Scanning the Lumberjack: Digitizing 90 years of News

January 18, 2019 - 11:23am
Nine decades of HSU history – as recorded by student journalists for the Lumberjack newspaper – will be scanned and made searchable online.

Nine decades of HSU history – as recorded by student journalists for the Lumberjack newspaper – will be scanned and made searchable online.

“This will be a slick, useful resource for scholars and students,” says Deidre Pike, chair of the HSU Department of Journalism. “Right now, searching through past editions of the paper means either paging through bound volumes of past papers or scrolling through endless loops of microfilm. It’s tedious.”

Under the HSU Library project, students will be hired to scan newspapers from 1929 to 2019 — from microfilm, paper editions, and more recent PDFs of the paper. The archives will be available on HSU’s Digital Commons.

Librarian Garrett Purchio, an HSU journalism alum, will be training the students to use scanning software and database systems.

“I’m really excited to have students bringing this project to life as they will be the ones digitizing the pages for online access,” says Purchio. “This project will be a testament to the amazing students we have here at HSU.”

Purchio worked for the Lumberjack for 11 years — first as a student, then as an alum. He was a student sports reporter, sports editor, and layout editor. From 2009-2017, Purchio was business and advertising manager for the Lumberjack and other HSU student media.

“When I was with the Lumberjack, being able to find stories in previous editions was a challenge that the students and I always faced,” Purchio says. “We’d keep copies of previous editions in the office, but the system was not effective for finding articles in a timely manner.”

Through student reporting and writing, the Lumberjack, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in the fall, has provided a running chronicle of Humboldt State and the Arcata community since its first edition came out in 1929.

Journalism Professor Marcy Burstiner, who has advised the student newspaper since 2004, applauded the digitization project.

“This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” Burstiner says. “It’s going to give people access to all kinds of historical information not only about the University but the community.”

The Lumberjack has been a training ground for hundreds of journalists who now work around the world at global media venues including Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle, HuffPost, and Al Jazeera English, and who work in public relations from Los Angeles to Tokyo.

“It’s even more exciting,” Burstiner says, “that the digital archives will give our army of Lumberjack alumni out there in the profession access to their clips.”

Lumberjack editor-in-chief Dajonea Robinson says she’ll enjoy having the archives available for the use of her reporters and section editors.

“Digitizing 90 years of past Lumberjacks is truly amazing,” Robinson says. “I think it’s extremely important to see how life has changed over the past 90 years and compare it to recent times.”

Hundreds of Local Eighth-Graders to Tour Humboldt State

January 18, 2019 - 9:52am
More than 350 eighth-grade students from Humboldt and Del Norte counties will get a taste of college life and its opportunities and benefits at an upcoming “I’ve Been Admitted to College” (IBAC) event at Humboldt State University.
Middle school students pose at an IBAC event in fall 2018. On Friday, Feb. 1, students from Winship, Crescent Elk, and Redwood schools will spend a day on campus to learn about the college experience. HSU student ambassadors will tour them around campus, and the 8th graders will participate in hands-on, interactive experiences in the library and with athletics staff. They will also listen to a panel of students, many from the local area, as they share what they are studying and experiencing at HSU and how they overcame barriers to get to college.

“This event is important because the 8th graders start seeing themselves in college,” says HSU Local Pathways Coordinator Molly Pucillo.

A collaboration between the Humboldt County Office of Education and HSU’s Office of Admissions, HSU hosts multiple IBAC events each year. According to the Office of Education, 36 out of 38 Humboldt County schools that teach eighth graders will attend an IBAC at HSU this year. That’s a total of 1,337 students who will get an early introduction to college, which can stir up interest and improve their chances of being admitted. At least three Del Norte County schools will attend as well.

HSU ambassadors launch t-shirts into a crowd of middle school students. There are lots of good reasons to attend college. Over a lifetime, graduates with four-year degrees earn about $1 million more than high school graduates. In tough times like 2009, during the Great Recession, the unemployment rate for high school grads reached 19.7 percent. For college grads, it was just 4.9 percent. And those who attended college are healthier and actually expected to live longer than high school graduates—about seven years on average.

One teacher told Pucillo that her students couldn’t stop talking about an IBAC event they’d attended last year.

The teacher told her the students “didn’t realize that college was for ‘kids like us,’” Pucillo says. “To me, that’s a powerful testament to the event, and all the people who work together to make it happen.”

For more information about “I’ve Been Admitted to College,” please contact HSU Local Pathways Coordinator Molly Pucillo at 707.826.5481 or

HSU IN THE NEWS: Mandarin Duck, ‘Most Memorable’ Person, Wildfires

January 14, 2019 - 10:58am

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18 Memorable People We Met Across the Country in 2018 (New York Times)
List of the New York Times’ 2018 newsmakers includes Humboldt State alumna Brandie Wilson, a recent winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Read her profile.

Here’s How California Can Use Fire to Solve its Wildfire Problem (Los Angeles Times)
“Yes, there’s some risk. Yes, there’s some smoke. But what’s the trade-off?” said Wildland Resources Professor Jeff Kane, commenting on the use of controlled burns to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Move Over, New York Humboldt County Has its Own Mandarin Duck (Times-Standard)
Jeff Black, a wildlife professor at Humboldt State University, on the mandarin duck that has taken refuge at Miranda’s Rescue in Fortuna, a no-kill nonprofit rescue for large and small animals.

CSU Funding Priorities Supported in Governor’s 2019-20 Budget Proposal

January 10, 2019 - 11:36am

The $300 million ongoing increase in funding for the California State University (CSU) proposed by Governor Newsom will allow CSU to provide increased access to a high-quality education to more qualified students, continue to improve student achievement and reduce equity gaps.

“In his first budget proposal, Governor Newsom reflects his commitment to reinvesting in higher education and the California State University,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “This marks the single largest proposed investment by any governor in the history of the university, and we are extremely appreciative of Governor Newsom’s bold investment in us.

“Previous investments are paying off as student success across the CSU has never been higher. With the fifth largest economy in the world, California continues to reap the benefits of those investments. Many of the more than 125,000 people who earn degrees from a CSU campus every year go on to become leaders in industry and their California communities.

“Governor Newsom called for Californians to prove that people of good faith and firm will can still come together to achieve big things. The CSU is the key to the state’s future, and there is no better investment for the California he envisions. We look forward to working with the governor and his administration to achieve his goals of a California for all.”

In his January 2019-20 budget proposal, Governor Newsom proposed an ongoing increase of $300 million for the CSU to fund Graduation Initiative 2025, enrollment growth and employee compensation and mandatory costs.

The governor is also proposing one-time allocations of $247 million to assist the university in addressing a growing backlog of maintenance for aging facilities across the 23 campuses, and $15 million to help support the basic needs of students.


About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of four-year higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 52,000 faculty and staff and 481,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California community colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.7 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

@LivefromHSU: How Students Are Active and Involved on Campus

December 7, 2018 - 11:01am
College is about more than hitting the books. It's also about being part of the campus and local communities -- and Humboldt State students have done just that over the semester.

As you’ll see from “@LivefromHSU”:, HSU’s student-run Instagram account, they helped their peers through the cultural academic centers and worked with local youth. Others started clubs and made mischief with the Marching Lumberjacks.

Here are more ways students got involved and, in many cases, made a difference in the world. Check it out!

Juan Guerrero, Environmental Science & Management: “As a freshman, I joined a total of 2 clubs and 1 intramural ...”

Irán Ortiz, Environmental Studies and Spanish: “Last semester I got an amazing opportunity to join the Oh SNAP! team coordinating the Oh SNAP! gardening classes offered in the spring!”

