Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt
October 2010

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

Staying Safe on Campus

Desiree Perez

Now that the semester is in full swing, your student has probably made some friends, settled into a routine with classes and is ready to let loose after midterm meltdowns – just in time for Halloween.

It might sound like a risky combination – but you can relax, too. I spoke with Lieutenant Lynne Soderberg and Emergency Management Coordinator Jan Marnell of the University Police Department about staying safe on campus. Here are some of their tips for parents to share with students, to put you both at ease.

  • Talk with your student about alcohol use. Responsible drinking is crucial for safety and can reduce the risk of dangers, including falls, car accidents and sexual assaults. Underage drinking is not allowed on campus or in the community.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Know your routes and the possible hazards of each.
  • Be aware of the more than 60 "blue light phones" located across campus. These free, emergency call boxes are well-lit and connect callers to HSU's 911 Emergency Dispatch Center, staffed 24/7. Students can also reach UPD by calling 707-826-5555 or 5555 from any campus phone.
  • In case of an earthquake: Drop, Cover and Hold On until the shaking stops. If you are on the beach or in a low-lying area (i.e., Bayshore Mall or Old Town Eureka), and you feel an earthquake last longer than 30 seconds, abandon what you're doing and get to higher ground. (The HSU campus is well above any tsunami hazard zone).
  • Use the Police Escort System if you ever feel unsafe traveling on campus. UPD will escort students safely between any points on campus, whether on foot, in a cruiser or on bikes together.
  • Carry a flashlight. Even during the day, a power outage could make it harder to get to safety. At home, keep a flashlight and a pair of sturdy walking shoes in a small bag that's easy to locate.
  • Know the evacuation routes and rally points on campus. Evacuation Plans are posted in each classroom, lab and near the interior exits of each building.

HSU has also taken steps to ensure campus-wide safety in case of an emergency. Recently, a new $200,000 audible alert, voice-warning and strobe light system was installed, designed to be effective from every point on campus.

On Oct. 21, HSU will be one of many organizations participating in the Great California Shakeout earthquake preparedness drill. Register to participate.

In case of an emergency, UPD encourages families to:

Students should sign up to receive emergency text message alerts. See instructions for subscribing.

Related links:

Desiree PerezAbout the editor – Desiree Perez is from Corona, Calif., and is a Journalism major with a concentration in Broadcast and an area of study in Film. She is a student writer with HSU Marketing & Communications and volunteer for the Graduation Pledge Alliance. She wants to be a documentary filmmaker before she grows up.

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"Advice for new students: Don't take any of these classes your first semester: Chem 109, Bio 105, Bot 105, Math 105. They are all intensively, high work level classes, and you don't want to overwhelm yourself while you are still adjusting to living on your own in a new place. Also, don't be afraid to go talk to your professors. If you are having a hard time, or if you get sick, or if anything happens, go talk to them. They are people. They are teachers. They sympathize and want you to do the best you can, and almost every one of them will do everything they can to help you out." Read More »

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Students in HSU Professor David Sheerer's film class recently made several videos for Humboldt families. The first in the series shows the hands-on experience that students get while studying in the field and enjoying the great outdoors. See the video now »

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