Alumni Updates


Jo Anne Smith (Flueck), Wildlife, 1982
Submitted: May 12, 2011
Recently appointed Chair of Huemul Task Force in the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Has served as Chair for the Scientific Steering Committee for the 6th and 7th International Deer Biology Congress (Republic of Czech and Chile, respectively) and now serving at same capacity for the upcoming 8th IDBC, which is to be held in Harbin China.

(Allen) Kent Willis, Biological Sciences, 1969
Submitted: March 31, 2011
I teach Algebra I and physical science in 8th grade at Fortuna Middle School. I have coached soccer, track, and basketball and have also served as Vice Principal and Athletic Director. I received an MA in elementary education from the University of San Francisco, and an MA in educational technology leadership from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. I have just finished a doctorate re: the relationship of multiplication tables and fraction skills to learning algebra. My wife and I have two children and enjoy dancing, skiing, softball, and coaching basketball.

Carrie Vath, Biological Sciences, 2003
Submitted: January 28, 2011
I am currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Florida in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. My research focuses on primate conservation, forest management planning, and community development in Cross River State Nigeria

Duncan McClusky, Fisheries Biology, 1978
Submitted: January 26, 2011
It is not really a recent update. I was in the Ecology Outdoor Group at HSU and I have continued volunteering time in the community. I generally volunteer between 300-400 hours each year. I have been chair of Keep Tift Beautiful for six years, Secretary of the Tree Board for five years, maintain four adopt a miles on my own and help on four others with different organizations. I have been Secretary for a Kiwanis Club for many years, I was on the Georgia Circle K District board as an assistant administrator for about nine years, and participated in five Circle K International Large Scale Service Projects. I have volunteered at the local, state and international level with Special Olympics. I have volunteered with paralympic sports for 17 years.

Nicolas Bauer, Fisheries Biology, 2004
Submitted: January 24, 2011
I am now working for the California Sea Grant Program as a fisheries biologist monitoring coho salmon in the Russian River.

Norm Benson, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1974
Submitted: January 21, 2011
Happily married. Living in N Cal. Lately been passing along reasonably green thoughts at http://timberati.com

Larry Stephens, Forestry & Wildland Resources, December 1990
Submitted: January 21, 2011
Working for the California Department of Fish and Game for 12 years now enforcing hunting and fishing laws in the mountains of Southern California.

Chris Brey, Fisheries Biology, 1987
Submitted: January 20, 2011
After college I joined the Peace Corps as a fisheries volunteer in the Dominican Republic. I've worked as a fiseries biologist on the Bering Sea, and managed a salmon hatchery in Washington. Transitioned to environmental work in biotechnology industry, and grew into facilities management role, where I have been able to exercise my passion for sustainable business practices. I am married and have two children, and live in Mountain View, CA.

Ellen Teresa Hall, Physics & Astronomy, 1994
Submitted: January 20, 2011
I am living in Portland, Oregon with my family. I teach Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science to high school students. I am building on the excellent science education I received at HSU by taking prerequisites to go back to school to study evolutionary psychology. I loved going to school at Humboldt, and I visit the Arcata area with my family every chance I get.

Gordon Dennis Wogan, Biological Sciences, 1970
Submitted: January 20, 2011
After graduation, 3 years in the Coast Guard, an MS degree from UC Davis and work as a technician with the University of Idaho's horticulture program I was hired as a horticulturist with the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture's Nursery and Christmas Tree program. I retired after 29 years with the ODA. I married Patricia Hatfield nine years ago. Together we have 5 children (2 mine, 3 hers) and 3 grandsons. We're enjoying retirement, traveling wood woorking, birdwatching, gardening and anything eles that looks interesting.

Douglas Vogt, Biological Sciences, 1989
Submitted: January 20, 2011
Since graduating from HSU in 1989 with a BS Degree in Biology I have had several jobs, with only one being remotely related to biology (a one year stint at molecular biology lab). Most of my jobs have been in the clinical and immunochemistry chemistry field. For the last 5 years my job as a lab technician and fluid analyst at John Deere in my hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, has been perhaps the most challenging. What I learned at HSU has provided me with the skills to adapt not only changing jobs, but also to jobs as they change. I recently was promoted to Program Manager so I will be given yet another chance to see what other skills I may have learned in college will be called upon to provide me with the ability to perform my new position to the best of my abilities. Just goes to show that a college education can provide you not only with the ability to perform specific jobs, but also the ability to perform many different types of jobs. Thank You HSU!

Eric Friedlander, Geology, 2004
Submitted: January 19, 2011
After graduation I spent three summers working as a hiking/backcountry guide in Skagway, Alaska. I now live in Lake Tahoe and enjoy any and all outdoor activities on a daily basis (especially rock climbing in the summer, and skiing in the winter). I currently work for the City of South Lake Tahoe as the Environmental Programs Analyst. I have also recently become engaged and will be married next August. I'm looking forward to a road trip to Humboldt so I can show my fiance the amazing campus at HSU, the redwoods and the incredible coastline!

Douglas Rischbieter, Fisheries Biology, 1985
Submitted: January 19, 2011
Just comlpeted a career-crowning project: restoration of a degraded wetland site in the middle of the Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness. Coordinating State Park, CCC, Army National Guard, and several vendors' resources, we overcame controversy and successfully implemented a project to repair a rare and fragile montane meadow. To do so required legislation to allow use of heavy equipment for a restoration project in State Wilderness, and we did so with an absolute minimum of public or environmental impact.

Tim Hamaker, Fisheries Biology, 1977
Submitted: January 19, 2011
Has been on an assignment to Southern California since March, 2010 acting as the Environmental Compliance Manager for a 1+ billion dollar wind energy project near Tehachapi-Mojave.

Jeffery Newborn, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1996
Submitted: January 19, 2011
Own A & D Tree Service

Michael E. Walker, Biological Sciences, 1962
Submitted: January 19, 2011
Nearing the end of my real estate career in the greater Sacramento area. I live on two acres in Auburn with my wife and two Collies. I visited the HSU campus in May 2010, and I participate with the TKE alumni group. College days at HSU were some of the best of my lifetime.

Katharine Goodenough, Biological Sciences, 2000
Submitted: January 19, 2011
I won a two year NOAA NERR graduate fellowship to develop a project working on Gull-billed tern foraging movements and diet at The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.