Morgan Kipf, Environmental Science: “My favorite part of being a student at HSU is definitely the Marching Lumberjacks!”

Jasmine Guadalupe Calvillo, Cellular/Molecular Biology: “Joining a sorority has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

Ellen Colegrove, Liberal Studies-Child Development (Co-vice President of ITEPP): “the ITEPP house is so important because of the community connection we have with other students and the counselors.”

Tenaya Wood, Forestry: “The Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE) club is one that I joined as soon as I came to HSU and now am in my second year as President.”

Brandon Hill, Business Administration: “I am very lucky that I have been able to run Cross-country and Track and Field and represent HSU.”

Amanda McDonald, Environmental Education & Interpretation: “I am the president of the newly-formed slackline club at HSU: The Slack Jacks.”

Barbara Singleton, Criminology & Justice Studies: “I would like to introduce y’all to my favorite place on campus ... The African American Center for Academic Excellence.”

Justin Carnero, Masters of Business Administration: “On top of supporting our students of color, @lcaehsu also hosts fun events!”

Maxwell Steinmetz, Business Administration: “As a student Athlete, we have the unique opportunity, as well as responsibility, to be role models in our small community.”

Chelsea Duncan (center), Social Work: “I get to help students access no-hassle STD testing, birth control, and other health resources.”

Prepping and Staying Healthy for Finals

December 6, 2018 - 9:22am
Winter break is almost here. Ease the stress and prepare for finals with therapy dogs, tutoring, and a series of activities to get you through the week.

“Forest bathing - taking some time out of your day to walk in nature - can improve mood and boost immunity.On Monday, Dec. 10 from 1-2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m., dogs from Therapy Dogs International will be in the Library lobby, helping you release some pressure. Studies have shown that therapy dogs can reduce anxiety and depression — so treat yourself to some time with a furry friend.

Make sure to stay healthy, mentally and physically. A simple forest bath in the Arcata Community Forest right behind campus is an easy way to boost your mood. A gym workout at the Student Recreation Center can do a world of good, too. Check the Wellbeing Map, an interactive way to find community, tools, and resources. And contact Student Health and Wellbeing Services for a variety of mental and health physical services and resources.

You can also unwind by visiting the Brain Booth on the Library’s second floor, where you can take some intentional brain breaks with biofeedback, sound and light therapy, VR goggles, coloring, meditation, and other activities. Find the Brain Booth hours on the Library website.

The Learning Center is available for all your academic needs, offering engineering, math, science, and general tutoring, as well as a writing studio and workshops on a variety of academic skills. See all the free services at, and don’t forget: the Learning Center has moved to the Campus Events Field during the Library Seismic Retrofit Project.

And HSU Dining Services is also wrapping up the semester. Be sure to check hours for campus eateries and markets, as some will close before the end of the week. Schedule here.
Listed below are some events happening this week.


Monday, Dec. 10 – Friday, Dec. 14
Noon – 8 p.m.
Student Rec Center

Monday, Dec. 10
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Therapy dogs in the library

Tuesday, Dec. 11
10:30 a.m. – noon
Managing Anxiety & Maximizing Wellness student workshop

Tuesday, Dec. 11
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Therapy dogs in the library

For fun:

Monday, Dec. 10
6:55 – 8:10 p.m., Gist Hall 218
The Humboldt Intl’ Film Festival hosts VHS throwback night, featuring tapes from the film fest archives

Monday, Dec. 10
8 – 10 p.m., J Cafeteria
26th Annual Free Pancake Dinner

Academic Resources:

Monday, Dec. 10 to Friday, Dec. 14
The Library will be open longer during finals week. Here’s the schedule.

Years-long Biomass Study Shows Promising Results

November 30, 2018 - 8:39am
The results are in from a four-year, $5.88-million biomass study led by researchers at Humboldt State University.

The research project, called Waste to Wisdom, generated some interesting conclusions, says co-lead and Schatz Energy Research Center Director Arne Jacobson. One unexpected outcome was that biochar production for use as a soil amendment showed more near-term promise than conversion of forest waste into biomass energy products.

The collaborative project aimed to develop marketable products from the waste materials produced by logging and other forest management activities, focusing primarily on biomass energy products. Biochar was actually the only non-energy product they experimented with.

A biochar production site from the Waste to Wisdom study.
The project was also led by former Humboldt State Forestry Professor Han-Sup Han and Ted Bilek, an economist with the U.S. Forest Service, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and a number of research partners.

“We wanted to reduce the amount of material that was left in the forest as logging slash,” Jacobson says. Forest residues—the branches, bark, treetops, and other waste products from timber production— are commonly piled at logging sites. They increase the risk of wildfire, attract pests, and otherwise do nothing to lessen the environmental impact of logging.

“But pulling material out of the forest is messy and expensive and delivers a low energy product,” Jacobson says. “To increase the feasibility of using this material, we had to find ways to reduce the cost of collection.”

Han’s team led an effort to improve the management of forest residues—essentially sorting materials and introducing other efficiencies to avoid slashpiles.

Jacobson’s team worked on developing three different products from forest residues:

• Briquettes, made by pressing the materials into dense, burnable blocks
• Torrefaction, which essentially roasts chipped material, creating a solid biomass fuel with higher energy density than raw wood chips
• And biochar, a soil amendment that improves water retention and is used in forest and agricultural settings to improve carbon sequestration, among other things.

“Torrefaction has promise,” Jacobson says, “but in today’s energy markets, it’s hard to imagine it competing without a supporting policy mechanism.”

Biomass doesn’t just have to compete with fossil fuels on the energy market—it has to compete with renewable energy sources. Under California’s mandate to be 60 percent renewable energy by 2030, and 100 percent zero carbon energy by 2045, renewable energy sources—especially solar and wind—are established and growing fast.

On a small scale, briquettes might be an effective way to turn forest residues into a useful product. In remote logging regions like Orleans and Happy Camp, which are especially at-risk for wildfires, local commercial production of briquettes would reduce forest residues and give companies a product to sell to consumers.

But biochar seemed the most promising.

“Biochar was the most interesting we identified from a market perspective,” Jacobson says. “This is the one non-energy product covered in our project, and it’s a much more market-ready product than torrefied biomass and briquettes.”

Overall, Jacobson says Waste to Wisdom produced main three takeaways:
• Sorting—the portion of the project led by Dr. Han—has positive benefits and is the easiest part of the process to scale up for large companies.
• In the near term, it’s not clear that bio-energy products are the most important pathway for forest residues.
• Management of forest residues through a mix of processes and products, including ones not included in the Waste to Wisdom project, offer the best path forward.

Forest management operations seeking to produce biochar may still face challenges. Waste to Wisdom produced products on a small, experimental scale, and scaling up production could be tricky. Also, creating a quality product drives up the price of biochar, and producers can be undercut by producers of lower-quality material.

But Jacobson says there’s already quite a bit of interest in the results from Waste to Wisdom, including from Northern California timber companies. And the state of California is interested in the product pathways from the perspective of forest and fire management.

See the full results at

Big Drop in HSU Student Debt

November 28, 2018 - 10:37am
It’s a surprising trend and, unfortunately, a bit of a well-kept secret. Even as the nation’s average student loan debt has steadily climbed, it’s actually been going down for students at Humboldt State University.

A recent analysis by HSU’s Office of Financial Aid found the average debt for an HSU student who graduated with a bachelor’s degree has dropped from $20,982 in 2008-09 to $12,743 in 2017-18.

Meanwhile, the opposite trend has been underway across the nation and in California.

In 2015-16, the national average debt of students who earned bachelor’s degrees was $30,100, the state average was $22,191 and within the California State University system—where tuition has only risen once in the last six years—average debt was $15,531, according to a 2017 CSU report.

