Alumni News

Mildred (Milly) J. Correa, 2017

Mildred (Milly) J. Correa, 2017 Art, has begun a full-time graphic design job doing what she loves for an amazing non-profit, the Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, Calif. Correa writes, “Thanks to my family, friends, and mentors who all encouraged me to pursue my goals to do what I love as a career. Contributing to my community while being able to do what I love is vital, which led me to take the Graduation Pledge. This is just the first step in my post-graduation life but I really look forward to it.”

Brittney Cathey-Adams, 2010

Brittney Cathey-Adams, 2010 Art, received her Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University in 2014. With the support and mentorship of many of her art professors, and especially Professor Emeritus Don Gregorio Anton, Cathey-Adams has achieved one of her goals of teaching photography at the college level. She has had the opportunity to teach four courses in digital and darkroom photography with San Jose State University, create photo curricula for youth programs, exhibit her artwork, give lectures, participate in conferences for her regional chapter of the Society for Photographic Education. She currently works in the San Jose Museum of Art’s Education Department.

Kelly Curtin, 2012

Kelly Curtin, 2012 Art, joined Teach for America right after graduation and taught high school Special Education and English in San Jose, Calif., for the past four years. This past year, Curtin made the switch to Montessori education, and currently teaches middle school humanities at a Montessori middle school in Campbell, Calif.

Hero Burke Smith, 2003

Hero Burke Smith, 2003 Art, is working in the media and textile industry, developing mad lib scripts for newish products.

Peggy Molloy, 1993

Peggy Molloy, 1993 Art, has performed with the Joffrey Ballet, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Opera Company of Boston, and the Dell Arte Christmas Players. She is the current Chairman of the local Advisory Board for the Salvation Army. 

Andrew Michler, attended 1990-1993

Andrew Michler, 1993 Art, just released the book [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture by eVolo Press. [ours] explores sustainable building design. Michler explored and documented the work first hand, and investigates how these buildings function in the context of their culture, environment, and utility.

Peggy Molloy, 1993

Peggy Molloy, 1993 Art, recently earned a master’s degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. Molloy works as a volunteer coordinator for her local Salvation Army branch. She is currently organizing a fund-raiser for the needy through Sewell Gallery in Eureka, Calif., featuring portrait artist Meredith Aldrich. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army.

Cynthia (Cindy) Rawlings (formerly Rawlings Rohde), 1983

Cynthia Rawlings (previously Rawlings Rohde), 1983, art, received Citizen of the Year recognition from the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce in 2013 for organizing the Downtown Coos Bay Wine Walk. Since 2007, the event has earned over $130,000 to support local non-profit organizations including Coos Art Museum and the Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association. Rawlings has lived in the Coos Bay-area since 2001 and has worked at The World newspaper for nearly 8 years. She was president of the Bay Area Rotary club in 2010-11.

Jamey Brzezinski, 1978

Jamey Brzezinski, 1978, Art, recently retired from teaching after a 32-year career as a professor of Studio Art for various California colleges and universities. For the last 20 years he taught for Merced College, chairing the Art, Music, and Drama departments for 12 of those years. Brzezinski was the editorial cartoonist for the Lumberjack from 1977 to 1978 and Northern California editor of Artweek Magazine from 1991 to 1992. He lives with his wife, also a retired art professor, in Pacifica, Calif. He spends his time making art, playing jazz ukulele and bass, writing, and curating art exhibits for the California State Court Building in San Francisco.

Cynthia Ann Rawlings, 1983

Cindy Rawlings is circulation dDirector at _The World_ newspaper in Coos Bay, Ore. In January Rawlings was recognized by the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year for 2012. The recognition reflected community fundraising of over $100,000 since 2007. Rawlings created the Downtown Coos Bay Wine Walk, a monthly event featuring about two dozen local businesses and hundreds of patrons. It happens the first Friday of every month except January. All proceeds are passed through to local non-profit organizations.

Christina Paleno Ericksen, 1978

CHRISTINA PALENO ERICKSEN, 1978 Art, is enjoying a rewarding career in graphic design with a successful national company—all while living in Humboldt County. It doesn’t get any better.

Benjamin Jackson, 2010

I am currently a graduate student at Syracuse University working towards my MFA in Art Photography.

M. Rose "Shoshanna" Anthony, 2003

Lecturer Rose “Shoshanna” Anthony created and performed a collaborative dance tribute for Nawal El Moutawakel, the first Olympic Gold Medalist from Morocco, first woman Gold Medalist from all of Africa and International Olympic Committee (IOC) leader, as she was inducted into the International Hall of Fame of the International Women’s Forum in San Francisco on Friday, October 26, 2012. She was joined in this endeavor by her Ya Habibi Dance Company (including many HSU students and alumni) and a group of Moroccan style dancers led by Bay Area dance artist Hannah Romanowsky in a colorful and festive dance celebration.

Jane McKay, 1990

Recently completed BSN currently enrolled in MSN. Named Clinical Supervisor of Hospice, Signature Hospice, Porltand Oregon.

Libby Maynard, 1971 & 1982

Co-founded The Ink People, a community arts organization, with Brenda Tuxford (MA in Art 1980, deceased) in 1979. I have continued to be an active artist. The Ink People has facilitated over 200 community arts projects and currently oversees more than 60. In 2011, I received the Selina Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for excellence in community arts leadership. In 2005, I received the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award from the California Association of Nonprofits, as examples of many other awards.

Judy Chance Hope, 1971

Having worked as a ceramist and drafter (both mechanical and architectural) while painting when I could, I shifted my focus to painting 15 years ago. Last year I received a gold medal award for a painting of redwoods in Jedediah Smith Park from the Redwood Forest Foundation. I work in acrylic and oil and have work in collections all over the country and Europe.

My husband, also an HSU grad, and have one daughter who is an artist in NY. We have a small farm in rural Menocino county where we grow organic veggies, flowers and chickens. We have a wonderful pug to guard us.

Jessica Hoffschildt, 2003

currently working at Kinoshita Circus in Japan

Valerie Pexton, 1986

MA in English, University of Wyoming 2001
MFA Creative Writing, University of Wyoming 2008

Kacie Erin Flynn, May 15, 2010

During my undergraduate years with HSU I held an internship at Morris Graves Museum of Art. I was soon brought on staff to teach art lessons as part of the Second Saturady Family Arts Day. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and since then have become the Museum Manager at Morris Graves in charge of special programs and events. I was also invited to show in the Young Alumni Exhibition “Fresh Meat” at First Street Gallery last August. In addition to my job with MGMA I now work on campus in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs as a Grant Coordinator. In my free time I volunteer as a Club Adivsor to Delta Phi Epsilon as well as serve on Staff Council. I paint/sketch in my studio in Arcata and have works scheduled to exhibit in 2012. I <3 the HSU ART DEPARTMENT!!! Thank you for the wonderful education and the amazing professors!

Andrea Castillo, 2011

Recently graduated in Art Studio and am working for a non-profit Center for the Arts in Los Angeles at a Summer Art Camp for kids.

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