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Week of: Apr 11, 2021
Virtual Open Forum with Chancellor Joseph I. Castro » Humboldt State University is excited to host a virtual visit with the new California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro on Tuesday, April 27.
Spring 2021 Magazine: Year of Resilience » Read how the Lumberjack community adapted and thrived during a year like no other, catch up on alumni, see student, staff, and faculty achievements, and more.
Week of: Apr 04, 2021
Speaker Series: Leading Voices in Environmental Justice » This Spring, scholars, researchers, and activists in environmental justice and clean energy technology join Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center for its 2021 Sustainable Futures speaker series.
Students Researchers Vie Among State’s Best in Annual CSU Competition » A group of Humboldt State University students has been selected to represent the campus in the 35th Annual California State University Student Research Competition. Held remotely for the second year in a row, the 2021 competition will be virtually hosted by Cal Poly Pomona on Friday, April 30  and Saturday, May 1.
Earth Week is Every Week: Celebrate this April » Members of the HSU community are invited to celebrate Earth Week virtually, April 19-23. The 2021 theme is “Regeneration.”
Unique ‘Corpse Flower’ Blooms in HSU Greenhouse » One of the planet’s most unusual flowering plants, Amorphophallus konjac, is commonly known as the corpse flower for its distinctive and downright fleshy smell. This week, Humboldt State University’s very own corpse flower has bloomed, thrusting its burgundy stalk skyward and releasing a pungent aroma into the subtropical dome of the campus greenhouse.
Humboldt State Unveils New Athletics Logo » Humboldt State student-athletes are taking to the courts and fields with a new logo.
Standout Faculty and Graduate Student Named McCrone Scholars » The Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation has announced the 2021 winners of the McCrone Promising Faculty Scholars Award and the the Alistair and Judith McCrone Graduate Fellowship.
Week of: Mar 28, 2021
Spring 2021 Commencement: Plan for Limited In-Person Ceremonies » Humboldt State University is excited to announce that it will host a series of limited in-person Commencement ceremonies in Redwood Bowl on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15.
HSU Partners with CapRadio to Manage KHSU » Humboldt State University has signed a Management and Programming Agreement with Capital Public Radio (CapRadio) to manage KHSU and the other non-commercial NPR member stations licensed to the University.
HSU Enters Licensing Partnership to Advance and Protect Brand » Humboldt State University today announced a new collegiate licensing partnership with Affinity Licensing effective today, April 1, 2021.
Study: Economic Impact of California State University and HSU » A new economic impact study illustrates the California State University’s significant and varied economic contributions to the state’s economy including a return of nearly seven dollars for every dollar invested in the university by California.
On Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls » Humboldt State University Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies Mary Oling-Sisay has contributed two original works to a newly released book titled, “Teaching Beautiful Brilliant Black Girls.” Designed to help white teachers understand and connect to Black students in their classrooms and communities, the textbook is a collective call to action for educational justice and racial equity.
Week of: Mar 21, 2021
Polytechnic Self-Study Update » The following is a letter to the campus community from Jenn Capps, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Lisa Bond-Maupin, Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President.
Planning for Fall 2021 Classes » With the anticipation of changes to safety guidelines by the state, Humboldt State University plans to expand the number of face-to-face course offerings in Fall 2021 that were originally announced last month.
$949,000 Grant Opens Doors for Underrepresented STEM Students (w/ Video) » Microbes are all around us—in the air, our water, the earth, even our gut (think “good” bacteria)—and grow within all living things. What happens when microbes originating from one host migrate to another? Why does this matter? Humboldt State University students will explore these questions thanks to a prestigious $949,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to Biology Professor Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler.
Women’s History Month: A Time to Celebrate Diversity » Since Humboldt State’s first graduating class of 15 women in 1915, the University has a legacy of celebrating and empowering women. This March, HSU honors thought leaders, scientists, activists, and scholars in the HSU community during Women’s History Month.
Week of: Mar 14, 2021
Student-led Mural Contest Beautifies Campus » A few years ago, Allison Muench noticed that the College of Natural Resources & Sciences (CNRS) building at Humboldt State University could use some sparkle. Perhaps a new mural.
New Food Sovereignty Lab will Promote Research, Indigenous Representation, Tribal Collaboration » A groundbreaking facility at Humboldt State University is in the works to explore healthy, traditional Indigenous food systems and highlight Indigenous representation.
HSU Spending Priorities and Investments from Federal Emergency Funding » Humboldt State University has announced allocations of the $12 million in funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Since the initial campus call for feedback, HSU received an additional $1 million in federal Minority-Serving Institution funding, increasing the total second round funding allocations from $11 million to $12 million.
HSU Bookstore Moving to Downtown Arcata » The Humboldt State University Bookstore—which sells apparel, gifts, and other merchandise along with textbooks—is moving to the former Pacific Outfitters building, just off the Plaza on G Street. The store is expected to open in its new location by July 1.
