Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Shawna Joy Hernandez, Philosophy, 1996

September 12, 2011

While I did not pursue an advanced degree in Philosophy - my bachelors in Philosophy has served me well. I feel that my written communication, critical thinking and "outside of the box" perspective have come in very handy as I have navigated my way through the business world.

Janet Morlan, Geography, 1985

September 5, 2011

I retired July 1, 2011, and received the best retirement "gift." In May I was flown to Washington D.C. to receive a National Wetlands Award. And it all began at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary many, many years ago. Here's the link to the award information & photos:

Krystal Rogers, International Studies, Art and French, 2006

September 2, 2011

It's been 5 years since I graduated from HSU; it's been a long and winding journey full of great adventures, amazing people, and about 6 different jobs. I've hiked 800+ miles over sectitons of the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail, traveled to Kauai, led teenagers on backpacking and canoeing trips in the maine woods, volunteered with kids in Peru, hiked to Macchu Piccu on the inca trail(a lifelong dream), been to 3 weddings, 3 funerals and just got engaged! I've lived in Oakland, Ca, Wiscasset, Maine and now am back in my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. During college I worked for non-profit organizations and am proud to say that I've stayed in the field. Some highlights: Project Assistant for the Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Communities, Environmental Educator for The Chewonki Foundation and Youth Education Specialist for Wasatch Comrmunity Gardens. I now run afterschool and summer programs for refugee youth resettling in Utah, helping them to acculturate to life in the U.S., build social skills and self-esteem, and navigate the school system. I finally found a job that utilizes all 3 of my degrees!

John Compaglia, Religious Studies, 2005

August 31, 2011

Life post-Humboldt state is great. I went on to do a Master's degree in medieval Islamic intellectual traditions with an emphasis on Islamic philosophy, science, and mysticism. I have decided for the time being not to pursue a PhD but you never know. right after completing my Master's (2009) I was awarded a Henry Luce fellowship to study the history and origins of Islam in Indonesia for a semester at Gadjah Mada University in the city of Yogyakarta. My research there is going to be included in a book published by the university I studies at which will be completed by the end of the year. I am also currently working on a book on similarities and differences of mythological and scientific methodologies with retired Auburn University professor (and my father in law) Dr. James Bradley.

Gary Eduardo Perless, Geography, 1984

August 27, 2011

After many years as a public school Science teacher, I'm now teaching Spanish and World Geography/History at a small, university prep school in Poulsbo, WA. West Sound Academy is a good fit for me, emphasizing global citizenship, critical thinking, and service learning--and I can ride the bus to work. I live near Port Townsend, with my wife Jocelyn and children Will(9) and Serena (4). Would love to hear from any Geographers or students who went to Oaxaca in '84.

Libby Maynard, Art, 1971 & 1982

August 27, 2011

Co-founded The Ink People, a community arts organization, with Brenda Tuxford (MA in Art 1980, deceased) in 1979. I have continued to be an active artist. The Ink People has facilitated over 200 community arts projects and currently oversees more than 60. In 2011, I received the Selina Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for excellence in community arts leadership. In 2005, I received the Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award from the California Association of Nonprofits, as examples of many other awards.

Kim T. Griswell, English, 1995

August 27, 2011

Recently moved from my position as senior editor for Highlights to the position of Developmental Editor at Portable Press in Ashland, Oregon, known for the amazing Uncle John's Bathroom Readers. I'll be developing books in the For Kids Only series.

Morgan Eaton, Geography, 1979

August 27, 2011

Living it up it in the dry side of Washington state. Looking forward to retirement soon!

Judy Chance Hope, Art, 1971

August 27, 2011

Having worked as a ceramist and drafter (both mechanical and architectural) while painting when I could, I shifted my focus to painting 15 years ago. Last year I received a gold medal award for a painting of redwoods in Jedediah Smith Park from the Redwood Forest Foundation. I work in acrylic and oil and have work in collections all over the country and Europe. My husband, also an HSU grad, and have one daughter who is an artist in NY. We have a small farm in rural Menocino county where we grow organic veggies, flowers and chickens. We have a wonderful pug to guard us.

Joshua Brookshire, Geography

August 27, 2011

Is working for bandelier National Monument as a lead helitack crewmember.