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Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt

May 2013

Catching up between classes

Catching up between classes.

In this issue

What HSU Families are Saying

You recently shared your thoughts and feelings on Humboldt State in the 2012 Parent & Family survey. We're happy to report that most of you are having a great experience. It's been fun passing along your many positive comments, and we'll see what we can do about some of those concerns — although building a high speed rail line between Humboldt and Los Angeles is a little beyond our scope.

To conduct the survey, we sent an invitation to everyone on the Parent HSU Network Google Group (formerly the parent listserv) and the HSU Family Network, and received responses from 391 people. Download the full results here (PDF).

Here are some highlights:
Finances topped the list of things students are asking their parents for advice on (23 percent), which was followed by academics and time management (16 percent each).

Most parents (45 percent) communicate with their students 2-3 times per week and about 20 percent communicate daily. Half of parents (52 percent) agree they are “much more involved” with their students college experience compared with how involved their parents had been with them.

Many parents named individual professors, coaches or advisors who made a difference in their student's life. One wrote, “When [our son] met with his advisor at Humboldt he called home very excited about the personal help he got.”

Of the 83 percent of parents who attended the Humboldt Orientation Program, many felt the sessions on housing on “How to Let Go” were helpful.

Parents communicate with their students across a broad range of platforms and technology including phone calls, email, social networking, Skype, text messaging, and instant messaging. Postal mail wasn't listed as a communications method.

When asked for suggested improvements to the college experience many asked for more communications about campus events and deadlines. This month, we've added more info to the “Important Dates” section of the newsletter, so be sure to check there for the latest.

Stay connected with these important links:

HSU Events (EVERYTHING from concerts to due dates)

Humboldt State NOW (the latest HSU news)

HSU Social (Facebook, Twitter and links to other social media)

Emergency Info

Overheard on Social Media

This month, we decided to compile our favorite social media posts from Spring Preview, an open house held every April for prospective students and their parents. Check out some of the great things students had to say on Facebook and Twitter about their future campus.

Jessica ‏@ViveLaJess 14 Apr
I think I'm 100% on my future school. #humboldtstateuniversity #SpringPreview #Arcata  #NorCal

Wesley Robles ‏@wesleyrobles23 12 Apr
I think i have found my home for the next four years... (:  <3  #humboldtstateuniversity #HSU…

Lisa Drew ‏@lisaadreww 31 Mar 
It's official! #humboldtstateuniversity

Israel Ramirez ‏@israaaa7 11 Apr 
I'm on my way to Humboldt State University, excited to see my future campus. (:

» HSU social media
» HSU Parents & Family Network
» Parents & Family website

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Latest News from HSU

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Campus Bolsters Suicide Prevention Measures

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HSU Ranks Again as Top North American 'Green College'

Meet Humboldt: Professor Rosemary Sherriff

Professor Rosemary Sherriff

Learn how Rosemary and her students research global systems like climate, tectonics, landforms and the patterns of biological diversity.

Read More »

A Bit of Humboldt—Near You

Humboldt Made Mobile

Get the Humboldt Made app on iTunes or Google Play. Or visit and find Humboldt products near you: Cypress Grove and Loleta cheeses, microbrews and wine, grass-fed and organic beef, jewelry and more.

students build a greenhouse
Students in Engineering 305, Appropriate Technology, learn how to use an invasive grass as insulation for the new CCAT greenhouse.
» More photos on Flickr

Important Dates

  • May 10
    Arts! Arcata
  • May 13-17
    Final Examinations
  • May 18
  • May 28
    Summer Instruction Begins
  • June 1
    Humboldt Crabs Baseball Game
  • June 15
    Oyster Festival on the Arcata Plaza
  • June 17-28
    New Undergraduate Student Registration

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