Week of: Mar 07, 2021
CSU Statement on Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund » California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro today released the following statement on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), provided through the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021:
Week of: Feb 28, 2021
HSU Menus Expanded, Plus More Affordable Meal Plans Ahead for Fall » With the Spring semester underway, HSU Dining is pleased to offer Lumberjacks a look forward to fall with new meal plans, overview of recent dining enhancements, and a continued focus on providing an innovative culinary experience on campus.
Presidential Speaker Series: George Yancy » The second presentation in Humboldt State University’s Presidential Speaker Series begins Wednesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. with a presentation by Emory University Professor George Yancy.
Staff Recognized with Annual Awards » Much of the success of Humboldt State University depends on the dedication, experience and skill of our staff.
Seismic Retrofit Project Nearly Done » The seismic retrofit work on the Humboldt State University Library and Theatre Arts building is nearly complete.
In Small, Seismically Unique Area, Group Preparing the World for Earthquakes and Tsunamis » In 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan and caused damage across the Pacific. A unique volunteer network of professionals—based in the most seismically active area of the continental U.S.—is marking the 10-year anniversary of the disaster while continuing to raise awareness about tsunami and earthquake preparedness.
Upcoming Polytechnic Open Forums » Humboldt State's Polytechnic Self-Study continues as steering and working groups have been formed to address a wide range of topics associated with the possible designation.
Week of: Feb 21, 2021
Student Athletes Returning to Play » Humboldt State University student-athletes are cautiously returning to training, practice, and exhibition games this spring.
Identity, Healthcare, and a Side of Humor at the 27th Annual Social Justice Summit » The Social Justice Summit returns virtually to Humboldt State University this March for the 27th annual event. Hosted by the Social Justice, Equity, & Inclusion Center, the 2021 theme is “Healthcare and Wellness: The Intersection of Identity and Care."
New UPD Police Chief Anthony Morgan Views Role as Opportunity for Positive Change » Anthony Morgan is Humboldt State’s newest chief of police and the first African American to hold the position in the University’s history. Arriving in Humboldt with a long career in law enforcement, Morgan is excited about living in the redwoods and working hand-in-hand with the HSU community.
Humboldt State University Unveils Vision for the Future » Humboldt State University announced a bold new vision in its “Future Forward: 2021-2026 Strategic Plan,” which outlines the University’s purpose, values, and goals for the next five years.
Week of: Feb 14, 2021
NorCal SBDC Initiative to Bring $100 Million to 1,000 Black-owned Businesses » Looking to take a bite out of COVID-19 losses and rebuild a suffering segment of the economy, The Inclusivity Project launched this month with the goal of securing $100 million for 1,000 Black-owned businesses.
Shahrooz Roohparvar Named VP for Administration and Finance » Shahrooz Roohparvar has been appointed the Vice President for Administration and Finance. He begins his role on May 1, 2021.
Week of: Feb 07, 2021
Firearm Arrest on Campus » Humboldt State University Police arrested three people on Saturday, Feb. 6 after responding to a disturbance report from a campus residence hall.
Campus Burglary Suspect Identified as Arson Suspect Already in Custody » A man arrested by Arcata Police on suspicion of arson on Saturday, Feb. 6, was also determined to be the suspect in several campus burglaries over the past few weeks.
Humboldt Tenant-Landlord Education Program Builds Community » In collaboration with Humboldt State University and community partners, the Humboldt Tenant-Landlord Collaboration (HTLC) has launched a new educational program designed to promote best practices for tenants and landlords.
Week of: Jan 31, 2021
International Education Week Brings the World to HSU » Humboldt State University is celebrating its 21st year participating in International Education Week, Feb. 8-12.
College Chats Connect High School and Local Community College Students with HSU Professors » This Spring, high school students and their families are invited to a series of College Chats with Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods professors from a variety of departments.
University Expands Title IX Office to Focus on Prevention and Support » Despite procedural changes to Title IX at the federal level in 2020, Humboldt State University has expanded services to provide support and resources to survivors of sexual violence.
Humboldt State University Welcomes Chartwells Higher Education as New Campus Food Service Provider » There is plenty to be excited about this Spring semester as Humboldt State and Chartwells Higher Education are collaboratively planning to transform the on-campus dining experience.
HSU Receives $16 Million in New Federal Stimulus Funding » Millions of dollars in additional federal emergency funding is on the way to support Humboldt State University during the pandemic.
Planning for Fall Classes and Operations » Planning for Fall 2021 is underway, which will include assessing the options for providing a modest increase in face-to-face course offerings, as well as the capacity to safely house a limited number of students, expand face-face student activities if able, and maintain day-to-day operations.
