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Week of: Feb 17, 2019
High School Students Visit HSU for a NorCal Student Leadership Conference » Humboldt State will host a day-long leadership conference for more than 300 Northern California high school students on Friday, March 1.
When it Comes to Identifying Plants, HSU No. 1 in the Nation » Humboldt State University science students and alumni know their plants.
‘Break that Wall’: 25th Annual Social Justice Summit Coming to HSU » The HSU MultiCultural Center (MCC) will present the 25th Annual Social Justice Summit on campus from Monday, Feb. 25 to Friday, March 2.
Week of: Feb 10, 2019
Panel to Discuss Netflix Series ‘Murder Mountain’ » HSU’s Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (HIIMR) and the Humboldt County Growers Alliance will host “The Other Side of Murder Mountain,” a panel discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room.
Week of: Feb 03, 2019
KHSU Donation Helps Radio Bilingüe Broadcast in Southern California » An equipment donation from KHSU has helped an Imperial Valley public radio station expand its broadcast of Radio Bilingüe.
Where Science, Diversity, and Inclusion Issues Meet » Wildlife biologists often espouse the importance of biological diversity, but what about diversity among wildlife biologists? HSU students and an alumna, plus a student from UC Davis, were determined to answer that question by creating a documentary film.
International Education Week » International Education Week, which begins Feb. 11 at Humboldt State, will feature a keynote address about inequality in food systems.
HSU Ahead of the Sustainability Curve » A new California State University system policy establishes purchasing practices aimed at eliminating disposable plastic items while giving preference to reusable, compostable or recyclable products instead. HSU helped guide the way.
HSU Creates Hundreds of New Jobs for Students » Humboldt State University has created 271 new student jobs, which are being filled this semester as part of an effort to help students pay for college, enhance their skills to build their resume, and engage with campus in new ways.
Week of: Jan 27, 2019
HSU Looks to Expand Team Sports Offerings » Humboldt State University’s Athletics and Recreational Sports departments are teaming up to offer more students a chance to participate in team sports. The two departments, which have always worked closely together, are formally combining this semester.
Presidential Search Committee to Hold First Meeting » The first meeting of the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President will be held in an open forum from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, in the Kate Buchanan Room in the University Center Building on the HSU campus.
Building a Bridge Between Landlords and Student Tenants » Humboldt State University is developing an innovative new housing education program designed to ease housing barriers for students and build a stronger connection between Humboldt County landlords and student tenants.
HSU Searching for Director of New Nursing Program » Humboldt State University has begun a national search for a director to lead an RN-to-BSN nursing program, which could enroll its first students as soon as Fall 2020.
Clear Your Closet, Help Students Dress for Career Success » Humboldt State will be all about careers for students this month with three events: a professional clothing donation drive, a career closet, plus a career expo, where students can network, interview with potential employers on the spot, and get free professional headshots.
Black History and Liberation Month at HSU » Humboldt State University is celebrating Black History & Liberation Month with a series of events, including a lecture by Tarana Burke, founder of the “Me Too” movement, and an open house to celebrate the MultiCultural Center’s 25th Anniversary.
Week of: Jan 20, 2019
Study: Humboldt Bay Bivalve Business Has a Big Local Impact » As the oyster capital of California, Humboldt Bay’s bivalve business is big for the region, with a local economic impact of about $20 million in 2016, according to a survey conducted by Humboldt State University and California Sea Grant researchers.
HSU Awarded $2.7M to Support Hispanic Students Pursuing Teaching Careers » Humboldt State University was awarded $2.7 million to promote teaching as a prospective career for HSU Hispanic and low-income students.
Week of: Jan 13, 2019
Hundreds of Local Eighth-Graders to Tour Humboldt State » More than 350 eighth-grade students from Humboldt and Del Norte counties will get a taste of college life and its opportunities and benefits at an upcoming “I’ve Been Admitted to College” (IBAC) event at Humboldt State University.
Scanning the Lumberjack: Digitizing 90 years of News » Nine decades of HSU history – as recorded by student journalists for the Lumberjack newspaper – will be scanned and made searchable online.
