Open Forums for HSU Athletics Director Candidates

April 23, 2019 - 5:53pm
The search committee invites you to attend Open Forums for each of the four candidates for the position of Athletics Director.

Working independently under the general direction of the President of the University and in collaboration with the University’s faculty, staff, administration, and local community, the Athletics Director is responsible for the leadership, organization, and management of an 11-sport, NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics program that provides a quality educational experience and supports success for student-athletes in the classroom and on the field, track, and court.

Candidates will provide brief answers to several questions about their professional history, the role of the community plays in the success of HSU athletics, and their vision of Lumberjack Athletics followed by a Q&A;session.

Please plan to attend and meet the candidates:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Mr. Cliff Dochterman
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Mr. Ronald Prettyman
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Friday, May 3, 2019
Ms. Melissa Ringhausen
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Mr. Bill Macriss
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Open Forums will take place in the Lumberjack Arena. Complimentary parking permits will be available at the parking kiosk on the day of the event. Please pick up at the parking kiosk on Rossow St. (see map) prior to parking. Candidate bios are here.

Your feedback is important! Following the Open Forums, please complete the Athletic Director Candidate Input Form at this link

Exhibit Highlights Graduating Students’ Art

April 19, 2019 - 10:24am
The 2019 HSU Art Department Graduates Exhibition opened on Thursday, April 18 in the Reese Bullen Gallery. The show will run through May 18.

Let’s Get Decadent, Alexandra Gonzalez, 2017, oil on panel, 4’x6’This exhibition showcases the achievements of HSU’s graduating Art majors. It features a broad range of forms and styles, reflecting students’ diverse identities and influences, as well as the range of media concentrations—from painting, photography, and printmaking to jewelry, sculpture, and media arts. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our emerging artists!

The Reese Bullen Gallery, named in honor of a founding professor of the Art Department, was established in 1970. The gallery is located in the HSU Art Building, at the intersection of B Street and Laurel Drive, directly across from the Van Duzer Theatre. The gallery is open Tuesday-Wednesday 12-5 p.m., Thursday 12-7 p.m., Friday 12-7 p.m. (12-8 Arts! Arcata), Saturday-Sunday 12-5 p.m. and closed Monday. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information about the gallery, please contact the gallery office at 707.826.5814 or email or Visit the parking website for parking information.

Fantastic Mr. Fox Opens at HSU

April 18, 2019 - 2:57pm
The Theatre, Film & Dance Department at Humboldt State University presents Fantastic Mr. Fox by David Wood, adapted from the book by Roald Dahl, beginning Friday, May 3.

Amy Beltran as Mrs. Fox, Taiquira Williams as Mr. Fox, Jeremy Stolp as Badger.Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers—Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, one fat, one short, one lean—to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. They try to kill him by any means possible. Outwitted at every turn, the farmer’s ploys backfire. The fantastic Mr. Fox devises a plan which will ensure full stomachs for not only his family, but all his friends, who celebrate with a sumptuous feast.

David Wood’s adaptation of the book was first performed at the Belgrade Theatre in England in 2001. Wood, an actor, composer, producer, director, magician, and playwright, created the popular animated children’s television series The Gingerbread Man. Wood has adapted other books by Dahl including The BFG, The Twits, and The Witches.

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Dahl’s short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children’s books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters. His books champion the kindhearted, and feature an underlying warm sentiment. Dahl’s works for children include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda. His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected.
The production is directed by Troy Lescher, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance.

“From an educator perspective, it is always important to me that a script offers our students valuable and extraordinary learning experiences, which Fantastic Mr. Fox certainly does,” Lescher says. “Although the Fantastic Mr. Fox script seems somewhat simple and concise on the surface, it actually poses some very complex challenges for student artists. The action of the play requires our designers to think creatively about how to overcome a variety of staging issues and obstacles. The play also pushes the actors to really stretch their characterization abilities while also demanding an immense level of energy at every performance.

“This show is absolutely suitable for all ages,” Lescher says. “It is particularly directed toward elementary-aged children but young adults and adults alike will find it just as enjoyable. There will be suspense, surprises, and celebration. There will also be physical comedy, puppetry, and audience participation.”

The production features a diverse cast of twelve HSU students. Scenic design is by Raymond Gutierrez, costume design by Sammi Stowe, lighting design by Percival Ferrugia, properties design by Lilliana Plascencia and mask and make-up design by Constance Hill. The production will be stage-managed by Bailie Molsberry.

Fantastic Mr. Fox opens Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in Gist Hall Theatre on campus. The run continues May 4, 10, and 11 at 7 p.m. Please note: This start time is 30 minutes earlier than usual for an HSU production. There will be three matinee performances beginning at 2 p.m. on May 4, 5, 11. General admission is $10, students and seniors $8. Lot parking is free on weekends. For tickets, visit the Center Arts website or call 707.826.3928. For more information, call 707.826.3566.

Build Resilience During Earth Week

April 17, 2019 - 10:35am
In celebration of Earth Day, the Associated Students and its campus partners offer a week of speakers, workshops, documentary screenings, music, art, a group bike ride, and more.

Earth Week kicks off on Monday, April 22, with a 5:30 p.m. banquet featuring keynote speaker, David Cobb, as well as the Trashion Show and the Sustainability Champion Awards ceremony.

Students head out on the Earth Week Inclusive Bike Ride. This year’s ride takes place on Friday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. Meet at the corner of Harpst and B streets.Cobb is an attorney who ran for U.S. president on the Green Party Ticket, co-founded Move to Amend, and is a member of the North Coast People’s Alliance. Read his full bio online.

This annual, student-run event focuses on the challenges, ideas, and solutions to move us towards a sustainable future. This year’s theme is “Building Resilience in a Time of Crisis.” Join us as we explore challenges and celebrate new approaches to building resilient communities, network with your peers, and leave feeling inspired to take action.

