May 9, 2018
Jim Peña, Forest Resource Management, 1980, is currently serving as Regional Forester of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service. He will be retiring in July with forty years of service. He has had the privilege of serving at all levels of the agency.
May 2, 2018
Dora Mitchell, Art, 2008, has a debut novel, an illustrated children’s mystery titled “The Haunted Serpent,” which is being published in hardcover by Sterling Children’s Books on June 5, 2018. Kirkus Reviews said “Fans of Dan Poblocki, John Bellairs, and R.L. Stine will all be right at home and smiling at the shivers (and the jokes).” Booklist said, “Mitchell’s well-developed kid characters and excellent caricatures (both written and visual) of the evil adult despots make this paranormal read engaging and goosebump-inducing,” and School Library Journal called it “a spooky, high-interest adventure for reluctant readers and fans of action-packed tales.”
May 1, 2018
Ron L. Anderson, Physics & Astronomy, 2002, is working at the US Naval Observatory working with earth orientation and orbital scientists. This is a great location for students hoping for intern experience or a possible career move.
April 22, 2018
Holly McLaughlin, Liberal Studies Elementary Education, 2017, teaches fifth grade at Washington Elementary school.
April 11, 2018
Daniel Mandell, History, 1979, is a Professor of history and has been appointed Distinguished Research Fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri for 2018-2019. The Kinder Institute is an interdisciplinary effort of the history and political science departments, and since its creation in 2014 has blossomed into one of the most active intellectual centers in the region. During his year at the Kinder, Mandell will participate in the Institute’s programs and begin a study of the evolving conundrum between individual and collective rights in the United States as highlighted by the history of Native American policies and laws.
March 6, 2018
Matt Vallerga, Fisheries Biology, 1980, will be retiring from teaching on June 2, 2018 after 20 years in the classroom. He has taught third, fourth, and fifth graders with every combination in between! Not bad for a third and last career. Prior to being an educator, he spent about 10 years working in environmental sciences (air quality control, trace metals analysis, water resources, etc.). His first career out of HSU was about 10 years in seafood marketing and aquaculture. He is looking forward to recreating outdoors and traveling with his wife, Barbara.
March 6, 2018
Meg Godlewski, Journalism, 1987, writes video scripts for an online ground school for an international aviation company. She also travels around the country with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association helping lapsed pilots get back into the cockpit. She is a full-time flight instructor and a columnist for Aviation for Women Magazine and writes stories for AOPA Flight Training. Away from the airport, Meg is working on _Payback is a Bitch_ and _ Sometimes it has Puppies_ , the sequel to _ The Thin Line Between Guts and Stupidity_ , a coming of age story based on experiences breaking into journalism while a student at HSU. Meg plans to attend the MLJ reunion in November.
March 6, 2018
Lawrence E. (Larry) Liles, Politics, 1969, dropped out of law school over a conflict with the role of law versus justice, which he learned later was a moral position. He completed a four-year union electrical apprenticeship, taught the same for four years, and then was elected twice as Business Manager for IBEW Local 413 in Santa Barbara. He was appointed in 1992 as an IBEW International Representative in the Washington D.C. headquarters and worked primarily in their Research Department representing workers interests in many venues. He raised three stepchildren and two of his own. He retired early in 2010 to spend time with a late son. He’s now living in the Virginia Piedmont, the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, doing genealogy, and is active in Scouting and the SAR.
February 14, 2018
Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife, 1985, recently retired from the Idaho Fish & Game after 32 years. The education, experiences, and guidance that he received at HSU made this fulfilling career possible.
As a Conservation Officer, he patrolled vast wildernesses on horseback, boated rivers, chased poachers, taught kids to camp, hunt & fish, trapped deer, surveyed big game and sage grouse, electroshocked fish, flew game counts, and dealt with lions and bears in town. It was an adventure. In 2004 promoted to District CO and worked from the Owyhee canyonlands to the Sawtooth Wilderness with an amazing group of officers. He recruited at HSU for 13 years to bring the best to Idaho. He is married (Shannon), together we have 5 children.
February 8, 2018
Brian Miller, Art, 1974, recently retired from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) after a successful 40+ year career in the high tech industry. Most recently, he served as director of marketing transformation at HPE, leading a worldwide team across Europe, India, and North and Latin America. He currently provides pro bono marketing and technology advisory services to the Northern California wine industry.