Alumni Updates

Justine Quijano, Art, 2014
Submitted: August 2, 2017
Justine Quijano, 2014 Art, moved back to Southern California, had a child, and finally applied to grad school. Now, she is finally on her way to start her master's program. All happened a little out of order but like her sorority sisters said, she is a "Luchadora" for a reason. She is making her way back to her career goals at Marylhurst University, where she'll work toward my masters in art therapy.

Philip Harris, English, 2012
Submitted: July 12, 2017
Philip Harris, 2012 English, after graduating and being rejected from the five grad schools, took two years off. I was admitted to San Francisco State University's MFA Fiction program in 2014. In the three years of Harris’ MFA, he wrote two novels, a collection of short fiction, a collection of short nonfiction, and a chapbook of prose poetry, which has been accepted for publication through Nomadic Press. The chapbook is a collection of prose poems dealing with identity and culture. Harris cites his time at HSU in the Writing Practices program as establishing the foundation of his writing. “The Flowers in my Mothers' Name” debuts this fall.

Robert "Robin" Huber, Theatre, 1971
Submitted: July 11, 2017
Robert "Robin" Huber, 1971 Theatre Design M.A., went on to earn a Ph.D. in Theatre History from the University of Southern California. He is recognized as the foremost authority on The Merced (1870), Los Angeles' first permanent professional theatre. Huber retired simultaneously from both the California State University and Community College systems in 2009. He had taught at CSULA, Dominguez Hills, Golden West, and Cerritos colleges. While at Humboldt he was "adopted" by Marine Biology professor Gary Brusca, his family, and fellow professors. Huber is now embracing that Humboldt natural sciences spirit by working as a volunteer in natural resources at Chino Hills State Park near his home in Yorba Linda.

Ian Thomas McDonald, Art, 1998
Submitted: July 2, 2017
Ian Thomas McDonald, 1998 Art, will soon celebrate a his 10 year wedding anniversary with another HSU alumni (Natalie Covert, '97 Art). The couple’s daughter, Haddie, is turning 4 years old, and McDonald is starting a new job running the Ceramics department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Samuel Vogel-Seidenberg, Film, 2010
Submitted: June 20, 2017
Samuel Vogel-Seidenberg, 2010 Film, got married in 2014 and had his first child Zachary on April 9th, 2017. Vogel-Seidenberg is the head men's lacrosse coach at Dominican University of California, an NCAA Division 2 school! Vogel-Seidenberg loves coming to Humboldt to visit and support the Humboldt lacrosse team.

Mildred J. Correa, Art, 2017
Submitted: June 6, 2017
Mildred J. Correa, 2017 Art, had been offered and accepted an incredible full-time career opportunity at a non-profit in her hometown, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Calif. Correa's prior positions during her time at HSU including at the Academic and Career Advising Center, the Library, the Learning Center, and Student Access Gallery guided her to realize that she value working for organizations that positively impact community through design. Correa is happily employed at the Armory where everyday she is spreading awareness about this education and gallery space.

Rory Shane Kalin, History, 2010
Submitted: April 13, 2017
Rory Shane Kalin, 2010 History, is happy to announce he and his wife will be returning to Humboldt County where they met. Kalin is starting a position with the Office of the Humboldt County Counsel as a deputy county counsel in April.

Jennifer Lee Swagert, English, 2014
Submitted: April 13, 2017
Since graduating in 2014, Jennifer has been living on the outskirts of Seattle, WA, participating in a variety of programs that are aimed at the studying the effect that global climate has on urban rodent populations. Additionally, Jennifer will be publishing an article titled "Magic Cards and Where to Freud Them" in the Fall 2017 issue of Knucklebones magazine.

Shannon Edam, International Studies, 2009
Submitted: April 11, 2017
Shannon Edam, 2009 International Studies, is passionate about human rights, social justice, and international affairs. She graduated from American University's School of International Service with a master's degree in ethics, peace and global affairs in 2014, and earned a master's in education from Lesley University in May 2016. She studied abroad in Belgium, Ghana, Cuba, and Mexico, focusing on international studies and human rights, then shifted her focus to 'bringing human rights home' by teaching in inner city schools for free in 2014. Edam currently serves individuals with mental illness and a history of chronic homelessness through her work at Pathways to Housing, DC.

