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Forever Humboldt Alumni Newsletter - March 2015

Giving Back

Forestry’s First Four-Year Working to Create Scholarship

Every month the Forever Humboldt newsletter will highlight ways that you, the alumni of Humboldt State University, are supporting HSU through volunteering, giving, and promoting.

Bob Archibald has always appreciated the benefits of his college education. “I was the first in my family to get a college degree,” Archibald says. “That degree allowed me to go to officer candidate school and opened the door to a second career working for the Bureau of Land Management. Both of my careers were influenced by the forestry degree I earned at HSU.”

A 1959 alumnus, Archibald takes pride in another first—he was a member of the first, four-year graduating class of the Department of Forestry.

Two years ago, Archibald decided he wanted to ensure today’s students have the same opportunities he had by attending HSU. He began his quest to establish an annual Forestry scholarship by seeking out the other members of the inaugural Forestry class of ’59. With help from the HSU Philanthropy & Advancement Offices, Archibald found 11 class members and reached out to them and their families for contributions. Of these alums and their families, seven individuals made gifts totaling nearly $8,000. The efforts and generosity of these supporters led to the awarding of the first “Pathfinder Commemorative Scholarship,” to Anna Gresham from Oakland, Calif., a Forestry Hydrology student who posted a 3.88 grade point average during the 2013-14 academic year.

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Recent Happenings

Pregame Fun

Thank you to those who joined the fun at Forever Humboldt’s Pre-Basketball Reception at Humboldt Brews on Feb. 2.

Both the women’s and men's teams brought home wins against the San Francisco State Gators. Forever Humboldt will be at Lumberjack Arena on Feb. 28 handing out spirit gear. Stop by and say hello.

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Forever Humboldt Profiles

Alumni Scholarship Recipients

Aedan McCluskey and Shawn Thompson are the Spring 2015 recipients of the Alumni Scholarship. The Alumni Scholarship is awarded once each semester to two students related to HSU alumni. Recipients are selected by a committee of HSU alumni.

Aedan McCluskey, the daughter of an HSU alumna, has loved learning about animals since she was a child. By volunteering at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo and working in a veterinary office, McCluskey pursued her dreams of working professionally with animals even before attending HSU.

At the urging of her mother, who fondly remembers earning her Recreation Administration degree, McCluskey enrolled in HSU's wildlife program. She's also earning a minor in Spanish and hopes to enter a career protecting and conserving wildlife.

Shawn Thompson, also the daughter of an HSU alumna, has spent more than a decade involved in the welfare of her community in both public schools and mental health. She is currently at work on a Master’s of Social Work degree. Thompson is actively involved with Hospice of Humboldt and is developing ways to train grief-support volunteers as her capstone project.

As a social worker, Thompson aims to build on her teaching experience and expand her problem solving skills by working with families to develop secure relationships, supportive environments, and a more resilient community.

Volunteer Opportunity

Host or Join HSU Student Send-Offs

HSU is seeking parents and alumni to celebrate the Fall 2015 class by hosting or attending a student send-off party. Parties are held in your area, and Forever Humboldt will provide refreshments, spirit gear, and more. To learn more, email the Forever Humboldt staff at forever@humboldt.edu.

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Mark Your Calendar

Newport Beach ‘Green Investing’ Event

As a leader in sustainability, HSU is taking bold steps to limit the environmental impact of its endowment investments, including a push to reduce its fossil fuel footprint.

Hear from some of the people who made it happen and get ideas for greening your investments. Plus, meet new HSU President Lisa Rossbacher.

When: Friday, March 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fairmont Newport Beach
Cost: $20 per person (beverages and appetizers will be provided).

Register online at forever.humboldt.edu.

California State University Class of 3 Million

Class of 3 Million

This spring we’ll be celebrating the CSU's 3 million and HSU’s 68,000+ graduates!

Take your place alongside the millions of CSU alumni who have shaped California by signing the world’s largest yearbook. It's a great way to connect with HSU and other CSU alumni. Sign-up by May 1 and you will be entered to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student.

Stay connected. Join the online yearbook today!

News from Campus

New Desalination Technology Could Answer State Drought Woes

Could desalination be the answer to California’s drought? A team of researchers from Humboldt State University and the University of Southern California is hoping to find the answer.

Read the full story on Humboldt State NOW »

Putting Arcata’s Community Forest on the Map [With Video]

Last year, when nature lover João Paulo Curti left Brazil and came to HSU as an exchange student, he immediately took to the Arcata Community Forest. His passion has turned into this detailed online interactive map, which lists information such as trail lengths, levels of difficulty, types of trees, and more.

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Featured Benefits

Let Forever Humboldt Boost Your Career

Members of Forever Humboldt have access career resources both online and on campus. Online, members have access to Career Beam where you can find tools for all aspects of the job search and HSU’s Backpacks to Briefcases webinar series, which spotlights HSU alumni who are leaders in their fields sharing valuable career advice. And on campus, the Career Center offers services to Forever Humboldt members.

Humboldt Quiz

March Humboldt Quiz

Show how much you know about Humboldt State and win great 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 Humboldt Alumni sweatshirt.

With 23 campuses, the California State University has more than 3 million alumni. Roughly how many of those are HSU alumni?

A. 50,000
B. 45,000
C. 68,000
D. 100,000

Submit a Answer

Congratulations to Richard Munoz (’09, Natural Resources Interpretation), winner of the February 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)
Alumni & Engagement Office


Jarad Petroske ('06)
HSU Marketing & Communications