Other events include an informational session on Mobile Energy On Wheels (MEOW)—a student-initiated demonstration trailer equipped with solar panels, an inverter, charge controller, and pedal power bicycle generators—and the Humboldt County Climate Action Plan Forum, which is a dialogue on local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For a complete schedule, with workshop descriptions, visit the Associated Students website.

Earth Week is organized by the Earth Week Every Week Committee, a coalition of Associated Students programs and student clubs, with support from the Office of Sustainability. Their mission is to plan programs, events and workshops throughout the year that seek to educate, create community and foster dialogue on issues of social and environmental justice, human and non-human rights and healthy lifestyles.

The Earth Week Planning Committee works to ensure all events and programs are inclusive and representative of the diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, language, and physical appearance that we see in this world.

If you need additional accommodations to fully participate in the events as described, please contact

Campus Safety Bulletin: Suspect in Assault

April 13, 2019 - 6:52pm

The University Police Department is advising the Humboldt State University community to be on the alert for an individual alleged to be involved in an assault on campus. The incident is still under investigation; however, assistance is being sought to locate the subject.

Dennis Gomez (pdf of police flier), 19, who is an HSU student, is suspected of assaulting someone in a residence hall on campus on Friday, April 12 sometime after 11:00 p.m.

He was last seen fleeing from the scene of the assault at approximately 11:53 p.m. Gomez has been ordered to stay away from campus.

He is 5 feet, 6 inches, 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen shirtless and wearing jeans and white shoes.

If you see or encounter Gomez on campus, please contact University Police immediately by dialing 911, calling (707) 826-5555 or extension 5555 from any campus phone.

University Resources

The Campus Advocate Team is available 24 hours a day at (707) 445-2881. They offer free and confidential support to survivors of sexualized violence, stalking, harassment, and intimate partner violence.

Alumni Who Made an Impact in the World

April 12, 2019 - 4:17pm
Humboldt State University has been recognizing the achievements of alumni since 1960 when the University launched its annual Who’s Who Award. This year, we celebrate our 2019 Distinguished Alumni who have been recognized as leaders in their fields and have been outstanding contributors to their community, nation, or Humboldt State University.
From left to right: Lisa William; Mike Radenbaugh and Ty Collins; and Mark Andre.

Lisa William (’92, Journalism, ’96, English (Education)) is a professor at California State University, Sacramento and San Joaquin Delta College. Lisa teaches more than nine courses a semester while maintaining a very active service and publication record. Lisa has authored and co-authored nearly 25 academic journals, articles, book chapters and other publications.
Each semester, she teaches popular courses on topics like Urban education, discourse on race and gender in educational settings, and social and psychological foundations of multicultural education. Lisa is committed to improving opportunities for all her students. She has served as a mentor in the CSUS Pathways Fellows program, advisor for the CSUS McNair Scholars, and co-advisor for the CSUS Graduate Education Student Association. Lisa is the 2018-2019 recipient of the CSUS College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2012 UC Davis Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2006 International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Distinguished Fellows Presentation Award, and the 1999 Sacramento City Unified School District Teacher of the Month.

Mike Radenbaugh (’12, Industrial Technology) and Ty Collins (’10, Journalism) are the co-founders of Rad Power Bikes, North America’s largest electric bike company. They make electric bikes that are accessible, affordable, and appealing to the masses, and continue to pioneer the world of sustainable transportation. Rad Power Bikes intentionally forgoes the traditional bicycle distribution channel of third-party dealers and retailers, enabling them to provide customers with premium ebikes for almost half the cost of comparable models, while building a closer relationship with the rider.
Mike built his first ebike in 2007 as a way to get to school without breaking a sweat. His “frankenbikes” quickly caught the attention of his small town, and he started building ebikes for friends, family, and neighbors. Today Mike and Ty employ a team of nearly 100 with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, Vancouver, British Columbia and Utrecht, Netherlands. Mike and Ty have been named to Forbes and Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists, and Seattle’s Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list.

Mark Andre (’79, Natural Resources Planning & Interpretation) is the Director of Environmental Services for the City of Arcata and a registered Professional Forester. In this role, Mark overseas Arcata’s environmental programs, natural resources, parks and recreation, community forest, wildlife areas, and public utilities. Mark manages an annual budget of $19 million and a staff of 40 full-time and 50 part-time employees. Because of Mark’s efforts the Arcata Community Forest, established in 1955, has grown considerably. He has worked closely with Humboldt State to allow use of the forest not just for field trips but also for research by faculty and students. The forest is nationally considered as a model community forest.
Mark recently helped lead the acquisition of 967 acres of public forest in the Jacoby Creek watershed, of which 884 acres will be given to HSU. Mark worked to secure a $1.7 million donation from the property owner (R.H. Emmerson & Son) and grant funds from several sources, including $1.75 million from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, $800,000 from CAL FIRE Climate Investment Fund, $230,000 from the California Resources Agency, $1.72 million from the Wildlife Conservation Board, and $45,000 from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Mark was appointed to the California Board of Forestry by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 and reappointed to additional terms by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. He was recently recognized by the California State Assembly with a resolution recognizing his nine years of service to the Board including his work on the State Forest Carbon Plan and leadership working on forest practices regulations.

HSU’s Associated Students Elections:  Don’t Forget to Vote!

April 12, 2019 - 8:59am
Students will receive an email with a link to the voting portal, where you can select the next Associated Students Board of Directors - your student government.

Online polls open April 16-18 to vote for Humboldt State Associated Students representatives.

Students will receive an email with a link to the voting portal, where you can select the next Associated Students Board of Directors – your student government.

There’s still time to be a write-in candidate. Write-in candidacy forms are due on Friday, April 12 by 5 p.m. Elections packets with information on how to run for office and write-in candidacy forms are available at the A.S. office on the second floor of University Center through April 12 and online.

