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Week of: Apr 09, 2017
Students Grab Top Prize In Global Interdisciplinary Modeling Contest » Three Environmental Resources Engineering Students flexed their modeling and urban planning skills to win a slew of awards at the 2017 Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling, which took place in January. Results were announced April 7.
IdeaFest Showcases Research and Projects » Humboldt State University’s 2017 ideaFest features research and projects from HSU students and faculty on Friday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Library.
HSU Honors 2017 Distinguished Alumni » Humboldt State University’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winners are Kellie Johnson (’93, Political Science), Ken Pimlott (’88, Forest Resource Management), and Michael T. Rains (’68, Forestry Management, ’71 Watershed Management).
Here’s to Our Outstanding Students! » Humboldt State University announced its Outstanding Students 2017-2018 at an award ceremony on April 12.
The World’s Tallest Tree (on a College Campus) » Humboldt State University’s northern California campus is home to the tallest tree on any college campus anywhere in the world. This was confirmed by HSU Forestry Professor and renowned tall tree expert Steve Sillett and his graduate students who have painstakingly measured and mapped the major limbs of this impressive 240 foot Sitka spruce.
Reduction in Childcare Services » Humboldt State University informed parents today that it will need to make reductions to childcare services beginning in May.
Week of: Apr 02, 2017
Students Usher in Consent Culture to Campus Residence Halls » This fall, Humboldt State University is taking a groundbreaking step by becoming one of the nation's first universities to have residence halls dedicated to preventing sexualized violence and supporting survivors and their allies.
Week of: Mar 26, 2017
McCrone Award Faculty and Student Winners Honored for Creative Scholarship » Three Humboldt State University faculty members— History Professor Leena Dallasheh, Business Professor Tyler Stumpf, and Psychology Professor Amber Gaffney—have been selected as recipients of the 2017 McCrone Promising Faculty Scholars Award.
2016-17 Outstanding Faculty Honored » Since 1964, Humboldt State has honored outstanding faculty. Professor Stephen Cunha, Department of Geography, and Melinda Myers, Department of Psychology, are the recipients of the 2016-17 Distinguished Faculty Awards.
Humboldt Magazine: Campus Lore and Tall Tales » Any institution that’s been around more than 100 years will have plenty of stories and rumors. HSU certainly has its fair share. Some reflect national issues of the day, and others are odd tidbits. All are an important part of the history and identity we share.
Week of: Mar 19, 2017
Students Head to System-wide Research Competition » Nine Humboldt State University students have been selected to represent the campus at the 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition, April 28 and 29, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
‘Vocal Activist’ Melanie DeMore Shares Message of Hope, Reconciliation in Free Concert » Multi-talented singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore will perform a free public concert at the HSU Kate Buchanan Room on Saturday, April 1, at 7 p.m. DeMore’s mission? “To make sure you unlock the key to experiencing yourself in all your glory,” writes the self-described vocal activist.
10th Annual California Big Time and Social Gathering » Humboldt State University will host its 10th annual California Big Time & Social Gathering on Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in HSU’s West Gym.
Week of: Mar 12, 2017
HSU Eyes Ambitious Emission Cuts » In another effort to address climate change, Humboldt State University unveiled an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, eventually, become carbon neutral.
Learn Canvas, Get Pizza » HSU students are invited to dive in and get started learning and collaborating in Canvas, HSU’s new learning management system (LMS). The Canvas Pizza Party will take place in the HSU Scholar’s Lab (HSU Library, Third Floor) on Thursday, March 23 from 12:00 -2:00 p.m.
Housing & Residence Life Fees to Remain Stable for 2017-18 » Through careful planning and a commitment to a high-quality residential experience, HSU’s Housing & Residence Life has announced its fees will remain stable through the 2017-18 academic year.
New Dean Joins College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences » A Justice Studies scholar and current University of Arkansas dean is set to become HSU’s new dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and & Social Sciences (CAHSS).
Week of: Feb 26, 2017
HSU among Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Universities » Humboldt State University ranked No. 5 among medium-size schools on the Peace Corps’ 2017 list of Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities.
Peace Corps Takes HSU Grads to the Next Level » Over the years, hundreds of HSU graduates have joined the Peace Corps to get a head start on their careers and make a positive impact in communities around the world.
Bus Program Helps HSU Students Get Home » Humboldt State University has recently launched a pilot bus service for students who need an affordable way to get home.
Here Comes Spring Preview » Hundreds of prospective students, family members, and guests are coming to campus for Humboldt State’s open house, Spring Preview, on Friday, March 24 and Friday, April 7.
