Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Cherrish Robinson , Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies , 2014

March 2, 2016

Cherrish Robinson, ’14 Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, is graduating this May from Michigan State University with a M.A. in Student Affairs Administration. Cherrish is currently looking for jobs. Robinson wishes to pursue a career in the education pipeline (both K-12 and Post-secondary education), specifically in the administrative or policy related capacity. Within higher education, Robinson is interested in the functional areas of multicultural student affairs, TRIO/EOP, student success and retention, transfer student services, and academic advising. Robinson is also searching in the non-profit realm with a focus on community capacity building, K-12 education reform, high education access and preparation, and diversity and inclusion training and education. 

Raymond J. Bogiatto , Wildlife , 1977

March 2, 2016

Raymond J. Bogiatto, 1977 Wildlife, received his Master of Science in Biology from California State University, Chico in 1986. Bogiatto then worked at Eagle Lake Station as a station manager from 1989-2009. Bogiatto has been serving as a faculty member teaching biology at CSU Chico since 1987 to present day. 

Justin Tretten, English , 2012

March 2, 2016

Justin Tretten, 2012 English, moved back to Colorado after graduating HSU. In Colorado, Tretten earned his teaching license. He now teaches sixth grade language arts in a middle school. 

William Roberts, Theatre , 1967

February 23, 2016

William Roberts, 1967, Theatre Arts, followed his undergraduate education earning degrees from UC Riverside and the University of Manchester, where he took his diploma in Drama in 1969. Roberts spent five years as an actor and director with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from 1963 to 1972. He has been a resident of Britain and a member of the British Actor’s Equity since the late ‘60s. A broadly experienced actor and voice artiste, he is a frequent reader of American works on BBC Radio and for various audio publishers. He is often heard voicing “heavy” characters in major video games. His film and television appearances include “Behind Closed Doors,” “Infinite Justice,” “Cold Moutain,” and 2015’s “Mission Impossible—Rogue Nation.” Roberts recently published two novellas set on the North Coast, where he was raised. “The Humanist,” a mystery novel, is set in Shelter Cove in Mendocino County. His second book, “An Ill Wind,” takes place in Del Norte County, with scenes set in San Francisco, L.A., and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He is also a private pilot based in London. 

Mary Brown, Journalism , 1993

February 18, 2016

Mary Brown, 1993 Journalism, moved to San Francisco after graduating. Brown started working for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 1997, where she became the Membership Director. Brown is best known for leading the Valencia Street bike lanes campaign. Brown left the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 2005 and then earned a master’s degree in Geography from San Francisco State University. Afterward she worked for the San Francisco Planning Department. Brown passed away December of lung cancer. 

Gail Newton, Biological Sciences , 1989

February 18, 2016

Gail Newton, 1989 M.A. Biology, married alumnus, Jared Haynes (see above), in 1986 under the redwoods in Eureka. Newton and Haynes have one child, Blythe Newton-Haynes, who is currently attending Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. Newton began her career in Humboldt County as a self-employed botanist. During her 10 years as a professional botanist, she provided 1,400 specimens to the HSU herbarium (many of which are rare species from remote areas of the North Coast) and restored coastal dune, riparian, and wetland systems. After the couple moved to Sacramento, she spent 27 years employed by the state of California as a restoration ecologist and manager in the Departments of Conservation, Fish and Game, Water Resources, and the State Lands Commission. Newton retired in 2015. They plan to split their retirement time between Connecticut, California, and traveling.

Jared Haynes, Biological Sciences , 1982

February 18, 2016

Jared Haynes, 1982 M.A. Biology and 1986 M.A. English, married alumna Gail Newton in 1986 under the redwoods in Eureka. Haynes started his career at College of the Redwoods, teaching math and English. After the couple moved to Sacramento, Haynes spent 25 years teaching writing in the University Writing Program at UC Davis, including an advanced writing course for biology students and an advanced writing course for pre-law students. Haynes also taught the university’s English grammar course and a Science in the Renaissance course. Haynes retired in 2014. 

Crystal Schalmo, Biological Sciences , 2004

February 18, 2016

Crystal Schalmo, 2004 Biological Sciences, participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Costa Rica during summer 2015. In Costa Rica, Schalmo studied biotic, physical, and cultural forces that affect tropical biodiversity at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and La Selva Biological Station. Schalmo, a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo Global in San Diego, Calif., took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Peggy Molloy, Art , 1993

February 18, 2016

Peggy Molloy, 1993 Art, has performed with the Joffrey Ballet, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Opera Company of Boston, and the Dell Arte Christmas Players. She is the current Chairman of the local Advisory Board for the Salvation Army. 

Jay Thomas Watson, Wildlife , 1980

February 18, 2016

Jay T. Watson, 1980 Wildlife Management, spent several years as Lead Wilderness Ranger in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, working out of the Weaverville Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. He then served for three years as the Executive Director of the Camp Unalayee Association, a non-profit organization based in Palo Alto, Calif., that owns and operates a wilderness backpacking summer camp for 10-17-year-old youth also in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Watson then spent almost 20 years with The Wilderness Society, both in Washington, D.C., where he lobbied Congress on wilderness legislation and the annual Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, and in California where he was Regional Director for over a decade. For the last 11 years, Watson has worked for the Student Conservation Association, an organization dedicated to youth development, building character, and promoting careers in conservation. Watson is Vice President of the Western United States and works out of Oakland. Watson and his wife, Kathleen, have been married for 30 years and have two sons. Thomas is a First Lieutenant with the United States Marine Corps and leads a 36-man Infantry Platoon. Charles works in Government Affairs in Sacramento.

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