“We all know the country is in the middle of a student debt crisis, so it’s encouraging to see our average loan debt steadily falling,” says HSU Financial Aid Director Peggy Metzger. “Some of this has to do with showing students how to manage their money.”

Metzger says another factor has helped with overall debt levels but may make things more challenging for some students. That was the elimination of one type of federal loan. Phased out in 2017, the federal Perkins Loan program provided low-interest loans to undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.

Metzger says educating students about personal finance has helped make a dent in HSU student debt, too. Over the last few years, the University has stepped up efforts to provide budgeting tips and resources to prospective and first-year students. For example, Metzger often shares budgeting tips with students at freshman orientation and in lower-division courses.

“This generation of students tends to be more debt-averse, and we want to inform them as best we can so they can get through college and get their degrees,” says Metzger.

Among her top tips? Be aware of how much you borrow and spend.

“Only take out the amount of loan you need, and don’t necessarily take everything that is offered,” she says. “There are ways to limit spending, such as renting textbooks or using local buses rather than a car. It’s the little things that count.”

Borrowing and Budgeting Tips
Here are a few steps students can take to manage their money:

—Avoid unnecessary debt. Decline loans you do not currently need (you can always request them later). You can borrow as you go and request as little as $500 per term.

— Borrow wisely. Be an informed consumer and a prudent borrower.

— Spend wisely. Make your financial aid refund last and don’t spend it all as soon as you get it.

— Plan ahead. Use the Financial Aid calculator FAFSA4caster to estimate eligibility for federal aid and understand your options for paying for college.

— Start early. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for aid and get a jump on your scholarship search.

For more management and budgeting tips, go to

Remembering Stephen Hillenburg

November 27, 2018 - 1:29pm
Spongebob Squarepants creator and Humboldt State alumnus Stephen Hillenburg has passed away. His love of marine biology and art inspired and entertained millions of people around the world, and his generous spirit will help many HSU students succeed.

Before Nickelodeon called, Hillenburg (‘84, Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation) wanted to design exhibits at aquariums or coastal parks.

“Being at Humboldt really helped me explore all the things l was interested in,” he told Humboldt Stater in 2006. He immersed himself in the natural sciences, but halfway through his schooling, he had a revelation: he was more fond of paint brushes than microscopes.

“I always had a passion for art; I just never really believed that someone would actually pay me to do something like that,” said Hillenburg. “My pragmatic side had been saying, ‘Well, you better learn something practical.’ So I decided to shift gears and pursue both science and art.”

Read about Stephen Hillenburg’s journey from Oklahoma to Humboldt State here (pdf).

‘Get Ready Humboldt’ - Business Leaders, Students Promote College

November 27, 2018 - 9:45am
A college education means more opportunities in life, and a well-educated workforce can help a community thrive. Those two points are the driving force behind a new campaign called “Get Ready Humboldt: College for a Great Career.” It seeks to increase college attendance rates on the North Coast by inspiring local young people and helping families understand how they can help.

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The campaign features local business leaders talking about jobs and the value of a college degree, as well as current college students sharing their experiences.

“There are jobs here, and there are opportunities here for our children. They just need to be ready,” says Jason Ramos, the Tribal Gaming Commission Chairman at Blue Lake Rancheria. He adds that research shows a region’s overall prosperity is linked to college attainment.

The core of the campaign is answering “Why College?” and then providing students and their families advice on getting started and finding resources. Among the key reasons to earn a college degree listed on the “Get Ready” website:

• Over a lifetime, graduates with four-year degrees earn about $1 million more than high school graduates.
• In college, you build wider social networks, and that helps find a great job. An estimated 70 percent of jobs aren’t posted publicly – they’re filled by acquaintances or referrals.
• College graduates are healthier than non-graduates. They’re less likely to drink heavily or be obese, and they’re more likely to exercise and eat healthy.

Jennifer Budwig, Senior Vice President at Redwood Capital Bank, stresses that a college degree makes a resume stand out. “What that says to an employer is that you had the perseverance and the determination. You had what it takes to actually obtain that degree,” she says.

“There are so many foundational pieces that you learn in college that will help you for the rest of your life,” says Lane DeVries, CEO at Sun Valley Floral Group,

Two of the college students sharing their experiences on Get Ready Humboldt social media and at local events are Celeste Alvarez, a Business student at Humboldt State University, and Michael Gibson, who is studying Kinesiology at College of the Redwoods.

“College has exposed me to different people and to different environments, and to how to prepare myself for the job market,” says Alvarez, adding that expectations are higher than ever before. “It’s not as easy as just graduating from high school and getting a job right after.”

“I’ve always been inspired to go to college, because I just love learning,” says Gibson. “You have to take initiative, you have to take it into your own hands. What college means to me is an opportunity for me to better myself, my family, and my community.”

The Get Ready Humboldt campaign was previewed in October at an event for community leaders. They were asked to help carry the college message and asked how else they would be willing to help – so far more than 50 businesses and organizations have volunteered.

That event featured a keynote talk by Matt Welton, who is Director of Talent Acquisition for Adidas in Germany and also an HSU alumnus. It also featured a panel discussion with seven business and community leaders who are supporting the Get Ready Humboldt efforts: Chris Albright, Operations Manager at O&M;Industries; Jennifer Budwig, Senior Vice President at Redwood Capital Bank; Lane DeVries, CEO at Sun Valley Floral Group; Neal Ewald, Senior Vice President at Green Diamond Resource Company; Rob Holmlund, Director of Development Services for the City of Eureka; Mary Keehn, Founder of Cypress Grove Chevre; and Jason Ramos, Tribal Council Member at Blue Lake Rancheria.

Get Ready Humboldt is funded through an innovation grant from the state of California, which was awarded due to the work of the local business community, Humboldt County Office of Education, College of the Redwoods, and Humboldt State University to improve college-going rates in our region. Organizational oversight is by HSU.

The campaign began with the idea of reinforcing current efforts in the schools, primarily by making sure parents and families understand why college is important and how they can support their student’s efforts.

Humboldt County has relatively strong high school graduation rates, but it lags behind the state as a whole when it comes to college preparation and overall educational attainment. About 35 percent of the county’s high school graduates have completed “a-g” college prep classes, compared to about 44 percent statewide, which seriously reduces their options. In addition, 28 percent of county residents 25 and older have a college degree, compared to 32 percent statewide.

Most students in Humboldt County hope to go to college, according to a recent California Healthy Kid Survey. And while fully 71 percent say it is “very much true” that a parent or other adult thinks they should go to college, just 48 percent say it is equally true that a parent or other adult frequently talks to them about college.

Improving the involvement of parents and other adults is a primary goal of “Get Ready Humboldt.” Parents and family members have a much stronger influence on today’s youth than in decades past. Young people are more likely to rely on their parents and family for advice about college and other major life plans, and they are more likely to check in frequently for guidance.

At the same time, both students and families are less trusting of institutional messages than ever. So it’s important that local business and community leaders are willing to carry the message, and that current college students share their experiences.

More information, including links to video and social media channels, is available at the Get Ready Humboldt website.

Six Plays–Written, Directed, and Performed by Students

November 20, 2018 - 4:20pm
The upcoming Margaret T. Kelso Short Play Festival, which will feature six original plays, provides students the opportunity to show their work in front of an audience.

The Department of Theatre, Film & Dance at Humboldt State University presents the Margaret T. Kelso Short Play Festival, which opens Thursday, Nov. 29 in Gist Hall Theatre and runs for four performances. The production will include the premieres of six original plays written, performed, and directed by HSU students.

