Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

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.

Charles P. Meacham, Fisheries Biology, 1970

June 14, 2011

After 50 years in Alaska (commercial fisherman, seafood processing, seafood inspector for U.S. Army, and 21 years with Dept. Fish and Game) moved to Gig Harbor, WA. Married to Charlene Heriot Meacham (also Humboldt grad) in 1969. Three children, 3 grandchildren.

Robert T. Lackey, Fisheries Biology, 1967

June 14, 2011

Bob Lackey (Fisheries, '67) now teaches at Oregon State University. He has been engaged in developing online classes in natural resources as part of OSU ECampus.

ronald g. davis, Theatre, Film & Dance, 1994

June 13, 2011

Gave a number of lectures in Canada on "Ecological Aesthetics" at York Univerfsity Toronot, another at Concordia University in Montreal . Finishing a rewirte of my Dissertation on "Ecological Aesthetics " and recently wrote the script for an Oratorio on "Glacial Melt and Sea Level Rise : (There are no solutions) to be done with chorus and band. Classical composer Joyce Todd of Berkeley will turn the script into a performance piece for a 16 women's chorus.

Kathy McPike, Business, 1971

June 13, 2011

I'm the Strategic Planning/Training Manager for the CA/NV Credit Union League (a trade association for credit unions in CA and NV). I moved back to CA nine years ago after 12 years in New Orleans. I plan to retire in New Orleans within the next two years.