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Alumni Updates

Michael Harmon, Other- Special major Photojournalism, Dec. 1992

July 22, 2016

Michael Harmon, 1992 Photojournalism, is semi retired from journalism and photography though he still does an occasional job here and there. Harmom taught English as a Second Language for nearly 8 years in Henan Province in Central China. He has been back in the U.S. for about three years and can not wait to return to China.

Ron Fritzsche, Biological Sciences , 1967

July 14, 2016

Ron Fritzsche, 1967 Zoology, recently contributed a section to the Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  Fritzsche is an Emeritus Professor of Fisheries Biology.  He was the HSU Outstanding Professor in 1991 and served as an administrator including Dean for Research, Graduate Studies and International Programs. Fritzsche also served as assistant to the Provost for faculty affairs and space and facilities. He is currently an elected board member for the North Humboldt Recreation and Park District and the local Timber Heritage Association. Fritzsche met his wife, also an HSU graduate, in John VanDuzer’s Speech 1 class.

Daniel R. Mandell, History , 1979

July 14, 2016

Daniel R. Mandell, 1979 History, recently received Distinguished Literary Achievement Award from the Missouri Humanities Council for my six books and many articles on Native American persistence and adaptation in New England, 1600-1900. Those books include “King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty” (2010); “Tribe, Race, History: Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880” (2008), which was given the Lawrence Levine Award by the Organization of American Historians for the best book on U.S. cultural history; and “Behind the Frontier: Indians in Eighteenth-Century Eastern Massachusetts” (1996).

Manolo Platin Morales, Politics , 2005

July 14, 2016

Manolo Platin Morales, 2005 Politics, recently began a new job. Morales is the vice president for State Government & Industry Affairs with Chubb North America

James A. Freeman, English , 1980

July 1, 2016

James A. Freeman, 1980 English, recently published “Biblical Time Out of Mind: Myths, Maps, and Memories” along with co-author and HSU emeritus Professor Tom Gage. 

Allison Formica, Biological Sciences Zoology, 2014

June 24, 2016

Allison Formica 2014 Biological Sciences, is working as a Life Science Research Professional in the Genetics Department at Stanford University studying the cellular and molecular biology of the cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis, which is a critical relationship to the lives of reef-building corals. She was recently promoted to Laboratory Manager and is assisting in developing a reliable spawning protocol for the sea anemone, Aiptasia, in an attempt to improve spawning efficiency and predictability in the lab.

Hero Burke Smith, Art Accounting, 2003

June 24, 2016

Hero Burke Smith, 2003 Art, is working in the media and textile industry, developing mad lib scripts for newish products.

John Giraldes, Chemistry , 2003

June 15, 2016

John Giraldes, 2003 Chemistry, graduated from University of Minnesota with a degree in Medicinal Chemistry in 2006 and went on to work for Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Global Discovery Chemistry, Oncology in Cambridge, Mass., until 2015. Giraldes then relocated to Baltimore, Md., and currently working as a Project Manager and Scientific Analyst for the National Cancer Institute’s Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program.

Deborah Wynn (Graaff), International Studies , 2013

June 15, 2016

Deborah Wynn (Graaff), 2013 International Studies, got married and started medical school with her partner. She is currently in her third year and is preparing for the first step of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam before starting clinical rotations. 

Keith Parker, Fisheries Biology , 2015

May 26, 2016

Keith Parker, 2015 Fisheries Biology, recently received a $15,000 Switzer Environmental Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. This award is given to individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and dedication to working in the environmental field.

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