Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Arnie Braafladt, Journalism, 1974

August 26, 2011

As I approach my 60th birthday, I'm thrilled my older daughter, Nicole, an engineer with CalTrans, will be married in September to Tim Farrell,a CDF firefighter and also a HSU alum. Nicole and Tim live on Kneeland and are planning a "hoe down" on their mountain property (with two bands!) as their wedding reception. I'm also happy to be "on the mend" from recent neck surgery and am looking forward to my next trip to Kauai in October to celebrate my 60th!

Sophia Habl Mitchell, Geography, 1996

August 26, 2011

After 11 years in the private sector, I recently started my own environmental consulting firm, Sophia Mitchell & Associates. The firm focus is on CEQA/NEPA documentation and project management.

Donny Triplat, Sociology, 1992

August 26, 2011

Currently birthing a native landscape business after 12 years research forestry, 5 years environmental restoration, 5 years arborist work, and 10 years of service in the Food industry catering and working in fine dining restaurants. Blend this all with a passion for personal healing work; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. What has come of this is a project that my wife and I are creating: Truckee River Sanctuary where we grow food, raise poultry, and have built a Kiva to share with our community to build relations amongst people that want to grow and create new ways of living within our decaying social systems of life. It's really a place to connect and grow. I've been busy.

Valerie Pexton, Art, 1986

August 26, 2011

MA in English, University of Wyoming 2001 MFA Creative Writing, University of Wyoming 2008

Dr. Jana Rivers Norton, English, 1991

August 26, 2011

After graduating from HSU in 1991, Dr. Rivers-Norton, taught both full time and part time at several public and private institutions of higher learning including the University of New Mexico, SUNY Alfred State College, DeVry Institute, and National University from 1991 -2011. In 2005, Dr. Rivers-Norton received a Story Fund Grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct and publish an oral history project entitled Told From the Heart: Stories of California's Native Women. She most recently served as the Associate Dean of Instruction at The Art Center Design College in Tucson, Arizona. Several of her academic publications can be found at Common Ground Publishing, Melbourne, Australia from 2004 - 2007. Dr. Rivers-Norton currently resides with her husband Jack in Rio Rico, Arizona and Medford, Oregon where she is working on a book of creative non-fiction entitled Memories of the Flesh.

BRUCE JACKSON, Political Science, 1984

August 26, 2011

I left J.P. Morgan in April 2011 to join the management team at Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, founded by Sir Richard Branson. I have since relocated to Las Cruces, New Mexico as my office will be located at Spaceport America once construction is completed.

Stephanie Frediani Ewan, Geography, 1975

August 26, 2011

Since graduation I have worked for utility companies...16 years for Pacific Bell and 20 years for PG&E. Have greatly benefited from my Geography degree by extensively traveling the world!!

Jason Isaac Esquerra, Theatre, 1995

August 26, 2011

After graduating with a degree in Theater I worked as an actor in Los Angeles, New York, and The Oregon Shakespear Festival.

Kacie Erin Flynn, Art, 15-May-10

August 26, 2011

During my undergraduate years with HSU I held an internship at Morris Graves Museum of Art. I was soon brought on staff to teach art lessons as part of the Second Saturady Family Arts Day. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and since then have become the Museum Manager at Morris Graves in charge of special programs and events. I was also invited to show in the Young Alumni Exhibition "Fresh Meat" at First Street Gallery last August. In addition to my job with MGMA I now work on campus in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs as a Grant Coordinator. In my free time I volunteer as a Club Adivsor to Delta Phi Epsilon as well as serve on Staff Council. I paint/sketch in my studio in Arcata and have works scheduled to exhibit in 2012. I <3 the HSU ART DEPARTMENT!!! Thank you for the wonderful education and the amazing professors!

Laura Tankersley Landoll, Journalism, 2003

August 26, 2011

After working the past 7 years for global and local PR agencies, I now manage public relations activities for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. I help market and promote beef on behalf of the U.S. beef farmers and ranchers. I'm expecting my first child in November and live with my Husband and dog in Denver, CO. I'm happy to help all undergrads with networking or PR job leads.

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