As a playwright, having your work produced is a challenge, especially if you are a young or unknown writer. (The word “playwright” refers to a person who has wrought words, just as “wheelwright” refers to a person who has wrought wheels.) In the United States, new play development began to emerge as a phenomenon in the 1980’s. Many regional theaters have hired dramaturges and literary managers in an effort to showcase various festivals for new work or bring in playwrights for residencies. Funding through national organizations, such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Theatre Communications Group, has encouraged the partnerships of professional theater companies and emerging playwrights.

The Margaret T. Kelso Short Play Festival is an opportunity for student playwrights to have their work produced in front of an audience. This production also offers theater students the opportunity to direct a main stage production.

The festival will include six original plays, each varied in content and style: Black Sheep written by Dominic Christenson and directed by Robert Williams; Contrary by Amelia Resendez and directed by Sammi Stowe; Boisterous Bitties by Tzveta Stoimenova and directed by Grady Moore; Pigma Dogma by Ben Ghitterman and directed by Liz Whittemore; Injection by Elizabeth Locher and directed by Zackary Tucker; and Adjustments written and directed by Merrick Yra.

The Festival was created to thank and to honor HSU Professor Emeritus Margaret Kelso for her many years of teaching, service, and leadership in the writing program. A playwright and former chair of the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance, Kelso won a playwriting contest at the University of Virginia in 1982 and then earned an MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University. She began teaching in 1983 and took over the Dramatic Writing Program at HSU in 1996. Kelso advises young playwrights to “write about things that move them. For me, new plays are the most exciting of anything we can see in theater. I always wrote about people or circumstances that were unfamiliar to me — I tried to give the voiceless a voice, so I wrote about an emergency room nurse, a transgender person, and families of prisoners.”

The short play production features fifteen actors, all students at HSU: Micah Scheff, Isaiah Alexander, Rosemary Allison-Brown, Victor D. Para, Maude Jaeb, Drea Carillo, Taiquira Williams, Ezra Moreno, Madison Glee, Brianna Fergus, Madison Kiser, Katie Lem, Cosette McCave, Amy Beltran and Savannah Baez. Robert Williams will act as stage manager.

The Margaret T. Kelso Short Play Festival runs Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. There will be one matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 2. General admission is $10.00. Student and Senior tickets are $8.00. Not intended for children. Lot parking is free on weekends. For tickets, please call 707-826-3928 or go online at For more information, call 707-826-3566.

HSU Set to Receive 884-acre Forest

November 14, 2018 - 3:07pm
Humboldt State University is on the verge of receiving an 884-acre forest near campus, which will be used for research and field experiences. The effort is possible due to a generous donation from R.H. Emmerson & Son LLC, as well as major grants from state and federal agencies.

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The plan received a positive review today by the CSU Board of Trustees.

The forest is along Jacoby Creek about eight miles and a 25-minute drive from campus. It borders sections of Arcata’s Jacoby Creek Forest, which is part of the larger community forest, and it encompasses a large portion of the Jacoby Creek watershed. The City of Arcata will also add 83 acres to its portion of the forest.

The view from Fickle Hill Road looking into the Jacoby Creek Forest.

The area includes extensive stands of second-growth Redwoods as well as old-growth Cedar. It is important habitat for a variety of species including northern spotted owl, bald eagle, Pacific fisher, and red-legged frog, and it is important for the health of downstream species including coho salmon and chinook. Once HSU receives the property, it will be permanently protected from conversion to any non-forestry uses.

“This is a big moment for Humboldt State University,” said HSU President Lisa Rossbacher. “The new forestland will provide amazing opportunities for our students, while also helping to protect an important watershed. I’m so thankful for everyone who has been involved in making it happen, especially R.H. Emmerson & Son for making a partial donation of the land, and the staff in the City of Arcata.”

Specific academic programs at HSU that are expected to utilize the forest include Geology, Fisheries, Environmental Sciences and Management, Wildlife, Native American Studies, Anthropology, Forestry, Soils, and Recreation Management, among others. The availability of the forest is also expected to help numerous programs better compete for grants and contracts.

After it is formally transferred to HSU, the forestland will be jointly managed through a cooperative agreement with the City of Arcata, which will include sharing fire roads, forest data and monitoring, scientific studies, and public access. Oversight at HSU will be through its College of Natural Resources & Sciences, with support from a Faculty Advisory Committee and a Community Advisory Committee. A tenured faculty member will be designated as the Forest Director.

The new combined forestland owned and protected by Arcata and HSU will cover more than 2,273 contiguous acres of the Jacoby Creek watershed.

Efforts to obtain the land have been underway since 2012, with leadership by the City of Arcata. The City was concerned the land could end up fragmented and converted to non-forest use and negatively affect nearby forestland it has owned since 1944, but it was unable to seek direct ownership of the entire tract of land due to acreage limits on its state forest management permit. HSU faculty were involved in conceiving of the plan for University ownership, as well as assessing the property to determine its value to academic programs.

“I couldn’t be happier about the addition of 83 key acres to the Jacoby Creek Forest,” said Arcata Mayor Sofia Pereira. “The new HSU public forest buffers our City forest from future potentially incompatible uses, and this project gives the City and HSU the opportunity to work as a team on forest management in the upper Jacoby Creek watershed. Preserving our natural resources is so important, and I think this project is a big win for local forest conservation.”

Old growth western red cedar on the newly acquired forest.
The complex process for acquiring the land involves a partial donation from the private landowner and purchase utilizing a number of grants, including final funding the City expects from the California Wildlife Conservation Board. The City will then grant the property to the University, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 or in early 2019.

The property is valued at approximately $6.2 million. Funding includes California Fish & Wildlife Prop 1 for $1,754,000; a pending grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board for $1,725,000; Calfire Climate Investment Fund for $800,000; California Resources Agency for $229,000; and USFWS for $44,000.

The remaining amount, approximately $1.7 million, is a donation from R.H. Emmerson & Son LLC, which currently owns the property.

Maintenance costs for the forest are expected to be minimal. Eventually, the University expects to develop a sustainable harvest plan, which will generate revenue for not only maintenance but for research and projects at the site. Students will be employed to work on projects like wildlife inventory, water quality monitoring, and harvest plans.

Children’s Book About Tsunami Boat Translated into Spanish

November 9, 2018 - 10:59am
"The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home" is a true story about students in two countries who formed a connection through a natural disaster and a boat. With the help of HSU students, the bilingual English-Japanese children’s book is now available in Spanish.
Humboldt State University Press recently published “El Viaje Extraordinario de Kamome: Una Lanchita Sobreviviente Regresa a Casa.”

“The Extraordinary Voyage of Kamome: A Tsunami Boat Comes Home“is a heartwarming true story about students in two countries who formed a connection through a natural disaster and a boat. The bilingual English-Japanese children’s book became the inaugural publication of Humboldt State University Press in 2015.

With the help of HSU students and the campus community, a Spanish-Japanese edition, “El Viaje Extraordinario de Kamome: Una Lanchita Sobreviviente Regresa a Casa,” has just been released and is available through HSU Digital Commons and Amazon.

Written by HSU Geology Professor Emeritus Lori Dengler and Amya Miller and illustrated by Amy Uyeki, the book is meant to start a conversation about earthquake preparedness in families internationally.

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The book recounts the journey of a small boat swept into the ocean after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It drifted across the Pacific until reaching the shores of Crescent City in Northern California two years later.

A small barnacle-encrusted boat (left) — debris from the 2011 tsunami — washed ashore in Crescent City in 2013. A group of high school students cleaned and returned it to a Japanese high school

Dengler helped confirm the vessel belonged to Takata High School in Rikuzentaka, one of several cities destroyed by the tsunami. With the assistance of Miller, the Special Assistant to the mayor of Rikuzentakata at the time, Del Norte County high school students cleaned and returned the boat to the high school in Japan, beginning a process that has resulted in four student exchanges between the schools. In April 2018, a Sister City relationship between Rikuzentakata and Crescent City was formalized.