Working with the Homeless Makes for a Different Kind of Spring Break » As students put together Spring Break plans, leaders of the Youth Education Services (YES) homeless outreach program are putting together the final preparations for a weeklong service project in Sacramento.
Week of: Feb 19, 2017
HSU Faculty Members Discuss Syrian Refugees in Free Public Talk » An interdisciplinary panel featuring HSU faculty and community members host the talk “Syrian Refugees: Escaping the Horrors of War, Coping with World Apathy” on Monday, Feb. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., in Founders Hall Rm. 125 on the Humboldt State campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Seeking Candidates: Apply Now for A.S. Elections » Associated Students has elections packets available now for several key campus governance positions. Online voting takes place April 18 to April 21.
Learn to Track Animals in the Wild » Wondering what our local wildlife gets up to every day? Tracking offers a glimpse into the life our most elusive wild neighbors, and HSU’s Natural History Museum is offering monthly tracking classes with local expert and renowned biologist Phil Johnston.
Week of: Feb 12, 2017
HSU Announces Spring Semester Wine Certificate Series Through College of eLearning and Extended Ed » The fundamentals of winemaking in Humboldt County with award-winning winemaker and producer Wil Franklin kicks off the first in a four-part, intensive wine education series at the end of this month called From Vine to Table.
Going for Recycling Glory » Students at Humboldt State are looking to grab the top spot in the 2017 RecycleMania, a contest that pits U.S. and Canadian universities against each other in a competition over which school can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most on-campus waste. The eight-week competition runs through April 1.
Week of: Feb 05, 2017
HSU and CR Exploring New Nursing Program » Humboldt State University is exploring a partnership with College of the Redwoods to create a RN-to-BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program.
Community-Focused Radio Veteran Joins KHSU as New General Manager » Peter Fretwell, author and general manager of The Classical Network, New Jersey, has been named the new general manager for KHSU-FM, Humboldt State University's public radio station.
Entrepreneurs Club Looking for Great Ideas with Startup Weekend » Humboldt State University’s "Entrepreneurs Club": and the "School of Business": will be testing out fresh business ideas for three days with Startup Weekend, March 3 to March 5.
Authors Celebration Honors Faculty, Staff, Student Works » The University Library hosts its third annual Authors Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The free, public event honors the scholarship and creative works of HSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni published in the last year.
Week of: Jan 29, 2017
CSU Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order » _The following message was provided by the California State University Chancellor's Office._ The California State University is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming institution of higher education that is enhanced by the students, faculty, staff and alumni from our global community.
Transcript: ‘State of the CSU’ Address » _The following transcript was provided by the California State University Chancellor's Office following the State of the CSU address, delivered Feb. 1, 2017, in Long Beach, Calif._ Thank you, Trustee Eisen. I too am proud to see that California is making principled stands … and am proud to see our state's people and our campuses energized and engaged.
Lively Living Lab: Continuing makeover helps students creatively and intellectually » No longer places of silent stacks and shushing bespectacled librarians, university libraries have become more than book warehouses. They’ve evolved into vibrant centers of campus life for learning and creating knowledge. HSU’s Library has followed suit.
International Education Week Brings Global Perspective to HSU » Humboldt State’s annual International Week highlights foreign careers and the importance of scientific literacy with a week of events from Monday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 17. All events are free and open to the public.
Week of: Jan 22, 2017
WASC Town Hall » The next Western Association of Schools and Colleges Town Hall will take place Friday, February 3rd, from 9a-11a on the 2nd Floor of the Library (outside the Library Fishbowl)
Mathematics Expert Analyzes Voting, Preferences in 69th Kieval Lecture » What does it look like to analyze social science through a mathematician’s lens? Francis Edward Su, the president of the Mathematics Association of America, will use mathematical modeling to give insights into electoral politics as he delivers a free talk for the public on Thursday, Feb. 2. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Science B Building, Room 135.
Students Probe Energy Savings in Coffee Cups, Mason Jars » Just bought a mason jar coffee cup at HSU and want to get the most out of it? A group of Humboldt State engineering students say you’ll have to reuse it daily for up to two weeks before a coffee drinker is saving energy compared to using paper and plastic cups.
Suspicious Backpack Leads University Police to Marijuana Bust » What seemed like an effort to deter a bicycle thief resulted in an arrest and the seizure of more than 10 pounds of marijuana products.
Week of: Jan 15, 2017
HSU Lauds Outstanding Staff Members » Humboldt State University recently recognized the outstanding efforts of 10 staff members at its Fall Welcome. Staff award winners provide exemplary service to the university through problem solving, community service, outstanding performance, and the admirable completion of difficult assignments. Winners are active employees and may win the award more than once, but not in consecutive years.
