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Alumni Updates

Matt Vallerga, Fisheries Biology , 1980

March 6, 2018

Matt Vallerga, Fisheries Biology, 1980, will be retiring from teaching on June 2, 2018 after 20 years in the classroom.  He has taught third, fourth, and fifth graders with every combination in between!  Not bad for a third and last career. Prior to being an educator, he spent about 10 years working in environmental sciences (air quality control, trace metals analysis, water resources, etc.).  His first career out of HSU was about 10 years in seafood marketing and aquaculture.  He is looking forward to recreating outdoors and traveling with his wife, Barbara.

Meg Godlewski, Journalism , 1987

March 6, 2018

Meg Godlewski, Journalism, 1987, writes video scripts for an online ground school for an international aviation company. She also travels around the country with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association helping lapsed pilots get back into the cockpit. She is a full-time flight instructor and a columnist for Aviation for Women Magazine and writes stories for AOPA Flight Training. Away from the airport, Meg is working on _Payback is a Bitch_ and _ Sometimes it has Puppies_ , the sequel to _ The Thin Line Between Guts and Stupidity_ , a coming of age story based on experiences breaking into journalism while a student at HSU. Meg plans to attend the MLJ reunion in November.

Lawrence E. (Larry) Liles, Politics Minor in Theater, 1969

March 6, 2018

Lawrence E. (Larry) Liles, Politics, 1969, dropped out of law school over a conflict with the role of law versus justice, which he learned later was a moral position. He completed a four-year union electrical apprenticeship, taught the same for four years, and then was elected twice as Business Manager for IBEW Local 413 in Santa Barbara. He was appointed in 1992 as an IBEW International Representative in the Washington D.C. headquarters and worked primarily in their Research Department representing workers interests in many venues. He raised three stepchildren and two of his own. He retired early in 2010 to spend time with a late son. He’s now living in the Virginia Piedmont, the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, doing genealogy, and is active in Scouting and the SAR.

Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife , 1985

February 14, 2018

Bill (Sharky) London, Wildlife, 1985, recently retired from the Idaho Fish & Game after 32 years. The education, experiences, and guidance that he received at HSU made this fulfilling career possible. 
As a Conservation Officer, he patrolled vast wildernesses on horseback, boated rivers, chased poachers, taught kids to camp, hunt & fish, trapped deer, surveyed big game and sage grouse, electroshocked fish, flew game counts, and dealt with lions and bears in town.  It was an adventure. In 2004 promoted to District CO and worked from the Owyhee canyonlands to the Sawtooth Wilderness with an amazing group of officers. He recruited at HSU for 13 years to bring the best to Idaho. He is married (Shannon), together we have 5 children.

Brian Miller, Art , 1974

February 8, 2018

Brian Miller, Art, 1974, recently retired from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) after a successful 40+ year career in the high tech industry. Most recently, he served as director of marketing transformation at HPE, leading a worldwide team across Europe, India, and North and Latin America. He currently provides pro bono marketing and technology advisory services to the Northern California wine industry.

Jana Lynn Rivers-Norton, English , 1991

February 6, 2018

Jana Lynn Rivers-Norton, English, 1991, graduated with a master’s in English from HSU in 1991 and earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2002 from Saybrook University. Since then, she has been teaching at-risk students in Sacramento, New Mexico, and Arizona, and writing and publishing a collection of essays titled “The Demeter-Persephone Myth as Writing Ritual in the Lives of Literary Women” by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP) in Jan. 2017. My next book, “Transcending the Tragedy of Medea in Life, Love and the Literary Arts” was just accepted for publication from CSP for a fall 2019 release.

Lawrence (Larry) Flammer, Biological Sciences Zoology, 1956 and Teaching Credential

February 1, 2018

Lawrence (Larry) Flammer, Biological Sciences and Teaching Credential, 1956, taught high school biology at Del Mar. He was largely responsible for the creation and administration of the website of the Evolution and Nature of Science Institutes, which were founded (with NCSE’s encouragement) “to improve the teaching of evolution in high school biology courses by encouraging teachers to teach evolutionary thinking in the context of a more complete understanding of modern scientific thinking,” according to the “National Center for Science Education”: He passed away at the age 83 on December 13, 2018. 

James A Seward, Oceanography , 2016

January 26, 2018

James A Seward, Oceanography, 2016, was an environmental services intern for California Coastal Conservancy from July 2017 to January 2018. He is currently a technician with the Central & Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS).

Karlee Jewell, International Studies , 2015

January 24, 2018

Karlee Jewell, International Studies, 2015, is a Local Americorps Member who was recently recognized alongside thirty young people, ages 30 and under, by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The EE 30 Under 30 highlights the work of young professionals of various backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and communities around the globe who are using education to help protect the environment. The program was started by a partnership between NAAEE and the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). For more information visit:

Shad Scalvini, Wildlife , 2003

January 10, 2018

Shad Scalvini, Wildlife, 2003, previously worked for Green Diamond Timber and several consultants as a wildlife technician. Scalvini currently works as the lead Wildlife Biologist for Mendocino Redwood company (MRC) since 2012 and is in charge of the Northern Spotted owl program. Scalvini has also started a mutual program with the wildlife 311 techniques class where they hold their field trip on MRC property at Rockport Beach. We have conducted small mammal trapping, songbird, bat, & small owl mist-netting, track-plates, telemetry, herpetology surveys, etc. The last one that was held this fall, we saw an otter family, peregrine falcons, Barred owls, numerous songbirds, & 6 bat species amongst many other wildlife species.