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Alumni Updates

David W Heiser, Fisheries Biology , 1963, 1965

November 19, 2016

David W Heiser, 1963 and 1965 Fisheries Biology, retired in 1997 from Washington State Parks. Prior to that he served with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game and the Idaho Dept. of Fish, Game and Wildlife. Since 2006, Heiser has lived in Arizona.

jeremyMmilana, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 2015

November 15, 2016

Jeremy M. Milana, 2015 Forestry & Wildland Resources, is seeking opportunities within the environmental realm.

Tom Hatton, Natural Resrouces , 1981 and 1983

November 14, 2016

Thomas J. Hatton, 1981 Natural Resources and 1983 Natural Resources M.S., was recently elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Hatton emigrated to Australia after earning his Ph.D. from Utah State University in 1986. He retired in 2014 after a 25-year career in environmental research and natural resource management. For his contributions to water resource science and management, he was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008. He now serves as Chairman of the Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority, and holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Western Australia where he is a member of their Oceans Institute Advisory Board and the Board of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy.

Gage Dayton, Wildlife , 1996

November 9, 2016

Gage Dayton, 1996 Wildlife, was recently appointed to the Wilton W. Webster Jr. Presidential Chair for the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves. Dayton has served as administrative director of the UCSC Natural Reserves since 2008.

Mark Hudgens, Fisheries Biology , 1999

November 9, 2016

Mark Hudgens, 1999 Fisheries Biology, was recently appointed the superintendent of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Hudgens spent the last 14 years in the Perris district, which measures roughly 8,800 acres compared to the 14,000 acres of the Mt. San Jacinto park.

Kevin Farley, Journalism , 2006

November 7, 2016

Kevin Farley, 2006 Journalism, moved on to working within the Olympic Movement after a decade in TV news. Farley manages the website, social media and other communications for USA Weightlifting, the national governing body for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting in the United States.

Holly Leopardi, Physics & Astronomy , 2014

November 4, 2016

Holly Leopardi, 2014 Physics & Astronomy, recently won first place for her paper “Er:fiber frequency comb for synthesis of optical frequencies at the 10^-18 level,” at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photonics National Conference. Leopardi is currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, conducting research in optical frequency comb development at the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology with Scott Diddams. She is a student member of the IEEE, anda recipient of the 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Neil Tarpey, Other- M.A. English (1983) and M.A. Psychology (1995), 1983 and 1995

October 30, 2016

Neil Tarpey, 1983 M.A. English and 1995 M.A. Psychology, recently had his first book, “Flashes of Lightning,” published by Fithian Press. The book is a collection of 52 flash/micro fiction stories, 20 of which have been published previously in print or online.The book hit Humboldt County bookstores in October and is also available from online bookstores.

Kira Yeomans, Environmental Studies , 2015

October 27, 2016

Kira Yeomans, 2015 Environmental Studies, is currently in a Environmental Studies Master’s program at Antioch University in New England.  She is a part of the Master’s International program as well, and is under consideration for working in Malawi as a forestry volunteer for the Peace Corps where she will complete her internships. She currently works for the University on the Sustainability and Social Justice committee as well as as the development director for CTEC(The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation).

April Alexander, Social Work Master's of Social Work, 2015 and 2016

October 26, 2016

April Alexander, 2015 Social Work and 2016 Master’s of Social Work, is a Clinical Social Worker at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka. She recently presented at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 33rd National Oncology Conference. Alexander’s presentation, “Rural Chemotherapy Clinic Student Volunteer Support Program,” was a program she designed and implemented in collaboration with the HSU Social Work Department in the infusion clinic at St. Joseph Hospital’s Cancer Program to better serve the patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment and to support the medical staff in the clinic. The conference was attended by more than 600 cancer care professionals from across the country.