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Centennial Roadshow Fall 2013 Wrap Up

Date: November 21, 2013

The HSU Alumni office has recently wrapped up their final Centennial Roadshow for the Fall 2013 season. We have visited alumni in over 11 different cities around the US including but not limited to; Walnut Creek, La Jolla, Monterey, Redding, Anchorage AK, Portland OR, Fresno, Denver CO, Montclair NJ, Boise ID and Bend OR.


Alumni near and far gathered together to reconnect, share old memories and celebrate HSU’s 100th. Many laughs were shared, friendships were made and delicious food was eaten. The Centennial Roadshows this fall were a time to celebrate and remember what it means to be a part of the Lumberjack family.

We loved hearing what our alumni were up to, where they’re working and living and how they are growing or have grown their families. We enjoyed sharing what we’re up to on campus now and what type of programs we have for our students, that our alumni were once a part of.


The Fall 2013 Centennial Roadshows were a hit with almost every event SOLD OUT! We look forward to traveling to our alumni next semester, Spring 2014. Here is a list of the cities we’ll be visiting. Come join us!

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Exploring the Wonder in “Humboldt Unbound”

Date: November 21, 2013

Who in the world was Alexander von Humboldt? During Humboldt State University’s centennial year, this original play about the school’s namesake attempts to capture the spirit of his life as visionary explorer, scientist, godfather of ecology and champion of diversity and freedom.


After more than a year of research and creative contributions, HSU students and faculty in several disciplines have produced a fast and fluid series of transformations creating a dynamic portrait in live theatre, music, dance and spectacle. This original and collaborative HSU production, directed by Dell’Arte’s Michael Fields (‘92, Theatre Arts MFA) with music by Tim Gray, opens for two weekends at the Van Duzer Theatre on Thursday, November 7.
Alexander von Humboldt was one of the 19th century’s most famous figures but is almost unknown today, especially in the U.S. During Humboldt State University’s centennial year, this play about the school’s namesake attempts to capture the spirit of his life as visionary explorer, scientist, godfather of ecology and champion of diversity and freedom.
Humboldt Unbound explores the wonder and perils of his South American excursions, including his efforts on behalf of Indigenous peoples, as well as facets of his important public and personal relationships. But it isn’t a standard biography.
This isn’t an historical pageant,” director Michael Fields said. “Humboldt believed in intuition and emotion and not just scientific rationalism. We want to reflect that on stage.”
Together with Tim Gray’s songs, film and projections, the colorful visual imagery and constantly reassembled set designed by Giulio Cesare Perrone, lighting by Michael Foster and costumes by HSU’s Catherine Brown, the cast enacts connections that transcend a year-by-year narrative.
The project began with Francisco de la Cabada of the HSU World Languages and Culture department, who envisioned a play about Humboldt that began with him addressing an HSU audience during the centennial—which is exactly how Humboldt Unbound begins.
He described his ideas to Margaret Kelso, chair of Theatre, Film & Dance. “As he talked, my imagination just went wild,” she said. “I saw how this could be exploded into something amazing.”
She asked Dell’Arte producing director Michael Fields to become involved, and together with de la Cabada and his colleague (and von Humboldt expert) Lilianet Brintrup, they designed a process that involved courses and informal groups over several semesters before the collaboration continued with the current cast and creative team.
Even before its premier at HSU, Humboldt Unbound has been invited to perform for an international Alexander von Humboldt conference in Santiago, Chile in January.
HSU student Mark Teeter plays Humboldt as the young explorer, while HSU Geography professor Stephen Cunha portrays Humboldt in his later years. Luke Tooker plays Johann Siefert, Humboldt’s last companion who serves as the audience’s guide in this play. The rest of the cast performs multiple roles—not all of them human. The characters include mosquitoes, frogs, meteors and a parrot that is the last speaker of a tribal language.
The ensemble cast includes Giovanni Alva, Ina Loaiza, Samantha Herbert, Kate Haley, Charlie Heinberg, Johani Guerrero, Gaelen Poultan, Chris Joe and Rilo Wage.
Humboldt Unbound is performed in the Van Duzer Theatre at HSU Thursdays through Saturdays, November 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 17. Tickets are $10/$8 students and seniors with a limited number of free tickets to HSU students, available from the HSU Box Office (826-3928). For more information, vist HSUstage.blogspot.com.