Week of: Jan 06, 2019
CSU Funding Priorities Supported in Governor’s 2019-20 Budget Proposal »
Week of: Dec 02, 2018
Prepping and Staying Healthy for Finals » Winter break is almost here. Ease the stress and prepare for finals with therapy dogs, tutoring, and a series of activities to get you through the week.
@LivefromHSU: How Students Are Active and Involved on Campus » College is about more than hitting the books. It's also about being part of the campus and local communities -- and Humboldt State students have done just that over the semester.
Week of: Nov 25, 2018
‘Get Ready Humboldt’ - Business Leaders, Students Promote College » A college education means more opportunities in life, and a well-educated workforce can help a community thrive. Those two points are the driving force behind a new campaign called “Get Ready Humboldt: College for a Great Career.” It seeks to increase college attendance rates on the North Coast by inspiring local young people and helping families understand how they can help.
Remembering Stephen Hillenburg » Spongebob Squarepants creator and Humboldt State alumnus Stephen Hillenburg has passed away. His love of marine biology and art inspired and entertained millions of people around the world, and his generous spirit will help many HSU students succeed.
Big Drop in HSU Student Debt » It’s a surprising trend and a bit of a well-kept secret. Even as the nation’s average student loan debt has steadily climbed, it’s actually been going down for students at Humboldt State University.
Week of: Nov 18, 2018
Six Plays–Written, Directed, and Performed by Students » The upcoming Margaret T. Kelso Short Play Festival, which will feature six original plays, provides students the opportunity to show their work in front of an audience.
Week of: Nov 11, 2018
HSU Set to Receive 884-acre Forest » Humboldt State University is on the verge of receiving an 884-acre forest near campus, which will be used for research and field experiences. The effort is possible due to a generous donation from R.H. Emmerson & Son LLC, as well as major grants from state and federal agencies.
Week of: Nov 04, 2018
Housing Liaison Aims to Help Students Avoid Homelessness » Social Work graduate student Chant'e Catt is HSU's new off-campus housing liaison. It’s the first position of its kind at the University and in the 23-campus California State University system.
Chancellor White’s Statement on Thousand Oaks Shooting »
Children’s Book About Tsunami Boat Translated into Spanish » "The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home" is a true story about students in two countries who formed a connection through a natural disaster and a boat. With the help of HSU students, the bilingual English-Japanese children’s book is now available in Spanish.
Week of: Oct 28, 2018
NCAA, Defense Department Expand Concussion Study with $22.5M in New Funding » The world's most comprehensive concussion study is being dramatically expanded with an infusion of nearly $22.5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the NCAA to examine the impacts of head injuries over several years.
Week of: Oct 21, 2018
HSU Initiatives Support Record Graduation Rates » HSU’s Class of 2018 broke new records, with graduation rates for first-time and transfer students hitting all-time highs. The progress was thanks in part to several initiatives designed to support student success.
Week of: Oct 14, 2018
HSU, CSU System Graduation Rates Reach All-time Highs » Efforts to support students through the Graduation Initiative 2025 have led to record levels of student achievement at Humboldt State University.
20th Annual Campus Dialogue on Race » From a discussion on cultural appropriation to a workshop on data-informed conversations of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Humboldt State’s 20th annual Campus and Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR), starting Saturday, Oct. 27, is a weeklong series of programs on racial justice and its intersections with oppression and resistance.
Week of: Oct 07, 2018
$300K Grant to Support HSU Sexualized Violence Prevention Efforts » HSU was recently awarded a $300,000 Department of Justice grant to continue supporting the student-led CHECK IT movement and other award-winning efforts to prevent and respond to incidents of sexualized violence.
Week of: Sep 30, 2018
President Rossbacher to Retire From CSU » Lisa A. Rossbacher, who has served as President of Humboldt State University since 2014, announced today that she will retire from the California State University system after the 2018-19 academic year.
