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Alumni Updates

James Donlon, Theatre , 1970

December 4, 2016

James Donlon, 1970 Theatre & History, has had a 47 year career as an internationally-known performing artist presenting his original physical theatre work throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, having just returned from Cuba. Donlon has been a master teacher in many national and international acting conservatories like the Yale School of Drama, American Conservatory Theatre, and at UC Santa Barbara. Donlon has also been a film movement coach for Oscar winners Kathy Bates and Javier Bardem, and film star Benjamin Bratt.

Don Rowan, Fisheries Biology , 1992

November 27, 2016

Don Rowan, 1992 Fisheries Biology, is in his 17th year of science teaching. For the last three years, Rowan has been teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, Biology, Biology 2, and AP Environmental Science at Bishop Union High School. He is also the Associated Student Body director and has recently been a peer reviewer for the “Journal of Fisheries and Wildlife Management.”

David W Heiser, Fisheries Biology , 1963, 1965

November 19, 2016

David W Heiser, 1963 and 1965 Fisheries Biology, retired in 1997 from Washington State Parks. Prior to that he served with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game and the Idaho Dept. of Fish, Game and Wildlife. Since 2006, Heiser has lived in Arizona.

jeremyMmilana, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 2015

November 15, 2016

Jeremy M. Milana, 2015 Forestry & Wildland Resources, is seeking opportunities within the environmental realm.

Tom Hatton, Natural Resrouces , 1981 and 1983

November 14, 2016

Thomas J. Hatton, 1981 Natural Resources and 1983 Natural Resources M.S., was recently elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Hatton emigrated to Australia after earning his Ph.D. from Utah State University in 1986. He retired in 2014 after a 25-year career in environmental research and natural resource management. For his contributions to water resource science and management, he was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008. He now serves as Chairman of the Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority, and holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Western Australia where he is a member of their Oceans Institute Advisory Board and the Board of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy.

Mark Hudgens, Fisheries Biology , 1999

November 9, 2016

Mark Hudgens, 1999 Fisheries Biology, was recently appointed the superintendent of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Hudgens spent the last 14 years in the Perris district, which measures roughly 8,800 acres compared to the 14,000 acres of the Mt. San Jacinto park.

Gage Dayton, Wildlife , 1996

November 9, 2016

Gage Dayton, 1996 Wildlife, was recently appointed to the Wilton W. Webster Jr. Presidential Chair for the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves. Dayton has served as administrative director of the UCSC Natural Reserves since 2008.

Kevin Farley, Journalism , 2006

November 7, 2016

Kevin Farley, 2006 Journalism, moved on to working within the Olympic Movement after a decade in TV news. Farley manages the website, social media and other communications for USA Weightlifting, the national governing body for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting in the United States.

Holly Leopardi, Physics & Astronomy , 2014

November 4, 2016

Holly Leopardi, 2014 Physics & Astronomy, recently won first place for her paper “Er:fiber frequency comb for synthesis of optical frequencies at the 10^-18 level,” at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Photonics National Conference. Leopardi is currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, conducting research in optical frequency comb development at the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology with Scott Diddams. She is a student member of the IEEE, anda recipient of the 2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Neil Tarpey, Other- M.A. English (1983) and M.A. Psychology (1995), 1983 and 1995

October 30, 2016

Neil Tarpey, 1983 M.A. English and 1995 M.A. Psychology, recently had his first book, “Flashes of Lightning,” published by Fithian Press. The book is a collection of 52 flash/micro fiction stories, 20 of which have been published previously in print or online.The book hit Humboldt County bookstores in October and is also available from online bookstores.