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Week of: Nov 28, 2021
‘Poly-TEK?’ Celebrated ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ Author to Discuss Indigenous Knowledge » Distinguished author and scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer will join Humboldt State students, faculty, and administrators for a virtual discussion on how HSU can incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into a future polytechnic curriculum. This and other events support the ongoing process of implementing plans outlined in the Polytechnic Self-Study.
Building Naming Honors HSU President Alistair McCrone » The Science D Building has been named Alistair McCrone Hall as a way of honoring the legacy of Humboldt State University’s fifth president, Dr. Alistair McCrone.
Plan for Self-Care and Success During Finals » We all know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and mindset is key to success. But come finals week, good habits often fly out the window as we invite stress in the front door. Checkout these campus resources and events to stay balanced, keep active, and feed your brain as you hit the books this month.
Week of: Nov 21, 2021
HSU Continues to Participate in Expanded CSU Effort to Provide Incoming Students with Free iPads » The California State University (CSU) today announced the launch of the second phase of CSUCCESS (California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success), adding more campuses along with a new Wi-Fi connectivity package to its free technology distribution program designed to enhance student achievement and create more equitable opportunities.
Study: Voting at Humboldt State University Skyrocketed in 2020 » Humboldt State University today reported that student voting on its campus increased 25% in last year’s presidential election, rising to 72% in 2020 from a rate of 47% in 2016.
HSU Press Announces Summer and Fall Publications » Student research. Geospatial textbook. Campus history. DIY solar power. Women’s blood and identity. Staff recipes. Anthropocentric signification. From the fate of Humboldt Bay to the fate of democracy to Dr. Samuel Oliner’s last published works on the fate of humanity itself, these are the freely available HSU Press releases of Summer and Fall 2021.
Week of: Nov 14, 2021
New Visibility Dashboard Announced During Transgender Awareness Week » In response to student requests and in order to increase trans+ and non-binary visibility at Humboldt State University, a new data dashboard will show the campus’ gender diversity.
Week of: Nov 07, 2021
President Jackson Presents Polytechnic Vision to CSU Board of Trustees » On Tuesday, Nov. 9, President Jackson presented Humboldt State University's vision to become a polytechnic to the California State University Board of Trustees. The presentation was a formal part of the University's proposal to change HSU's name to California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt.
‘Gutswurrak’ - Wiyot Tribe Honors HSU With Name for Student Activities Center » Humboldt State University will soon update the name of its student union to the Gutswurrak Student Activities Center, adding the Wiyot word for “gathering place” to the facility’s name. The naming recognizes the importance of the space as well as HSU’s location on traditional Wiyot land.
Virtual Reality Helps Nurses See Different Perspectives, Build Compassion in Care » Grounded in the science of caring, Humboldt State University’s RN-BSN program prepares nurses to become community leaders as they face a changing healthcare landscape and the complex needs of the North Coast’s rural population. To expand on the program’s core curriculum, HSU is working with Embodied Labs, an immersive training platform, to add an element of virtual reality–or more aptly, someone else’s reality–to students’ education.
Week of: Oct 31, 2021
Mariachi de Humboldt and Guitar Ensemble » A new generation of mariachis has arrived in Humboldt. Mariachi de Humboldt and the Humboldt State University Guitar Ensemble will perform Friday, Nov. 12 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Proposal to Change University’s Name at Board of Trustees Meeting » As part of the process for requesting a polytechnic designation for Humboldt State University, President Tom Jackson, Jr. will present a proposal to the California State University Board of Trustees for the University’s name to be formally changed to California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt.
Humboldt Recognized as Equity Champion » Humboldt State University has been named a 2021 Equity Champion for Higher Education for exemplary work in enrolling Latinx Associate Degree for Transfer earners on a guaranteed pathway to a bachelor’s degree.
HSU Backs Veteran Entrepreneurs Across California through New Outreach Center » Veteran small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs across California can access free business training and counseling thanks to Humboldt State University’s Veterans Business Outreach Center (NorCal VBOC). With a $258,000 award from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the center will serve veterans in all 50 California counties north of Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino.