Week of: Jan 24, 2021
AWEsome Business Competition Fuels Big, Bold, and Green Ideas » To bolster local entrepreneurship and help build more resilient and regenerative communities, Humboldt State University and the local community launched a competition designed to support sustainable business ventures in agriculture, water, or energy in Northern California.
Campus Safety Bulletin: Attempted Burglary on Campus » The University Police Department is advising the Humboldt State University community to be on the alert for an individual who attempted to burglarize College Creek Marketplace.
Career & Volunteer Expo 2021: A Virtual 2-Day Event! » The Academic & Career Advising Center (ACAC) and the Center for Community Based Learning are pleased to announce that the annual Career & Volunteer Expo, held every February, will span two days, Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 11, from noon-4 p.m. to better accommodate employers and students in the Handshake virtual platform.
Black Liberation Month: Distinguished Speaker Series this February » In collaboration with campus and community partners, Humboldt State University’s African American Center for Academic Excellence (AACAE), will host a virtual speakers series in honor of Black Liberation Month this February. The 2021 theme is “Mapping Our Routes to Liberation.” The five distinguished speakers will discuss systemic racism and digital media, food sovereignty, and financial equity.
Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods Continue to Strengthen Partnership » Humboldt State and College of the Redwoods are continuing to partner in dynamic ways to advance higher education in the North Coast community.
First Two Events Set for New Presidential Speaker Series » This Spring will see the launch of Humboldt State University’s Presidential Speaker Series, which each year will feature national and international experts on issues regarding higher education and of specific interest to HSU and the North Coast.
Week of: Jan 17, 2021
Staying Connected: Mindfulness & Mental Health Resources » In 2020, HSU students logged in from bedrooms, kitchens, and dorm rooms to get mental health support and stay connected through HSU’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) remote programming.
The Glass Half Full or Half Empty: HSU Publishes Famed Altruism Researcher’s Latest Book » What direction is our world going and what kind of future will our children inherit? Founder of the Altruistic Behavior Institute, Dr. Samuel P. Oliner explores this question in his latest work: What Kind of Future Will Our Children Inherit?
Center Activities Transitions to Athletics in Move to Continue and Improve Programs » Humboldt State University Athletics and Center Activities are working to improve student and community programming and services, while former University Center employees have been transitioned to HSU to continue their hard work on these programs.
Information on the Transition of UC Services » After careful consideration, the California State University and Humboldt State University have decided to formally end the CSU’s operating agreement with University Center.
Week of: Jan 10, 2021
HSU Celebrates MLK with Civic Engagement and Community Organizing Workshops » Humboldt State University will host A Morning of Civic Engagement and Community Organizing Workshops in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 18. LaTosha Brown, a thought leader, social strategist, and co-founder of Black Voters Matter, will provide a keynote address beginning at 9:30 a.m.
CenterArts Planning for Fall Season and Beyond » As the transition of University Center services continues, student services staff is looking at ways to improve student and community programming in coming years.
Session on Enhancing Student Experience and UC Transition » There has been significant interest on campus regarding plans to enhance student services and programs, as well as on the status of the University Center transition.
Young Screenplay Writers Named Winners at CSU Media Arts Festival » A Humboldt State student and recent graduate have been recognized for their creativity and talent across California State University at the 30th annual CSU Media Arts Festival.
Dr. Elavie Ndura Named AVP for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion » Dr. Elavie Ndura has been appointed the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Campus Diversity Officer for Humboldt State University. She begins in this new role on Jan. 4.
Psychology Research Links Social Isolation to COVID-19 Protocol Resistance » As health officials continue to implore the public to wear masks and practice social distancing, recent research by Humboldt State University Psychology Professor Amber Gaffney provides key insights into connections between social isolation, conspiratorial thinking, and resistance to COVID-19 protocols.
Week of: Jan 03, 2021
University Continues with Transition of UC Services » The transition of services managed by University Center is underway. Humboldt State University is working diligently to transition all University Center services effective January 9, with immediate priorities being continuity of services and retaining as many UC employees as possible.
Statement on Governor’s 2021-22 January Budget Proposal » “Governor Newsom’s 2021-22 January budget proposal provides a welcome reinvestment in the California State University and demonstrates his continued belief in the power of public higher education in developing future leaders of our state and improving the lives of the residents of California," says California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro.
UC Employee Transition Underway » Humboldt State University’s Office of Human Resources is working to complete the transition of University Center employees into new positions.
Week of: Dec 20, 2020
CSU and HSU to End Agreement with University Center as HSU Reimagines Services to Students » After careful consideration, the California State University and Humboldt State University have decided to formally end the CSU’s operating agreement with University Center.
Frequently Asked Questions: Termination of Agreement and Operational Transition of Services to HSU » After careful consideration, the California State University and Humboldt State University have decided to formally end the CSU’s operating agreement with University Center. All services provided by University Center will continue under the direction of HSU as of the close of business on January 8, 2021.
