Humboldt State University

Alumni Updates

Salina Cuddy, 2011

Salina Cuddy, 2011 English, has begun a Master of Arts program in Sociolinguistics at the University of York in England. Cuddy’s focus is language and power, looking particularly at language and gender as well as language and class.

Jana Rivers-Norton, 1991

Jana Rivers-Norton, 1991, English, is now a tenure-track, full-time English instructor at Cochise Community College in Nogales, Az., after graduating with a Master of Arts degree in English from Humboldt State in 1991. Rivers-Norton also earned a Doctorate in Human Sciences at Saybrook University in 2002.

Kim T. Griswell (formerly Halliday), BA 1993; MA Lit/MATW 1995

Kim T. Griswell, 1993 English, 1995 English, (née Halliday) has been a professional editor for more than 15 years, including a 9-year stint with _Highlights_ (Yes, Goofus and Gallant live on!). Griswell achieved a milestone as a writer this July when she published her first book, _Rufus Goes to School_, with Sterling Children’s Books (a division of Barnes & Noble).

Jessica (Wegman) McLaughlin, 1990

JESSICA (WEGMAN) MCLAUGHLIN, 1990 English, is married and living in Sunnyvale, Calif. She has two daughters and teaches high school English at her alma mater. She loves working with the amazing kids in the area and spends her free time at her daughters’ sports and dance activities.

Josh Bartee, 2011

These days I’m pursuing a PhD in English Literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Since graduating, I have had two papers accepted for conferences. The first, which I presented in May of 2011 to the Robinson Jeffers Association in Monterey, CA, is a look at the poet’s diachronic influence on the environmental ethics of rock climbers. The second paper, presented in November of 2011 to the Western Literature Association in Lubbock, TX, concerns the hominin relationship with fire as read in Loren Eiseley’s “The Angry Winter” and a selection of poems by Robinson Jeffers.

I keep busy studying, cycling and making all kinds of fun connections between poetry and natural history.

Matthew Thomas Brashears, 2007

I’m happy to report that I was recently accepted to a graduate program at The New School. I’ll be working towards an MA in TESOL - a field I was introduced to and excited by when I was an undergrad at HSU.

Carol Renee Croissant White, 1998

Started personal business in garden/landscape consultation for Puget Sound region. Emphasizing ecological responsibility and sustainability.

Lauren M. Connolly, Ph.D., 2006, 2010

Lauren M. Connolly, Ph.D., 2006 and 2010, English, completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at El Paso in rhetoric and composition after earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Humboldt State University. She is an assistant professor at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

Michael Colin Bresnahan, 1995

Michael Colin Bresnahan, 1995, English, married Natalie Rist in April.