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Alumni Updates

Conrad L. Huygen, Geography , 1994

August 26, 2016

Conrad L. Huygen, Lt. Col. (ret), USAF, B.A. Geography ’94, has returned to Washington, D.C., and is the Deputy Chief of the Defender Services Office at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Dedicated to providing the assistance of counsel for individuals who cannot afford a lawyer, his office funds, trains, and supports the more than 3,600 federal defender personnel and 10,000 private panel attorneys appointed to represent clients under the Criminal Justice Act. Conrad’s wife, Julie, has been promoted to Colonel and is the Chief of the Air Force’s Military Justice Division at Joint Base Andrews, MD. The Huygens live in Alexandria, Va.

Noel Eaton, Other- Environmental Management & Protection Planning, 2014

August 26, 2016

Noel Eaton, 2014 Environmental Management & Protection Planning, moved back home to Billings Mont., and worked for an analytical lab testing water samples. Eaton is now a city planner in Laurel, Mont., and is loving every minute of it. Eaton writes, “I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the great professors and amazing peers that helped me along the way to graduation.”

Jon Pede, Other- Social Science, 1990

August 26, 2016

Jon Pede, 1990 Social Science, lives in Tigard, Ore., with his partner. He recently completed his doctoral degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. His dissertation is titled, “Morals, Values and Ethics: Their Impact on the Decisions of the School Principal.”

Mason Gedanken, Geography , 2016

August 22, 2016

Mason Gedanken, 2016 Geography, landed a job with a consulting company as an intern. The job primarily consists of OSP, and fiber optics, and have Gedanken has learned quite a bit about utility poles, and how Telecom works. Gedanken has been out in the field collecting data from utility poles like Pole Tag, class, anchor information, telephone, and cable TV. Recently, he has been making maps of pole information using Google’s My Maps and plotting where the poles and the strands are located.

Misha Burke, Journalism , 2014

August 17, 2016

Misha Burke, 2014 Journalism, currently works at the California Association of Health Facilities as a Marketing & Communications Specialist—a job that took a year and a half to find. Burke has been able to take what she learned from in her Journalism and Graphic Design courses and apply them to this job. If it wasn’t for HSU’s Journalism and Art departments (faculty and students), Burke says she wouldn’t be as successful as she is now.

Kira Marie Yeomans, Environmental Studies , 2015

August 15, 2016

Kira Marie Yeomans, 2015 Environmental Studies, is currently enrolled in a masters program at Antioch University in New Hampshire. Yeomans is working on a self-designed studies program concentrating on climate change and social justice advocacy. The program includes volunteering with the Peace Corps this coming summer.

Tobin Fulmer, Biological Sciences , 2005

July 29, 2016

Tobin Fulmer, 2005 Biological Sciences, has taken a position with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality at the El Dorado office.

Michael Harmon, Other- Special major Photojournalism, Dec. 1992

July 22, 2016

Michael Harmon, 1992 Photojournalism, is semi retired from journalism and photography though he still does an occasional job here and there. Harmom taught English as a Second Language for nearly 8 years in Henan Province in Central China. He has been back in the U.S. for about three years and can not wait to return to China.

Ron Fritzsche, Biological Sciences , 1967

July 14, 2016

Ron Fritzsche, 1967 Zoology, recently contributed a section to the Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  Fritzsche is an Emeritus Professor of Fisheries Biology.  He was the HSU Outstanding Professor in 1991 and served as an administrator including Dean for Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs. Fritzsche also served as assistant to the Provost for faculty affairs and space and facilities. He is currently an elected board member for the North Humboldt Recreation and Park District and the local Timber Heritage Association. Fritzsche met his wife, also an HSU graduate, in John VanDuzer’s Speech 1 class.

Daniel R. Mandell, History , 1979

July 14, 2016

Daniel R. Mandell, 1979 History, recently received Distinguished Literary Achievement Award from the Missouri Humanities Council for my six books and many articles on Native American persistence and adaptation in New England, 1600-1900. Those books include “King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty” (2010); “Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880” (2008), which was given the Lawrence Levine Award by the Organization of American Historians for the best book on U.S. cultural history; and “Behind the Frontier: Indians in Eighteenth-Century Eastern Massachusetts” (1996).