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Alumni Updates

Robert T. Lackey, Fisheries Biology , 1967

September 14, 2016

Robert T. Lackey, 1967 Fisheries, was recently named a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society at the society’s 146th Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Mo. He has worked on an assortment of natural resource issues from various positions in government and academia.  Most recently, he retired after 27 years with the Environmental Protection Agency’s national research laboratory in Corvallis, Ore., where he served as Deputy Director, Associate Director for Science, and in other senior leadership positions. Dr. Lackey has long been an educator, having taught at five North American universities and, currently, he teaches a graduate course in ecological and natural resource policy at Oregon State University. He has published over 100 articles in scientific and professional journals.

Leticia-Andrea Snoots, English , 2014

September 9, 2016

Leticia-Andrea Snoots is currently in her final year of graduate school at the University of the Pacific. Snoots is working on a Master’s of Education with a concentration of Student Affairs. Snoots adds, “I am supported in this journey by my partner of five years, James, who I met as an undergraduate at Humboldt State University! Life couldn’t be better!”

Rocio Avila, Politics , 2016

September 7, 2016

Rocio Avila, 2016 Politics, started working with Humboldt County’s North Coast Rape Crisis Team as an advocate for survivors.

Kamilah Barajas, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies , 2015

September 2, 2016

Kamilah Barajas, 2015 Critical Race, Gender, and Ethnicity Studies, is on the steering committee for Next Generation Eureka, a nonprofit that works to make Eureka, Calif., a more attractive place for young adults. Barajas worked at North Star Quest Camp for girls following graduation and just recently started at North Coast Rape Crisis Team as a full-time Client Advocate.

Conrad L. Huygen, Geography , 1994

August 26, 2016

Conrad L. Huygen, Lt. Col. (ret), USAF, B.A. Geography ’94, has returned to Washington, D.C., and is the Deputy Chief of the Defender Services Office at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Dedicated to providing the assistance of counsel for individuals who cannot afford a lawyer, his office funds, trains, and supports the more than 3,600 federal defender personnel and 10,000 private panel attorneys appointed to represent clients under the Criminal Justice Act. Conrad’s wife, Julie, has been promoted to Colonel and is the Chief of the Air Force’s Military Justice Division at Joint Base Andrews, MD. The Huygens live in Alexandria, Va.

Noel Eaton, Other- Environmental Management & Protection Planning, 2014

August 26, 2016

Noel Eaton, 2014 Environmental Management & Protection Planning, moved back home to Billings Mont., and worked for an analytical lab testing water samples. Eaton is now a city planner in Laurel, Mont., and is loving every minute of it. Eaton writes, “I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the great professors and amazing peers that helped me along the way to graduation.”

Jon Pede, Other- Social Science, 1990

August 26, 2016

Jon Pede, 1990 Social Science, lives in Tigard, Ore., with his partner. He recently completed his doctoral degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. His dissertation is titled, “Morals, Values and Ethics: Their Impact on the Decisions of the School Principal.”

Mason Gedanken, Geography , 2016

August 22, 2016

Mason Gedanken, 2016 Geography, landed a job with a consulting company as an intern. The job primarily consists of OSP, and fiber optics, and have Gedanken has learned quite a bit about utility poles, and how Telecom works. Gedanken has been out in the field collecting data from utility poles like Pole Tag, class, anchor information, telephone, and cable TV. Recently, he has been making maps of pole information using Google’s My Maps and plotting where the poles and the strands are located.

Misha Burke, Journalism , 2014

August 17, 2016

Misha Burke, 2014 Journalism, currently works at the California Association of Health Facilities as a Marketing & Communications Specialist—a job that took a year and a half to find. Burke has been able to take what she learned from in her Journalism and Graphic Design courses and apply them to this job. If it wasn’t for HSU’s Journalism and Art departments (faculty and students), Burke says she wouldn’t be as successful as she is now.

Kira Marie Yeomans, Environmental Studies , 2015

August 15, 2016

Kira Marie Yeomans, 2015 Environmental Studies, is currently enrolled in a masters program at Antioch University in New Hampshire. Yeomans is working on a self-designed studies program concentrating on climate change and social justice advocacy. The program includes volunteering with the Peace Corps this coming summer.