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Pastels on the Plaza & the Clarke Museum Celebrate HSU 100

Date: October 08, 2013

This weekend HSU celebrated their 100th with the community at both Pastels on the Plaza and Arts Alive! in Eureka at the Clarke Museum.


The day began with the annual community gathering, Pastels on the Plaza at 9am on the Arcata Plaza. Four talented HSU student artists chalked up two different squares in honor of HSU’s Centennial; Aizik Brown, Rachel Ashman, Christian Mora and Monique Molina.


The next HSU Centennial celebration for the day was hosted at the Clarke Historical Museum beginning at 6pm during Arts Alive! This special HSU exhibit showcase/reception was made possible in part by gifts from HSU alumni and others to the HSU Loyalty Fund.

Clarke Museum

The special reception featured Lost Coast HSU Centennial Big Axe Ale, gourmet cheese courtesy of Cypress Grove Chevre and delicious finger foods.

The evening was a chance for the local community to gather together, celebrate HSU’s 100th and learn more about the campus rich history and plans for the future!
The special exhibit featured displays on Elta Cartwright, KHSU, ITEPP and more. Enjoy the exhibit through December!

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Centennial Homecoming & Family Weekend

Date: October 01, 2013

Forestry Float
Centennial Homecoming & Family Weekend was one for the books! With so many activities, enthused students, alums and community members, just the energy alone was contagious.

The weekend started off with a Throwback Centennial Homecoming parade, which began on campus and toured around the Arcata Plaza. The parade packed the streets with over 600 participants representing various campus units/groups on campus. Each float trailer was donated by a local business and decorated by energetic student groups.
KRFH float
CIP Float
athletics float

The parade was followed by an all campus BBQ and Pep Rally to gear up for the big game on Saturday!

Saturday, the day began with our annual Golden Grad Brunch, where over fifteen alums were honored that graduated from HSU fifty or more years ago.
golden grad

At 3pm, the Homecoming tailgate party began! The parking lot was completely full of a sea of green and gold fans. Delicious food, great conversation and many laughs were shared. For some of our alums, this was the first time back in years so it was an absolute treat to reconnect with old pals and reminisce about the good ole’ days.


The Homecoming football game began shortly after the tailgate festivities at 6pm in Redwood Bowl. Although the Lumberjacks did not take the lead, the evening was still wonderful. Homecoming & Family Weekend ended with a spectacular Centennial Fireworks Show, which had the whole crowd “ooing and awwwwing.”

THANK YOU to everyone who traveled from near and far to join in this special Centennial Homecoming celebration. It was truly a weekend full of memories and great friends. A special thank you to Blue Lake Casino for sponsoring all of the weekends festivities. Another special thanks goes out to our parade sponsors for donating their time and vehicles; JLF Construction, Miller Farms, O&M Industries, Co Op, J&G Landscape, 3 G’s Hay & Grain and McKenney’s Do it Best.

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HSU Centennial Roadshow Kick off in Seattle

Date: September 18, 2013


Good friends, great food, wonderful conversation and many laughs were shared at the first HSU Centennial Roadshow Kick off event in Seattle at Red Hook Brewery. This was the first roadshow of many connecting alumni with their old pals all over the country. Eighty eight enthused alumni came out to celebrate HSU’s 100th and reminisce about the “good ole’ days.”  Sue Grigsby, 1979 HSU alumna was a guest speaker at the event and spoke about her proud connection to the university.

“Even though we were from different years and studies, there is a general camaraderie amongst Humboldt alumni, which made the event feel like a large family reunion!”, said HSU alumna Carol Croissant White.

Each roadshow showcases our exclusive Centennial slideshow and documentary, the ever popular Humboldt Made Raffle, Humboldt Trivia, special guest speakers, updates on HSU, fabulous food and beverages, birthday cake and so much more.

It was a wonderful visit with our favorite Lumberjacks in Seattle. Next stop New Jersey!!



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For the full set of event photos visit: http://bit.ly/1dqlmMC

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For the history books! The HSU Human 100 Aerial Photo.

Date: September 03, 2013

Cherry Picker-Human 100

Nearly 1,000 students, faculty and staff gathered to form a Human 100 to commemorate HSU’s 100th year on Friday, August 30th on the HSU Events Field.
The first 800 participants received a free t-shirt. The event began at 3pm in the afternoon and in just a few short minutes, the t-shirt bins were completely empty.