Helping Set the Gold Standard for Green Colleges » Once again, Humboldt State University has been named a “Green College” by The Princeton Review. The education services company included HSU in their 2022 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges, released this October.
Week of: Oct 24, 2021
Renewable Energy Pioneer Wins Lifetime Achievement Award » Peter Lehman, founding director of Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center and a professor emeritus of Environmental Resources Engineering, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Energy Commission’s Clean Energy Hall of Fame.
Applications Sought for 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition » The Humboldt State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is encouraging students to participate in the 2022 CSU Student Research Competition.
30 Years of Making College a Reality for Local Youth » For three decades, a program at Humboldt State University has helped thousands of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds on the North Coast make college a reality. Today, the mission of HSU’s TRIO Educational Talent Search continues thanks to more than $4 million in funding from two grants recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Students are Helping Redwood Forests Rise Again [w/VIDEO] » HSU and the College of the Redwood students are working with Save the Redwoods League, the National Park Service, and California State Parks to restore the ecological diversity of the world’s tallest forests while gaining practical research experience.
Week of: Oct 17, 2021
Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra Concert » The Humboldt State University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra will perform on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
HSU Housing and IT Work to Stop Rental Scams » Since 2018, Humboldt State Information Technology Services has worked with Housing & Residence Life and other California State University campuses to identify fake rental listings and help students, faculty, staff, and alumni avoid housing scams.
Graduation Rates for All CSU Students Continue to Climb Under GI2025 » The hard work to improve student success across all 23 California State University campuses continues to pay off as graduation rates have risen to all-time highs for both first-time and transfer students, despite the turbulence associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
North Coast Otters Art Project Raises $300,000 » North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative, which featured 108 life-sized sculptures of otters painted by local artists, raised more than $300,000 in grants, sponsorships, and generous donations. Final proceeds will support otter research and student internships at Humboldt State University.
Telling the Story Behind ‘Sugar Bear’ and Six Rivers National Forest » An 84-foot white fir harvested from Six Rivers National Forest will light up the U.S. Capitol this holiday season after making the cross-country trek from Northern California to Washington D.C. In preparation, Humboldt State University students have helped create interpretative and educational materials to accompany the tree on its journey east.
Week of: Oct 10, 2021
Lumberjacks Recap: HSU Athletics » Highlights from the week of October 11.
HSU Children’s Center Receives $178,000 Department of Education Grant » Humboldt State University’s Children Center has received a four-year, $178,365 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support campus-based childcare services for low-income students.
Restoring Kelp in the Face of Climate Change » Researchers at UC Davis’ Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, in collaboration with Humboldt State University and UC Santa Cruz, will research how ecological restoration of kelp forests might incorporate future impacts of climate change.
At 10:21 a.m., Drop, Cover, and Hold on! » Humboldt State University will be joining thousands of other institutions, businesses, and people participating in the 13th annual Great ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at 10:21 a.m.
Annual ‘Campus & Community Dialogue on Race’ to Focus on Coalition Building and Healing » The program’s purpose is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism, and its intersections with all forms of oppression. This year's theme is Dismantle & Heal: Building Coalition Against Forced Division.
‘Hyflex’ Offers Future-Proof Strategies for Dynamic Learning in Higher Ed » The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) has played an outsized role at Humboldt State University over the past 18 months of virtual and hybrid instruction. As educators across the country were forced to reimagine instruction and deconstruct pedagogy, many now argue that the virtues of hybrid and flexible learning, or “hyflex,” are here to stay.
Week of: Oct 03, 2021
Lumberjacks Recap: HSU Athletics » Highlights from the week of October 4.
HSU’s 28th Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Week » HSU virtual and in-person events honor Native American culture and art and focus on issues that impact Indigenous communities.
$30 Million in Grants Support Important Research for Faculty and Students » Humboldt State faculty, staff, and student researchers were awarded $30 million in new grant funding secured by HSU’s Sponsored Programs Foundation (SPF) last year. SPF currently manages 630 active projects with a total award value of $113 million.
