Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Sharon (Emerson) Waltrip, Geography , 1980

August 3, 2017

Sharon (Emerson) Waltrip, 1980 Geography, has retired after 30 years working for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service in Arizona, Alaska, and Kentucky. She and her husband Randy Waltrip (‘80, Journalism) have moved to Tucson, Ariz., where their daughter Wendy will be attending University of Arizona and majoring in creative writing.

Matthew K Pearson, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1994/5

August 2, 2017

Matthew K Pearson, 1994 Environmental Resources Engineering, is cofounder of DeeditForward, a smartphone app to inspire good deed exchanges between community members and revolutionize fundraising.  An app “helping people help others.”

THOMAS FRITZSCHE, English , 1990

August 1, 2017

Thomas Fritzsche, 1990 English, is celebrating fifteen years of dedication in Respiratory Therapy at UCLA Medical Center.

Justine Quijano, Art Liberal studies: child development, 2014

August 1, 2017

Justine Quijano, 2014 Art, received both BAs, 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.

Clark Alexander, Oceanography Geology, 1983

August 1, 2017

Clark Alexander, 1983 Oceanography, was recently appointed Director of the University of Georgia (UGA) Skidaway Institute of Oceanography located in Savannah, GA.  He also holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at UGA.

Kate McPike, Business , 1971

August 1, 2017

Kate McPike, 1971 Business, has lived all over California, Long Island, New Orleans, Chicago, and Houston. Now, she has finally retired to Ahwatukee (Phoenix), Arizona.  She started a pet sitting business in 2016 called K8’s Pet Care. She loves what she does and loves being her own boss.  Prior to retirement she was a district operations manager for Weight Watchers International and ended her career in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. as a strategic planning and training manager for the CA Credit Union League, a trade association for credit unions in California. Happily divorced and happy to be retired with her own business!

Philip Harris, English Writing Practices, 2012

July 11, 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

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. 

Daniel C. Hernandez, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration , 1984

July 11, 2017

Daniel C. Hernandez, 1984 Recreation Administration, recently announced his retirement from the field of parks, recreation, and leisure services. For the past six years he was director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services for Culver City, Calif. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Hernandez began his fulltime career with the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department in 1985, overseeing youth sports and special events. In 1996, while serving as Director of Community Services for the City of Carpinteria, he completed his Master’s of Public Administration at CSU Northridge. Hernandez has been a presenter and speaker at both the state and national level.

Ian Thomas McDonald, Art , 1998

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.

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