HSU Hosts Jan. 20 Day of Solidarity » Humboldt State University hosts a Day of Solidarity on Friday, Jan. 20 to offer a way to join together as a community, heal, express, and plan for the future.
Foundation Oversees Big Grant Funding at HSU » Over the last year, Humboldt State faculty and students had a chance to do everything from study the ocean to the redwoods, thanks to $68.8 million in grant funding administered and secured by HSU.
Week of: Jan 08, 2017
Celebrate the Life and Work of Martin Luther King, Jr. » Humboldt State University’s Spring Semester will begin with a week celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Road Map to Help Northern California Fishing Communities Thrive » Humboldt State University researchers have been awarded a $271,000 federal grant to help two Northern California fishing communities improve the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of their waterfronts.
Chancellor Timothy P. White’s Statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017 Budget Proposal »
Week of: Jan 01, 2017
Obituary for Thorlief Hawkfell Asgardson » _The following obituary was provided by the family of Thor H. Asgardson._ Thor H. Asgardson passed away on Jan. 2, 2017, at the age of 65. He will be remembered for his inexhaustible generosity, kindnesses, and loving, gentle personality. He will be GREATLY missed, and he was loved by many.
Week of: Dec 04, 2016
California State University Mourns Passing of Chancellor Emeritus Charles B. Reed » It is with great sadness that the California State University announces the passing of former CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed who died today. Reed, 75, served as the CSU’s sixth chancellor and held the title of Chancellor Emeritus. He led the university from 1998 until his retirement in 2012.
African Masks is Latest Publication from HSU Press » African Masks from the Collection of James Gaasch, recently published by the Humboldt State University Press, contains photographs of the African masks and carvers from the Bwa (or Bwaba), Winiama and Mossi peoples of Burkina Faso, and the Bamana and Dogon peoples of Mali.
HSU Receives Grant Funding to Expand Four-Year Teacher Preparation Programs » The California State University Office of the Chancellor announced today that Humboldt State University was awarded a $195,103 Integrated Program Grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop four-year teacher preparation programs.
HSU Police Seek Information Following Robbery Attempt » A male in his 20s was injured following an attempted robbery and altercation that occurred on the Humboldt State University campus in the parking lot of the Campus Apartments sometime around 10:30 p.m. last night. The man is not an HSU student.
Gallery Visits Expand Arts Education to Local Youth » Over the last two months, no fewer than 300 elementary school students descended on the Goudi’ni Gallery, which hosted artwork by George Blake, the Hupa-Yurok artist who was recently given an honorary doctorate by HSU.
Geography Student Surveys Italian Attitudes on African Refugees » As a Geography student, Monica Moreno-Espinoza wasn’t about to let a research opportunity slip through her fingers during a two-month trip to Italy. With serious questions about refugees in mind, she paired sightseeing at the Roman Coliseum with 845 interviews of Italian college students from eight universities.
Week of: Nov 27, 2016
Dynamic Tools for Learning and Teaching in HSU’s Move to ‘Canvas’ Learning Software » Engagement, empowerment, access, collaboration, and feedback. Those are just a few ways HSU Provost Alex Enyedi describes the benefits of the campus’s move to new classroom software.
CSU Chancellor, Higher Ed Leaders Urge Trump to Support ‘Dreamers’ » The following letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump was provided by the CSU Chancellor’s Office. The original letter can be viewed "here":
Rossbacher, College Presidents Call for U.S. to Uphold DACA » Humboldt State University President Lisa A. Rossbacher has joined more than 400 other university presidents across the country calling for national leaders to support, continue and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which helps undocumented students seek higher education.
Finals Week Offers Free Pancakes, Study Sessions » With final exams coming next week, students can bone up on studies, grab a free dinner in the J Cafeteria, and study alongside tutors as the fall semester winds to a close.
Studying Sneaky Cephalopods » Declan Cowan works with 14 Octopus rubescens (commonly known as the red octopus) at HSU’s Telonicher Marine Lab in Trinidad. Since 2015, the HSU Zoology and Biology major has had a unique opportunity to study and interact with one of the world’s smartest invertebrates.
Week of: Nov 20, 2016
Mirror Image Symmetry from Different Viewpoints » Professor Erica Flapan will discuss mirror image symmetry in life, mathematics, and chemistry in the 68th Harry S. Kieval Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., in Founders Hall Room 118. Flapan’s talk is free, will be accessible to the general audience and assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.
