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Boldly Rising Campaign Surpasses $50 million Goal

Cal Poly Humboldt’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign has surpassed its goal of at least $50 million, with thousands of people giving at record levels to support dramatic growth in student scholarships and campus programs. The campaign goal was reached more than a year early.

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A photo of a student holding a sign with South Africa written on it to represent the country in Model UN.

Students Increase Confidence and Defy Expectations at Model United Nations Conference in New York

Over the last year, several dozen students spent months analyzing the complex challenges facing Algeria, Ethiopia, Malta, and Guinea-Bissau, preparing how best to represent their assigned countries.

A photo of the three ceramic mugs made by Cal Poly Humboldt students to gift to donors.

Unique Ceramic Mug Project Unites Artistry and Appreciation

The Cal Poly Humboldt Foundation partnered with the Ceramics Area of the Department of Art + Film’s Ceramics Club of Cal Poly Humboldt to create and produce over 400 Cal Poly Humboldt-inspired ceramic mugs as a unique gift for the University’s most generous recent donors.

A photo of members from Charles Darwin University in Australia, the Blue Lake Rancheria, Cal Poly Humboldt, and College of the Redwoods.

New Partnership with Australian University

A new international partnership was formalized earlier this week among Charles Darwin University in Australia and three organizations on the North Coast—Blue Lake Rancheria, Cal Poly Humboldt, and College of the Redwoods.

A photo graphic of two runners on a treadmill, one with the torso flex angle and the other without.

Running… Lean into it, But not too much

A new study by researchers at Cal Poly Humboldt and the University of Southern California sheds light on an unexpected benefit of leaning forward moderately while running. The paper will be published online in  PLOS ONE journal on May 29.

Alumni & Donor Stories

A photo of alum Jess Whatcott, a Women's Studies Professor at San Diego State University.

Alum Inspires Change as Women’s Studies Professor at SDSU

With the help of dedicated faculty, Jess Whatcott (‘04, Political Science, ‘11, Environment & Community) discovered their passion for education during their time at Cal Poly Humboldt.

A photo of the Welsh family. From left to right: James F. Welsh, Suzanne Welsh Kathleen Welsh, Maureen Welsh.

$500K Gift Brings Advanced Microscope to Cal Poly Humboldt, Revolutionizing STEM Research

When Dr. Kathleen Welsh asked her father, Emeritus Professor of Zoology James F. Welsh, how else she could support Cal Poly Humboldt, he told her to consider the students' hands-on learning

A photo of Ariel DeLara wearing sunglass near a beach.

Alum's Journey to Environmental Stewardship

Ariel DeLara (‘15, Rangeland Resource Science) now works as a district conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, where he's dedicated to environmental stewardship and conservation.

A photo of Susan Edinger Marshall on a fieldtrip with students

Emeritus Professor Establishes Endowment Fund in Honor of Soil Science Mentor Steven E. Slusser

Rangeland Resource and Wildland Soils Professor Emeritus Susan Edinger Marshall established the Steven E. Slusser Memorial Endowment with a $25,000 gift.

Campus Achievements

Updates about the latest accomplishments—including latest research, publications, and awards—by students, faculty, and staff
In May, Professor Alison Holmes (Politics) graduated Phi Kappa Phi from Montana State University's Native American Studies Graduate Certificate program. Intended as a way to inform her work with the…
Lucy Kerhoulas received a $50,000 grant from Save the Redwoods League to examine the influences of Redwoods Rising restoration treatments on forest water sources and drought responses in Redwood…
In her new book that came out on May 13, "The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators: How to Teach in a Burning World," Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray draws on a decade of learning from Humboldt…
Dr. Oscar Vargas and collaborators have published a new scientific article "Towards a Monophyletic Infrageneric Circumscription of Adesmia DC. (Dalbergieae, Leguminosae): a Taxonomic…
NSF has awarded a grant to Dr. Oscar Vargas to study the origin and genetics of rare plants in California. The grant includes funds for supporting a diverse students from participate in the project,…

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