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Stars to Rocks

New HSU freshmen whose fascinations range from the center of the earth to the farthest reaches of space will have a new opportunity to live and learn together this fall.

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Greening Up Your Move Out »

Local charities are set to take advantage of would-be trash as hundreds of students prepare to move out of campus residence halls and donate tons of household items, and office and school supplies.

Fisheries Biology Professor, an Inspiration and Mentor, Wins Prestigious Award »

Fisheries Biology Professor Emeritus Terry Roelofs has been awarded the California-Nevada Chapter of the American Fisheries Society’s highest honor.

Coming Together for Support »

The Humboldt State community gathered last Thursday to celebrate the life of 19-year-old student David Josiah Lawson, who was killed on Saturday, April 15. The Kate Buchanan Room was overflowing, with many people standing and others listening on speakers just outside.

New Diversity Office Exec Director Appointed »

Dr. Cheryl Johnson will be the next Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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.

Latest Achievements » all achievements

Student Yaad Rana, Josh Martinez, Toni Castillo, Karen Duarte, Peter Duin, Fernando Flores, Tanya Garcia, Jacob Hurd, Jackson Ingram, Amanda ‘the Destroyer’ Lagasca, Tony Mitchell III, David Rivera, Raymond Rios, Kelly Rodman, and Eunice Romero, Environmental Resources Engineering:

Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering students retain their trophy for the American Society of Civil Engineers Mid-Pacific Water Treatment Competition (MidPac), for the second year in a row, and fourth time overall, leading HSU to have the most wins in this competition. In addition, HSU took Second Place Overall in MidPac, even though the environmental engineering students did not complete in the Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge or Geowall competitions! Tongji University (Shanghai, China) was awarded first place overall due to their first place finishes in the other competitions that HSU did not compete in. The HSU team formed a great sense of camaraderie with the Tongji team, as they supported and cheered each other on throughout the three day conference.

MidPac was hosted by Chico State this year, and was attended by most of the UCs and CSUs in California, along with other international competitors. The competition was extremely close this year, with the ERE’s toughest competitors being Tongji (China), Laval (Canada), University of the Pacific, UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

Midpac consists of four main competitions: Concrete Canoe, Water Treatment, Geowall, and Steel Bridge. There are also three report competitions: Transportation, Ethics, and Water Research, each offering a cash prize. Each competition victory earns the winning school conference points, which are summed at the end and used to declare overall Mid-Pac winners.

HSU has historically competed only in the wastewater treatment competition. This year, HSU also competed in the water research paper category and mini-games. For water treatment competition, the team dedicated an enormous amount of effort into each of the scored categories to earn First Place in Water Treatment:
Construction (Second Place)
Poster Presentation (Tie for First Place)
Powerpoint Presentation (First Place)
Design Report (First Place)
Water Quality (First place).

For the Water Research Report competition, ERE student Peter Duin received a unanimous first place finish in both design report and oral presentation. HSU also won the Scavenger Hunt.

ERE students Yaad Rana and Josh Martinez co-chaired the preparation for Mid-Pac. Other participants were Toni Castillo, Karen Duarte, Peter Duin, Fernando Flores, Tanya Garcia, Jacob Hurd, Jackson Ingram, Amanda ‘the Destroyer’ Lagasca, Tony Mitchell III, David Rivera, Raymond Rios, Kelly Rodman, and Eunice Romero. The students are especially grateful the guidance and feedback from Professors Brad Finney and Margaret Lang.

Student Madison Whaley, Bailey Bergstrom, and Lonny Grafman, Office of Sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability recently announced the winners of the inaugural Sustainability Champion Awards. The award recognizes individuals on campus whose practices have deepened a culture of sustainability, have furthered the integration of sustainability into academics or student life, and/or reduced HSU’s environmental footprint.

This year’s winners are: Madison Whaley (student category); Bailey Bergstrom (staff category; she is also a student), and Lonny Grafman (faculty category).

Each winner received a $250 gift card and an award made by The Sanctuary (http://www.sanctuaryarcata.org/) from reclaimed materials at an awards ceremony during the April 20 Earth Week Keynote Banquet held in the Great Hall.

The call for nominations was announced in early April. The award was open to students, staff and faculty who have worked to advance sustainability. Any student was eligible; however, those faculty and staff members with sustainability in their job title or as an obligatory aspect of their job were not eligible for the award.

The Call for Nominations for the 2018 Sustainability Champion Awards will go out in March 2018.

Faculty Dr. Kerri Hickenbottom and Dr. Leslie Miller-Robbie, Environmental Resources Engineering:

Assistant professor Kerri Hickenbottom and visiting professor Leslie Miller-Robbie co-authored an article on a techno-economic assessment of a closed-loop osmotic heat engine published in the Journal of Membrane Science.
Full article: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2017.04.034

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University Senate Reception - May 9 Academic Senate

End-of-the-year thank you to University Senators for their service. ERFA Faculty Awards presented. All are welcome. Baywood Golf Club 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Charting the Future of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences College of Natural Resources & Sciences

We would like to invite the Campus Community to the College of Natural Resources and Sciences Open Forum event to be held on Friday, April 28 from 11:00AM-12:30PM to learn more about the new strategic plan for the college. The event takes place in the Native Forum, BSS 162.

The CNRS is developing a new strategic plan and the planning committee will share its assessment; a revision of the CNRS Mission, Vision, Values and next steps.

All HSU faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. 

Outstanding Service Award Lecture by Noah Zerbe Politics

Professor Noah Zerbe, Department of Politics, Outstanding Service Award recipient, will give his lecture “Lessons Learned from Years of Service” on April 26 at 5 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre.

Zerbe has had a meaningful impact on the University community. Known as a thoughtful and conscientious leader by colleagues, Noah was instrumental in the creation of the Strategic Plan. As co-chair of the planning process, he led planning groups and later compiled recommendations from disparate groups into one coherent and consistent document. He was also involved in the 2011 transition of the Academic Senate to a University Senate and was later elected Senate Chair. Noah has made, and will continue to make, a lasting contribution to Humboldt State.