Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Rory Shane Kalin, History , 2010

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.

gary stephan banuelos, Other- german, 1979

April 13, 2017

Gary Banuelos, 1979 German, was recently selected as “USDA Pac West Senior Scientist of the Year” for his work on using phytoremediation to clean-up contaminated soils. Earlier in 1992, he was selected as “USDA Early Career Scientist of the Year.” After earning his doctorate in plant nutrition from Hohenhiem/Tuebingen Universities in Germany, he worked on developing “green technologies” for remediating contaminated soils and waters worldwide. In addition, he lectures at the University of Zürich in Switzerland, University of Santiago in Chile and at USTC Suzhou in China.

Daniel Menten, Fisheries Biology , 2006

April 13, 2017

Daniel Menten, 2006 Fisheries BIology, is an author and fisheries scientist. Menten recently published “The New School Guide to Northern California Whitewater,” which documents 135 river descriptions covering the Klamath Mountains Geologic Province.

Jennifer Lee Swagert, English , 2014

April 12, 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

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.

Carolyn Warren, Liberal Studies Elementary Education , 2006

April 8, 2017

Carolyn Warren, 2006 Liberal Studies Elementary Education, currently teaches sixth grade at a Title 1 school and was voted Teacher of the Year at her school site for the 2016-2017 school year. She is also the site’s Technology Facilitator, and recently implemented her school’s first ever Coding and Robotics Club to stimulate interest in STEAM programs. Her goal is to get technology into the hands of all students, her own class has Chromebooks for all students to gain skills using Google’s educational apps.

Michelle I Teasley (formerly Teets), Journalism , 1998

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 Social Work, 1964

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.

Barbara (Babs) DeWitt (Reinhardt), Nursing , 1976

April 7, 2017

Barbara “Babs” DeWitt (née Reinhardt), 1976 Nursing, is the nurse manager for the pre- and post surgery, and ambulatory post surgery care units, as well as the surgery waiting rooms at University of Washington Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest’s regional trauma center. From 1977-78, she was a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, where she developed and implemented the hospital’s IV Therapy protocols. She also worked as a nursing lab instructor at HSU for the 1977 and 1978 academic years. She lives on Bainbridge Island, Wash., with her husband, Ken DeWitt (‘78, Business), a mortgage banker and elected Commissioner for the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District.

Tami Miller Nelson, Journalism Sociology, 2001

April 3, 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.

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