HSU’s ‘Winter Wishes’ Provides Gifts for Local Kids » The HSU community chipped in again to provide holiday gifts for 124 local children in need.
Week of: Dec 13, 2020
Join a Virtual Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci Friday, Dec. 18 » Join CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White for a live-streamed conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The virtual event will also include a Q & A session between Dr. Fauci and CSU campus presidents.
Week of: Dec 06, 2020
California State University Anticipates Return to In-Person Coursework for Fall 2021 Term » The following was sent from the CSU Chancellor's Office:
More Than 130 Diverse Voices Published by HSU Press in 2020 » From youth poetry to cutting-edge climate research, Humboldt State publications and articles have been downloaded over 30,000 times by readers across the world in 2020.
A Tiny Difference in Genetics is Good News for Salmon Conservation » Biologists and anglers alike have long considered spring and fall run Chinook salmon to be different animals due to variations in fat content, maturity, and appearance. But a recent study sheds new light on how Chinook (or king) salmon are genetically quite similar and why this may help the native salmon population in the Klamath River.
‘Enrolling to Thriving:’ Diverse Male Scholars Initiative Enriches HSI Role » A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) since 2013, Humboldt State is continuing to holistically support students of color on their pathway to graduation with the Diverse Male Scholars Initiative.
Take a Deep Breath, Finals Week is Here - You Got This! » Every college semester ends with the age old tradition of exams.
Week of: Nov 29, 2020
CCAA Suspends Winter/Spring Conference Competition Schedule » The following message was sent by the California Collegiate Athletic Association:
Presidential Alumni Excel as Leaders in Higher Education » Four universities. One college. Five presidents. All have long and distinguished careers in higher education that began with degrees at Humboldt State University.
Cal State Apply Deadline Extended to December 15 » Prospective CSU students may file by December 15 to meet the priority application window for fall 2021.
Week of: Nov 22, 2020
Humboldt State Asked to Plan for Consideration to Be State’s Third Polytechnic » The California State University has asked Humboldt State University to undertake a self-study toward becoming designated a polytechnic.
Minecraft: Humboldt State Edition » In a higher education landscape that’s largely gone virtual in response to the global pandemic, the HSU community has a new option: exploring the Humboldt State campus in the digital world of Minecraft.
Student’s BLM Artwork Shines in National Spotlight » This October, Humboldt State senior Melanie Zhao was named a winner in Zumiez' "Stand Up Campaign," a nationwide contest for activism in the arts.
Week of: Nov 15, 2020
Students May Be at More at Risk for Hunger and Homelessness During COVID-19 » As the COVID-19 pandemic bears down on the country for a 10th consecutive month, college students are facing even greater challenges in meeting their basic needs.
Week of: Nov 08, 2020
California Teacher of the Year » Recognized for her leadership and innovation during a challenging educational climate, HSU School of Education instructor and HSU alumna Nora Wynne was named a 2021 California Teacher of the Year. This is the first time a Humboldt County educator has been recognized with the honor since 1996.
HSU Foundation Makes Major Local Investment » The Humboldt State University Foundation - the non-profit organization that accepts donations and manages the endowment for the University - has made a new investment in local real estate. It completed the purchase of nearly eight developable acres within one mile of campus that is known as Craftsman Mall.
Hundreds of Eighth Grade Students Get Inspired About College at Humboldt State » Despite the incalculable opportunity and financial mobility afforded by a college education, many young people don’t envision themselves at four-year universities--especially those facing the greatest hurdles to get there.
Students Stay Connected to Community Through Virtual Volunteerism » HSU students who volunteer through Youth Educational Services are keeping the spirit of community service alive and well in creative and remote ways during the pandemic, such as a pen pal program.
Alumna Named Cal State East Bay President » Rising through the ranks of higher education, Cathy A. Sandeen (’76, Speech Pathology) has now been named president at California State University East Bay (CSUEB). Sandeen, currently the chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), will take the helm on January 4, 2021.
Week of: Nov 01, 2020
Nursing and Social Work Certificate Takes a Holistic Approach to Community Health » Humboldt State University’s Nursing and Social Work programs are embarking on a cutting-edge partnership. A new two-year certificate program will offer Humboldt State University Social Work and Nursing students the opportunity to supplement their education with training and clinical hours focused on community health.
Future Forward Forums: Student Experience, Community Collaboration, Future Proofing » Humboldt State’s Strategic Plan is a blueprint of HSU’s vision and goals for the next five years. It’s a massive undertaking that hinges on ideas from many diverse voices — including yours.
Celebrating First-generation Students » Humboldt State joined thousands of campuses on Sunday in a virtual celebration of first-generation students.
