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Humboldt Alumni Newsletter - June 2014

HSU Celebrates ‘New Century’ Class

grad photo with Rollin Richmond

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Humboldt State’s ‘New Century’ Class received diplomas in three ceremonies in Redwood Bowl. Thousands of graduates and their friends and family members packed the arena, as President Rollin Richmond, who will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2013/14 Academic Year, delivered commencement addresses to all three Colleges. Rep. Jared Huffman addressed the College of Natural Resources & Sciences ceremony.

Among those honored was Herrmann Spetzler ('87) who received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his longtime contributions to rural health care in California.

Remembering Those Lost in the I-5 Charter Bus Accident

candle at memorial

On April 10, 2014, the HSU community was devastated by the news of a bus crash that took the lives of five high school students, an HSU admissions counselor, two chaperones and the drivers of both vehicles.

Immediately after the tragedy, alumni, faculty members, staff and students sought ways to show their support. One result is a pair of scholarships recognizing the victims’ dedication to expanding access to education. They are the Michael Myvett and Mattison Haywood Memorial Scholarship, which honors the two alumni chaperones, and the Arthur Arzola Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes the HSU admissions counselor.

To date, the funds have received more than $100,000 total in contributions and matching funds from the HSU Advancement Foundation, and they continue to grow.

More information about the I-5 Charter Bus accident and the scholarships is at humboldt.edu/busaccident.

HSU Rowing Wins Second National Title

HSU Rowing Team

A chance of a lifetime was fulfilled recently as the Humboldt State rowing team for the second time in three years hoisted the NCAA Division II National Championship title at Indianapolis' Eagle Creek Park. Read More »

Recent Happenings

Catch up on all the latest Humboldt Alumni events at Flickr »

Humboldt State Honors Dinner »
Dance of the Century »
Dance of the Century
Founders Day »
lucky bobblehead at Founder's Day
Outstanding Students Awards »
Outstanding students

Alumni Profiles

Mary Wagner: Seeking Grass Roots Solutions

Dan Mroain Finding a common goal—often from differing perspectives — is imperative to addressing local, national and worldwide issues, according to Mary Wagner, associate chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Read More »

Andy White: Advocating for Human Rights, Access to Natural Resources

Andy White From his office in the nation’s capital, Andy White has an expansive view of the world. The Humboldt State University graduate (‘83, Forestry) sees women’s rights being tromped on in places like Liberia and China. He sees the deforestation of Indonesia. He watches governments grabbing land that has long been home to impoverished peoples of Africa. Read More »

Updates From Campus

HSU Receives $5.8 Million Federal Grant for Innovative Biomass Research
SCUBA Students Submerged in Safety and Science

Volunteer Opportunity

Nothing speaks more highly of a university than successful alumni who enthusiastically serve and support it. However you chose to help, you'll walk away with a sense of accomplishment and pride, knowing that you truly made a difference in the lives of students and alumni. Take a minute to find out how you can get involved with your university!

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Humboldt Quiz

Show how much you know about Humboldt State and win great Humboldt prizes. Just click the answer button to respond. Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for a cool Humboldt prize.

HSU recently received a $5.8 million grant to study the potential of converting ‘forest residues’ to energy sources and other products. What are ‘forest residues’?

A. Saps and nectars secreted by plants and trees
B. Limbs, treetops and other waste materials left on the forest floor after timber harvesting
C. Mosses, lichens and other simple, slow growing plants living in the forest
D. Forestry equipment left behind by harvesting operations

Submit a Answer

Congratulations to Sue Grigsby, ('97 Recreation Administration) winner of the most recent Humboldt Quiz!

Questions? Comments? Rants?

We'd like to hear from you:
alumni@humboldt.edu or 707.826.3132

Address: Nelson Hall East 112
1 Harpst St Arcata, CA 95521

Christy Khattab

Christy Khattab (’95)
Humboldt Alumni Office


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