Donors Give $9.4 Million to Support Students and Programs at HSU » In a year marked by incredible challenges, the Humboldt State University community rallied together to generously support students with scholarships and new opportunities. Over the course of the year, 3,360 donors gave $9.4 million.
Week of: Sep 26, 2021
Lumberjacks Recap » HSU Athletics highlights from the week of September 21.
Hybrid Homecoming at Humboldt » Humboldt State Homecoming will be a mix of virtual and in-person events this year, mostly geared toward students, from October 4-8.
HSU Named a Green ‘Cool School’ Again » For the fourth year in a row, Humboldt State University has been named a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club magazine’s annual ranking of sustainability among North America’s greenest colleges and universities.
Lumberjacks Recap: HSU Athletics » Highlights from the Week of September 27.
It’s Time to Apply to Humboldt State University! » The priority application period for students who want to attend Humboldt State University in Fall 2022 is open.
Peace Corps Announces New Peace Corps Prep Program at Humboldt State University » The Peace Corps announced the launch of Peace Corps Prep, an undergraduate certificate program, today at Humboldt State University. Scheduled to launch this November, the program will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experience, building the competencies needed for students to become Peace Corps volunteers or other intercultural fieldworkers. HSU is one of 11 new university partnerships.
HSU Named a Forbes Top School » Humboldt State University was recently named to the 2021 Top Colleges list by Forbes magazine.
HSU Joins Oregon State, University of Washington to Launch a Research Hub for Coastal Resiliency » The Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub, or Cascadia CoPes Hub, will coordinate research in Pacific Northwest coastal communities between numerous academic and government organizations to inform and enable integrated hazard assessment, mitigation, and adaptation.
HSU Honors Latinx Students, Language, and Community » Strengthening ties between the local Latinx community and Latinx students at Humboldt State, the University is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month through October 15. A Hispanic-Serving Institution since 2013, HSU is also proud to host three bilingual publications as part of the University’s broad effort to elevate diverse and powerful voices.
Week of: Sep 19, 2021
Renowned Stem Cell Research Program Secures $3.6 Million for Student Internships » Humboldt State University’s distinguished CIRM Bridges Program has once again been awarded with generous grant funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Led by Biology Professor Amy Sprowles, HSU’s CIRM Bridges is designed to support students from diverse backgrounds committed to improving human health through stem cell research and gene therapy.
Week of: Sep 12, 2021
Wildlife Grad Student Honored with CSU Trustees’ Award » Throughout her childhood, Janelle Chojnacki turned to education as a steadying force to cope with adversity. Today, she is a graduate student in the Wildlife department at Humboldt State, learning the necessary skills to follow her dream of starting a nonprofit organization for wildlife research.
U.S. News & World Report: HSU Among Top Public Schools in the West » Humboldt State is ranked as the 12th top public school in the west, and tied for 30th out of 126 public and private schools in the region, according to the 2022 Best Colleges annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
‘Living in Community:’ New Learning Certificate Promotes Healthy Housing » To foster mutual understanding and improve the local housing climate, a free community course facilitated by Humboldt State University is now open to the public for enrollment. The product of years of advocacy between HSU and community partners, the course is designed to build relationships between the University, community, landlords, and tenants.
Kelp is on the Way » Humboldt State University is expanding and diversifying its seaweed research farm in Humboldt Bay to include bull kelp. With the help of HSU students, researchers aim to inform future decisions about commercial aquaculture and conservation efforts.
New, Local Flavors Cooking on Campus » Thanks to several new eateries at Humboldt State University, students can fuel their studies with nutritious snacks and freshly prepared meals from local restaurants this semester. Whether it's a chai latte before a big test or Friday night burgers with friends, HSU’s vibrant food scene has your favorite food fix.
Week of: Sep 05, 2021
This Week in Lumberjack Athletics » Highlights from the week of September 6.
HSU Partners with UC Davis to Launch Tech Center for Small Business Innovation » In a one-of-its-kind collaboration, Humboldt State University’s Northern California Small Business Development Center (NorCal SBDC) has partnered with the University of California, Davis to open a tech center that will support business owners and innovators in bringing new ideas, inventions, products, and services to market.
