Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

ANEESH KUMAR KV, Fisheries Biology , 2014

February 14, 2020

Aneesh Kumar is currently working as Project Scientist at Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology. Their area of research is Eco-morphology of deep sea fishes and Otoliths.

Aaron Louis Cobas, Politics Minor: Environmental Policy, 2016

January 29, 2020

Aaron Louis Cobas is a graduate specifically from the Arts and Humanities department. He graduated in the class of 2016 and since then has been trying to build himself and acquire his dream position that he has wanted since the age of nine years old. Last December, that dream came true. Cobas has accepted a full-time position as a Park Ranger for New Mexico State Parks. Ever since he was little his fondest memories have been going up into the Sierras, as well as Yosemite and Joshua Tree, looking at the majesty that is our public lands. Because of the education, and training, he received at HSU he has an exciting new chapter in life and the new adventures that come with it.

Julianne Fernandez, Oceanography , 2014

January 27, 2020

After earning her B.S. in Oceanography in 2014, Fernandez interned with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District in Illinois. As a Physical Science Technician in Water Quality she assisted in monitoring the upper Mississippi River. Fernandez worked on her M.S. in Geology at the University of Cincinnati, where her research focused on methane emissions from Lake Erie. Fernandez completed her M.S in 2017 and soon decided to pursue a PhD. She’s currently a Marie Slodowska-Curie Postgraduate Research Assistant in the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London, UK. She studies urban methane emissions from London and other European metropolitan areas.

Don Hoeler, Anthropology Masters in Hospital Administration and Management, 2005

January 19, 2020

Currently living in Portland, Oregon. Completed Masters in Hospital Administration and Management. International Business experience working with emerging markets in Asia and Europe. My anthropology studies had a profound impact on my career and relationships. Shoutout to Dr. Todd Young who inspired me to chase after my dreams. Economic Anthropology was by far my favorite course work. Thank you HSU.

Barbara Muskat, Art , 1975

January 18, 2020

Barbara Muskat has been teaching in a public school setting for the last 26 years. She taught as an Secondary Art Teacher and for the last 15 years has taught Kindergarten where she includes the arts in many ways. Muskat will be retiring at the end of the school year.

Michelle Gienger, History Economics, 2007

January 13, 2020

A few years ago I transitioned from a Federal Investigator at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to a Management and Program Analyst with the US Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General.  In this position, I am on a team that conducts reviews of DOJ programs for the DOJ, Congress, and the pubpic.

Janelle Thompson, Forestry & Wildland Resources Forest Management, 1993

January 13, 2020

After 28 years with the U.S. Forest Service in a position as a timber sale administrator, I received a promotion on the Tahoe National Forest, Sierraville Ranger District as the District Timber Management Officer in September of 2019. I began my career in 1987 as a temporary employee on the timber marking crew at Sierraville. I received my permanent career appointment in 1991 as a Forester with an emphasis in timber sale administration. During the last 20 years I have also worked as an support dispatcher (EDSD) for major wildland fires and other incidents across the United States. In September of 2022 I will be eligible to retire with over 31 years with the U.S. Forest Service.

Judith Stone-Hulslander, Biological Sciences , 1992

January 7, 2020

Judith Stone-Hulslander, 1992, Biological Sciences, was promoted to partner at the law firm Lathrop GPM. With approximately 20 years’ intellectual property experience, Stone-Hulslander focuses her practice on patent preparation, prosecution and client counseling in all areas of biotechnology. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and prior to obtaining her law degree, she worked more than five years as a technical specialist and patent agent. Stone-Hulslander has particularly strong patent experience with therapeutic antibodies and antibody-like molecules for a variety of disease indications.

Tai Parker, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Multicultural Queer Studies/Psychology, 2016

January 7, 2020

After I graduated with a double major in Multicultural Queer studies and Psychology, I earned my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and went on to become the Trans Health Case Manager for Open Door Community Health Center. I would not have gone down this path had it not been for my experiences in the CRGS department, surrounded by a culture of acceptance and constant critical thought. The base knowledge I learned in the CRGS department opened my eyes and gave me words to experiences I had, and a path into how I wanted to see change happen in my immediate community.

Kristen Van Ausdall, Art English, 1976

January 7, 2020

On Saturday Oct. 27, 2019 Professor of Art History Kristen Van Ausdall, 1976, Art, 68, passed away. She died at the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Ca. While Van Ausdall had been on medical leave at the time of her death, her passing came as a shock to those who were close to her. She is survived by her husband, Scott Pringle. Van Ausdall had been a resident of Mount Vernon, Ohio, teaching at Kenyon College. After completing her B.A. in Studio Art and English at Humboldt State University in 1976 (inspired by Art History Professor Max Butler), she went on to attain an M.A. from the University of Oregon in 1981 and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1994.