German, Swedish, and Russian versions will be published in the future, and two Native language translations — Tolowa and Yurok – are currently under discussion. Proceeds from sales of the books are all used to support the student exchange program and to promote tsunami education and awareness.

All five languages stem from countries and tribal lands in Oregon and California that have been or can be affected by earthquakes and tsunamis.

HSU students, World Languages & Cultures Professor Rosamel Benevides-Garb, HSU’s Department of Geology, and friends of Dengler, Miller, and Uyeki have come together to make these translations possible.

The Swedish translation of the book was completed by Claire Schenke, who is a friend of Uyeki. The German translation was completed by Horst Rademacher, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and the Russian translation was done by Elena Suliemani, a tsunami modeler at the University of Alaska.

The translations were done as part of a volunteering process for everyone involved.

“It’s been so gratifying, and everybody has been willing to help out. It has been a special experience and continues to be,” says Dengler.

The Spanish translation began as a project by Hector Flores (‘17, Geology). As an undergraduate, he completed a certificate in the Spanish Translation program, interned for the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group, and provided Spanish translations of a tsunami brochure, “Viviendo Sobre Tierra Instable” (Living on Shaky Ground). He received the 2015 HSU “Excellence in Community Service” award for his efforts.

Under the supervision of Benevides-Garb, 11 students in his Spanish translation and interpretation class assessed and edited the Flores translation.

Benavides-Garb, who reviewed the book and is currently the associate dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, says the process provided students real-world translation experience.

“An amazing work has been generated at HSU, and it’s a strong academic component generated with a global vision. Participation by students has given professional experience in return through this process,” he says. “Two communities engaged and got to know each other, and something that was a tragic event became a blessing. Professor Dengler has managed to do this by educating a larger population about natural disasters.”

The Japanese, English, and Spanish audio versions are available at

Chancellor White’s Statement on Thousand Oaks Shooting

November 8, 2018 - 4:21pm

California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White issued the following statement:

“All of us in the California State University extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those whose loved ones were lost or injured at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Wednesday evening. Such tragic and senseless violence breaks our hearts and calls us to redouble our resolve and effort to work together for a real solution. And at the same time, we thank and commend the courage and skill of the first responders.

Many CSU campuses are providing counseling services for students, faculty, and staff; in addition, I am asking all members of the CSU family to reach out to those in need – both those who are affected by this tragedy and those who are struggling with issues that demand our attention. We can and must be the beacon of hope and help during this tragic time.”

Housing Liaison Aims to Help Students Avoid Homelessness

November 6, 2018 - 12:06pm
To help alleviate homelessness among students, who face a housing shortage and other barriers, Humboldt State has created a new position: an off-campus housing liaison. It’s the first position of its kind at the University and in the 23-campus California State University system.

Social Work graduate student Chant’e Catt, who experienced homelessness when she first transferred to Humboldt State, was hired to help students learn about housing rights, how to be a good tenant, and more. She has worked with more than 300 students since HSU established the position in January 2018.

Creation of this role is one of several measures designed to address housing and food challenges for students. The University now provides short-term emergency housing in residence halls and emergency scholarships to help students facing homelessness afford rental deposits and other needs. HSU also offers services under the HSU Oh SNAP! Student Food Programs.

In a recent statewide study commissioned by the California State University Chancellor’s Office, Social Work Professor Jennifer Maguire and CSU Long Beach Social Work Professor Rashida Crutchfield found troubling rates of housing insecurity among CSU students. At Humboldt State, 19 percent of students reported being housing insecure at least once in the last 12 months.

Catt was one of those students, and lived homeless for 16 weeks during her first semester at HSU, along with her young daughter, partner, and dog. Based on her experience, she co-founded the Homeless Student Advocate Alliance (HSAA), a student club that advocated and supported student housing. As a result of the club’s work, the housing liaison position was created and Catt was hired to fill the position.

In a report Catt prepared earlier this year for Housing & Residence Life, she identifies barriers student face, including: a shortage of housing due to the local and student populations, marijuana grow houses, and vacation rentals; racial inequality and discrimination faced by students of color; access to a co-signer; and the difficulty of touring and securing housing for students not currently in the area.

Students who get help arrive at her office in many ways: from the recommendation of campus offices like C.A.R.E., C.A.P.S., word of mouth, the HSAA, and more.

When someone reaches out, Catt begins by talking with them so they understand the local housing market and unique difficulties students face. She also sends them an intake survey, which helps her understand their particular situation. Do they have pets? Do they have enough money for a deposit?

She’ll then provide students a variety of resources depending on their needs: books and resources for renter’s rights, recommendations for lawyers on tenant issues, mentorship on applications, and advice on how to be a good tenant a good roommate, and more.

Catt also maintains a list of current housing availabilities. In her advocacy work and role at HSU, she’s developed many contacts in the community, including landlords. “Community members tend to call me with a lot of resources,” she says.

Catt also conducts outtake surveys, asking students to share how much she was able to assist, and if the student’s issues were solved. These responses have helped her and Housing determine ways to improve their services.

In addition to her day-to-day work, Catt is working with three other Social Work graduate students, the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Equity Arcata, HSU Housing, and the cities of Arcata and Eureka to develop an education program for landlords and tenants. If successful, the program will focus on equitable practices, rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, and more.

“The off-campus housing liaison is a good town-and-gown position,” Catt says. “The biggest issues between students and landlords began because of a lack of communication between entities. There was a lot of fingers pointing and no one taking action.”

Community education is another key to the local housing shortage. HSU and College of the Redwoods hosted a community housing summit this year to build awareness and empathy, and to support existing programs and services. Equity Arcata, an effort of the University, City of Arcata, and local businesses to address equity and inclusion issues, is a hub for local stakeholders to prioritize affordable housing.

The University is pairing homeless awareness with an overall focus on student wellbeing, supported by student wellbeing ambassadors and an interactive online map to guide students toward mental and physical health and academic success. Students can also find guidance for signing up for various types of insurance, including Medi-Cal.

Two upcoming events will highlight student housing insecurity:

The Humboldt County Homeless College Student Photovoice Project explored resiliency among local college students who experienced being homeless while attending college in Humboldt County. In collaboration with Professor Pam Bowers from Social Work, eight HSU students took photos and shared stories related to their experiences over the 2017-18 academic year. A gallery event highlights these stories and photos with the primary goal to honor student experiences, and the challenges faced in our rural community related to housing, and seek solutions through action research.

The gallery will be available throughout the month of November in the SBS building lounge.

Chant’e Catt and Masters of Social Work coordinators Kate Harris, Sonya Woody, and Ashley Bradshaw will host a Town Hall Discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Great Hall. The topic will be development of a Tenant and Landlord Education Program. The public is invited to learn about the program and give feedback. Please RSVP by Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. at or 707.826.5509.

For information about off-campus housing resources or to reach the off-campus housing liaison, visit the Living Off Campus website.

A Pathway to Better Health Care for Native Americans

November 1, 2018 - 11:00am
Humboldt State University has partnered with the University of Illinois to encourage and support students who study medicine to return to their rural communities and address the health care needs of Native Americans and their communities.

The Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program, located on the University of Illinois Rockford campus, identifies and recruits candidates from rural areas who intend to return to their home communities or serve similar communities. RMED students complete a Rural Health Professions curriculum along with the traditional medical curriculum. This prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be effective rural health professionals. The RMED program has a 70 percent success rate, the second highest success rate in the country for placing medical doctors in rural communities.