Athletics Auction Raises $31,000 » Some of the top items at the 35th Annual Humboldt State University Department of Athletics were the Yeti Tundra Haul Cooler, Two-Night Stay and Dinner for Two at Albion Inn, and a Tom Brady Signed Autograph Football.
Enrollment in Graduate Programs Increases at HSU » Despite the uncertainty of higher education during the pandemic, Humboldt State experienced an 8% increase in the number of new graduate students from last year and the highest number since 2017.
Week of: Oct 25, 2020
Open Forums: Help Shape HSU’s Vision and Goals » Humboldt State’s Strategic Plan is a blueprint of HSU’s vision and goals for the next five years. It’s a massive undertaking that hinges on ideas from many diverse voices — including yours.
Week of: Oct 18, 2020
Study: Thinning and Prescribed Fire Treatments Reduce Tree Mortality » A recent study by the USDA Forest Service, Humboldt State, and other researchers suggests that if forests had been closer to their historic densities, tree mortality would likely not have been as severe.
We’re a ‘Green College’! » Humboldt State University is one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.
25 Years of Remembering: Heritage and Discourse in Native American Studies » Humboldt State University’s Native American Studies (NAS) program provides an essential Indigenous voice on campus. Due to the advocacy of early Indigenous students and faculty at HSU, the program, which turned 25 this year, is stronger than ever as it continues to refine HSU’s role as a leader in Native American scholarship.
Week of: Oct 11, 2020
Earthquake-Tsunami Fair Goes Virtual » The Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group and the Humboldt Earthquake Education Center at HSU partnered to create the Virtual Earthquake-Tsunami Fair, which launched this week, just in time for the Great ShakeOut this Thursday, October 15.
SJSU Football to Return to San José » San José State University’s football team will return to the SJSU campus following its morning practice on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Humboldt State Athletics 35th Annual Sports Auction Goes Virtual! » In light of precautions surrounding COVID-19, Humboldt State Athletics is moving the 35th Annual Sports Auction online to adhere to the regulations on large gatherings. This four-day virtual event will allow you the opportunity to still bid on items and services in support of our student-athletes.
HSU’s 22nd Annual Campus & Community Dialogue on Race Begins Oct. 26 » Humboldt State’s annual Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) will take place Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30. This year's theme is Global Justice for Black Lives: Examining the Past and Reimagining the Future.
How Eco-Friendly are we? See for Yourself … » Sometimes just stepping on the scale is enough inspiration to curb your consumption. Similarly, HSU’s new Sustainability Dashboard makes it easy to measure progress toward its ambitious sustainability targets.
Week of: Oct 04, 2020
Show off Your Humboldt State Spirit for Homecoming Week » Humboldt State Homecoming is going (mostly) virtual this year. From October 5 - 9, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to join HSU for a series of free Homecoming events.
Sponsored Programs Foundation Distributes $650k to HSU Research Community » Humboldt State University’s Sponsored Programs Foundation (HSU SPF) will distribute $656,822 to faculty, staff, and departments this year, based on their grant activity.
Indigenous Peoples’ Week with U.S. Poet Laureate » HSU's 27th annual Indigenous Peoples’ Week will feature virtual events that focus on indigenous policy, issues, and contributions and also expose the generational traumas resulting from the colonization of Indigenous peoples. Among the keynote speakers: U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.
Week of: Sep 27, 2020
San José State University Partners with HSU to Assist Football Team in Preparation for Season » San José State University and Humboldt State University, a fellow California State University institution, reached an agreement for the Spartan football team to continue its preparation for the 2020 football season at the Humboldt State campus in Arcata, Calif.
Humboldt State Hosts SJSU Football » Humboldt State University will be hosting the San José State University football team for training and practice ahead of the start of their 2020 season. The Spartans will live and practice on campus, all while essentially maintaining a bubble to prevent contact between the team, the campus, and the local community.
Scott G. VanScoy Named Interim HSUPD Chief » Scott G. VanScoy began as Interim University Police Chief at HSU on Sept. 29. VanScoy was most recently a Captain at CSU Northridge Police, which provides a range of law enforcement and public safety services for the campus of 40,000. He began in that department in 1998.
Week of: Sep 20, 2020
Update on the HSU University Center from the Office of the President » The following is a message from President Tom Jackson, Jr.
Athletics Year in Review » The 2019-20 season saw Humboldt State University Lumberjacks student-athletes exceeding in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in the community.
Joseph I. Castro Appointed Eighth CSU Chancellor » The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has appointed Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., to serve as the eighth chancellor of the California State University. Castro has served as the eighth president of California State University, Fresno since 2013. He is the first California native and first Mexican American to be appointed to oversee the 23-campus university. Castro will succeed Timothy P. White who is retiring after leading the university since late 2012.
Strategic Planning Process Kicks Off » Last spring, members of the campus community began creating Humboldt State's Strategic Plan (2021-2026). Essential to the improvement and growth of HSU, this plan will articulate who we are as an institution now, what we want to work toward together, and who we want to be in five years.