100% Renewable Microgrid ‘Takes Off’ at the Redwood Coast Airport » The Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid’s (RCAM) community partners announced construction activities on what will be the first 100% renewable, multi-customer microgrid in California.
New Research Center Takes Aim at Equity in Higher Ed » A new multidisciplinary research center at Humboldt State University has been established to eliminate barriers to access and opportunities in higher education across California.
Week of: Aug 29, 2021
Kick Back, Grab a Bite, and Play a Game at the New Student Activities Center » This Fall, Humboldt State University’s reimagined student union has opened its doors as the Student Activities Center (SAC). A place to make new friends, grab a burger, or unwind between classes, SAC offers something for everybody on campus.
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 “2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”
HSU Bookstore Moving to Arcata Plaza » The former Tri-Counties Bank property on the Arcata Plaza will be the new home of the HSU Bookstore.
Record Number of HSU Student-Athletes Named to All-Academic Team » Humboldt State University set an all-time record with 91 student-athletes being named to the 2020-21 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Academic Team. This mark eclipsed the Lumberjacks’ second-highest total by 7%, and outclassed their total from just five years ago by over 34%.
Beloved North Coast Otters Head to Auction » To raise awareness about otters and support otter research, the North Coast Otters Public Art Initiative is hosting an in-person silent auction of 32 of the now-famous otter sculptures decorated by local artists on Saturday, Sept. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., followed by an online auction of the remaining 70+ otters the following week. Additionally, a public viewing of all 100+ otter sculptures will be held Friday, Sept. 10, from noon to 7 p.m.
Week of: Aug 22, 2021
HSU Welcomes New and Returning Students » Bearing pillows, comforters, surfboards, and their favorite house plants, new and continuing Humboldt State University students moved into residence halls last week ahead of today’s official start to the Fall semester.
Bike-Share Returns to Humboldt State » Humboldt State University, in partnership with the city of Arcata, launched the Humboldt Bike-Share service to help students, staff, and faculty get around campus and town while reducing their carbon footprint.
Training Scuba Divers for Deep Water Rescue & Recovery (w/ Video) » In partnership with Humboldt Bay Fire, Humboldt State University will launch a Public Safety Dive Training program this August to train rescue scuba divers in deep water recovery.
Kamome goes to the Olympics » NBC Sports aired a documentary about the boat Kamome, a small boat ripped from Japan in the March 2011 tsunami that beached in California’s northern Del Norte County two years later, as part of their Olympic Games coverage on NBC stations throughout the country.
100+ Otter Sculptures for Public Arts Initiative Raises Awareness about Otters (w/ Video) » North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative is a community “treasure hunt” tour of more than 100 sculptures painted by local artists, with an aim to celebrate life, water, and otters, support local businesses, and raise funds for student projects. Visit the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative website for more information.
HSU Receives University-wide Accolades in Accreditation Review » Humboldt State has once again received distinction from the WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC) commending the University’s comprehensive and strategic service to students.
HSU Alumnus Gives $1 Million for Scholarships for Local Students » Harnessing the momentum of Humboldt State University’s push to become a polytechnic, alumnus and donor Dan Phillips (‘91, Business and Computer Information Systems) has committed $1 million in scholarships, including a $100,000 challenge for matching gifts, for local high school students who attend HSU.
Week of: Aug 15, 2021
Cooper Jones to Lead HSU Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports » Cooper Jones has been appointed Humboldt State University’s new Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation. He began July 19.
Humboldt State Joins CSU Initiative to Provide iPads for up to 35,000 Students at 8 Campuses » The California State University (CSU) today announced the launch of the first phase of CSUCCESS (California State University Connectivity Contributing to Equity and Student Success), a bold initiative to enhance student achievement and create more equitable opportunities for the CSU community by providing industry-leading technology.
State Makes Historic Investment in HSU’s Polytechnic Plans » California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature have agreed on a new state budget with a historic $458 million investment in Humboldt State University’s effort to become Northern California’s first polytechnic institution.
Week of: Jul 25, 2021
San José State Football Returns to HSU » Humboldt State will welcome back the San José State University football team for training and practice ahead of the start of their 2021 season. SJSU athletes, coaches, and staff have all been fully vaccinated and will continue to observe general safety practices while at HSU.
