Alumni Stories

Aug, 2023

A photo of Jade Takimoto-Soriano

Building Inclusivity in the Video Game Industry

Playing video games was always a way for Jade Takimoto-Soriano ('16, International Studies) and her family to connect and spend time together. Her love for video games has come full circle as she is now the recruiter of diversity and Inclusion at Bad Robot Games, a video game company founded by renowned filmmaker J.J. Abrams, who made films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek.

Jul, 2023

Jun, 2023

Rebecca Beard is on the Privacy Leadership Team at Meta

Protecting Privacy in the Metaverse

Being part of the Privacy Leadership Team at Meta, Facebook’s parent company, which focuses on developing augmented and virtual reality technology, means thinking outside the box.

May, 2023

El Leñador Alumni from left to right: Vanessa Flores, Kevynn Gomez, Manuel Orbegozo

El Leñador Alumni Reflect, Celebrate 10 Years

Since its inception in 2013, El Leñador, Cal Poly Humboldt’s bilingual newspaper, has given many Humboldt Latinx students a sense of belonging, understanding, and empowerment.

Apr, 2023

Humboldt alum Eddie Pate visits campus to talk inclusion, diversity, equity

Alum Amplifies the Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

When a small pebble is dropped into a still body of water, it creates a small ripple. When another pebble is dropped, it creates another ripple. For Eddie Pate (‘88, Wildlife, ‘93, M.A. Sociology), dropping a continuous pebble of intentional inclusion, diversity, and equitable (IDE) actions gradually changes the flow of systemic inequalities for a more inclusive environment for underrepresented people.
A photo of Kurt McCray ('93, Forestry), Unit Chief for Humboldt, Del Norte, and Western Trinity counties

From Forestry to Fire Chief

When Kurt McCray ('93, Forestry) came to Humboldt in the late 1980s, he knew he didn’t want a career that kept him inside. 

Mar, 2023

Dec, 2022

Giving Inspires Giving

Sherman Schapiro (‘86, Environmental Systems) is proof that giving inspires giving.

Oct, 2022

Sep, 2022

The Picture of Success

Felix Quintana (‘14, Art), whose art has been gaining significant attention, says Humboldt was a huge influence on his artistic development and an important part of his life experience.

Aug, 2022

Jul, 2022

Dedication to Marine Life

If you’ve got a saltwater aquarium with exotic fish and corals, there’s a good chance you’ve dealt with Cal Poly Humboldt alumnus Robert Miller (‘85, Oceanography).

Jun, 2022

Apr, 2022

Meet Oregon's Official Forester

“I’m not a pure forestry guy.” So says “forestry guy” Cal Mukumoto (‘77, Forestry), who was appointed Oregon State Forester last year. “I’ve had a varied career and for me to be in this position is a surprise.”

Mar, 2022

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Nov, 2021

Oct, 2021


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.