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Alumni Updates

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.

Kieron J. Slaughter, Geography , 1999

February 18, 2016

Kieron J. Slaughter, 1999 Geography, was a member of the Jacks Basketball team from 1997 to 1999 and has returned to coach at the Boys Basketball Camp six times over the years. Slaughter has been selected as one of ten Urban Fellows with the National Park Service implementing the Urban Agenda.

Lou Richards, Theatre , 1990

February 11, 2016

Lou Richards, ’90 Theatre, moved to Arizona after graduating HSU, where he lived for ten years. Richards pursued his long-held goal of joining the Peace Corps. He volunteered in Ukraine from 2005-2008 and in Kazakhstan from 2009-2010. Richards recalls his time in the Peace Corps being his experience of a lifetime and he heartily recommends anyone to join regardless of their age. 

Ashley Wormington, Child Development , 2014

February 11, 2016

Ashley Wormington, ’14 Child Development, started working a fulltime job with JLF Construction, Inc. and a part time position with Mckinleyville Parks and Recreation. Wormington is happily married with her husband, Todd Wormington. 

Hadasa Villalobos, Chemistry , summer 2014

February 5, 2016

Hadasa Villalobos, ’14 Chemistry, worked for E&J Gallo Winery for a harvest season after graduating HSU. Villalobos went on to working for an agricultural chemical company doing plant, water, and soil analysis. While working for the agricultural chemical company, Villalobos was also helping out a local brewery set up a QC program. She was then recruited by The Dudes Brewing Company to run their QC program, where Villalobos is currently working. Villalobos is content with her choice of attending HSU and is very appreciative of the knowledge she gained from the Chemistry Department and the time spent in it. 

Darryl Womack, English , 1987

January 13, 2016

Darryl Womack, 1987 English, has written his first book, “Tales of Westerford: Dragons, Knights and Kings,” to be released in June. 

William Bernt, Physics & Astronomy , 1995

December 23, 2015

William Bernt, 1995 Physics & Astronomy, found work immediately doing chemical analysis at Pacific Coast Laboratory. Bernt then moved to New York and found work and his new profession at Brookhaven Instruments Corp, where he ran the research and development lab for five years, sold their equipment for 10 years, and moved to technical sales for other instrumentation companies. He then started his own contract research lab, PCL, Inc. Bernt writes, “ HSU Physics gave me such good education and training.  Thank you Bill Alexander, Prof. Thompson, Prof. Chin, Prof. Tam, and all the other great people at HSU Physics. I owe you and the department everything!”

Bruce M. Baker, Fisheries Biology , 1988

December 18, 2015

Bruce M. Baker, 1988 Fisheries Biology, has been working as a fisheries biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1991.

Roger J. Haro, Fisheries Biology , 1984

December 7, 2015

Dear Fisheries Colleagues,
I wanted to share that I was recently awarded the Wisconsin Professor of the Year award by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation.  More details can be found at
My education at HSU and especially in the Department of Fisheries Biology helped me along this path to success.  For that I will always be grateful.  Thanks.