Where We Sit and How Often We Sit There » A team of Humboldt State students launched SpaceUse, open source software designed to record Library seating information on a tablet and quickly produce data reports.
25th Annual Indigenous Peoples Week at HSU » Humboldt State University American Indian faculty, staff, and students will host the 25th Annual Indigenous Peoples Week October 8-12. HSU events and activities are focused on Indigenous issues, ideologies, and methods.
Week of: Sep 23, 2018
HSU Celebrates 30 Years of the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Scholarship » Since 1988, the Patricia D. & William B. Smullin Scholarship has supported talented HSU students from North Coast high schools who embody a creative and innovative spirit.
Week of: Sep 16, 2018
Study Counts more than Half a Million Shorebirds, Highlighting Importance of Humboldt Bay » A new study shows Humboldt Bay to be one of the key sites in the western hemisphere for dozens of species of shorebird including western sandpiper, marbled godwit, and long-billed curlew.
Job Hunting? Say Hello to Handshake » The process of finding jobs and networking with potential employers is now easier for Humboldt State students and alumni with HSU Handshake, a career development platform used by hundreds of universities nationwide.
Five-time Grammy Nominated Pianist Ursula Oppens to Perform at HSU » Humboldt State University's Department of Music is presenting a special solo piano recital featuring the legendary American pianist Ursula Oppens on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall. Her performance is part of a three-day residency at HSU, where she’ll work with students and offer a free public piano master class on Sept. 27, noon - 2 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
Week of: Sep 09, 2018
HSU a Top University in the West » Humboldt State University has been named a top University in the West by the U.S. News & World Report.
How Do Ticks Survive Between Meals? Vitamins » One Pacific Northwest tick is quite the survivor.
The Hub of HSU Student Food Programs » On any given day throughout the year, you'll find students in Room 122 picking up free, nutritious items from the food pantry, sharing meals, or simply having coffee together. This warm and welcoming space is the heart of HSU Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs.
Week of: Sep 02, 2018
HSU Student Beats the Odds, Wins $9,000 CSU Scholarship »
Block Party on the Plaza » Humboldt State will host a downtown block party for the first time on Friday, Sept. 14.
Student Beats the Odds, Wins $9,000 CSU Scholarship » Raised by a drug-addicted mother and her grandparents, Angelina Torres was once told her place was in the home—not college.
‘SpongeBob’ Creator and Wife Make $135K Gift to HSU » Stephen Hillenburg ('84, Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation) is best known for making a lighthearted—and significant—contribution to the appreciation of marine life through the creation of the hit animated television series “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Week of: Aug 26, 2018
We’re a ‘Cool School’ » When it comes to sustainability, Humboldt State is doing well, according to the Sierra Club’s annual “Cool Schools” ranking.
HSU Among the Best in College Rankings » From ‘Best in the West’ to a ‘Cool School,’ HSU makes the cut on several college rankings for 2018.
HSU and the 2018-19 California Budget » California’s 2018-19 Budget, signed by Governor Brown, includes $197.1 million in ongoing funding for the California State University (CSU) and an additional $161.6 million in one-time funding.
Professor Honored for Innovation and Leadership » HSU Professor of Social Work Jennifer Maguire, who has conducted groundbreaking research into student food and housing insecurity, is among 26 faculty members in the California State University (CSU) system who received Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards for their commitment to student success.
Week of: Aug 19, 2018
Text of President’s Fall Welcome » The content from President Rossbacher’s Fall Address is available online. It includes both the slides and her prepared remarks.
Retired HSU Professor’s Love of Science Inspires $154,000 Gift » Humboldt State Biology students who plan to pursue a graduate degree will soon have significant support from a scholarship established to honor retired HSU Professor James F. Welsh’s dedication to teaching.
State-of-the-art Ocean Chemistry Monitoring Comes to Humboldt Bay » Humboldt Bay is now home to one of the most advanced ocean chemistry monitoring instruments in the world.
