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Alumni Updates

Dora Mitchell, Art , 2008

May 2, 2018

Dora Mitchell, Art, 2008, has a debut novel, an illustrated children’s mystery titled “The Haunted Serpent,” which is being published in hardcover by Sterling Children’s Books on June 5, 2018. Kirkus Reviews said “Fans of Dan Poblocki, John Bellairs, and R.L. Stine will all be right at home and smiling at the shivers (and the jokes).” Booklist said, “Mitchell’s well-developed kid characters and excellent caricatures (both written and visual) of the evil adult despots make this paranormal read engaging and goosebump-inducing,” and School Library Journal called it “a spooky, high-interest adventure for reluctant readers and fans of action-packed tales.”

Ron L. Anderson, Physics & Astronomy , 2002

May 1, 2018

Ron L. Anderson, Physics & Astronomy, 2002, is working at the US Naval Observatory working with earth orientation and orbital scientists. This is a great location for students hoping for intern experience or a possible career move.

Holly McLaughlin, Liberal Studies Elementary Education Multiple Subject Credential, 2017

April 22, 2018

Holly McLaughlin, Liberal Studies Elementary Education, 2017, teaches fifth grade at Washington Elementary school.

Daniel Mandell, History , 1979

April 11, 2018

Daniel Mandell, History, 1979, is a Professor of history and has been appointed Distinguished Research Fellow at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri for 2018-2019.  The Kinder Institute is an interdisciplinary effort of the history and political science departments, and since its creation in 2014 has blossomed into one of the most active intellectual centers in the region.  During his year at the Kinder, Mandell will participate in the Institute’s programs and begin a study of the evolving conundrum between individual and collective rights in the United States as highlighted by the history of Native American policies and laws.

Matt Vallerga, Fisheries Biology , 1980

March 6, 2018

Matt Vallerga, Fisheries Biology, 1980, will be retiring from teaching on June 2, 2018 after 20 years in the classroom.  He has taught third, fourth, and fifth graders with every combination in between!  Not bad for a third and last career. Prior to being an educator, he spent about 10 years working in environmental sciences (air quality control, trace metals analysis, water resources, etc.).  His first career out of HSU was about 10 years in seafood marketing and aquaculture.  He is looking forward to recreating outdoors and traveling with his wife, Barbara.

Meg Godlewski, Journalism , 1987

March 6, 2018

Meg Godlewski, Journalism, 1987, writes video scripts for an online ground school for an international aviation company. She also travels around the country with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association helping lapsed pilots get back into the cockpit. She is a full-time flight instructor and a columnist for Aviation for Women Magazine and writes stories for AOPA Flight Training. Away from the airport, Meg is working on _Payback is a Bitch_ and _ Sometimes it has Puppies_ , the sequel to _ The Thin Line Between Guts and Stupidity_ , a coming of age story based on experiences breaking into journalism while a student at HSU. Meg plans to attend the MLJ reunion in November.

Lawrence E. (Larry) Liles, Politics Minor in Theater, 1969

March 6, 2018

Lawrence E. (Larry) Liles, Politics, 1969, dropped out of law school over a conflict with the role of law versus justice, which he learned later was a moral position. He completed a four-year union electrical apprenticeship, taught the same for four years, and then was elected twice as Business Manager for IBEW Local 413 in Santa Barbara. He was appointed in 1992 as an IBEW International Representative in the Washington D.C. headquarters and worked primarily in their Research Department representing workers interests in many venues. He raised three stepchildren and two of his own. He retired early in 2010 to spend time with a late son. He’s now living in the Virginia Piedmont, the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, doing genealogy, and is active in Scouting and the SAR.

Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife , 1985

February 14, 2018

Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife, 1985, recently retired from the Idaho Fish & Game after 32 years. The education, experiences, and guidance that he received at HSU made this fulfilling career possible. 
As a Conservation Officer, he patrolled vast wildernesses on horseback, boated rivers, chased poachers, taught kids to camp, hunt & fish, trapped deer, surveyed big game and sage grouse, electroshocked fish, flew game counts, and dealt with lions and bears in town.  It was an adventure. In 2004 promoted to District CO and worked from the Owyhee canyonlands to the Sawtooth Wilderness with an amazing group of officers. He recruited at HSU for 13 years to bring the best to Idaho. He is married (Shannon), together we have 5 children.

Brian Miller, Art , 1974

February 8, 2018

Brian Miller, Art, 1974, recently retired from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) after a successful 40+ year career in the high tech industry. Most recently, he served as director of marketing transformation at HPE, leading a worldwide team across Europe, India, and North and Latin America. He currently provides pro bono marketing and technology advisory services to the Northern California wine industry.

Jana Lynn Rivers-Norton, English , 1991

February 6, 2018

Jana Lynn Rivers-Norton, English, 1991, graduated with a master’s in English from HSU in 1991 and earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2002 from Saybrook University. Since then, she has been teaching at-risk students in Sacramento, New Mexico, and Arizona, and writing and publishing a collection of essays titled “The Demeter-Persephone Myth as Writing Ritual in the Lives of Literary Women” by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP) in Jan. 2017. My next book, “Transcending the Tragedy of Medea in Life, Love and the Literary Arts” was just accepted for publication from CSP for a fall 2019 release.