This year, the election’s theme is “the Student Voice is Endangered” and candidates are encouraged to select an endangered species to accompany their campaign and materials. The theme’s intent is to raise awareness of the endangered species of the world and to attract constituents to campaign messages through an eye-catching theme.

There are 15 open positions for the A.S. Board of Directors: President, three Vice Presidents, Social Justice & Equity Officer, Environmental Sustainability Officer, several board member positions and a graduate student representative. Time commitments depend on the position and level of responsibility. Stipends are available for all positions and are based on the level of responsibility.

A.S. serves as the officially recognized voice of the student body, seeking institutional changes that serve to enhance the student environment. It funds and administers student-initiated and led programs and services that are unique to Humboldt State University.

More information is available at:

Ocean Acidification a Challenge for Shellfish in Humboldt Bay

April 11, 2019 - 2:26pm
A sophisticated ocean chemistry-monitoring instrument installed last year has given researchers some preliminary results—and cause for concern.

The “Burke-o-Lator,” set up at the Hog Island Oyster Company’s hatchery on Humboldt Bay, examines ways seawater chemistry is being affected by ocean acidification. Unlike other oceanographic sensors that measure only acidity (pH), the Burke-o-Lator also collects information on seawater’s carbonate saturation state, which shows how difficult it is to build and maintain shell—directly related to the growth and development of shellfish. That data is made publicly available and streamed live at the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS) website.

You can read more about the Burke-o-Lator here.

The installation of the Burke-o-Lator is part of a larger project that is being conducted by a research team that includes Humboldt State University professors Jeffrey Abell, Frank Shaughnessy, and Paul Bourdeau. They are being assisted by of host of HSU graduate and undergrad students who are gaining firsthand experience in this exciting research and the use of this state-of-the-art instrument.

“The initial data is interesting, and a bit concerning. Though water in the Bay is less acidic than the nearby open coast, the carbonate saturation is still frequently low enough to cause problems for juvenile oysters and larvae,” California Sea Grant Extension Specialist Joe Tyburczy. “Based on this data, the Hog Island hatchery has begun buffering the seawater they pump into their facility with sodium carbonate to increase the saturation state and pH, protecting their juvenile and larval oysters and helping them grow.”

Tyburczy’s team, which includes Humboldt State researchers, has deployed oceanographic instruments inside and outside of eelgrass beds and will analyze water samples with the Burke-o-Lator to understand the capacity of eelgrass to chemically modify seawater as it moves through eelgrass beds with the tidal cycles.

“Interestingly, preliminary data from other regions indicate that eelgrass may not be doing as much to boost pH and carbon saturation as expected based on prior work,” he says. “Once we are able to process our samples, we should get a better idea of how eelgrass in Humboldt Bay, one of the most extensive eelgrass beds on the West Coast, is affecting seawater chemistry and responding to changes that are predicted under future scenarios.”

Ocean acidification, which is directly related to an increase in human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, presents major challenges not only for aquaculture, but also for marine ecosystems around the world, says Tyburczy. That’s where the Burke-o-lator comes in.

“With continued monitoring and analysis, the instrument will give us insight into what is occurring in the open ocean and how that translates into the bay for the health of the ecosystem and the future of bivalve hatcheries in Humboldt Bay and beyond,” he says.

Humboldt State University faculty, graduate students, and other researchers have been training on the Burke-o-Lator, enabling them to process water samples for thesis work and other experiments.

“In this way, it has the potential to complement and enhance ongoing ocean acidification research including oceanographic cruises and experiments at Humboldt State’s Telonicher Marine Lab in Trinidad,” Tyburczy says.

Tyburczy led the development of this collaborative project with colleagues at Humboldt State University, Bodega Marine Laboratory, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Wiyot Tribe, and the Hog Island Oyster Company. This work is being funded by the California Ocean Protection Council and the CSU Agricultural Research Institute.

About California Sea Grant
NOAA’s California Sea Grant College Program funds marine research, education and outreach throughout California. Our headquarters is at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; we are one of 33 Sea Grant programs in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.

Organizational Changes at KHSU

April 11, 2019 - 8:34am

Humboldt State University is reorganizing and streamlining operations at its public radio station, KHSU, with the goal of preserving quality programming for the North Coast.

The changes are intended to address operational challenges at KHSU, prevent further negative impact to the University’s budget, and better align HSU’s financial support with its mission and with opportunities for students.

Station employees were told of the changes earlier today. Because the reorganization and budget reductions include the elimination of positions, a number of individuals will no longer be employed at HSU. The University is working to provide clear information to them, and to ensure they receive any benefits they are entitled to.

The steps taken today include:

• Elimination of HSU’s direct payroll support, including the General Manager position and Chief Engineer position, saving the University more than $250,000 annually.

• Elimination of five other staff positions, generating significant savings in the portion of KHSU’s budget that comes from government support, underwriting, and listener contributions.

• Appointment of an Interim Station Director, to be supported through non-HSU funding.

• Consolidating all KHSU operations in Feuerwerker House, reducing the inefficiency of having two separate spaces.

• Indefinite suspension of volunteer-run programs. The University will evaluate how students can return to a more substantial on-air role at KHSU.

• Actively pursuing collaboration with other public radio stations and seeking CPB funding to support this effort.

The decision to realign the station reflects a comprehensive assessment. Factors included the station’s increasing cost to the University; KHSU’s limited capacity for additional fundraising and underwriting; challenges identified by the CSU Office of Audit and Advisory Services; feedback from listeners and volunteers; the University’s commitment to public service; and the appropriate role of student involvement in station operations and programming.

