Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Douglas Vogt, Biological Sciences, 1989

January 19, 2011

Since graduating from HSU in 1989 with a BS Degree in Biology I have had several jobs, with only one being remotely related to biology (a one year stint at molecular biology lab). Most of my jobs have been in the clinical and immunochemistry chemistry field. For the last 5 years my job as a lab technician and fluid analyst at John Deere in my hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, has been perhaps the most challenging. What I learned at HSU has provided me with the skills to adapt not only changing jobs, but also to jobs as they change. I recently was promoted to Program Manager so I will be given yet another chance to see what other skills I may have learned in college will be called upon to provide me with the ability to perform my new position to the best of my abilities. Just goes to show that a college education can provide you not only with the ability to perform specific jobs, but also the ability to perform many different types of jobs. Thank You HSU!

Evan Pinto, Anthropology, 1995

January 19, 2011

I have been working as a secondary teacher for a virtual high school. I also teach vocational education classes (in a bricks and mortar class). In addition, my wife, two children and I just adopted a two year old Golden Retriever!

James Andrew Freeman, English, 1980

January 19, 2011

1980 MA alumni James Andrew Freeman will have his newest book, "Irish Wake: In Loving Memory of Us All," a collection of stories and his 18th book, published in February, 2011. The book may be purchased in hardcopy or digitally via amazon.com, bn.com, etc. Royalties will go to student scholarship at Bucks County Community College in PA where Jim is a Professor of English. For more info., please see www.contemporaryauthors.com for James Andrew Freeman. Jim sends a shout out to his favorite HSU Prof. emeritus Tom Gage.

Sanford Sandy Wilbur, Wildlife, 1963

January 19, 2011

I'm celebrating 15 years of retirement after a 35 year career with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; about to celebrate 50 years of marriage to Sally Harris (we met in the dorms at Humboldt 1959); and am finishing up the manuscript for my fifth book, this one of California history as told by the California condor story.

Andres Marin, Geology, 2000

January 19, 2011

Quotidian

Allen Aldridge, Industrial Technology, 2000

January 19, 2011

After leaving Arcata, I moved down to Jamestown in Ca's Motherlode. Here I manage Jamestown Harley-Davidson with my wife, Karen (a 1999 graduate in Recreational Administration). We have two children, our dog we got in Mckinleyville, and a hamster.

Bonnie Jeanne Koski, Music, 1974-BS in Nursing, 2009-BA in Music

January 19, 2011

I have retired from a long-time working as a Public Heath Nurse in Humboldt County (28yrs.) I then went back to my alma mater and acheived a BA in music (my 2nd Love) in May, 2009. I'm not doing too much now--recovering from my open heart surgery last July. I really enjoy helping my 2 young granddaughters, ages 5 and 7 with their piano lessons. That's all for now!

Christie Lee Fairchild, Other, 1976

January 19, 2011

After 18 years as a public servant (National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service), I left the agencies to teach environmnetal education full time. After another 18 years of doing just that, the bottom has now fallen out of my funding, so I'm back to rangering again! My husband and I also farm organically, with the help of our mules, and have homesteaded in the upper Skagit (near North Cascades National Park)for almost 30 years. Vistors are always welcome!

Patty Carlon Kushner, Education, Teaching Credential 1976

January 19, 2011

Retired in '06 from 25 years teaching elementary school. Now work seasonally for the US Forest Service in El Dorado National Forest (for the last 5 years.)

Wendy Mellberg Haecker, Wildlife, 2005

January 19, 2011

I received a Master of Arts in Special Education from SF State University in 2008 and now work as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor at Guide Dogs for the Blind in the SF Bay Area.

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