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Alumni Updates

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.

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. 

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