The report from the CSU Office of Audit and Advisory Services, which was recently received by HSU, includes an in-depth program review of the station that identified a number of issues with operations and administration. It was initiated at the request of HSU President Lisa Rossbacher, and she shared it yesterday with KHSU’s Community Advisory Board.

In addition to issues identified in the report, there are serious budget issues at the station. KHSU is heavily subsidized by the HSU general fund, and the station’s budget deficits have continued to worsen. At the end of the 2017-18 year, HSU had to cover a budget deficit of nearly $135,000 beyond its regular subsidy, and this year’s projected budget deficit is even larger.

KHSU’s budget challenge largely reflects increases in payroll costs. In addition, community support has been flat or declining, with underwriting revenue down approximately 14 percent for the year and listener support down approximately 17 percent. And while volunteers create a great deal of local programming, their efforts also come at a cost, requiring significant support by paid staff.

The budget challenges at KHSU come as HSU has been working to address an overall structural deficit as well as funding declines related to an enrollment drop. The University has reduced its spending by $9 million over the last two years, and is making nearly $1 million in additional reductions for the coming year.

For context, over the last year HSU has funded nearly half the cost of KHSU. Listener support provided about 22 percent, corporate underwriting 17 percent, and government grants 12 percent. HSU directly paid more than $265,000 in salary, covered at least $250,000 for space and utilities, and spent at least $80,000 receiving and processing contributions to the station.

Even with the changes at KHSU, listeners will continue to have access to high-quality national programming and news. The most recent audience data reaffirm this is, by far, the station’s most popular programming.

Forged in Fire

April 5, 2019 - 2:42pm
The HSU Women's Soccer Team spent a day training with the Arcata Fire Department as a team-building exercise.

The Soccer team poses in firefighting gear. Photo by Thomas AllieAsk any coach and they will tell you that even though an abundance of talent is a solid indicator of a strong team it does not always transfer to success on the playing field. There is a reason why extremely talented teams sometimes underperform and why some lesser squads exceed expectations. Team chemistry is a contributor to the success of any sports program, and the interactions within the group lead to better communication and winning results.

This is a philosophy adopted by the Humboldt State women’s soccer program and Head Coach Paul Karver. The preseason is a time to learn, for players and coaches, and it’s important to get the team excited before the season starts. In hopes to promote team bonding, Karver scheduled a day for his team to spend with the Arcata Fire Department.

The event was a 13-hour day complete with fun and challenging events designed to develop leadership skills while also encouraging competitiveness.

“The day we spent with Arcata Fire was easily one of the most impactful days we have had as a program,” said Karver. “The day was challenging physically, mentally and emotionally from the start, and watching our girls rise to meet every challenge put before them was inspiring for us as a staff.”

The day began with a locker room breakfast at College Creek Field with the team reporting at 5:15 a.m. before departing for the Arcata Fire Department. There to greet the team was A-Shift Battalion Chief Operations Sean Campbell, Fire Captain Angie Dernnedde, and Firefighter Luke Walker.

Activities included a live fire demo, jaws of life demonstration, hose work, and firefighter rescue scenarios.

“The experience was unlike anything I’ve ever done before, in a good way,” said junior midfielder Rose Harman. “The team has always been close, and we have always been there for each other no matter what, but that day it felt like there was a shift in mentality. Everyone was so supportive, inclusive, and understanding. It was extremely hard work and probably the longest day we’ve had in a while. But all I could see was my best friends/ teammates smiling and having a great time, that’s what I appreciated the most.”

The highlight of the event was an obstacle course, as players were split into groups of five and asked to work together as they navigated their way through the course. The teams each selected a group leader before getting dressed in full firefighter gear, complete with a breathing apparatus and mask that had a grey film over the eyes to simulate smoke. The group leaders went through the course first and then instructed their teammates through different obstacles. At the end of the course was a long, dark tunnel barely big enough for a human to crawl through on its hands and knees.

“The day at the fire station was a wonderful opportunity,” said junior midfielder Mary Swisher. “The physical challenges were great obstacles, but the mental and emotional challenges definitely helped the team grow together. As strong women, I think it can be hard to ask for help sometimes, but this experience of vulnerability and struggle gave each of us the opportunity to build a new kind of trust with one another. The support and leadership from everyone was heartwarming and made me proud to be a part of this family.”

After a complete day of exhausting work, the team felt a new sense of trust within the group as many players who weren’t chosen as team captains rose to the challenge and took on unexpected leadership roles of their own.

“It was a challenging yet engaging experience that I enjoyed participating in with an amazing group of women,” said senior midfielder Pikake Hix. “It was also very interesting to see the similarities of group/teamwork between firefighters and soccer players. Starting with keywords within communication and supporting each other like a family. I realized that there are so many leaders on this team, some quieter than others! It taught me that working off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses by allowing others to lead based on specific situations will help get the job done as a whole.”

After a successful event, the plan is to establish a partnership between HSU Athletics and the Arcata Fire District.

“Other than having a great time with the team, we want to share our primary objective, which was to expose team-oriented women to the fire service with the goal of recruiting more females into the workforce,” explained Battalion Chief Sean Campbell. “Another objective that we feel was successfully met was to build community relationships and provide opportunities for community members to experience what firefighters face in their daily duties. Other than that, we express our belief that the academy was very successful and we appreciate the level of commitment by the team. The information they shared in the post-academy evaluations indicates they learned a great deal about teamwork and how to face challenges that are larger than one person to tackle alone.”

With the 2019 spring schedule set to begin this Saturday, team expectations are high as the excitement of facing outside competition continues to build.

“We cannot thank the Arcata Fire department enough for putting together a day like this for us,” said an appreciative Karver. “They were incredible and certainly have been a major piece of any success we have moving forward.”

Lumberjack fans can catch their first glimpse of the 2019 squad Saturday, April 6 with back-to-back games beginning with Lake Tahoe Junior College at 11 a.m. followed by Sierra Junior College at 1 p.m. at College Creek Field.

