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Apr, 2023


Promising Faculty and Staff Honored

The Executive Committee of the Cal Poly Humboldt Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association (Humboldt ERFSA)  is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s awards.

ideaFest 2018 poster presentations at the Library

Here’s to a Decade of Ideas!

What began 10 years ago as an idea turned into ideaFest. Cal Poly Humboldt’s annual extravaganza showcases hundreds of research and creative projects from students, staff, and faculty over the past year.

Students put together a trial run of the ceramics conference show.

Ceramics Students Visit Davis for Renowned Conference

Students of ceramics arts are busy preparing for a whirlwind weekend, April 28-29, at the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts (CCACA), a prestigious gathering of students and renowned artists in Davis, California.

Fifteen graduate students competed at the campuswide Grad Slam competition on March 30; two winners were selected to move onto the statewide competition.

Graduate Students Share Research, Communicating its Significance in Under 3 Minutes

As a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Kinesiology graduate student Peggy Scarborough came across a grim statistic; accidental drownings accounted for 91% of deaths for kids 14 and younger with ASD between 2009-2011, according to the National Autism Association. Her findings inspired her to design an adapted aquatics program and compile data on its effectiveness for her Master’s thesis.

Close up of tree in front of Library

76 Contributors to 50th Anniversary Journal Issue “Becoming a Polytechnic”

The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations (HJSR) celebrates 50 years of publication with the release of the 2023 issue “Becoming a Polytechnic.” Issue editors seeded multidisciplinary conversations that wrestle with pressing local and regional problems as the university embraces its new identity as the third polytechnic in the California State University system.

Winners of the 2023 Champions of Sustainability Awards

Meet Our Sustainability Champs

The seventh annual Sustainability Champion Awards program honors Cal Poly Humboldt employees who have deepened a culture of sustainability on campus, advanced  the integration of sustainability into academics or student life, or have reduced the University’s environmental footprint. 

WRRAP student on a bike towing compost bins for food scraps.

Zero Waste Kudos

Cal Poly Humboldt is on the road to zero waste, and for its efforts was recognized by the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) with a bronze Zero Waste Certification.  

Founders Hall wide angle

800 Students and Their Families Visiting Humboldt for Spring Preview

Cal Poly Humboldt’s annual Spring Preview for admitted students will take place on Saturday, April 22. The University anticipates hosting 800 admitted students and their families, nearly 2,000 total visitors for the event. The University’s Preview Plus program will bring around 160 students to campus by bus.

A variety of events and activities are planned during Earth Week, from volunteering opportunities to free plants and skillshops.

Earth Week 2023

A reverence for the environment is instilled in the Humboldt experience, whether it’s via the graduation pledge, or by participating in the many sustainability-driven efforts on campus. Each April, members of the university community affirm these values during Earth Week celebrations.

Dr. Mitch Mitchell

New AVP of Student Success and Dean of Students

“I'm excited to learn more about and collaboratively build upon Cal Poly Humboldt's rich legacy of student success,” Dr. Mitchell says. He will lead student advocacy and support efforts and direct many services that promote inclusive student success.

Founders Hall wide angle

Panelists Critique “How News Media Cover Cannabis”

Humboldt County has historically been an epicenter of knowledge about the cannabis plant. As the University welcomes its new Cannabis Studies program this fall, experts from different industries throughout California will converge on campus to exchange knowledge about the complexities of cannabis media coverage.

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 Cal Poly Humboldt students holding up another student in the forest.

Inaugural Giving Day Raises $140K

Cal Poly Humboldt’s inaugural Giving Day was an astonishing success as the Humboldt community came together and raised $140,638 in one day! Among the day’s numerous highlights, donors contributed to

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. 

Issues of Toyon

Toyon Focuses on Written and Visual Art

This issue of Cal Poly Humboldt’s multilingual literary magazine seeks to break the taboo of sex with a collection of diverse voices celebrating sex, gender, and intimacy.