Week of: Jun 13, 2021
HSU Continues Polytech Push with Plans for Several New Programs » Drawing on its strengths in STEM, environmental and social responsibility, and experiential learning, Humboldt State University has submitted documentation of its intent to launch several new and innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs as soon as Fall 2022 and Fall 2023.
Week of: May 30, 2021
Build Bridges and Connect Communities This Summer With L4HSU » Free learning for everyone is available this summer through the LifeLong Learning Lounge (L4HSU), Monday, June 14 through Friday, August 13. Expand your skills, network, and have fun.
Week of: May 23, 2021
Leadership Change in Intercollegiate Athletics » Jane Teixeira, who has led Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreational Sports through the challenges of the pandemic over the last year, has stepped down from her position to spend time focusing on serious family matters.
Watch TEDxHSU May 30 » The public is invited to attend COUNTDOWN: TEDxHumboldtStateUniversity with the theme Regenerative Generation on Sunday, May 30 at 11 a.m.
HSU Named ‘Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs’ » The online magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has named Humboldt State University one of the 30 The Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs among colleges and universities across the U.S.
New Humboldt State University Drone Program Inspires Equity in STEM » This summer, Humboldt State University will offer an exciting hands-on STEM learning experience focused on teaching 10th-12th-grade Native American students about Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology—or small drones—and its application to scientific research.
Dr. Eboni Ford Turnbow Named Dean of Students » Dr. Eboni Ford Turnbow has been named Dean of Students and her appointment will be effective June 1, 2021. She has served as the Interim Dean of Students since August 2019.
Week of: May 16, 2021
Congratulations to the Class of 2021 » More than 1,100 graduates participated in small, in-person commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.
HSU Sustainability Champions Announced » The fifth annual Sustainability Champion Awards program honors HSU employees whose practices have deepened a culture of sustainability on campus, have furthered the integration of sustainability into academics or student life, or have reduced HSU’s environmental footprint.
Eric Riggs Announced as Dean of College of Natural Resources & Sciences » Dear Colleagues, I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Riggs, Professor of Geoscience Education at Texas A&M;University, will serve as Humboldt State University’s next Dean for the College of Natural Resources & Sciences (CNRS). Dr. Riggs’ appointment is effective July 15, 2021.
HSU Staff Recognized » An annual staff celebration at Humboldt State University will recognize 45 employees who have reached important milestones: working at HSU for 10 and 20 years.
Week of: May 09, 2021
Commencement 2021: Respected Spiritual Leader of Yurok Tribe to be Awarded Honorary Doctorate » Humboldt State University will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Walter James Lara, Sr. at a May 15 Commencement Ceremony.
“Far Less” Garners Coveted Nautilus Book Award » “Far Less”, written by Kathy Wollenber and published by Humboldt State University Press, has been honored by the Nautilus Book Awards as a “Better Book for a Better World.”
Governor Proposes Funding to Transform Humboldt State » California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a transformational investment in support of Humboldt State University’s efforts to become the state’s third polytechnic university.
Week of: May 02, 2021
Hundreds of New HSU Students to Receive Scholarships » In a financial boost for students and families during the pandemic, Humboldt State University announced a new scholarship program that will provide $400 per semester to all first-time undergraduates.
Two HSU Professors Win Fulbrights for Research in Jamaica and Peru » Professors Jayne McGuire and Jasper Oshun have each been named Fulbright Scholars. The pair of Humboldt State faculty will receive grant awards to conduct international research in their fields in 2022.
Faculty, Staff Honored by HSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association » Humboldt State University’s Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association (ERFSA) announced faculty and staff winners of the 2021 HSU-ERFSA Awards.
HSU Students Excel at Statewide Student Research Competition » A Humboldt State University student took home a second place award at the 35th Annual California State University Student Research Competition, held virtually at Cal Poly Pomona this year.
HSU Looking at Different Downtown Option for Bookstore » Humboldt State University is pursuing a new opportunity for a bookstore location in downtown Arcata. This option, which would involve a property purchase with non-state funds rather than a lease, could be finalized shortly.