The Native American Pathways Program, the new partnership between HSU and University of Illinois, provides a clear pathway to the medical profession, including four years of education at HSU in preparation for medical school, four years of medical school at the University of Illinois RMED Program, and assistance in finding residency education positions in the Arcata/Eureka area. Up to two students will be selected to participate in the Pathway program each year.

Students recommended under Pathways programs have a 95 percent acceptance rate at RMED. Admitted students pay in-state tuition, and receive individual advising for pursuing grants and scholarships to support completion of the four-year medical degree.

Students at any stage in their college career can apply for the Pathways program. But in the first round of applications ending March 1, 2019, HSU’s College of Natural Resources & Sciences will be seeking third-year students on track to graduate in 2020.

The Native American Pathways Program seeks Native American and non-Native American students. If you are interested in learning more about HSU pre-medical programs, please contact HSU Pre-Medical Advisor and Professor Jianmin Zhong at To apply for the Native American Pathways Program, call the College of Natural Resources & Sciences Dean’s Office at 707.826.3256.

NCAA, Defense Department Expand Concussion Study with $22.5M in New Funding

October 31, 2018 - 6:11am
Athletes at Humboldt State University to continue participation The world's most comprehensive concussion study is being dramatically expanded with an infusion of nearly $22.5 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the NCAA to examine the impacts of head injuries over several years.

The NCAA-DOD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium, known as the CARE Consortium, was established as part of the broader NCAA-DOD Grand Alliance in 2014, with the goals of understanding how concussions affect the brain and identifying ways to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Led by Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan and the Medical College of Wisconsin, in collaboration with the Uniformed Services University, the study has collected data on more than 39,000 student-athletes and cadets at 30 colleges and military service academies — including more than 3,300 who have experienced concussions. This represents the largest sample of concussions ever researched in a single study.

The initial phase of the study — made possible by a joint NCAA-Department of Defense grant of $30 million — focused on the acute effects of concussions by evaluating concussed participants with a sequence of clinical and advanced research tests in the immediate hours, days and weeks after the injury, and comparing the results with baseline tests administered at the start of the study.

The new phase will include comprehensive testing of the participants when they leave college and up to four years after their collegiate sports or service academy career has ended. This expanded approach will enable researchers to study the intermediate and cumulative effects of concussion and repetitive head impact exposure. Importantly, researchers hope to differentiate between the effects of concussion, repetitive head impact, and sports participation with no history of either concussion or repetitive head impact exposure.

“We have gathered important information about the short-term effects of concussions over the past few years, but there is still a lot we do not understand about how our brains respond to different types of impact over time,” said Dr. Thomas W. McAllister, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine and the leader of the study’s administrative and operations center. “By comparing these groups across multiple years, we think we can parse out the effects of concussions, versus repetitive head impacts, versus normal life at university. This is critical for us to make informed decisions that protect our athletes, members of the military and other members of our communities.”

The evaluations will include clinical tests to assess attributes such as balance and memory but also will probe changes to participants’ psychological health to determine what role, if any, concussions and repetitive head impacts may have on depression, anxiety and emotional control. Researchers also will continue to conduct advanced research tests, including genetic analysis, brain imaging and blood tests to measure biomarkers associated with inflammation and nervous system dysfunction. It is conceivable that the advanced research tests will help identify genes and other objective markers that render an athlete or cadet more or less susceptible to concussion or injury from repetitive head impacts.

The NCAA is providing $12.5 million in funding over two years for the second stage of research. The Department of Defense approved a two-year grant of nearly $10 million.

Humboldt State University’s North Coast Concussion Program (NCCP) is among the institutions with athletes who are participating in the study.

“Some of the biggest challenges related to concussion injuries is knowing the best ways to prevent and diagnose them, and how best to manage recovery,” says Justus Ortega, a Kinesiology professor and director of NCCP. “One the most important aspects of this phase of research is that the data will help us find the best approaches to concussion assessment, management, and prevention.”

Starting in 2014, HSU researchers conducted baseline and post-injury monitoring – up to six months after injury – of neurocognitive, motor control, and behavioral data in about 400 HSU athletes from all sports. In this next phase of research, the NCCP received a $248,000 grant to test 225 HSU athletes and to support 14 students who will assist Ortega administer baseline and post-injury tests, analyze data, and develop peer-reviewed research papers.

“This new phase of funding represents a critical extension to the original study goals, allowing us to take an unprecedented look at cumulative and persistent effects of concussion and repetitive head impact exposure,” said Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer. “What we learn from this research will advance the science of traumatic brain injury and improve our understanding of how to best support the health and well-being of student-athletes, not only during their collegiate athletics experience but beyond.”

In addition to expanding the scope of the study, the CARE Consortium is adding a representative from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to its research team. Dr. Paul F. Pasquina is a retired Army colonel, professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research. His role with the CARE Consortium is to promote and facilitate the involvement of the four military service academies in the consortium.

“Optimizing the health and performance of our warfighters is paramount to enhancing the readiness and lethality of the force,” Terry M. Rauch, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense (Health Readiness Policy and Oversight), said regarding the Department of Defense’s participation in the study. “Traumatic brain injuries are a major readiness concern as our warfighters are particularly susceptible to these injuries during combat and training. The department is leading efforts in research to better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat TBIs across the range of military operations. However, much more work needs to be done, and this partnership with the NCAA and participating academic institutions provides valuable evidence to optimize the health and performance of our warfighters.”

Other study leaders include:
• Steven Broglio, professor of kinesiology and director of the Michigan Concussion Center at the University of Michigan. Broglio leads the longitudinal clinical study core, which oversees all clinical aspects of the study.
• Michael McCrea, professor of neurosurgery and co-director of the Center for Neurotrauma Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. McCrea leads the advanced research core, which includes head impact sensor technologies, advanced neuroimaging and biological markers that include detailed genetic testing.
• Indiana University School of Medicine, under the direction of McAllister, which provides regulatory and fiduciary oversight, as well as biostatistics and data management, neuroimaging, bioinformatics, biomarkers/biospecimen management, and other support resources for the consortium. Indiana University School of Medicine partners with the Datalys Center and QuesGen Systems in this effort.

Already, the CARE Consortium has generated information related to important topics such as the impact of removing student-athletes from play after a concussion; the influence of age at the time of first concussion; sleep and concussion recovery; and tools and tests used to assess concussions. A list of the scientific publications resulting from the CARE Consortium study may be found on the NCAA Sport Science Institute website.

Zero Waste Conference Coming to Humboldt State

October 26, 2018 - 11:41am
Humboldt State’s 2018 Zero Waste Conference will feature a week of food, workshops, speakers, documentaries, panels and more, seeking to “Redefine Waste in an Age of Capitalism.”

The conference, which runs Monday, Nov. 5 through Friday, Nov. 9, will open with a banquet and keynote address from keynote speaker Tedd Ward, Director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority. Ward has promoted the creation of jobs from discards and environmental design, ending welfare for wasting, and zero waste for the last two dozen years.

Other topics include homesteading, deconstructing a “cheap society,” composting, the current state of recycling, bicycle learning, and sustainability.

The Zero Waste Conference is a convention for engaged citizens looking to create active change in waste and consumption practices, hosted by HSU’s Waste-Reduction & Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP). The conference provides the opportunity for students, professors, scientists, activists, and community members to come together and exchange ideas, experience, and expertise.

Through various keynote speakers, workshops, forums, film screenings, and performances, the conference aims to fuse power and people to promote a comprehensive and inclusive zero waste approach. With an emphasis on upstream waste prevention, it promotes resource recovery and conservation, and ultimately minimize landfill-bound waste. Prepare yourself to be challenged, excited, and inspired!

For more information, visit the WRRAP website.

