena Canchola, and Lola Mora. “Problems with Porn” won Best Program.

The entire HSU Delegation included:

Hernan Rico – Advisor
Destiny Mendoza – President of RHA
Nicole Laureano – National Communications Coordinator for RHA
Joshua Sales – Vice President of Administration for RHA
Lizeth Guzman – President of NRHH
Jose Balderrama – National Communications Coordinator for NRHH
Selena Canchola – President of Creekview Council
Lola Mora – First year delegate
Stephanie Brito – First year delegate

Faculty Susan Abbey, Theatre, Film & Dance

Susan Abbey, lecturer in the Theatre, Film, and Dance department, recently served as a judge on the CSU Faculty Pre-Screening Committee for the CSU Media Arts Festival held Nov.4 at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Faculty Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Geology

Geoscientists Without Borders funded a two year $100k project to complete a sustainable water project in the highlands of Perú. Jasper Oshun and Margaret Lang will lead a small group of students to Perú next summer to map the geology, explore surface runoff patterns and learn novel shallow geophysical techniques to determine the extent of the aquifer. These data will be used to design a water reservoir and agricultural canal system. They will return in the summer of 2019 to support the community in the construction phase. The canal will allow for year round agriculture, directly benefitting over 120 families.

Week of: Nov 05, 2017

Student Derrick Murrietta, Justin Andrew, and Gabriel Haffner, Theatre, Film & Dance

Congratulations to Derrick Murrietta and Justin Andrew for winning First Place in the CSU Media Arts Festival for the short screenplay One in the Chamber.

Congratulations to Gabriel Haffner for receiving Fourth Place in the CSU Media Arts Festival for the short screenplay Change.

Faculty Barbara Klessig, Anthropology

Barbara has been invited to present at the Experimental Archaeology Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, November 16-18, 2017. The title of her presentation is “Experimental Archaeology: Experiments in String, Stone, Wood and Clay”. She will talk about the experiments conducted by students in ANTH 358 – Archaeology Lab, which included the hands-on construction of tools to create textiles and baskets and the creation of textiles themselves.

Faculty Kirby Moss, Journalism & Mass Communication

Journalism & Mass Communication Professor Kirby Moss recently was awarded a $4,000 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities award. He will use the funding to launch a new research project exploring cross cultural conversations.

In his research, Moss combines his expertise in anthropology with his experience in journalism. He’s the author of “The Color of Class: Poor Whites and the Paradox of Privilege,” which explores the incongruities of social class in a Midwest city.

Staff Connie Stewart, California Center for Rural Policy

The Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) is a thirty-five member county strong service organization that champions policies on behalf of California’s rural counties. This year, RCRC President and CEO Greg Norton recognized Ms. Connie Stewart as the recipient of the 2017 RCRC President’s Award.
Presented during RCRC’s Annual Meeting each September, the RCRC President’s Award was born out of the desire to publicly acknowledge individuals that take the time to go above and beyond their everyday roles to further advance the cause of rural counties.
There are two key public policy areas that Ms. Stewart brings much-needed expertise: rural health care, and broadband deployment.

Week of: Oct 29, 2017

Student Nick Thomas, Politics

Political Science major Nick Thomas recently returned from his internship with the Panetta Institute, which hosts students for its Congressional Internship Program beginning in mid-August with an intensive two-week course at the Institute and continues with a two-and-a-half month assignment with a California Congress member in Washington, D.C.

Faculty Janelle Adsit, English

Janelle Adsit’s book *Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing: Threshold Concepts to Guide the Literary Writing Curriculum” is now available from Bloomsbury. The book makes the argument that creative writing stands upon problematic assumptions about what counts as valid artistic production, and these implicit beliefs result in exclusionary pedagogical practices. To counter this tendency of creative writing, this book proposes a revised curriculum that rests upon 12 threshold concepts that can serve to transform the teaching of literary writing craft.

Student Monique Silva Crossman, Environmental Science & Management

Monique Silva Crossman, NR graduate student working with Dr. Alison O’Dowd, presented her research at the California Invasive Plant Council Symposium in Palm Springs, CA on Oct 25, 2017. The title of her poster was “Effects of manual and mechanical removal of Ammophila arenaria on coastal plant communities and dune morphology.”

Student Mason London, Biological Sciences

Biology graduate student Mason London presented his research at the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science meeting in Davis, CA on Oct 25, 2017. The title of his talk was “A comparison of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in perennial and intermittent headwater streams of the Mattole River in northern California, USA.”

Student Lara Jansen, Environmental Science & Management

Lara Jansen, NR graduate student working with Dr. Alison O’Dowd, presented her research at the California Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science meeting in Davis, CA on Oct 25, 2017. The title of her talk was “Integration of Western Science and Indigenous Science to Inform Management of the Upper Eel River.” Lara’s co-presenter was Leke Hutchins, a UC Berkeley undergraduate who participated in HSU’s Rroulou’sik REU program last summer.

Faculty Armeda Reitzel, Communication

On October 25, 2017 Dr. Armeda Reitzel was elected to the position of Chair of the Access Humboldt Board of Directors for 2017-2018. This is Dr. Reitzel’s fourth year in a row to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

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