Pomp and Circumstance: Celebrating HSU’s Classes of 2020 and 2021 » Humboldt State University’s Classes of 2020 and 2021 will return to small, in-person celebrations, with four Commencement ceremonies spread out over two days in Redwood Bowl on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15.
HSU’s 2020-21 Distinguished Faculty Honored » Since 1964, Humboldt State has honored outstanding faculty and in 1986, the University added the Scholar of the Year Award. Nominations are reviewed by the Faculty Awards Committee. Recommendations for awards recipients are made to the University Senate and forwarded to the President of the University. The President affirms and announces the recipients to the campus community.
Week of: Apr 25, 2021
Reminder: 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.
HSU, CR Students Face Off in Battle of Humboldt County Esports Tournament » The Humboldt State University Department of Athletics will be presenting the Battle of Humboldt County Esports Tournament in conjunction with the College of the Redwoods Athletic Department. This event will take place on April 30-May 1.
A Statement on Justice and George Floyd » Like much of the country and people around the world, we watched the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last spring, with concern and trepidation.
HSU Students Win Prestigious Journalism Awards » Humboldt State student journalists received three first place regional awards from the Society of Professional Journalists this month for their work published in 2020. They also received two finalist honors.
The Role of Warming Climate on Forest Reproduction » Building on 16 years of research, Forestry Professor David Greene has found evidence that mast seeding—the boom-or-bust crop cycle typical of most tree species—is governed by a simple weather cue that operates asynchronously across the continent. The findings have significant implications for forest ecosystems in an era of rapid climate change.
HSU Investigating Possible Hazing in Women’s Softball » Humboldt State University is investigating the Women’s Intercollegiate Softball Team for alleged hazing, as well as other possible violations of student and athletic codes of conduct.
Past and Present: 67 Years of the Toyon Literary Journal » Toyon is Humboldt State University’s multilingual literature and art journal. With the release of volume 67 this month, Toyon will celebrate its history and diversity with two new mediums: a retrospective book and podcast.
HSU Student Kickstarts Career Development Program for Local Youth » The Public Safety Speaker Series is a new community program that connects public safety professionals with local K-12 students to inspire career path development.
Chancellor Visit Highlights Polytechnic Study, Hispanic Serving Programs » Joseph I. Castro, the new Chancellor of California State University, made his first official visit to Humboldt State University on Tuesday. In a whirlwind day of virtual sessions, the Chancellor met members of the campus community and other constituents to learn about important HSU initiatives, programs, and community partnerships.
Outstanding Students Shine in 2021 » The 2020-21 Outstanding Student Awards recognize the academics and achievements of HSU’s outstanding students during an incredibly challenging year.
2021 President’s Distinguished Service Awards » Humboldt State University President Tom Jackson, Jr. has awarded Loren Blanchard and Cris Koczera with the 2021 President’s Distinguished Service Award for their meritorious contributions to the University and community.
Week of: Apr 18, 2021
Imagining a ‘Solidarity Economy’ at Virtual Post-Capitalism Conference » What is a “solidarity economy?” This month, community stakeholders, Indigenous scholars, and national movement leaders will gather online at the Post-Capitalism Conference, held virtually from April 22-25.
Week of: Apr 11, 2021
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.
Assistantship Program to Fund Student Work on Faculty-Led Projects » Humboldt State University’s new assistantship program in the College of Professional Studies (CPS) will award 20 students funding to participate in faculty-led research and professional development projects. Applications opened March 15.
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.
HSU Scientist Helps Fishing Industry Set Sustainable Catch Limits » A small fish has made big waves in the Atlantic fishing industry thanks to Andre Buchheister, a professor of Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State University.
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
Bonanza en los Andes: HSU Partners with Peruvian Community to Support Water Development Project » In Zurite, Peru, 1.3 kilometers of irrigation canals now provide fresh water to the local community thanks to a Humboldt State student-led water development project.
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.
¡Échale Ganas! in STEM » ¡Échale Ganas! is a new grant-funded program at Humboldt State designed to support hands-on learning and career advancement for Latinx students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
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.

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