Zero Waste Conference series of events:

Monday | November 5
Bagel Brunch and Mindfulness, 10 a.m.–noon, Nelson Hall East 106
Join us for a free brunch sponsored by Los Bagels, followed by mindfulness meditation and discussion on how to create space and time for yourself in a society that equates time to money.

Zero Waste Banquet, 6 p.m., Kate Buchanan Room
Join us for a free zero waste meal catered by Eureka Natural Foods. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available.

Tedd Ward: The Waste We Want, 6:30 p.m. Kate Buchanan Room
Discard recovery relies on training our communities to waste responsibly. We need to avoid stumbling over what is actually handed to us as we take steps to get what we really want. Tedd Ward has promoted the creation of jobs from discards and environmental design, ending welfare for wasting, and zero waste for the last two dozen years.

Tuesday | November 6
Trash Talk & Walk, noon-2 p.m., meet at the UC Quad at noon and again at 1 p.m.
Trash Talk is a way to get students on campus thinking about waste and the trash that is littered around campus, while also being a space for concerned students to share general ideas about creating any sort of institutional change on campus.

Homesteading with Nick Perdue, 3-4:30 p.m., CCAT
In this talk, Nick Perdue, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, will present his creation of a site map for his homestead that helps identify the spaces within his yard for growth, and visualize a regenerative and resilient design. The goal is to change the flow of materials within the homestead. He will talk about the creation of the map, how to use it, and what a map means within the context of designing such a system.

Speakers & Panel: Quantity over Quality? Deconstructing a “Cheap” Society, 6-7:30 p.m., Founders Hall East 118
This interdisciplinary speaker series and panel features a discussion between HSU professors and students. It will break down the idea of cheapness and what this means within the context of globalized capitalism. A variety of perspectives will be presented, ranging from economics to geography, followed by an interactive conversation with the audience. Presenters include: Laura Johnson, HSU Geography instructor; Will Fisher, HSU Economics instructor; John Meyer, HSU Political Science Professor and Department Chair; and Brittany Panela, Environmental Studies student (Appropriate Technology).

Wednesday | November 7
Composting Workshop, 3-5 p.m., CCAT
Join the WRRAP Compost Team for a breakdown on how the life cycle of compost works (using yummy edible materials, pretzel rods, Oreo crumbles, gummy candy, chocolate pudding). Also learn more about the process of the campus wide composting system, explaining step by step of how our team reduces food waste. Then learn how to do it yourself with making a compost bag for your personal composting needs at your home!

Panel: The Current State of Recycling: Local and Global Perspectives, 4-5 p.m. Gist Hall 225
This panel discussion brings together experts in the fields of recycling and zero waste to shed light on the current state of recycling. Attendees can share in the discourse on the global and local issues shaping the recycling industry, on what materials are currently recyclable, and what steps we must take to see a future without waste.
Panelists include Tedd Ward, Director of the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority; Emily Benvie, Environmental Programs Manager for the City of Arcata; Sintana Vergara, Professor in Environmental Resources Engineering; Julie Stewart, Secretary for Humboldt Surfrider; Sarai Lucarelli, Zero Waste Humboldt Board Member; Megan Tolbert, HSU Grounds & Recycling Coordinator; and Maureen Hart, Environmental Consultant. The moderator is Morgan King, HSU Climate Action Analyst.

Documentary screening and discussion: Albatross, 6 p.m., Science B 133
Albatross (97 minutes) is a powerfully moving love story that brings viewers together into a shared space of connection and reverence. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, the Albatross team witnessed the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. The viewer will experience stunning juxtapositions of beauty and horror, destruction and renewal, grief and joy, birth and death, coming out the other side with their heart broken open and their worldview shifted. Stepping outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, Albatross takes viewers on a guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of reverence and love that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the world.

Thursday | November 8
Bicycle Learning Center Workshop and Discussion, 5-6 p.m., CCAT
People choose to cycle for many reasons. Some enjoy the health benefits, or emotional satisfaction. Some cycle because they have no other transportation, or to protest automobiles, and many other reasons. Regardless, cycling in an automobile dominated world indeed reduces waste, from petrol to rubber— bicycles are far less resource intensive than cars. Accordingly, cycling far less relies on a resource-exploitive capitalistic economy that we currently live in. Instead, the action of bicycling empowers individuals and promotes self-reliance. Join Bicycle Learning Center mechanics as we discuss these topics regarding cycling as action to reduce resources, waste, and reliance on capitalism.

Keynote: Sustainability Approached by CSU Chico’s Associated Students, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Founders Hall 118
Join Maggie Scarpa and Jared Geiser as they talk about the efforts they have taken within Chico State’s Associated Students to move towards zero waste.

Friday | November 9
Clothing Swap, noon-3 p.m., CCAT
Join us for a clothing swap in conjunction with CCAT’s Volunteer Friday. All clothes are free, and you do not need to bring clothes to take clothes!

Tinker Time, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., UC Quad
A series of hands-on, interactive, DIY, and zero waste activities all day on the UC Quad, hosted by The Sanctuary, the BLC, CCAT, Cooperation Humboldt, and more!

HSU Initiatives Support Record Graduation Rates

October 23, 2018 - 11:23am
HSU’s Class of 2018 broke new records, with graduation rates for first-time and transfer students hitting all-time highs. The progress was thanks in part to several initiatives designed to support student success.

According to preliminary data, HSU’s four-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has increased from 14.5 percent in 2015 to 21.9 percent in 2018 (a 51 percent increase). The six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has increased from 45.6 percent in 2015 to 51.8 percent in 2018 (a 14 percent increase). The two-year graduation rate for transfer students has increased from 26.3 percent in 2015 to 37.8 percent in 2018 (a 44 percent increase).

HSU’s success reflects efforts under the California State University system’s Graduation Initiative 2025. The goals of this system-wide initiative are to increase graduation rates while reducing opportunity gaps for traditionally underrepresented students, first-generation students, and Pell recipients.

“We invested strategically in academic and social resources—two factors that can affect students’ success at Humboldt State,” says Interim Vice Provost Rock Braithwaite.

To address retention and graduation, the University has undertaken several efforts.

This has included hiring more tenure-line faculty. Over the last three years, 32 tenure-track faculty have been hired, and the student-faculty ratio has dropped from 22:1 to 20:1. Starting this year, HSU plans to hire 20 new faculty members thanks to more than $1.5 million of funding from GI 2025 and the University, according to Provost Alex Enyedi.

In addition, students were offered more sections of courses that are repeated often, have low rates of success, or are in high demand. GI 2025 funds helped lower costs for summer bottleneck courses students needed to graduate.

The University also focused on: conducting a course audit and alert campaign for students on the cusp of graduation; reducing the number of students on academic probation through academic advising and peer mentoring; contacting students who are nearing graduation and encouraged them to enroll and finish; improving student orientation and increasing student and family engagement.

“We’ve made progress, and there’s more to be done. We’re actively working to improve students’ experience at all stages of their college career so they can stay on track for graduation,” says Braithwaite.

He says that future efforts to address retention and graduation at HSU include:

Enhancing first-year experiences through learning communities such as the Klamath Connection, which is intended to increase social and academic support mechanisms that facilitate retention.

Improving student support through the peer mentoring program known as Retention through Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP),

Diversity and equity training for faculty, staff, and administrators through collaborative partnerships between Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Center for Teaching and Learning.

Providing more Supplemental Instruction sections, which are paired with STEM courses.

For more information about GI 2025 and enrollment planning, visit HSU’s GI 2025 website and the Strategic Enrollment Management website.