Week of: Aug 12, 2018
Major Construction, Relocation Coming to Campus » Humboldt State University’s campus will soon undergo significant changes with a $34 million seismic retrofit on the Library and Theatre Arts buildings, scheduled to be completed by Fall 2019.
Innovative New Position Helps CR Graduates Continue Education at HSU » College of the Redwoods students will have a new resource when the semester starts on August 20: a dedicated Humboldt State University employee working full time on the CR Eureka campus to help students prepare for eventual transfer to HSU.
Move-in Moments » Move-in day was a big success. Welcome to all the new and returning students! Browse through photos of move-in "here":, and watch our welcome home to Humboldt "video":
Week of: Aug 05, 2018
Fire Drill Wednesday, Aug. 8 » Housing & Residence Life will hold an emergency simulation on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. to test campus and community response teams.
Welcome Back to Humboldt State! » Humboldt State is welcoming back students for the Fall Semester.
Week of: Jul 22, 2018
Humboldt State University to Host Fourth Annual Teachers Summit »
HSU Earns 8-Year Accreditation » Humboldt State University’s accreditation has been reaffirmed for eight years by the WASC Senior Commission for Universities and Colleges (WSCUC), the organization responsible for certifying institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific.
Week of: Jun 24, 2018
CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White’s Statement on 2018-19 State Budget »
Week of: Jun 17, 2018
Artwork by 2018 Graduates on Display at Third Street Gallery » Humboldt State University Third Street Gallery presents _Dog Summer: Young Alumni-2018_, on exhibit from July 1 through Sept. 2. The exhibition features works by the 2018 graduates from Humboldt State’s Art Department. The title of the exhibition takes its name from the Chinese zodiac.
Week of: Jun 03, 2018
HSU Joins Effort to Create New Student Housing »
Week of: May 27, 2018
KHSU to Help Test Earthquake Early Warning System »
Death Valley Tests Outdoor Leadership » Located in Eastern California and stretching into Nevada, Death Valley is known to be the hottest place in the world and the driest spot in North America, receiving an average of fewer than 2 inches of rain a year.
Week of: May 13, 2018
HSU Basketball’s Kindall Murie Awarded NSF Fellowship Grant »
Dedication of the Schatz Center West Wing »
Week of: May 06, 2018
Students Win Top Awards at CSU Research Competition » HSU students took home awards at the 32nd Annual California State University Student Research Competition at CSU Sacramento.
California State University Responds to Governor’s May Budget Revision » _The following is from California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White._
Congratulations to the Class of 2018! » Humboldt State University celebrated the graduation of more than 1,900 students in three ceremonies in Redwood Bowl.
Week of: Apr 29, 2018
HSU Announces Hundreds of Thousands in Scholarships » Humboldt State University has already awarded about $425,000 in scholarships for the next academic year, providing financial support to hundreds of incoming and current students.
New After Hours Space for Study » Students wishing to study late into the evening and early morning have a new option on campus.
Donation Dash Reduces Waste on Move-Out Day » Humboldt State University’s Donation Dash is making moving out a lot greener.
Fifty Years of Community Engagement and Service Learning » For 50 years, Humboldt State’s Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.) has engaged with the community, growing from a single, student-initiated youth tutoring program to 14 volunteer programs that give students an opportunity to learn while addressing community issues.
HSU Caps off Year with Three Commencement Ceremonies » Humboldt State University’s Class of 2018 takes the stage in Redwood Bowl for three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12.
Week of: Apr 22, 2018
Meet Our 2018 Distinguished Alumni! » Humboldt State University has been recognizing the achievements of alumni since 1960 when the University launched its annual Who’s Who Award. This year, we celebrate six alumni who have been recognized as leaders in their fields and have been outstanding contributors to their community, nation, or Humboldt State University.
HSU Press Presents Bilingual Children’s Book » The kids will love what? That’s the question that an emu asks a music teacher in a new bilingual, children’s picture book authored by Peter Jain and illustrated by South Bay & Pine Hill Elementary School students.
New Options Save Students $1 million in Books Since 2016 » Humboldt State University faculty have saved students $1 million in textbook costs since 2016 by adapting their teaching materials and classes.