The World’s Oldest Student-run Film Festival to Host 52nd Year

April 5, 2019 - 2:37pm
The 52nd Humboldt Int’l Film Fest returns to the Minor Theatre in Arcata from April 19 to 23.

The finalists in four categories will be screened at 6:30 pm: Friday, April 19 is Narrative Night, Saturday, April 20 is Experimental/Animation Night, Sunday, April 21 is Documentary Night, and Monday, April 22 is the Best of the Fest with an encore screening Tuesday, April 23. Tickets are $5 for each screening.

Since 1967, Humboldt State University students have produced the internationally recognized festival. The call-to-entry is open to independent filmmakers of all ages and countries for films with a running time of 1-30 minutes in the Narrative, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental categories. This year, 154 entries from 20 countries were submitted including films from Nicaragua, Argentina, Israel, Japan, China, Indonesia, Korea, Iran, Mexico, Austria, India, and Sweden. Film festival classes pre-screen all entries. The films with the highest scores in the four categories compete for cash awards and Audience Favorite Awards.

Joining this year’s festival are three local film industry judges: Tawny Foskett, an award-winning director whose 2012 short, Girls Who Smoke, based on a story from The Moth and This American Life, screened in 20 festivals worldwide; Rebekah Brown, filmmaker and screenwriter who has worked on many film and TV projects including Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show! Great Job!, and Netflix’s Daredevil; and HSU film graduate, Richard Jett, who has been a cinematographer for 30 years and worked on the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Purchase tickets at the Minor Theatre’s website or call: 707.822.FILM (3456). Visit the film festival’s website for more information, or call 707.826.4113 or email

Yes, We Have an Official Song. It’s Called an Alma Mater

April 5, 2019 - 2:24pm
Fun fact: Humboldt State has an alma mater, and it was written in 1943 by an alumna named Joyce Bruner (‘45, Music Education). HSU’s “official” song, the alma mater is a piece of University music tradition that generations of students have heard, though probably without realizing what they were listening to in the first place.

Alma maters are anthems for universities and high schools you’d hear at the end of college athletic competitions, according to HSU Music Professor Gil Cline. The Marching Lumberjacks advisor Scott Gerving says the band has performed the song for decades.

Bruner’s place in HSU history would have been forgotten had it not been for her daughter, Sally Luotto, who set out to confirm something she had heard decades earlier: that her mother composed the University’s official song.

“I’m proud of her connection to Humboldt history. There aren’t many people who can say their mother wrote a school’s alma mater,” says Luotto.

Her quest began after an accidental discovery. “I read something that mentioned the composer of HSU’s alma mater was unknown, which I knew wasn’t true. That’s what started all of this,” she says.

After doing some digging, she visited HSU’s News & Information office one day last November. She came bearing snapshots of a decades-old newspaper story about her mom and snippets from Humboldt State College yearbooks—proof Luotto hoped the University needed to help set the record straight.

What Luotto didn’t know was that on the third floor of HSU Library’s Special Collections, hidden among the archives, sits the original sheet music of the song. When Luotto is given a copy, she’s stunned. She points to the longhand and Bruner’s signature written at the top of the page.

“I see this and feel very close to her— her handwriting and style of music notation was so unique and familiar,” says Luotto.

So who was Joyce Marian Bruner? She was raised in Ferndale and became an elementary school teacher. A product of the Depression era and World War II, she often buffed and waxed her linoleum kitchen floor to make it last. Music was a big part of her world. So was Humboldt State College, where she and her twin sister enrolled in 1941 and met two football players, their future husbands.

“My mom loved her years at Humboldt State College. When those four got together, they always reminisced about Humboldt, how it formed them, and how much fun it was,” Luotto recalls.

The story goes that Bruner, who was in a campus madrigal group, entered a contest to compose the alma mater and won.

Luotto has more anecdotes from her own days as an HSU student in the late ‘60s-early ‘70s. There was the time her Music Professor Lee Barlow made a surprising announcement in class one day.

“We’re standing on the risers when he says, ‘I want to introduce you to a new member. This is the daughter of the lady who wrote the alma mater,’” Luotto recalls. She received a similar introduction by Music Professor Charlie Fulkerson during his music appreciation class.

Not long after, Luotto asked her mom why she never mentioned the song, Bruner responded: “Well, I didn’t think anybody would be particularly interested in that.”

Bruner died in 2007, though when Luotto looks at the sheet music, her mom is with her. “I feel like she’s right here again. That’s her handwriting and it’s so amazing.”

ITEPP Celebrates 50 years of Supporting Native Students

April 3, 2019 - 1:36pm
HSU will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Indian Tribal and Educational Personnel Program in the Kate Buchanan Room on Friday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m.

For half a century, the Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) has supported Native American Indian students in a wide array of disciplines.

Local tribal members and HSU faculty founded the Indian Teacher Education Project in 1969 to support 18 American Indian students preparing to become teachers. It has since enhanced and extended services to all majors.

In 2012 it was renamed the Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program to reflect the inclusion of students from a broad array of majors.

ITEPP staff members work closely with students to provide advising and culturally relevant mentorship, and to connect them with leadership and work opportunities.

The program also hosts major events such as the annual California Indian Big Time & Social Gathering, a public event that honors California Native traditions and the traditional Wiyot Tribe land, on which the campus is located. Last year, ITEPP coordinated Indigenous Peoples Week and a Native American Professionals Speaker Series.

ITEPP also works with Housing & Residence Life to offer the Native Living Suite, an on-campus living community for students interested in the issues, culture, and values of Native American tribes.

