Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

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.

Shelli Maher-Sarchett, Sociology, 2002

August 26, 2011

I am in my 7th year as the Assistant Softball Coach here at Humboldt State University.

Jessica Poletski, Sociology, 2009

August 22, 2011

I received my Master of Arts in Teaching degree in May of this year from Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR. I reside in the Portland area and work for Head Start.

Andrea Castillo, Art, 2011

July 30, 2011

Recently graduated in Art Studio and am working for a non-profit Center for the Arts in Los Angeles at a Summer Art Camp for kids.

Coleen L. Shade, Natural Resrouces, 1984 and 1991

July 27, 2011

Principal Planner and Tahoe office manager for R.O. Anderson, an engineering, planning and surveying firm located in Nevada and California. My work is mainly concentrated in the Tahoe basin and in the Sierra. Married to David Fournier who is a forester with the USFS (University of Maine School of Forestry; our discussions about who has the better forestry school are always lively). We have two daughters; Larissa (16) and Sarah (12).

Brian Akre, Communication, 1980

July 22, 2011

I recently moved my family to The Hague to become senior speechwriter for the CEO and senior leadership of Royal Dutch Shell. I previously worked as head of Executive Speaker Services at Nokia in Finland. Earlier this year, I received a Cicero Speechwriting Award for a speech I wrote with Nokia's former CEO, which was delivered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 2010.

Robert Klamt, Fisheries Biology, 1974

June 28, 2011

I retired in November from the N. Coast Water Quality Control Board after 35 years of service, including 8 months as the Executive Officer. My work was mostly in monitoring and assessment of our N. Coast waters, and more recently in working with the timber industry on water quality issues.

Erika Wright, English, 2001

June 27, 2011

I graduated from HSU in 2001 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Then I moved to London to do an MA in National and International Literatures in English at the University of London, School of Advanced Studies. HSU prepared me well for the next 10 years of my life where I lived, studied and worked in 4 different countries. I lived and studied in both London and Berlin. Then I worked in Xi'an, China where I taught in the 1:2:1 program which brings Chinese students to Humboldt for 2 years. the past 2 years I have been living in Perth, Western Australia. I started teaching ESL to pre-literate refugees, am now I am working at Murdoch University and considering a PhD.

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