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Alumni Updates

Patricia Watts, Journalism, 1980

Submitted: April 29, 2022

Patricia Watts (1980, Journalism) is realizing her dream as a novelist following a 20-year career in journalism and 10 years as a human rights investigator. Her fifth published novel, Paper Targets, a tale of female rage and empowerment and life-long friendship, is due for release in May 2022. She lives in San Diego.

See more from Patricia Watts at patriciawattsauthor.com.

Lawrence Wylie, Liberal Studies Elementary Education, 1997

Submitted: April 28, 2022

Lawrence Wiley ('97, Liberal Studies) has recently retired from teaching full-time and completed training to be a CASA Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care in New Hampshire. 

Eddie Shin, Psychology, 2014

Submitted: April 13, 2022

Eddie Shin has just started working as a marriage and family therapist with children and adolescents who have gone through trauma of various levels, as well as working with their families in January 2022. Shin explains that it's been a really rewarding job so far and is incredible the impact respect and hope have in helping a child or teenager turn their perspective around to develop a better life. Shin finds it has been challenging, but well worth it!

Diane Haase, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1989

Submitted: April 10, 2022

Haase ('89, Forestry) earned her M.S. in tree physiology at OSU in 1991. She then worked as the Associate Director of OSU's Nursery Technology Cooperative, researching seedling production, quality and outplanting. She now works for the USDA Forest Service as the Western Nursery Specialist on the national Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources team (RNGR.net). Diane provides technical support to forest and conservation nurseries in the western states and the American-affiliated Pacific islands through visits, publications, conferences and more. She also serves as the editor of Tree Planters' Notes, an applied journal for those who work in nurseries, reforestation and restoration.

Andy Powell, Philosophy, 2005

Submitted: April 7, 2022

Still residing in Humboldt, Andy Powell ('05, Philosophy) finds that his degree in Philosophy easily influences not only his day-to-day being in the world but also his varied professional life since 2005. Powell started Powell Consulting in 2018, offering financial consulting for local businesses and specifically focusing on the local cannabis industry. Detailed analytical thought is quite useful when trying to take a long-term approach to financial regulation and planning as is asking his clients "What is the Good Life, really?" and "Is rapid accumulation of wealth a goal in itself?" He expects to be out of business by 2024.

Kate Nixon, Journalism, 2005

Submitted: April 1, 2022

Since graduating and spending a life-changing week in New Zealand, Kate Nixon ('05, Journalism) has survived 11 years in broadcast news, working their way up from Humboldt County to Southern Oregon as a newscast director, technical supervisor, and eventually accomplished producing a 3-part series about school teachers and the costume department at the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. After a few years back in their native San Francisco Bay Area where they served as an apprenticeship manager, they finally moved cross country to live in Asheville, NC, where they now run a national conference on the historic Arts & Crafts Movement.  

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, Wildlife, 1963

Submitted: March 23, 2022

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, columnist for "The Lumberjack" 1960-1962, is at work on a new novel, tentatively titled "Vic and Greg: a Wildlife Refuge Romance." Sample chapters are at:  http://www.writing-it-down.com/vic-and-greg/

Sandy's essay "Losing Lumberjack Football" includes some early history of race relations that Humboldters may not know about:
http://www.writing-it-down.com/Society/losing-lumberjack-football.html

Pamela Schwartz, Art, 1994

Submitted: March 16, 2022

Pamela Schwartz recently started a business working freelance as a presentation design specialist at www.butterflypam.com. A Powerpoint design pro, Schwartz specializes in helping business present a professional presentation. Schwartz also still paints and has a thriving art career.

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, Wildlife, 1963

Submitted: March 9, 2022

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, columnist for "The Lumberjack" 1960-1962, is at work on a new novel, tentatively titled "Vic and Greg: a Wildlife Refuge Romance." Sample chapters are at: http://www.writing-it-down.com/vic-and-greg/

Sandy's essay "Losing Lumberjack Football" includes some early history of race relations that Humboldters may not know about:
http://www.writing-it-down.com/Society/losing-lumberjack-football.html

Barbara Scaroni, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1978

Submitted: March 5, 2022

Barbara Scaroni has managed to stay a dirt forester over the many years. Scaroni is still out marking and cruising timber, administering timber sales, running property lines, and writing environmental assessments, timber sale contracts, and researching the land use history of my timber sale areas. During college, Scaroni worked summers for the BLM in Ukiah, CA; Missoula, MT; Rawlins, WY; and Susanville, CA. Scaroni worked USFS in Cave Junction, OR, and Willows CA. Scaroni had permanent jobs after graduation with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs 1980-1990; Malheur National Forest, Burns, OR, 1990-1993; Coeur d'Alene Tribe, 1993-present.

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