“The goals of the original visionaries continue to be manifested in the academic advising, programming, and educational planning,” says ITEPP Coordinator Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond. “The program reflects the commitment of the founding advisory board who set the precedent of honoring an education ingrained with cultural values. Turning 50 confirms ITEPP’s commitment to community.”

“A large network of ITEPP alumni continue to guide the direction of the program,” she says.

The gala is free and open to the public. ITEPP alumni and their families are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by calling 707.826.3672 or emailing

Rising to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change: 9th Humboldt Bay Symposium

April 2, 2019 - 12:43pm
On April 11 and 12, the Humboldt Bay Symposium will be held at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka. This year’s symposium, “Rising to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change,” will feature sessions on sea-level rise, ecological restoration, ocean science, and proposed and ongoing economic development in and around Humboldt Bay.

The symposium will provide the public an opportunity to engage directly with scientists, managers, and local experts and learn about the latest developments on a variety of current issues related to Humboldt Bay.

The symposium is open to the public and anyone interested in Humboldt Bay. Admission is $20 per day or $35 for both days (includes lunch). Discounted and free tickets are available for students and student volunteers. The symposium, which is held every two to three years, is convened by the Humboldt Bay Initiative, a group of resource managers, scientists, and community members who come together to address management issues that cross disciplines and to link science and management for the Humboldt Bay ecosystem. The Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation is a major sponsor of this year’s Symposium.
Program Highlights

On Thursday, April 11, the morning session will focus on preparing for sea-level rise; presentations include the adaptation plan for the Eureka Slough area, research on sand dune vulnerability, sediment supply to salt marshes, studying and conserving Wiyot traditional cultural plants, guidance from the Coastal Commission on adaptation, and efforts to model coastal storms into the future and the risks they pose to the North Coast in combination with sea-level rise.
The session on Thursday afternoon will delve into recent and ongoing restoration efforts at various locations including the Jacoby Creek watershed, the Ocean Ranch Unit of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Eel River Wildlife Area. There will also be talks on a petition for Mad River water rights, dealing with excessive sediment in the Elk River and restoring its tidal lower reaches, efforts to eradicate invasive reeds in PALCO marsh and invasive cordgrass throughout the Bay, and the creation of a living shoreline at White Slough.

The morning session on Friday, April 12th will feature a wide range of research on Humboldt Bay and the coastal ocean including efforts to monitor krill and ocean conditions, the effect of marine protected area designation on nearshore rocky reefs, the life history and results of habitat restoration in coho salmon, and eelgrass distribution and ocean acidification in Humboldt Bay. There will also be presentations on monitoring eelgrass distribution via drone to achieve high-resolution spatial data over a large area; combining river otter citizen art and science; and efforts to mitigate tsunami hazard.

Friday afternoon’s session will include an update on Humboldt Bay Harbor District projects as well as dredging of the Eureka Public Marina. Other presentations will cover the recently completed Fishing Community Sustainability Plan for Eureka, the proposal by Nordic Aquafarms for a large fish farm at the Harbor District’s Marine Terminal II, the proposed development of offshore wind energy, and the status and progress on recreational trails in our region. The Symposium also features presentations and posters by several faculty and other researchers from Humboldt State University.

After the presentations on Friday, there will be a poster session with refreshments held in the Bay Room of the Wharfinger Building from 4:30–6:00pm. Symposium attendees can examine posters and speak with presenters on a variety of interesting topics including the importance of the Bay for non-breeding shorebirds, managing storm water in urban watersheds around the Bay, coastal cutthroat trout and their response to Eel River estuary restoration projects, 3-D modeling of circulation in the Bay, and the role of the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment.

To view the full program and register for the symposium, please visit:

The Humboldt Bay Symposium is organized by the Humboldt Bay Initiative, an informal collaboration of local stakeholders including scientists, agency staff, Tribes, non-profits, local government officials, and other professionals as well as interested community members working together to plan and carry out ecosystem-based management of Humboldt Bay. In contrast to natural resource management that focuses on a single species or issue, ecosystem-based management includes consideration of all interacting components within an ecosystem.

The Humboldt Bay Initiative facilitates communication among its many participants, improving coordination of efforts, information sharing, and identification of partners for collaborative projects. Its associated non-profit, the Coastal Ecosystems Institute of Northern California is the fiscal sponsor for the symposium and was established in 2011 to promote ecosystem-based management in our region of the coast through collaborative applied research, planning, management, and stakeholder outreach. These two groups work together to coordinate scientific, management, and conservation efforts to achieve better ecological outcomes. Humboldt State’s Sponsored Programs Foundation is a major sponsor of this year’s Symposium, as well.

Find out more information about the Humboldt Bay Symposium and go to the event’s Facebook page.

HSU Hosts 12th Annual California Big Time and Social Gathering

March 29, 2019 - 4:38pm
The community is invited to the 12th Annual California Big Time and Social Gathering, celebrating diverse California tribal cultures, on Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in HSU's West Gym.

The Big Time provides an opportunity to share California Indian traditions, cultures, and history with HSU students, staff and faculty, as well as the community at large. This event, initiated by Native students, provides them with an opportunity for cultural sharing and education, while at the same time highlighting the campus as a university for prospective students.

There will be a variety of cultural presenters, an Indian Card Tournament, and vendors throughout the day from across the state, including HSU alumni. Together participants and guests will honor location of the HSU campus in the heart of Wiyot territory. It will provide an opportunity for community outreach, partnership with tribal nations, and embrace the diversity that tribal students, faculty, and staff bring to the university.

2019 California Indian Big Time & Social Gathering

HSU Presents Surrenderings, a Dance Concert

March 29, 2019 - 11:08am
The Theatre, Film, & Dance Department at Humboldt State University presents Surrenderings, a dance concert created by students and faculty, in the Gist Hall Theatre on campus for two weekends in April.