‘Science for All’ with Spanish-Language Education in STEM » An innovative new Humboldt State organization, Ciencia Para Todos, promotes “science for all” through bilingual education to inspire elementary school students to consider science majors in higher education. (Pictured are HSU students and Ciencia Para Todos members, Christian Trujillo and Diana Martinez, in February.)
Week of: Sep 13, 2020
CSU Trustees’ Award Winner Wants to Help Native Youth » From a young age, Julia Jones learned to depend on school for support. Today, she is working towards a career in law and counseling to help Native youth overcome challenges to attend college. Jones has been named a 2020 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement winner.
HSU Makes Wall Street Journal College Rankings » Humboldt State University ranked between 501-600 this year out of 797 institutions nationally, according to the newly released Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) College Ranking 2021.
U.S. News & World Report: HSU Among Top Public Schools in the West » Humboldt State is ranked as the 17th top public school in the west, and tied for 37th out of 127 public and private schools in the region, according to 2021 Best Colleges annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
HSU Reserves Residence Halls for Firefighters » HSU has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to house firefighters in unused residence halls on campus this fire season.
Week of: Sep 06, 2020
CSU Campuses to Continue with Predominantly Virtual Instruction for Academic Terms Beginning in Jan. » The CSU Chancellor's Office announced that all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses will continue with coursework primarily delivered virtually.
Introducing HSU’s New Seaweed Farm, a First for California [Video] » Humboldt Bay will be home to California's first commercial, open-water seaweed farm. This pilot project, led by Humboldt State University and supported by GreenWave, stands to kickstart an industry where environmental sustainability and economic benefits go hand in hand.
Donors Give More Than $6 million to Humboldt State University » Over the past year, thousands of donors gave more than $6 million in charitable support through the Humboldt State University Foundation and charitable grants in support of HSU students and programs.
HSU Plans for Spring 2021 Instruction » Based on new guidance provided today by the California State University system, Humboldt State University will continue offering most courses in a virtual format for Spring 2021.
Week of: Aug 30, 2020
HSU Receives $250,000 USDA Grant for Sustainable Food Systems Program » Humboldt State University is launching La Comida Nos Une (“Food Unites Us”), a program that examines the scientific, political, socioeconomic, and social justice aspects of sustainable food systems.
Fall Enrollment Looks Stronger Than Expected » Humboldt State University is seeing quite a few more students than expected this fall, with enrollment coming in above projections for both new and returning students.
HSU Named in Top 100 Colleges for Affordability and Graduate Degrees » Humboldt State University has once again been recognized as a top performing institution by Washington Monthly magazine’s national college guide.
Week of: Aug 23, 2020
Professors Recognized for Innovative Equity in STEM Leadership » Biological Sciences Professor Amy Sprowles and Wildlife Professor Matthew Johnson have received a Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award from the California State University for their transformative work in Place-Based Learning Communities at Humboldt State University.
Cycling Keeps You Young! » A new study by researchers at Humboldt State University is shedding light on an unexpected benefit of bicycling as an exercise in older adults.
Instructors Recognized for Excellence by Retired Faculty, Staff » The Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association (ERFSA) of Humboldt State University announced its selection of junior faculty who have demonstrated outstanding promise.
STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability Achievements » Humboldt State University has earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Week of: Aug 16, 2020
Humboldt State University Named to The Princeton Review’s “Best in the West” List » Humboldt State University is one of the 127 best colleges in the West according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists HSU in the Best in the West section of its '2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region.'
Week of: Aug 09, 2020
Humboldt State Eyes Changes to Re-energize Student Experience » Humboldt State University is looking to the future, focusing on new priorities and directions for the University Center (UC) to enhance the student experience.
Students Welcomed at Low-Key Move-In Day » Humboldt State University began welcoming students to the residence halls on Saturday’s move-in day, just a little over a week before the start of a very different Fall semester. The day offered a sense of how the pandemic has dramatically changed higher education.
Week of: Aug 02, 2020
Hearst Foundations Grant Supports HSU Student Success » A $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations is helping hundreds of Humboldt State University students meet their basic needs and stay on track to graduate.
New Funding for Program that’s Saved Students more than $1 Million on Textbooks » HSU continues to support affordable learning for students, with new funding from the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions program.
HSU Launches “Humboldt in the Time of COVID” Project » Now is your chance to tell your story about life during the coronavirus pandemic.
Week of: Jul 26, 2020
University Police Arrest Murder Suspects out of Virginia » On Wednesday, July 29, at 1:03 a.m., University Police Department Sergeant Joe Jones and Officer Billy Kijsriopas were on patrol at the University Corporation Yard, a satellite campus off of Samoa Boulevard in Arcata. They discovered an unoccupied vehicle with stolen plates parked on the east side of the building.