Week of: Apr 15, 2018
Earth Week Events Highlight Environment and Social Justice » Humboldt State University joins universities and colleges around the country to celebrate Earth Week, a series of campus events leading up to Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Events are free and open to the public.
An Unprecedented Look at CSU Students’ Food and Housing Insecurity » It’s a startling and important pair of statistics: 42 percent of California State University students experienced low food security, and 11 percent reported being homeless at some point during the previous year.
California State University Will Not Increase Tuition in 2018 » Chancellor Timothy P. White seeks proper state funding in the best interests of California’s future.
Week of: Apr 08, 2018
Clothing Closet Outfits Students with Professional Wear » As the semester nears an end, the Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC) will offer free, gently used clothing to students launching their careers and looking for summer jobs and internships.
HSU Budget Cuts Spending, Prioritizes Classes and Student Support »
HSU to Close Third Street Gallery »
CR and HSU host North Coast Homelessness & Housing Insecurity Summit, April 25 » College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University will host the North Coast Homelessness & Housing Insecurity Summit on April 25, 2018.
Humboldt State’s Outstanding Students of 2018 » Humboldt State University's Outstanding Students of 2018-2019 were honored at an awards ceremony April 11. Congratulations to all the winners!
Memorial Grove Established at HSU » Humboldt State University has designated an area on the eastern portion of campus as memorial grove, which will be a place to celebrate the lives of those who were a part of the HSU community.
Faculty and Student Honored for Creative Scholarship » Humboldt State University faculty members--Native American Studies Professor Cutcha Risling Baldy, Psychology Professor Amanda Hahn, and Geology Professor Melanie Michalak--have been selected as recipients of the 2018 McCrone Promising Faculty Scholars Award.
Week of: Apr 01, 2018
For 50 Years, Teaching Children and Learning from Them » At first glance, the Swetman Child Development Laboratory (CDL) looks like a typical preschool with children playing with toys and creating art in a classroom. Unlike a regular preschool, it’s a hive of teaching and learning for children, staff, and Humboldt State University students and faculty.
Poetic, Vivid Exploration of North Coast History » Local author, poet, and educator Zev Levinson explores the colorful history, rich diversity, and stunning geography of the North Coast through a blend of lyrical poetry and archival photography in his new book, _Song of Six Rivers_, published by Humboldt State University Press.
World’s Oldest Student-run Film Festival Returns » Billed as the world’s oldest student-run film festival, the 51st Humboldt International Film Fest returns April 18-21 to the Minor Theatre in Arcata.
Week of: Mar 25, 2018
Students Head to System-wide Research Competition » Twelve Humboldt State University students have been selected to represent the campus at the 32nd Annual California State University Student Research Competition, May 4 and 5, at Sacramento State.
11th Annual California Indian Big Time & Social Gathering » Humboldt State University will host the 11th annual California Indian Big Time & Social Gathering on Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in HSU’s West Gym. The event is free and open to the public.
Week of: Mar 18, 2018
HSU Does it Again! Student Heads to National Theater Arts Competition in D.C. » For the fifth consecutive year, an HSU Theatre Arts student is heading to Washington, D.C. for a prestigious theater competition.
Oh SNAP! Receives $77,000 Grant to Expand, Add Food Program Services » Dedicated to helping food insecure students, Humboldt State University’s Oh SNAP! program will receive a $77,000 grant from the California State University (CSU).
Sustainable Futures Speakers Series: ‘Restoring Redwood Forests in a Changing Climate’ »
Week of: Mar 11, 2018
Professor’s Dangerous Rescue Effort Earns Coast Guard Honor » HSU Mathematics Professor Chris Dugaw was recently awarded a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Medal for his role in a dangerous, stormy, nighttime rescue in the forest in 2016.
Donate Meal Plan Points, Help Other Students » At the end of each semester, some students find they have extra meal plan points that they haven’t used to purchase food on campus. Now, those points can be put to good use: helping other students.