The Earth is Where We Make Our Stand, by Jandy BergmannThis production contains a diverse selection of styles ranging from contemporary to tap, and from hip-hop to Mexican Folklorico. Thematic content is just as diverse, with dances inspired by cultural identity, biology, climate change, human tenderness, celebrations from Sinaloa, Mexico, and the weave of African and American culture. Surrenderings will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

Danh Tinh is a spoken word contemporary solo choreographed and performed by Gabby Connors, a Dance Studies major. Connors explains that she was inspired by “individuals with multicultural heritage that struggle to find an identity that feels right.” Danh Tinh, is a compelling dance of personal story, and it is informed by Connor’s poignant reflections into her own Vietnamese-American heritage.

Brinn Coleman, one of HSU’s Dance Studies majors, choreographed Kindred in the hip-hop style. Kindred is a duet which shows “how beautiful true love looks.” Yet, the dance also cleverly and honestly portrays love as a bit complicated and multi-layered. Coleman was inspired by the love he’s seen in the world and wanted to create an uplifting piece. Coleman describes his dance as a “spiritual connection between two people who are in love.”

Jandy Bergmann, dance faculty, is the choreographer of The Earth is Where We Make Our Stand, a modern dance inspired by the issue of climate change and global warming. Bergmann’s lush and organic movements were generated by the seven dancers and then crafted together with Bergmann’s artful eye for composition. This dance features a sound score of music, text, and poetry, compiled by Bergmann and sound designer Pablo Midence.

In total, Surrenderings features 11 dances, five faculty choreographers, six student choreographers, 42 dancers, and a special performance by the HSU Dance Program’s Mexican Folklorico Club (El Ballet de Folklórico de Humboldt). The concert dancers are mostly HSU students, but some talented community members will also grace the stage.

Surrenderings opens in the intimate Gist Hall Theatre on April 5 and continues April 6, 11, 12, 13, at 7:30pm. There will also be one matinee show on April 14 at 2 p.m. General admission is $10 and $8 for students and seniors. Limited free seating for HSU students is available. We recommend you arrive early—there is a good chance shows will sell out due to limited seating. Lot parking is free on weekends. Tickets are available online, at the door, or by calling 707.826.3928. For more information, call the HSU Theatre, Film, & Dance Department at 707.826.3566.

Danh Tinh, by Gabby Connors

Ikyav, Píkyav: Making, Re-Making at the Goudi’ni Gallery

March 29, 2019 - 10:49am
A two part exhibition, Ikyav, Píkyav: Making, Re-Making, will run from April 4 through May 18 at the Goudi’ni Gallery. An opening reception will take place April 4 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

NOGO poster, Frank Tuttle and Brian D. Tripp; ND and ITEPP sash (close-up)The exhibition will open with a celebration of the HSU Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP)’s 50th anniversary. Alumni’s customized graduation sashes, portraits, information, and stories will highlight ITEPP’s key moments and memories, its impact on the lives of its students, and its important presence within the HSU community as a whole.

The exhibition’s second half will explore the 1970s-80s fight against the building of a road between Gasquet and Orleans, through traditional ceremonial sites of the Karuk, Yurok, and Tolowa tribes. Gallery displays will honor those who stood up against the destruction of sacred spaces and spiritual traditions, who fought back peacefully with marches, demonstrations, speeches, and tireless pleas. As a whole, this exhibition pays homage to Indigenous peoples’ reclamation of agency, sovereignty, and power, highlighting examples of making and re-making, of fixing the earth.

Goudi’ni Gallery Hours: Monday closed, Tuesday and Wednesday 12–5 p.m., Thursday 12–7 p.m., Friday 12–7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12–5 p.m. All exhibits and events are free.

Goudi’ni Native American Arts Gallery is located on the ground floor of the HSU Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, at the corner of 17th and Union Street. Find campus parking information.

This exhibit is support by Instructionally Related Activities, HSU Art Department, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Five Years of Assault Prevention and Intervention

March 28, 2019 - 12:01pm
CHECK IT, HSU’s student-led violence prevention program, celebrated its fifth year recently.

The program, which focuses on educating students and the community about consent, as well as strategies for preventing and intervening in cases of sexual violence, has grown to involve more than 100 student volunteers who put on a variety of workshops and other events. The program is even expanding into the community—coordinators are working to establish a CHECK IT chapter at Arcata High School.

“The growth and people involved have been amazing,” says Mary Sue Savage, CHECK IT prevention coordinator. More than 400 students attended a recent five-year anniversary party, and t-shirts, pins, and posters bearing the CHECK IT logo can be spotted all over the community.

CHECK IT and the lessons it instills have been embedded into a number of student groups and clubs, expanding awareness of the program and opportunities to be involved. “As soon as students come up to campus, we like to establish immediately that here at HSU we check it,” Savage says. That message is reiterated in an expanding number of places on campus, and not just official events like workshops. CHECK IT party and event merchandise keeps that message present in every space.

It’s difficult to quantify the exact impacts of CHECK IT. A 2017 survey of knowledge about the program, as well as consent and personal experience with interventions, found significant awareness and engagement, Savage says.

Nine out of 10 students surveyed knew of CHECK IT and believed that it created a safer campus community. Thirty percent reported witnessing a potential or actual moment of harm since attending HSU, and of those students, more than 70 percent intervened.

Another measure is the growth in people involved and volunteering. Seventy-nine volunteers attended a fall retreat in 2018 compared to 40 the first year.

Christian Calderon, a Psychology sophomore, learned about CHECK IT during his orientation. “Its message and purpose immediately resonated with me,” he says. He’s taken an active role in the organization, and is meeting with Arcata High School to present information to the people interested in beginning a program there.

For Calderon and Giselle Salazar, a Psychology freshman also involved in CHECK IT, talking openly about consent and sexual assault prevention was a new experience.