20th Annual Campus Dialogue on Race

October 18, 2018 - 4:41pm
From a discussion on cultural appropriation to a workshop on data-informed conversations of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Humboldt State’s 20th annual Campus and Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR), starting Saturday, Oct. 27, is a weeklong series of programs on racial justice and its intersections with oppression and resistance.

CDOR started in 1998, spurred by President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race. Over the years, HSU has committed to creating safe spaces for this dialogue, which provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to experience workshops, keynote speakers, poster sessions, panel discussions, and conversations exploring race.

The program’s mission is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression.

The keynote speaker is Denice Frohman, an award-winning queer Latinx poet, educator, and performer. Born and raised in New York City, she is a CantoMundo Fellow, Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Fund for the Arts grant recipient, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner, and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has been commissioned by ESPN and Twitter and appears in Women of Resistance: Poems for a new Feminism, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, The Acentos Review, Winter Tangerine, and more. Her poems have gone viral with over 7.5 million views online and have been featured on Upworthy, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, mitú, and Refinery29.

This event is supported and coordinated by HSU students, staff, and faculty, as well as: Associated Students, Departments of Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, English, Social Work, and Sociology, Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence, Division of Student Affairs, Housing, HSI-STEM, MultiCultural Center, Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Office of Student Life, University Library, Equity Alliance of the North Coast, and Arcata Main Street.

Here are a few highlights. For the full list of events and details, see the Events Calendar.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Diversity Day at Farmers Market
9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arcata Plaza
WE ARE YOUR COMMUNITY is a poster campaign created by masters in Social Work students Erin Youngblood-Smith and Amy Mathieson with the aim of bridging the gap between the local community and students of color. The project seeks to help people in Humboldt County better understand the experiences of students of color on and off campus. There will be tabling by a variety of local and campus organizations on the Plaza during farmers market to engage with the community on the subject of diversity.

Monday, Oct. 29

Kick off on the Quad!
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stop by the Quad to pick up Campus Dialogue On Race event schedules and to hear about upcoming workshops!

Cultural Appropriation VS. Appreciation Workshop
11 – 11:50 a.m., Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
Presenters will highlight the realities and experiences of cultural appropriation that have been witnessed throughout our lives. They will discuss the effects of appropriation within our personal stories and narrative because there is never just one story.
Presenters: Tania Cubas & Deema Hindawi, Women’s Resource Center & MultiCultural Center

Featured Speaker Raina León
Poetry Readings/Q & As and Workshops
Raina León is an Associate Professor of the Single Subject Credential Program – English at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is currently a teaching artist in residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and is part of College of the Redwood’s Visiting Writers Series. She will host two readings followed by Q&A;sessions and generative creative writing prompts.

·“Say Her Name!”: Poetry of Witness and Resistance
2– 3 p.m., Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
Poet and educator Raina J. León will offer a short selection of poetry generated from a place of witness and resistance in these times of increased tumult, marginalization, and violence against people of color.

·Love and Happiness as Revolution
3 – 4 p.m., Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
Raina J. León will offer a short selection of poetry that focuses on joy, life, and birth as a political act. She will read new poems, offer a Q&A;, and then provide generative writing prompts that focus on generational joy, lineage, and legacy.

Loving the Skin I’m In: My Story
3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Nelson Hall East Room 106
Sixth-grade African-American student Sadie Shelmire will share her experience as a student of color in the Arcata School District. She will give advice to local teachers and administrators on how they can be more welcoming, supportive, and inclusive.
Presenters: Sadie Makayla-Tiye Shelmire, 6th grader, Sunnybrae Middle School &
Tay D. Triggs, HSU administrator

Keynote Speaker Denice Frohman
5 – 6:30 p.m., Kate Buchanan Room
Existencia es Resistencia – Existence is Resistance
Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, educator, performer, and speaker (bio above).

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Embodied Liberation: Somatic Tools for Metabolizing White Fragility Workshop
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
Presenters will draw from the studies and writing of Resmaa Menakem, Robin DiAngelo and Generative Somatics (body-centered healing) to provide tools for white bodies to metabolize their false sense of fragility around race-related topics.
Presenters: Shanti Belaustegui Pockell and Samantha Stone

A Sense of Belonging – Obstacles Hindering Latinx Students in College Campuses
4 – 5 p.m., Library Fishbowl (Room 209)
Talk about the Mexican American/Latinx/Hispanic experience in the United States and how it ties to the obstacles one faces in the community and at home.
Presenters: Abdel Amador, HSU Residential Life

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Pedagogy of the Unwoke Workshop 10 a.m. – Noon, Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102) This participatory workshop will provide ideas to enter conversations about racial injustice without blame, shame or guilt. We will also explore how to use restorative approaches to address structural racism in interpersonal interactions. Presenters: Ron White and Iva Dubyak, Humboldt Area Foundation

Disrupting Bias 101 Workshop
Noon – 2 p.m., TBD (off-campus location to be confirmed)
This workshop will address the first two of four dimensions of racism defined as internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and structural (or systemic). Participants will learn common language used to discuss racial equity, and examine how living in a culture dominated by messages of white superiority impacts how we see ourselves and how we consciously and unconsciously see and interact with others.
Presenters: Cori Jara, Lead Case Manager, McKinleyville Family Resource Center; Meridith Oram, Community Development Specialist, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, HSU

Thursday, Nov. 1

Data Informed Conversation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop 1 – 2 p.m., Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102) This presentation will highlight the importance of data-informed conversations of diversity, equity, and inclusion. By exploring the historical context of diversity data collection and original intent, we can unlock the mysteries of why institutions collect diversity data in the way that they do and how modern behavioral researchers can use those data to better understand their institution. Presenter: Michael Le, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Featured Speaker Workshop with Rev. Alvin Herring
3 – 4 p.m., Kate Buchanan Room
Alvin Herring will host a community organizing workshop. Herring is the Executive Director of Faith in Action, formerly PICO National Network, an international network of 39 federations and local groups in 21 states and 3 countries.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Speaker
Eliberto “Eddie” Ramos: “Life and Work Alterations: The Journey from Gang Culture to Inmate Advocate”
4 – 6 p.m., Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
Eliberto “Eddie” Ramos (‘99, Sociology) is a Psychiatric Social Worker for Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Court Linkage Program within superior courts. He also worked for the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp, a wilderness camp promoting leadership and character development for low-income, disadvantaged boys. Ramos, who attended the camp as a youth, is now on the board of directors. Following the talk will be a Q& Asession and a meet & greet with snacks and refreshments.

Featured Speaker Presentation with Rev. Alvin Herring
5 – 6 p.m., Kate Buchanan Room
Rev. Alvin Herring worked as the Director of Racial Equity and Community Engagement for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the fifth largest foundation in the world. While serving in this role, he advanced racial justice by ensuring groups leading racial justice work had resources to propel their campaigns and initiatives. Rev. Herring is the Executive Director of Faith in Action, formerly PICO National Network.

Friday, Nov. 2

Issues in ADPI Communities Workshop
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
Presented by the Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective (ADPIC), this workshop discusses issues facing Asian, Desi, and Pacific Islander (ADPI) community and students, specifically underrepresented and marginalized populations, addressing institutional changes to advance the success and voices of these people.

5 – 8 p.m., Kate Buchanan Room
In Spike Lee’s new film based on real events, Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer in Colorado, successfully infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan. A discussion will be facilitated by Ramona Bell, Department of Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (CRGS). This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.
Presenter: CRGS Professor Ramona Bell

Dia de los Muertos Dance
7 p.m. – Midnight, Arcata Veterans Hall, 1425 J Street, Arcata
Latinx Center for Academic Excellent presents the first annual dance event! All ages welcome! $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Food available for purchase. Proceeds from food and ticket sales will help fund LCAE’s future events and cultural graduation in May 2019.
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