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2015 Constitution Day at HSU Quiz Bowl

The California Coast Commission will be meeting on campus 9/10/15

The California Coast Commission will be meeting on campus in the Great Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Sept. 10. Students interested in the planning and political aspects of the Coastal Commission are encouraged to attend.
There is also an open reception for the Coastal Commission, to which students are invited, on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center. There will be shuttles running between campus and HBAC during the reception, but it would be helpful to have a list of names of the students who might plan on using the shuttle, so if you plan to attend, please contact Steve Smith, dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences, by Friday, Sept. 4. His email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Politics alumnus to speak April 18

2015 Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series

“Be Involved, Apply What You’re Learning on a Daily Basis: Making a Practical Application of What You’ve Learned”

Speaker: Richard Hicks, Politics alumnus, 1983

Saturday, April 18, 3 p.m., Goodwin Forum

With a passion for opening the door to education, Richard Hicks made a lasting impact on the HSU community during his time as a student and throughout a long, successful career as outreach counselor and program director.

While attending HSU, Hicks became well known as an outstanding student-athlete. He was inducted into the HSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992, and played professional football with the NFL and CFL. But Hicks’ talent for relating with diverse groups of people, including those from underrepresented communities, is the basis for his HSU legacy. For 23 years, he was instrumental in helping students find their way into higher education and realize their potential in school and beyond. His work has included coordinating student services and recruitment efforts at HSU, and he was the first director of the university’s Educational Talent Search program. Hicks has continued his work advocating for education since retiring in 2006, and acts as an ambassador and recruiter for HSU at college fairs throughout Southern California.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist on campus April 1

Journalist Dean Calbreath, part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that exposed massive bribery involving U.S. Republican Duke Cunningham in 2005, will speak on campus Wednesday, April 1. Dean, a former business reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune and currently a reporter for the San Diego Daily Transcript, is co-author of a book about the Cunningham investigation, “The Wrong Stuff.” He will be speaking about the role of the press as a check on government corruption. See the attached flier for further details.

Wednesday, April 1

6:30 p.m.

Kate Buchanan Room


Women of Color Conference, April 11: “Criminalization of the Oppressed”

The 13th annual Women of Color Conference, addressing “Criminalization of the Oppressed.” will take place Saturday, April 11. Keynote speaker Dr. Crystal Garcia, professor of criminal justice at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, will discuss the struggles that women of color face in the criminal legal system and the importance of getting involved. Dr. Garcia is active in her local criminal legal system, co-author of “What a girl wants; what a girl needs: Findings from a gender-relevant focus group study,” and the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award at IUPUI.

The conference will be held in the Great Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. See the attached flier for further information, including details about other workshop presenters and speakers.


Panel discussion March 25, 2015: “Women in Politics”

On March 25th from 6-8pm come to the KBR to hear a panel of women speak about their experiences in the field of politics. This panel will include Natalie Arroyo (Eureka City Council Member), Maggie Fleming (Humboldt County District Attorney), Estelle Fennell (Humboldt County Second District Supervisor), and Sue Long (Mayor of Fortuna). Professor Stephanie Burkhalter of the Politics department will act as moderator for the event as panelists answer questions about their careers, share their experiences, and take questions from the audience. Reception and light refreshments will follow the event. This is a great networking and learning opportunity for all majors. See the attached flyer for more info.

Wednesday, March 25 – 6:00 p.m. – KBR

HSU Politics Department Hosts Schaub Lecture on Local Government

HSU Politics Department Hosts Schaub Lecture on Local Government

Three local community activists will discuss the role of citizen groups in addressing problems in local communities in the 11th Annual Victor Schaub Memorial Lecture on Local Government to be held March 12th from 5 to 7PM at HSU. Heidi Benzonelli of the Westside Community Improvement Association, Larry Goldberg of Humboldt Transition and Renee Saucedo of the True North Organizing Committee will share their organizations’ experiences, successes and future plans at the annual event.

The Schaub Memorial Lecture, which is open to the public, is held in memory of Victor Schaub, a long serving member of the Arcata City Council and the annual event is sponsored the Politics Department to commemorate his commitment to effective and responsive local government.

The speakers all represent grass roots organizations that, having recognized problems in their communities, mobilized community members and coordinated with local government to implement solutions.

Heidi Benzonelli is President of the Westside Community Improvement Organization, which has transformed the closed Jefferson School into a multipurpose community center. The WCIA sees its mission as, supporting programs to combat urban blight and to increase recreational, educational and vocational opportunities.

Transition Humboldt will be represented by its founding organizer, Larry Goldberg. The Transition movement got its start in Great Britain under the direction of permaculture educator, Rob Hopkins and has subsequently spread to over 40 countries and well over a thousand communities worldwide. The goal of the organization is “to help communities develop resilience and transition to a low carbon future and is based on the belief that the best method of preparing to survive challenging times is by building community ties and by developing local resources.”

Renee Saucedo will represent the True North Organizing Network. This group is made up of a group of people with common values united across Tribal Lands, Del Norte, and Humboldt Counties which “supports everyday people working together, using the power of relationships and a disciplined community organizing model to courageously address the most pressing problems affecting our communities.”

The Schaub Memorial Lecture will be held March 12th from 5-7PM at the Great Hall in the College Creek Complex. For more information, please contact 707-826-4494.

The Panetta Congressional Intern Program

Opportunity for Students: The Panetta Congressional Intern Program
The Panetta Congressional Intern Program is an opportunity for CSU juniors and seniors to spend the fall semester as an intern to a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. with all expenses paid and a chance to earn academic credits. One student is chosen from each campus and they spend two weeks training at the Panetta Institute and 11 weeks in D.C.
Aby Feb. 20, 2015. Finalists will be interviewed by a faculty committee and by Provost Jenny Zorn. Application packets that include a resume, two-page essay, transcripts and a graded paper are to be submitted to the President’s Office, Siemens Hall 224. For more information and a position description email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) To read more about the program, visit:

Pre-Law Advising Program

Pre-Law Advising Program Presents

Sacramento Semester Program accepting applications

Consider applying for the Sacramento Semester Program. Applications and informational pamphlets are available in the Politics Office in Founders Hall 180 and online. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year. Scholarships are available.
The Sacramento Semester Program offers students the opportunity to work with members of the legislature, the executive branch, or with political associations and lobbyists during a three and one-half month internship in the spring semester. Participants also take seminars for a total of 12 semester units, which are transferable to your home campus. Typically, Sacramento Semester students conduct legislative research, monitor bills, correspond with constituents or grassroots membership, prepare press releases and newsletters, and participate in budget work and campaign planning.

The Sacramento Semester Program helps you:

Acquire valuable skills, experiences and contacts that will enhance your career prospects. Balance and complement your academic preparation with practical experience. Meet leading personalities in California government and politics. Understand what’s behind the news headlines about state government. Contribute to the formation of public policy in California — the eighth largest economy in the world.
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