“In high school it wasn’t a topic to talk about— it was taboo,” says Salazar, who’s also in the first cohort of the Students for Violence Prevention learning community. “It was nice to see everyone at Humboldt recognized it’s an issue and is willing to work together to solve it.”

The Sexual Assault Prevention Committee received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice last year to continue the CHECK IT program, which has been recognized by the White House. Expanding the program to Arcata High School has been a collaboration of school administrators, the Humboldt Area Foundation, the North Coast Rape Crisis Team, and HSU.

Visit the CHECK IT homepage for more information.

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Get Involved
Contact for more information.
• Take Back the Night on April 12, 2019.
Campus and Local Resources
• Campus Advocate Team/The North Coast Rape Crisis Team 24-Hour hotline: 707.445.2881.
• The Humboldt Domestic Violence Services 24-hour hotline: 707.443.6042.
Link: Stop Rape – Response and Prevention

HSU Testing Emergency Alert Systems

March 21, 2019 - 9:08am
HSU will conduct a campus-wide test of its Emergency Alert Systems on Wednesday, March 27 at 10 a.m.

The test will include the following notification systems:

— Signage: “Test Today” signs will be placed prominently around campus.

— HSU Alert Text & Emails: Campus community members who have registered their mobile phone numbers with the HSU Alert system will receive text messages indicating the test is underway. Everyone with an active HSU email address will receive email notifications.

— Campus Hotline & KHSU-FM: The campus information hotline, 707-826-INFO, and KHSU 90.5 FM will be updated with the test information.

— Websites: HSU’s homepage and the HSU Emergency Conditions website.

— Desktop Alert: Emergency messages will appear on all campus-owned laptop and desktop computers. This alert disappears once you click the “acknowledge” button.

Make sure the phone number you have registered with the HSU Alert text messaging system is current. Please review your emergency contact information as you log into myHumboldt. You can update your info at any time by logging on to myHumboldt and clicking on the Emergency Contacts tab of the My Profile pagelet.

New users can register for HSU Alert free of charge, though your service provider may charge for text messages. Only registered numbers can be used to deliver emergency campus conditions updates. Learn more about registering your mobile phone number with HSU Alert.

HSU’s test is being conducted as part of the California Tsunami Preparedness week, March 25 to 29. Multiple events and tests are being conducted this week to help teach tsunami-prone communities safety and preparedness tips, which include:

Know your zone. Look for Entering and Leaving Tsunami Zone signs posted on most Humboldt county coastal roads.

Be aware of warning signs. An earthquake that lasts a long time (30 seconds or longer) is nature’s warning that a tsunami may be on its way. If you are in a tsunami zone, don’t wait—evacuate as soon as you can safely move. Go on foot. It is unsafe to drive.

Stay away from the coast. The tsunami danger period always lasts many hours and sometimes for several days. Don’t return to the coast until officials tell you it is safe to do so.

Read more about what you can do to prepare for tsunamis:

California’s 2019 Tsunami Preparedness Week
Tsunami Evacuation Maps
Tsunami FAQ

Students Head to System-wide Research Competition

March 21, 2019 - 8:10am
Fourteen Humboldt State University students have been selected to represent the campus at the 33rd Annual California State University Student Research Competition, April 26 and 27, at CSU Fullerton.

Students are selected by the Planning Committee for Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities based on submitted applications. The annual statewide competition brings together outstanding student researchers from all 23 CSU campuses to compete for research awards in discipline-based categories. The students selected to represent HSU are:

Jessie Armendariz, Graduate in Kinesiology
“Effects of Wild Blueberry Drink on Fat Oxidation during Cycling in Healthy, Active Males”
Faculty advisor: Taylor Bloedon, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Adrien Bouissou, Ian Cullimore, Undergraduates, Biological Sciences
“Distribution of western thatching ants (Formica obscuripes) and their effects on soil conditions in a coastal dune ecosystem”
Faculty advisor: Erik Jules, Professor, Biological Sciences

Chant’e Catt, Sonya Woody, Ashley Bradshaw, Katelyn Harris, Graduates in Social Work
“Educated Landlord and Tenant Program”
Faculty advisor: Jen Maguire, Associate Professor, Social Work

Gabriel Goff, Graduate in Forestry
“Physiological responses of Quercus garryana to conifer encroachment and removal in Northern California”
Faculty advisor: Lucy Kerhoulas, Assistant Professor, Forestry

Andrew Hahn, Graduate in Kinesiology
“The Effect of Interval Intensity on Time to Exhaustion and Metabolic Profile during HIIT Running in Recreational Runners”
Faculty advisor: Young Sub Kwon, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology

Megan King, Undergraduate, Biological Sciences
“Loss of lgl1 affects cellular migration and anchorage independent growth and increases sensitivity to mTOR and MAPK signaling of murine neural progenitor-like cells”
Faculty advisor: Amy Sprowles, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Angel Lomeli, Graduate in Kinesiology
“The Effects of Secondary Cognitive Tasks on Performance of the 3-Meter Tandem Gait in Concussed and Non-concussed Individuals”
Faculty advisor: Justus Ortega, Professor, Kinesiology

Spencer McLintock, Graduate in Environmental Resources Engineering
“The Use of UV Light for the Treatment of Cyanotoxins in Small-Scale Drinking Water Treatment Systems”
Faculty advisor: Margarita Otero-Diaz, Assistant Professor, Environmental Resources Engineering

Carissa Pritchard, Graduate in Anthropology
“Assessing Craniofacial Variation and Sexual Dimorphism in a Skeletal Sample from Medieval Prussia”
Faculty advisor: Marissa Ramsier, Chair, Anthropology

Nathan Tamayo Hernandez, Graduate in Kinesiology
“Performance Profile for Tabata Intermittent Training on Treadmill”
Faculty advisor: Young Sub Kwon, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology