Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt
March 2011

Hello Humboldt families! We hope this newsletter helps keep you involved with your student's experience at Humboldt State.

Parents & Family Fund Builds Foundation for Student Success

Desiree Perez

It's part of being a parent or family member of a college student: you're always looking for ways to help. And, whether it's sending a care package when your student gets sick or coming up for a visit during Homecoming & Family Weekend, you always seem to find a way.

Thanks to the generosity of parents and families, what was once HSU's biological sciences stock room has grown to become the university's Biology Core Laboratory Facilities. Although you may not have stacked the bricks for this fully-functioning facility that is outfitted with cutting-edge equipment, you certainly laid the foundation. In fact, parents and families contributed more than $380,000 to HSU just last year.

Your donations to the Parents & Family Fund have helped ensure that undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines have hands-on access to the some of the most innovative DNA research and analysis techniques.

"This is really a college-wide lab, more than just a biology lab. I really want to get wildlife students, chemistry students, environmental studies students in here and make this space available to anyone, really, who has the training to use this stuff," says Anthony Baker, manager of the core facilities.

"This facility is a resource. We want people to come in and ask questions. It's great for students; it puts them on the spot and makes them think. Plus it's great training for the real world environment," he says.

So far, students from a number of different majors have used the lab to study global issues like West Nile virus to local issues concerning the North Coast's fisheries. And this is just one example of how donations to the Parents & Family Fund support students.

This year, in conjunction with the Humboldt Loyalty Fund, the Parents & Family Fund is providing:

"These services and programs are essential to enriching the Humboldt experience for our students," says Randi Darnall Burke, Dean of Students. "We are very grateful to parents and family members for their decision to support the university. They are making a real difference in the educational experience of students here."

For more information on the Parents & Family Fund, click here.

Humboldt State is Turning 100

In 2013, we'll celebrate HSU's centennial. We're excited to mark this momentous occasion and need help planning all the fun. If you have ideas for events, activities, art exhibits or anything else, please let us know by visiting

Meet Humboldt: Alexandra Goodell, Biology '08


Humboldt State alum Alexandra Goodell runs her very own carnival and she has appeared on the History Channel--but she is not a circus barker.

Alex is the self-made impresario of the "The Copepod Carnival," a light show starring itty-bitty shrimp named copepods ("koepuh-pods"). Read More »

Overheard this month on the family network

"Just a friendly message to parents of first year students....if you think you will be traveling to Arcata to help your kiddies move out of the dorms in May, beware that most hotels start filling up by February, require a two night minimum and nearly double the price of the rooms. The kids have to be out of their dorms the day of graduation, so it gets a little hectic on campus and in town." Read more »

Latest News from HSU

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Hopping Show - Calypso
Hopping Show

The Humboldt State Calypso band performs at the Fall Percussion Concert. Look for our feature story on Calypso at HSU in the spring issue of Humboldt magazine 2011 in March.

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Important Dates

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    Last day to change class grade option to Credit/No Credit
  • Mar. 14-18
    Spring Break
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Parents & Family Fund

HSU thanks the proud families who supported students last year through the Parents & Family Fund. One such parent who supports the campus is Glenda Hay. "My son is being directly shaped by his experience at HSU. I feel I should do what I can to help HSU in this important task," she said.

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