Changes Underway at UC to Enhance Campus Life » Humboldt State University is making changes at the University Center that are designed to make major improvements to services and programs for students.
Fall Semester Info Available on ‘Campus Ready’ website » HSU has launched a new website,, with detailed information about the preparations for the coming Fall semester.
Week of: Jul 19, 2020
CSU Trustees Approve Ethnic Studies and Social Justice General Education Requirement » The following was shared by the CSU Chancellor's Office: The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees voted today to approve an amendment to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. This amendment will modify the university’s General Education (GE) requirements to include a course addressing ethnic studies and social justice. This marks the first significant change to the university’s GE requirements in 40 years.
Donors Give Over $150,000 in Emergency Support for HSU Students » In the past year, donors have given $158,000 in emergency support for hundreds of Humboldt State University students. Gifts raised last year ensure that students can continue on their path to graduation, even during the pandemic.
Week of: Jul 12, 2020
HSU Plans for $5.9 Million in Federal CARES and MSI Funds » Humboldt State University has determined spending priorities for $5.9 million in federal funds received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act as well as the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program. Funds will be used to cover a portion of the University’s expenses related to the impact of COVID-19.
Week of: Jul 05, 2020
Humboldt Area Foundation and Donors Raise More Than $20,000 to Support HSU Dreamers » Thanks to the generosity of donors and the Humboldt Area Foundation, more than $20,000 was raised in support of Humboldt State University California Dream Act students in June. The funds will provide emergency financial support to Dreamers in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Week of: Jun 28, 2020
Professor Amber Gaffney Named Faculty Athletics Representative » Psychology Professor Amber Gaffney has been chosen as Humboldt State University’s Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).
Week of: Jun 14, 2020
HSU Reaffirms Support for Dreamers Following Supreme Court Ruling » The Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s effort to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a federal program that allows children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States.
HSU Awarded $15,000 NEA Grant for Humboldt County Reading Program » Humboldt State University received a $15,000 grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read throughout Humboldt County. An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
Robot Kits and STEAM Skills with HSU’s Robotics Camp » Humboldt State University’s popular summer Robotics Camp returns this July!
Week of: Jun 07, 2020
HSU Faculty Share Their Best Lectures » HSU’s College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences is kicking off the 2020 summer lecture series! Faculty from Humboldt State are hosting free lectures and workshops, which are open to the HSU community and the public. Be part of the online engagement, intellectual dialogue and some of the best lectures from HSU’s best teachers.
$7 Million in Federal Emergency Aid for HSU’s NorCal SBDC » HSU’s Northern California Small Business Development Center received $7 million in federal emergency funding to continue helping thousands of small businesses in Northern California during the pandemic.
Build Bridges and Connect Communities This Summer With HSU Library Programs » The HSU Library invites the community to join them this summer for the LifeLong Learning Lounge (L4HSU), a series of interactive workshops, programs, and personal professional development opportunities.
CSU: Police Chiefs Pledge to Implement Recommendations from The President’s Task Force » The California State University (CSU) released the following statement from the Chiefs of Police of the university’s 23 campus police departments:
Week of: May 31, 2020
Donn Peterson Retiring as Chief of Police at HSU » Donn Peterson will be retiring from his position as Chief of Police at Humboldt State University effective May 31, 2020.
HSU Appoints Christina Lofthouse as Interim Chief of Police » Christina Lofthouse, a veteran law enforcement officer with two decades of experience at universities, has been named the Interim Chief of Police at Humboldt State University.
Standing Together in Solidarity » The following message of solidarity was shared with the campus community:
A Call for Unity and Understanding: Reaffirming the Values of the CSU » The following was provided by the CSU Chancellor’s Office: Dear California State University community, Today, we write to you with heavy hearts.
Humboldt Area Foundation Pledges $10K in Matching Challenge to Support HSU Dreamers » Through June 30, 2020, all gifts to support Humboldt State University California Dream Act students will be doubled, thanks to a matching $10,000 “COVID-19 Regional Response Fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation” grant. This funding is crucial to support undocumented students in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Message from HSU: Racist Social Media Posts » The Dean of Students office has been made aware of posts on social media showing HSU students making racist taunts and mocking the Black community. Basic decency and campus protocols demand a swift investigation, which is already underway.
Milestone Moment: Humboldt State University Opens Enrollment for New Nursing Program » HSU’s Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Program is set to launch this fall.
HSU Offering Grant to Help Students Afford Housing » Humboldt State University has launched a new grant that aims to help student renters with housing deposits and other up-front costs in securing off-campus housing.
Week of: May 24, 2020
Alum Gives $150,000 for Nursing Scholarships » As the new RN to BSN Nursing Program at Humboldt State University has begun accepting applications for its first new cohort of students, one alum has stepped up to support the program through scholarships.