Michelle I Teasley (formerly Teets), Journalism, 1998
Submitted: April 7, 2017
Michelle I. Teasley (née Teets), 1998 Journalism, after working as a reporter for several years, and then being a stay-at-mom for several more, returned to school to become a registered nurse. Teasley is currently a charge nurse on the Progressive Care Unit at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding. She lives with her husband Tim, also a 1998 HSU grad, two kids, Kara, 13, and Matthew, 11, in Anderson, Calif.

Martha A. Gabriel, Journalism, 1964
Submitted: April 7, 2017
Martha A. Gabriel, 1964 Journalism, just joined Forever Humboldt and is looking to hear from others she might have known while attending HSC, 1960 to 1964.

Tami Miller Nelson, Journalism, 2001
Submitted: April 4, 2017
Tami Miller Nelson, 2001 Journalism, has begun her first term on the board as a Los Rios Community College Trustee. The Los Rios Community College District is the second largest multi-college district in California and serves more than 75,000 students.

michael bronfman, Journalism, 2001
Submitted: March 29, 2017
Michael Bronfman, 2001 Journalism, works as a journeyman stagehand through IATSE Local 122. Bronfman has a wife and dog and owns a home in San Diego.

Mildred (Milly) J. Correa, Art, 2017
Submitted: March 28, 2017
Mildred (Milly) J. Correa, 2017 Art, has begun a full-time graphic design job doing what she loves for an amazing non-profit, the Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, Calif. Correa writes, “Thanks to my family, friends, and mentors who all encouraged me to pursue my goals to do what I love as a career. Contributing to my community while being able to do what I love is vital, which led me to take the Graduation Pledge. This is just the first step in my post-graduation life but I really look forward to it.”

Omar Alejandro Garcia, International Studies, 2011
Submitted: March 21, 2017
After working at Solar City, I am currently working in Taiwan as an English Teacher and preparing for an International Business Masters degree. I am still playing baseball and running my audio-blog about identity and cross-cultural interactions. I would like to thank Rosamel Benavides in the World Languages and Cultures Dept as well as the International Studies Dept for providing me a solid foundation to conquer career challenges, domestic and international.

Brittney Cathey-Adams, Art, 2010
Submitted: March 3, 2017
Brittney Cathey-Adams, 2010 Art, received her Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University in 2014. With the support and mentorship of many of her art professors, and especially Professor Emeritus Don Gregorio Anton, Cathey-Adams has achieved one of her goals of teaching photography at the college level. She has had the opportunity to teach four courses in digital and darkroom photography with San Jose State University, create photo curricula for youth programs, exhibit her artwork, give lectures, participate in conferences for her regional chapter of the Society for Photographic Education. She currently works in the San Jose Museum of Art’s Education Department.

Gayle Hall, Journalism, 1972
Submitted: February 25, 2017
Gayle Hall, 1973 Journalism, teaches English as a Second Language and Citizenship Preparation at Torrance Adult School. She has worked for Torrance Unified School District for more than 20 years and recently received the the Certificated Employee of the Year award. She and husband Tom Hall (’74, History) met and married while in college. They have been married for 45 years and have three sons. A favorite activity is going for long walks at a local beach. Prior to her teaching career, Hall worked as a magazine editor and writer. While attending HSU, she worked part-time as a feature writer for the Eureka Times-Standard.

Jade Mejia, English, 2016
Submitted: February 24, 2017
Jade Mejia is enrolled in the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science pursuing a Masters of Science Degree in Cultural Heritage Informatics.

Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn, English, 2008
Submitted: February 11, 2017
Vanessa St.Oegger-Menn, 2008 English, is the Pan Am 103 Archivist and Assistant University Archivist at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Annathea Cook, International Studies, 2013
Submitted: February 10, 2017
Annathea Cook, 2013 International Studies, earned her master's degree in International Trade Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) and have recently begun a career as an International Trade Compliance Analyst with the International Trade Administration within the Department of Commerce. Cook writes, “It's a strange time to move to DC, but it's exciting to be working on such a hot topic that I'm passionate about. Everyday I'm using skills that I learned at HSU, particularly negotiation skills that I learned as a preschool teacher with the HSU Children's Center. Can't wait to visit my hometown of Arcata again soon. Stay weird Humboldt.”