Just in time for the Holidays: Student Work at Annual Fall Arts and Artisans Fair » For two days, the Art Department’s students and studio art clubs will sell paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, prints, mixed media creations, crafts and more.
HSU Geology Chair Leads Reconnaissance Trip to New Zealand » Geology Department Chair Mark Hemphill-Haley departed on Sunday Nov. 20 for a ten-day reconnaissance of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck New Zealand’s South Island on Nov. 13. Professor Hemphill-Haley will be leading a Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association team to investigate surface faulting produced by the quake.
Week of: Nov 13, 2016
Moonstone Crossing Winery is Acting Locally to Make Global Impact »
Week of: Nov 06, 2016
Draft of WASC Report Available for Review, Comment » HSU’s WASC Steering and Self-Study Committee has prepared a rough draft of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges report. The report is available for review and comments from Nov. 11 through Dec. 6.
Week of: Oct 30, 2016
[Updated] Vehicle Hits Campus Entryway Sign » Monday, Oct. 31 update: HSU Facilities Management is estimating repair costs to the entryway sign at Sunset Ave. and LK Wood Blvd. between $7,000 and $10,000 and could take up to three months to complete. Temporary repairs will be in place as soon as possible. Full repairs will include an extensive reapplication of the stucco finish, which can potentially be hindered by Humboldt's rainy season.
Consent Project: Tools for Healing, Tools for Prevention » On Wednesday, Nov. 9, HSU’s Peer Health Education program and CHECK IT hosts the sixth annual Consent Project, an event dedicated to creating a more consent-centered campus and exploring the many paths of survivorship and healing.
Week of: Oct 23, 2016
HSU Wine Program Boosts Local Producers » Last year, Wines & Vines magazine reported that there were more than 8,000 wineries currently operating in the United States, with about half of those doing business in the state of California. In a market like this, saturated with a dizzying array of choices, how can local wine producers hope to compete? And, how does one go about choosing the best wine to fit the palate and pocketbook?
Forestry Students Begin Campus-Wide Tree Census » During the last week of October and first week of November, students in Professor Harold Zald’s Forest Measurements and Biometry class (FOR 210) will conduct a census of trees on the HSU campus.
Political Boot Camp for HSU Student » Never in a million years did Dominic Cicerone imagine he’d meet Leon Panetta. But there he was, talking to the former CIA director and secretary of defense.
Identity, Economics, Government Surveyed at HSU Campus Dialogue on Race » Are coded racial statements—so-called "dog whistle" statements—imperiling the middle class and efforts to realize social justice? The keynote address of the Campus Dialogue on Race tackles this question and more on Nov. 3.
Week of: Oct 16, 2016
WASC Reaffirmation of Accreditation » Humboldt State is currently in the process of developing a a WASC self-study report as part of a reaffirmation of accreditation process. The Steering and Self-Study Committee, with help from individuals across campus, is drafting sections of the report throughout this semester. Updates will be shared at the "open forum": on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Great Hall from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and at an additional open forum that is being planned.
HSU Among Nation’s Greenest Colleges » Humboldt State University is once again rated among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by the Princeton Review, an education services company, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Food Policy Group Discusses Student Food Security » It’s not news that there are significant barriers some people face in trying to get quality food. Now the community is invited to learn more about what’s being done to address student needs at a panel discussion hosted by the Humboldt Food Policy Council.
Week of: Oct 09, 2016
Prepare for Annual Earthquake Drill » The Great ShakeOut is coming. The Humboldt State community will join millions of people worldwide who have registered to take part in the earthquake drill at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.
Fresh Coat of Paint: Inside HSU’s New Third Street Gallery » Three days before the grand opening of the Humboldt State Third Street Gallery, director Jack Bentley and a group of Humboldt State student curators are working feverishly but wearing a calm demeanor.
Week of: Oct 02, 2016
October’s ‘Favorite Lecture’ – Witches in the 16th Century » The next remarkable talk in the “My Favorite Lecture” series is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Plaza Grill View Room in Arcata. It is free and open to the public, and a reception begins at 6 p.m.
Brain Booth Taps into Power of Mindfulness » Taking time to focus on health and wellness can make a big difference for college students. At Humboldt State, there are a number of ways for students to explore well-being, including the innovative new Brain Booth in the University Library.
Campus Celebrates ‘Zero Waste’ Efforts at Inaugural Conference » Humboldt State’s Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness program is hosting its inaugural Zero Waste Conference, Oct. 14 and 15; a convention for engaged citizens looking to create active change in waste and consumption practices. The event is free and open to the public.
HSU Efforts Help Pass Law on College Food Assistance » When California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed "AB 1747":, a bill to expand support for programs tackling hunger among college students, a dedicated group at Humboldt State University knew they had played an important part.
Week of: Sep 25, 2016
Wine Seminar to Develop Palate and Service Skills » Sensory Evaluation & Service is the third of four courses in the From Vine to Table Wine Studies Certificate series being offered through HSU’s eLearning and Extended Education Program.
HSU Releases 2016 Clery Act Crime Report » Humboldt State University has released its annual crime report for 2015 under a federal law known as the Clery Act.
HSU Press Title Profiles Prominent Vietnamese Writer » The latest publication from Humboldt State University Press, “Võ Phiến and the Sadness of Exile,” describes the life and work of one of the most respected writers in the Vietnamese diaspora, Võ Phiến.
Honorary Doctorate for Native Artist George Blake » The community is invited to a ceremony and reception for distinguished Hupa-Yurok artist George Blake, who is receiving an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to be conferred by the California State University and Humboldt State University.
A Fast Track to Understanding Communities and the Environment » Students interested in how communities interact with their environment have a new opportunity to earn an undergraduate and master's degree in five years.
Week of: Sep 18, 2016
Student Film Showcased at Van Duzer » HSU presents a Filmmaker’s Showcase highlighting films by emerging student filmmakers, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in the Van Duzer Theatre. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Parking is free on campus on Friday nights.
Third Street Gallery Opens » During the past summer, HSU’s First Street Gallery closed its doors, moving two blocks south to a new location. Along the way, the gallery changed its name to the Humboldt State University Third Street Gallery.
Homecoming to Show HSU Pride and Spirit » Hundreds of Humboldt State University students, alumni, family, and friends are gearing up to show their HSU spirit and celebrate HSU’s Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 5-8.
Week of: Sep 11, 2016
National TV Correspondent Coming to Campus » NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders is coming to Humboldt State University as part of the Journalism Department's Hadley Lecture Series. Sanders is fresh off the campaign trail covering Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at their party national conventions.
Humboldt a Top Public School in the West » Humboldt State University has been named the 12th top public school in the west by the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Colleges rankings.
Student Who Overcame Traumatic Crash Given CSU Award » Humboldt State Social Work senior Morgan Burris has been given a California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Week of: Sep 04, 2016
Fisheries Biology Student Awarded Switzer Environmental Fellowship » Humboldt State University graduate student Keith Parker was one of 20 recipients of the "Switzer Environmental Fellowship":, a program of the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation that recognizes environmental scholars.
New App Turns Mobile Phone into Personal Safety Device » Humboldt State students can take safety into their hands with the new Rave Guardian app, a free piece of software that enables a smartphone to boost personal safety.
Pedal Easy: The Student-run Bike learning Center Wants to Help You Ride » Have your bike gears suddenly stopped shifting, making you extra sweaty on your commute to campus? Or maybe your brakes have been getting looser, making you worried about riding through busy intersections.
Week of: Aug 28, 2016
Revamped Geospatial Certificate Program Heads Online » After a two-year restructuring process, Humboldt State’s highly regarded "Geospatial Certificate Program":, offered by the College of eLearning & Extended Education (CEEE), is back and has been reborn online.
Public Input Sought for HSU Athletics Assessment » Members of Strategic Edge Athletics Consultants will be on campus Sept. 13-14 to gather ideas from the campus community and the public about HSU’s Intercollegiate Athletics program. One of the goals is to align the program costs with the available resources.
HSU in Top Ten Percent in National College Ranking » Humboldt State is ranked No. 53 out of 634 master’s degree-granting universities by the national College Guide, which was published recently by Washington Monthly Magazine.
HSU Aims to Become the Nation’s Outdoor Champ » In an effort to get people outside and moving and help them reconnected with nature, Humboldt State is putting a call out to the community to help win the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.
National Honor for Efforts to Understand Humans in the Wild » Recognizing how bear containers, rescue beacons, and human beings affect an evolving definition of wilderness.
Week of: Aug 21, 2016
Grant Expands HSU Effort to Get Local Youth to College » A Humboldt State University program that encourages low-income and first-generation students and students with disabilities to pursue higher education, is set to expand after earning a grant from the United States Department of Education.
Week of: Aug 14, 2016
Media Advisory: HSU Fall Welcome is Weds. Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m. » Humboldt State begins the 2016-17 Academic Year with the Fall Welcome in the Van Duzer Theatre ("campus map": at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
President’s Fall Welcome 2016 » Read the full text of President Lisa Rossbacher's Fall Welcome address online.
Earthquake–Tsunami Room Returns to Humboldt County Fair » It’s County Fair season again and, for the 18th consecutive year, Humboldt State University is partnering with the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group to host the Earthquake-Tsunami Room at the Humboldt County Fair.
Students Take Up Residence at HSU [Video] » Humboldt State University begins the 2016-17 academic year on Aug. 22. Parents sound off on what the HSU community should know about the incoming class.
Ecology Expert Joins HSU As New Natural Resources, Sciences Dean » Richard Boone, Professor of Ecosystem Ecology in the Department of Biology and Wildlife and the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), will join Humboldt State University as the next Dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences. His appointment begins July 25, 2016.
Campus Construction: Ongoing Improvements at HSU » HSU Facilities Management has been busy on a number of projects this summer to improve safety, convenience, and learning opportunities on campus. Returning students may notice some changes on campus, and all students should benefit from the improvements.
Jerry Partain: Dedicated to Forest Management » Professor Emeritus Jerry Partain, who helped establish Humboldt State’s Forestry bachelor’s degree and turn the program into a longstanding success, died on July 4 at the age of 91.
Fulbright Scholar to Spread Disability Awareness in the Caribbean » Humboldt State’s latest Fulbright scholar will take her expertise to the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago in January to study and encourage inclusivity for people with disabilities in sports and recreation; and in higher education.
Welcoming New Faculty » Humboldt State welcomed more than 70 new tenure-track faculty, temporary faculty, and staf members at the annual Fall Welcome.
HSU Welcomes Class of 2020 » Each year’s freshman class brings with it countless individual stories, personalities, and backgrounds. Stepping back a bit, here’s a look at some data about Humboldt State’s freshman class.
Week of: Aug 07, 2016
HSU to Hold Emergency Drill at Residence Hall Aug. 10 »
Week of: Jul 24, 2016
Report: Workload Requirements Keep Students From Getting Food Assistance » College students face significant barriers when it comes to accessing federal food assistance programs because of outdated state and federal requirements. Aligning the criteria can make it easier for students to get food assistance.
Week of: Jul 17, 2016
Humboldt State University to Co-Host Second Annual Calif. Teachers Summit » Northern California teachers will gather at Humboldt State University on July 29 for the second annual "Better Together: California Teachers Summit":, a free statewide day of learning and networking that is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators.
Week of: Jul 10, 2016
Humboldt State Epsilon Upsilon Chapter Recognized »
Week of: Jun 12, 2016
Humboldt State to Hold Vigil for Orlando » Humboldt State University will hold a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting at 4 p.m., Friday, June 17 on the UC Quad. Members of the University community and the public are invited to attend.
Week of: May 22, 2016
Marine Biology Student Sailing From Tahiti to Hawaii to Study Climate Change » WOODS HOLE, MASS. — This spring, Humboldt State University student Andrew Musgrave (’19, Marine Biology) will sail 2,600 nautical miles from Pape-ete, Tahiti to Honolulu, Hawaii to study the effects of environmental change on remote Pacific reefs.
Week of: May 15, 2016
New Study Sheds Light on How Running Keeps Seniors Young » If you’re an avid runner, logging dozens of miles every week and you happen to be over 65, odds are you’re burning oxygen at nearly the same rate as a runner in her 20s.
Week of: May 08, 2016
HSU Press Publishes Maasai Dictionary » Humboldt State University Press is releasing its latest publication, Maasai Dictionary, on May 19. This book of translations from English to Maa (the language of Maasai peoples of Kenya and Tanzania) was compiled by Charles Richmond, circa 1940 during his time in the backcountry of Kenya colony, East Africa.
HSU Students, Staff Stoke Intellectual Curiosity at TEDxHumboldtBay » Ponder the power of yoga in prisons, the globalization of gaming, a call to make data democratic, and more in a series of short talks that promise to expand intellectual horizons.
Seaweed Shed Light on the Evolution of Green Plants » A deep-water seaweed, some of which grow in depths of over 200 meters in clear tropical oceans, are the earliest diverging lineage of green algae and the oldest known multicellular green plant, according to a new study co-authored by Humboldt State University Associate Dean and Biology Professor, Rick Zechman.
CSU Applauds Governor’s Interest in Bolstering Degree Completion Rates » _The following message was provided by the California State University Chancellor's Office._ The California State University applauds the governor for making degree completion a top state priority. Significant progress has been made to boost degree completion rates and the CSU remains committed to reaching even more ambitious degree completion goals and closing the achievement gap among low-income and underserved students.
Congratulations Class of 2016! » Humboldt State University celebrated the graduation of more than 1,700 students in three ceremonies in Redwood Bowl.
Week of: May 01, 2016
CSU Statement on California Faculty Association Contract Ratification » _The following was provided by the California State University's Chancellor's Office._ (May 3, 2016) –– “The California State University is pleased the California Faculty Association (CFA) Board of Directors and membership have ratified the Tentative Agreement. The Tentative Agreement will now be considered by the CSU Board of Trustees at the May 24-25 meeting.”
Engineering Students Share Design Skills With Zane Middle School » From model watersheds to robotics tables that can lead to intense Lego competitions, students at Zane Middle School in Eureka are set to take advantage of design projects from Humboldt State student engineers.
Local Grape Growing Focus of Upcoming Seminar through HSU’s eLearning and Extended Education » Humboldt County “home-grown” takes on a whole new meaning in Viticulture 101, the second of four courses in From Vine to Table: Humboldt Wine Studies Certificate Program being offered through HSU’s College of eLearning and Extended Education.
Donation Dash Makes it Easy to Move Out » With the end of the semester near, students from the Waste Reduction and Resources Awareness Program are partnering with local thrift stores to help students as they move out of residence halls.
HSU Strategic Plan Updates: Doing More By Throwing Out Less » In 2015, Humboldt State produced only 1.06 pounds of trash per employee and .27 pounds per student, well under the goals set by the "California State Agency Reporting Center": of 10.7 pounds per employee and 1.9 pounds per student. This report is one of the recent updates to HSU’s Strategic Plan, available online.
HSU Caps off Year with Three Commencement Ceremonies » Humboldt State University’s Class of 2016 takes the stage in Redwood Bowl for three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14.
Humboldt State Student Named Best Columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists » The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named Humboldt State University student Tina Sampay the best student columnist in the southwest for colleges and universities with an enrollment of under 10,000 students.
Week of: Apr 24, 2016
Prestigious Endorsement for HSU’s Accounting and Finance Programs » Humboldt State University’s accounting and finance program, part of the School of Business, has been endorsed by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession.
‘Child’s Skull’ Painting on War Experience in Prominent NYC Exhibition » Marie Campfield’s recent painting, “Child’s Skull, Kandahar Province,” is part of the prestigious Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City in May. Campfield is the first Humboldt State student to have work accepted in the competition.
Associated Students Announces Spring ‘16 Election Results » Nearly 700 people voted in the recent Associated Student elections, or a total of 8.4 percent of the 8,210 eligible voters. Voters overwhelmingly supported Jonah Platt for A.S. president, giving Platt, who ran unopposed, a total of 611 votes.
Week of: Apr 17, 2016
Housing Fair Offers Tips on Finding a Place Off-Campus » Looking to take some of the confusion out of moving off campus? Humboldt State University's Housing & Residence Life Office hosts an off-campus housing fair with local property management companies on Monday, April 25 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. All HSU students are invited to attend this free informational meeting.
Humboldt County Breast Cancer Survival Rates Compared to Rural and Urban Rates » A recently completed study has found that Humboldt County’s average death rate for female breast cancer, 1990-2010, has been higher than death rates for women with breast cancer in the rest of the state, but that these differences are relatively small.
McCrone Award Winners Honored for Creative Scholarship » Three distinguished faculty members—Tim Bean, Jeffrey Kane, and Meredith Williams—have been selected as recipients of the 2016 McCrone Promising Faculty Scholars Award. Selected for exhibiting potential in a specific field, each faculty member will receive $1,500 to assist his or her program of creative activity, scholarship, or research. This year’s recipients will be formally honored at a reception where they’ll deliver short presentations of their research.
Week of: Apr 10, 2016
Policy Center Hosts Rural Breast Cancer Study Public Forum » The California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) at Humboldt State University and the Breast and GYN Health Project (BGHP) are hosting a series of public forums this spring to share findings of their collaborative study examining differences between breast cancer survival rates in Humboldt County and the rest of state.
Electric Vehicle Charging Network Expands on North Coast » Please Join the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and Schatz Energy Research Center to celebrate the Grand Opening of nine new public electric vehicle charging locations on the North Coast Electric Vehicle Charging Network. The ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 12pm to 1 pm at St. Joseph Hospital located at 2700 Dolbeer Street, Eureka.
HSU Salutes Outstanding Students for 2016-17 » Humboldt State University announced its Outstanding Students 2016-2017 at award ceremonies on April 14.
Associated Students Opens Online Polls April 19-21 » Humboldt State’s Associated Students begins its online election on Tuesday, April 19. Students are asked to vote on executive level officials, college representatives, and student representatives to the University Center board.
Student and Faculty Work Showcased at IdeaFest, April 22 » Humboldt State University’s third annual IdeaFest features research, performances, and projects from HSU students and faculty.
Campus to Honor Renowned Native Artist George Blake with Honorary Degree » The distinguished artist George Blake (Hupa-Yurok) will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, to be conferred by the California State University and Humboldt State University. Blake was nominated by CSU Trustee Hugo N. Morales, who cited Blake’s role in the resurgence of Native California traditional cultural life since the 1970s.
HSU Honors the Year’s Distinguished Alumni » Humboldt State University has been recognizing the achievements of alumni since 1960 when it launched its annual Who’s Who Award. Distinguished alumni are individuals recognized as leaders in their fields, and/or outstanding contributors to their community, nation, or Humboldt State University. Here are this year's winners.
White House Names Humboldt State Student as ‘Champion of Change’ » The White House honored a Humboldt State student on Thursday for her efforts to prevent sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking at colleges through a grassroots campus organization.
Week of: Apr 03, 2016
Faculty Union & CSU Announce 48-Hour Blackout on Strike Preparations, News & Communication » The following statement was released by the CSU Chancellor’s Office: There is hope that talks between the California Faculty Association and the California State University may avert a five-day, systemwide strike on all 23 campuses scheduled to begin April 13.
CSU and CFA To Announce Tentative Agreement » _The following message was provided by the California State University Chancellor's Office._ California State University and California Faculty Association leaders will hold a joint news conference call for news media to announce a tentative agreement on a reopened contract between the university administration and faculty union.
Updates on HSU Strategic Plan » Humboldt State continues to implement priorities outlined in its Strategic Plan. News and updates about progress are posted on the strategic planning website, and recent items include:
CSU and CFA Leaders Reach Tentative Multi-year Agreement » Today the California State University announced it has reached a tentative agreement with the California Faculty Association (CFA), resolving a year-long dispute over faculty salaries and averting planned strike activity next week by the CFA. Under the tentative agreement, which must be approved by the CFA Board of Directors, ratified by CFA members and approved by the CSU Board of Trustees, all faculty unit employees will receive 10.5 percent in general salary increases over a three-year period (fiscal years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18). If the tentative agreement is approved and ratified, faculty unit employees will receive a 5 percent general salary increase on June 30, 2016, a 2 percent general salary increase on July 1, 2016, and a 3.5 percent general salary increase on July 1, 2017. The agreement also includes a 2.65 percent service salary increase for all eligible faculty unit employees in fiscal year 2017-18.
Environmental Justice and Resource Awareness at HSU’s Earth Week » Humboldt State’s Student Sustainability Coalition marks Earth Week with a series of events April 18-20.
Teaching Social Justice Issues—to Fourth Graders » It’s a basic coming-of-age story about a Mexican-American girl whose family lives a small one-bedroom house. But when read to a group of fourth graders in a Del Norte County classroom, “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros became a catalyst for cultural mindfulness.
Week of: Mar 27, 2016
HSU Boosts Campus Composting » Humboldt State University is taking a big step toward reducing its food waste with the introduction of a broad food waste program that promises big results.
Outstanding HSU Faculty Honored » Since 1964, Humboldt State has honored outstanding faculty. Here are recipients of the 2015-16 Distinguished Faculty Award.
Humboldt County’s Woman of the Year » North Coast State Sen. Mike McGuire named Humboldt State’s California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) Executive Director Connie Stewart as Humboldt County Woman of the Year.
Week of: Mar 13, 2016
Milton ‘Milt’ Dobkin, 1922-2016 » Milt Dobkin, who taught Speech, founded the Humboldt State College forensics team, and served as Vice President of Academic Affairs, passed away on March 10 at the age of 94.
HSU Statement on Pambianco Settlement » Humboldt State University is pleased to share that a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by former employee Dan Pambianco. This settlement ends a time-consuming distraction in which HSU asserts claims were false and lacked evidence.
On Remote Island, Surprise Evidence of Big Tsunamis » A seemingly insignificant find has led to evidence of prehistoric tsunamis on the remote Aleutian island of Sedanka. It also raises the possibility that this section of the Aleutian subduction zone could generate a large earthquake and a powerful tsunami.
HSU Students Head to Statewide CSU Research Competition » Eight HSU students have been selected to participate with students around the state in the California State University’s 30th Annual Student Research Competition.

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