The photo was a wonderful end to the first week of classes and a great beginning to the HSU Centennial yearlong celebration. Participants gathered in each number to form
the number “100” as photographers from 3 different angles captured the moment including; an airplane, quadcopter and cherry picker lift.

Aerial Quadcopter

Plane-Human 100

To view the aerial video and more photos visit: http://bit.ly/165e9Ck

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HSU Centennial Kick Off Event on the Arcata Plaza!

Date: September 03, 2013

Marching Lumberjacks-Aug 24

An old time fair with a North Coast flair took over the Arcata plaza Saturday, August 24th to celebrate the start of Humboldt State University’s Centennial Year.

Thousands flocked to the city square for an event featuring antique classic cars, kids activities, artisan demos all-day music and much more. With the start of the fall semester, HSU’s yearlong centennial celebration has officially begun. For full list of events and centennial news, visit humboldt.edu/100.

Fire Truck Rides-Aug 24

Live Bands-Aug 24

Antique Cars-Aug 24

Kids-Aug 24

To view the full set of photos from this event visit: Flickr

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What Makes HSU So Special; an Inspiring Story from Roberta Duggan

Date: August 01, 2013


This touching story was read by Roberta Duggan at her retirement farewell party to her friends, family and colleagues. Roberta worked at Humboldt State University in the bookstore for over 20 years. Her passion and love for Humboldt State is evident. It’s people like Roberta that make HSU the special place it is. Thank you Roberta for sharing such a wonderful story with us during HSU’s Centennial year!

I wrote down this story before I fell asleep last night.

It was almost closing time last Friday and a cashier fielded a phone call from an alum who had graduated from Humboldt State in early 70’s. He proceeded to relay information about his class ring that has a small chip in the emerald.  Where else do you call when you think about your college ring…Your Campus Bookstore!

Our cashier put the call through to me and I listened to the long version of the story.  Our alum, Earl, had gone to school on the GI Bill and was an older student in that day and age (age 28). His dad was so proud of him because Dad hadn’t gone to college.  Earl’s dad and his young wife (now married 43 years) went in together to purchase the expensive class ring. The HSU ring was etched with the Natural Resources Honor Society and set with the green emerald.  Earl even told me that he needed a 3.4 overall GPA to belong to the N.R. Honor Society, and he was rightfully quite proud. 

By now, Earl really wanted to share the story of his ring. He hadn’t actually worn it.  It had been stored safely away.  But now, 40 years later, he was thinking about the day that his grown sons would go through his personal effects and they would treasure this special ring. He wanted it perfect! He was determined to repair the chip in the emerald.  He had been to a shop in Portland, OR and the jeweler wouldn’t touch it. Because it is a class ring, it would be under warranty by the company who made it, and unfortunately, the repair was hands off for the jeweler. Without further ado, she wished him good luck.

Indeed, the call has now gone on five minutes, but I am invested in listening to his story. He is one of our Humboldt people.

I told Earl that I would contact our Herff-Jones sales rep and get advice from her.  He proceeded to tell me about his favorite memories at HSU back in the 70’s and how much he and his wife had enjoyed HSU and one more time that they had been married for 43 years! He asked about the weather (don’t they always?) and reminisced about the inches of rainfall during his time at Humboldt.

By Monday, my Herff-Jones rep responded to my email and offered her suggestion.  She suggested that Earl insure the ring and send it off to Herff-Jones.  They would determine if Earl’s ring had been made by Herff-Jones. If so, it would be covered under the Herff-Jones warranty. If it wasn’t a Herff-Jones ring, they would determine which class ring manufacturer had made it and send the ring back to Earl. 
I called Earl back and his wife answered the phone.  He was up on the ladder power washing the house and when he realized I was on the phone, he came dripping into the house to take my call!  He was astounded that I had followed up!  He decided to insure the ring and send it to our ring vendor, Herff-Jones, to begin the investigation and subsequent repair process.  He was so happy and told me how much he appreciated my help.

This story is not about a ring.  It is not about a big sale.  It’s about Earl from Canby, Oregon who wanted to connect with his Humboldt State people. When he dialed that memorable 707 area code, he got more than the HSU Bookstore on the line.  He found someone who would listen and reminisce a little bit about his beloved Humboldt!  He found someone who was willing to take a moment to further enrich his Humboldt connection! 

