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Alumni Updates

Monica Topping, Journalism , 2009

December 19, 2016

Monica Topping, 2009 Journalism, is one of the recipients of the 2016 Victor Thomas Jacoby award, which supports Humboldt-area artists as they seek to expand their skills. Topping will be learning how to do lampwork glass bead making with recycled glass.

Gordon L. Bussell, Native American Studies Political Science, 2006

December 15, 2016

Gordon L. Bussell, 2006 Native American Studies, is working to revitalize the Hupa language by teaching teachers in the Early Childhood Program. Bussell is also working to create a first-level immersion program targeting 0-6 year-old children on the Hoopa Reservation. As a Curriculum Specialist, Bussell is charged with implementing and designing all curriculum with the help of one assistant.

Kyle Ryan, Theatre minor in Dance, 2011

December 13, 2016

Kyle Ryan, 2011 Theatre, moved to Chicago with only a suitcase and lived in a one-bedroom apartment with four other HSU grads. Ryan was accepted into Second City’s Conservatory Program and then was hired to perform sketch comedy and improv aboard Norwegian Cruise lines for The Second City. Ryan has performed all over the world, and is currently performing for The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago. He currently works at a digital media arts college giving workshops to high school artists all over the midwest.

Colin Brayton, Wildlife , 2004

December 9, 2016

Colin Brayton, 2004 Wildlife, recently started Alaska Fjord Charters, in Seward, Alaska, and takes guests to the Kenai Fjords National Park, based out of Seward, Alaska.

Peter Cowper, Business , 1971

December 6, 2016

Peter Cowper, 1971 Business, has served as a member of the board of directors of the Sequoia Riverlands Trust since 2013. The trust is a regional nonprofit land trust accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, which is dedicated to strengthening California’s heartland and the natural and agricultural legacy of the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley.

Kay Sinclair, Business , 1983

December 6, 2016

Kay Sinclair, 1983, Master’s of Business Administration, recently left a 30-plus-year career as an IT manager with General Electric/Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin, in Utica, NY. She has been teaching IT related management courses at State University of New York Polytechnic Institute as an adjunct professor, while also continuing her nonprofit work in the community. Sinclair is currently the president of the board at the Women’s Employment and Resource Center. She is also involved in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) activities in the area, including co-teaching summer workshops for middle school students such as 3D Daze for Girls and Nanotechnology. This April, Kay was delighted to receive the Unsung Heroine Award from the Young Women’s Christian Association of the Mohawk Valley at its annual Salute to Outstanding Women luncheon. The Unsung Heroine award honors “an individual who works continuously and tirelessly behind the scenes, goes the extra mile with little thanks, or has made an outstanding contribution.”

Leonard A Brennan, Wildlife , 1984

December 6, 2016

Leonard A Brennan, 1984 Wildlife, recently published his sixth book, “The Upland and Webless Migratory Game Birds of Texas” with the Texas A&M University Press. Brennan has been conducting quail research for the past 34 years, beginning with his graduate project that began at HSU back in 1982.

Mia Kennel, Anthropology , 2016

December 6, 2016

Mia Kennel, 2016 Anthropology, started graduate school at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. Kennel is in the the graduate Environmental Conservation program, widely considered the best program of it’s type in the United States.

James Donlon, Theatre , 1970

December 4, 2016

James Donlon, 1970 Theatre & History, has had a 47 year career as an internationally-known performing artist presenting his original physical theatre work throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, having just returned from Cuba. Donlon has been a master teacher in many national and international acting conservatories like the Yale School of Drama, American Conservatory Theatre, and at UC Santa Barbara. Donlon has also been a film movement coach for Oscar winners Kathy Bates and Javier Bardem, and film star Benjamin Bratt.

Don Rowan, Fisheries Biology , 1992

November 27, 2016

Don Rowan, 1992 Fisheries Biology, is in his 17th year of science teaching. For the last three years, Rowan has been teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, Biology, Biology 2, and AP Environmental Science at Bishop Union High School. He is also the Associated Student Body director and has recently been a peer reviewer for the “Journal of Fisheries and Wildlife Management.”