Week of: Feb 25, 2018
Spanish-language Radio Programming to Reach More Listeners » Humboldt State University’s new Spanish-language public radio programming is expanding its reach to most of the North Coast.
Week of: Feb 18, 2018
Schatz Center Receives $5M Grant for Airport Microgrid » A cutting-edge clean energy microgrid is coming to Humboldt County’s regional airport.
Humboldt State Recognized Again for Peace Corps Service » More than 850 Lumberjacks have served in the Peace Corps, including 31 currently volunteering worldwide – showing an ongoing commitment to volunteering, communities, and the environment.
Week of: Feb 11, 2018
It’s the 20th Annual International Latino Film Fest! » The 20th Annual International Latino Film Festival will be held February 27 and 28, and March 1 at the Mill Creek Cinema in McKinleyville, 6 - 10:20 p.m.
A Place for Resources, a Resource About Place » The HSU Library will celebrate its new "Special Collections": research space on March 1. The grand opening, featuring distinguished guests and speakers, marks an opportunity for current and future research related to Humboldt County.
Week of: Feb 04, 2018
HSU President Appointed to Lead Native American Initiative » Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher has been appointed to lead an initiative to increase the number of students from Tribal Nations who enroll and graduate from the California State University system.
Professor Helps Leads CSU Study on Student Hunger, Homelessness » A major study on student food insecurity and homelessness affecting students in the 23-campus California State University system was released recently as the CSU held a conference addressing the topic on Feb. 7-8 at CSU Sacramento.
Homeless Students’ Photography to Show Life and Strength » With cameras in hand, homeless college students in Humboldt County will capture their experiences through a new Humboldt State University photo project.
$50k Grant Will Support Community College Transfer Students » The financial future is brighter for students who transfer to Humboldt State from California community colleges.
Week of: Jan 28, 2018
Zero Waste: Learning to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Redesign » The HSU Zero Waste Conference invites the community to explore interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability on Feb. 9 and 10. This year’s theme is “Beyond Barriers: Imagining Our Zero Waste Future.”
Students Raise Money for Disaster Relief in Mexico and Puerto Rico » A Humboldt State community of students, staff, and local businesses helped distant communities rebuild structures and their lives following natural disasters.
Week of: Jan 21, 2018
Schatz Microgrid Project Wins International Energy Award » A groundbreaking renewable energy project led by Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center won the 2018 Project of the Year Award for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Integration at the annual DistribuTECH conference held this week in San Antonio, Texas.
Food Recovery Efforts Gain Recognition » From recycling to donating leftovers, Humboldt State has been lauded for wasting less and recovering more food through a multifaceted approach that involved several departments across campus.
Black History Month 2018 Kicks Off in February » A community leader behind a food revolution in urban areas will help Humboldt State celebrate and recognize African-American achievements throughout U.S. history.
Week of: Jan 14, 2018
Debate Team has a Way with Words » Students recently made Humboldt State history: HSU’s debate team competed on the world stage for the first time ever. “It was nerve-wracking and exciting. I’ve competed regionally but never at this level, and didn’t know what to expect,” recalls Social Work graduate student Ruby Aguirre-Gutierrez.
Real-World Experience By Exploring the Universe » Two HSU students recently had internships that gave them the chance to explore the far reaches of space.
Week of: Jan 07, 2018
Donors Give $6.6 Million to Support HSU Students and Programs Students » With an endowment reaching record levels and strong support from donors, it was an impressive year for giving at Humboldt State University.
Week of: Dec 10, 2017
Humboldt State-based Small Business Development Center Expanding with $1.3 Million Grant » Effective Jan. 1, the Norcal Small Business Development Center program will take over the leadership of the Northeastern SBDC territory to become the 5th largest SBDC network in the country.
Week of: Dec 03, 2017
HSU Mourns Loss of Student Erin Henry » Today we learned of the loss of Humboldt State student Erin Henry. We want to express our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, colleagues, and the faculty and staff who knew her. We ask you to keep her loved ones in your thoughts and comfort each other during this time.

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