Tae Norwood, 2018 National Assistant Coach of the Year, Hired to Lead Men’s Basketball » Tae Norwood has been hired as the new head coach of the Humboldt State University men’s basketball team. It marks the next step in the evolution of a coach with nearly two decades of experience at all levels of collegiate athletics.
Week of: May 17, 2020
Summer Session: HSU Ramps Up Professional Development to Enhance Remote Teaching » How do you humanize a virtual course? How do we design significant learning experiences in remote instructional contexts? What does quality online teaching and learning look like? These are questions instructors around the nation are grappling with amid the pandemic and are a few of several timely topics Humboldt State University faculty will have a chance to explore this summer.
Grads Recognized at HSU Virtual Ceremonies » HSU’s class of 2020 graduated on Saturday in a virtual ceremony full of good spirits and inspiring messages for the future.
HSU’s 2019-20 Outstanding Faculty Honored » Since 1964, Humboldt State has honored outstanding faculty. William Fisher, Department of Economics, Kishan Lara-Cooper, Department of Child Development, and Cutcha Risling Baldy, Department of Native American Studies, are the recipients of the 2019-20 Distinguished Faculty Awards.
McCrone Award-Winning Faculty, Student Honored for Research Excellence » Humboldt State University faculty members Professor Janelle Adsit, Department of English, Professor Renée Byrd, Department of Sociology, and Professor James Woglom, Department of Art, are recipients of the 2020 McCrone Promising Faculty Scholars Award.
New Online Magazine Showcases Community, People, and Place » Honoring the community engagement of students, faculty, staff, and regional partners is at the heart of a new digital magazine, Redwood Roots.
Week of: May 10, 2020
HSU Donors Step Up Support for Students » Alumni and other supporters have been giving generously to support students at Humboldt State University.
Virtual Pomp and Circumstance: Celebrating HSU’s Class of 2020 » Humboldt State University’s Class of 2020 will celebrate in an unusual way, with three virtual Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16.
Campus Departments Collaborate to Print Face Shields for Student Healthcare Center » In a campus wide effort, Information Technology Services (ITS) has produced 245 plastic face shields to protect healthcare providers at the Student Health Center (SHC) from contracting the coronavirus.
Jenn Capps Named Provost at Humboldt State University » Jenn Capps has been appointed the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Humboldt State University. She begins her new role on Aug. 1.
Week of: May 03, 2020
A Celebration of Ideas » The 7th Annual ideaFest Symposium will be held virtually May 4 through Friday, May 8 to showcase HSU student and faculty research and projects that they have worked on throughout the past year.
Congratulations to HSU’s Outstanding Students of 2020! » These 2019-20 Outstanding Students Awards recognize the academics and co-curricular excellence and achievements of our students. Congratulations to this year’s winners and nominees! Read more about the winners and nominees!
Seabird Distribution in 3D: Assessing Risk from Offshore wind Energy Generation » Schatz Energy Research Center's latest study will model seabird flight behavior in response to wind speed, to better understand the risks associated with different turbine layouts and designs.
A One-Stop Shop for Business Owners in Crisis » As small businesses scramble to keep their doors open and stay financially viable during the pandemic, Humboldt State’s Northern California Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has remained a critical resource for regional businesses and nonprofit organizations that desperately need access to grant and loan programs to survive.
Meet Humboldt State’s Distinguished Alumni » Humboldt State University has been recognizing the achievements of alumni since 1960 when the University launched its annual Who’s Who Award. This year, we celebrate our 2020 Distinguished Alumni who have been recognized as leaders in their fields and have been outstanding contributors to their community, nation, or Humboldt State University.
Week of: Apr 26, 2020
HSU Concludes Faculty Misconduct Investigation » Humboldt State University has concluded an administrative investigation into anonymous allegations of faculty misconduct, in which a faculty member was accused of soliciting students for paid sex.
HSU Students Excel at Student Research Competition » Humboldt State students took home two first-place awards and one second-place award at the 34th Annual California State University Student Research Competition held virtually at CSU East Bay this year.
HSU Helps Secure $5 Million for Cannabis Equity Programs » HSU’s California Center for Rural Policy and its Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (HIIMR) recently helped rural communities secure nearly $5 million in cannabis equity funding.
Save the Redwoods League and HSU Research Confirms Redwoods’ Role in Climate » Recent findings bolster more than 10 years of research, confirming massive carbon storage in old-growth redwood forests and potential of younger, previously logged forests.
HSU Environmental Resources Engineering Among the Best in the Nation » Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering program has been named one of the 20 best Environmental Engineering programs in the country for earning potential for students, in a new ranking of Best Colleges from GradReports.
HSU Sustainability Champions Announced » Sustainability is the recognition that humanity is a part of the natural world, not separate from it, and that healthy social and economic systems depend on the health and resilience of ecological systems.

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