Once the ring is repaired, the emerald will shine a little brighter because Earl will share his story about the Humboldt people who helped him and how he was made to feel a welcomed member of the Humboldt family. 

Every time you help a customer or greet a visitor, I want you to think of people like Earl. A fresh faced prospective freshman visiting with his family is creating his special Humboldt memories with you!  As I listen and watch you warmly engage with our Humboldt State customers, there is more than a sale going on.  You are making lifelong connections.  The customer you help during HOP with his course materials will eventually become the customer you fit for cap and gown at Commencement.  That same graduate will push a baby stroller through the Bookstore sometime in the future just to say hello and freshen up his Humboldt State gear. And, when HSU Homecoming time rolls around and you have a chance to chat with the Golden Grads, the circle is complete!  As you help them fill their shopping baskets, they will regale you with stories of the good old days that are a part of their Humboldt history.  How extra special it is for you to be a part of HSU’s Centennial Celebration!  The alums will be coming out of the woodwork!

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Humboldt State’s 100th Birthday Festival, Aug 24. on Arcata Plaza

Date: July 25, 2013

Humboldt State University’s yearlong Centennial Celebration kicks off Saturday, Aug. 24, with a 100th Birthday Festival on the Arcata Plaza from 4-7pm. The free event is hosted by the Arcata Chamber of Commerce, Arcata Main Street and the City of Arcata.
The Humboldt State 100th Birthday Festival honors the strong connection between the campus and community.

It features a range of “old-fashioned” entertainment for the whole family, much of it presented by popular community groups.The event begins two hours after the conclusion of the Arcata Plaza Farmer’s Market. However, some events and activities including the daylong musical performances will overlap.

Among the many highlights of the Festival:

Artisan demos by Blue Ox Millworks, Humboldt Hardware and Monument Settings
Free birthday cookies
Forget-Me-Not Photo Booth with historical backdrops
Kids Zone with hands-on activities by the Discovery Museum and HSU Natural History Museum
Fire truck rides by the Arcata Fire Department
Antique car display by Harper Motors
Appearance by the Marching Lumberjacks
Live music by five bands, organized by Humboldt Folklife Society
Puppet shows and strolling performers
Much More

Student radio station KRFH will be on hand to cover the event, the HSU Bookstore will have Centennial-themed goods for sale, and KHSU will have a special sale of old records.
A number of local restaurants will offer special grab-and-go meals, including; Pasta Luego, Luke’s Joint, The Alibi and Café Brio.

Humboldt State Athletics will host an afternoon of softball fun prior to the start of the kick-off event on the plaza. From noon to 4pm, the community is invited to participate in a “pick up” style game and learn softball skills from HSU coaches and players at the Crabs Field.

Looking ahead, Humboldt State’s Homecoming & Family Weekend celebrates the Centennial Sept 27-28. The weekend features a Clubs Fair and Centennial Parade around the Arcata Plaza on Friday. On Saturday, the campus hosts a tailgate party before the football game vs. Dixie State.

Humboldt State University thanks its Centennial Year sponsors. Gold sponsors include; Blue Lake Casino, GHD and the North Coast Journal. Green sponsors include; Cabot Winery, Lost Coast Brewery, Lost Coast Communications, Mad River Brewery, Redwood Curtain Brewery and Six Rivers Brewery. For a full list of events, and more information about Humboldt State University’s Centennial and how to become a sponsor visit humboldt.edu/100 or facebook.com/hsu100.

Humboldt State University’s Centennial is a yearlong celebration beginning in August 2013 and ending in May 2014. This is a time to honor the university’s first century of achievement and to imagine what might be accomplished as its next century begins.

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Sand Sculpture Festival 2013

Date: July 09, 2013

Sand Sculpture1

The Sand Sculpture Festival is an annual event held at the Manilla Dunes, where beautiful sand sculpture creations are on display for the community to enjoy. This year, Humboldt State participated with a sand sculpture of Lucky Logger to pay tribute to the Centennial year. The festival began at 8am and ended around 3pm. Lead artist Mike Craghead and some of our wonderful International Students created this beautiful sculpture. Enjoy the photos!




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