Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Kristina Elizabeth Ryan, Politics , 2003

September 18, 2021

After meeting at Humboldt State some 20 years ago, James Catlin (2002- Political Science and Economics) and Kristina have been married since 2010 and have two children. James is the Chief Macroeconomist at Value Investors Edge where he specializes in research and analysis of maritime trade. Kristina works for the State of California at the Department of Social Services. They currently reside in Southern California. They both share fond memories of their days as HSU students. James misses surfing alongside redwood lined cliffs and Smug’s Pizza. Kristina misses all the amazing natural scenery. They can’t wait to have their children visit HSU when they are older.

Meg Godlewski, Journalism , 1988

September 15, 2021

Meg Godlewski has accepted a new position as Senior Writer for Flying Magazine.

Casey, Philosophy Computer Science and French&Francophone Studies, 2018

September 13, 2021

Studying Philosophy at HSU has provided Casey with pleasure for taking on any difficult intellectual activity. It has kept him open minded when he approaches difficult subjects. Taking Philosophy 420 with Goodman has given Casey the language to talk about his own foundations of knowledge, metaphysical theories, science and epistemology which are tools he uses everyday in tackling his professional and social relationships. Casey fondly remembers taking classes in Modern Philosophy with Heise and having his world turned upside down everyday and Casey’s first A on a Hegel paper with Cannon. He is now publishing papers in PhD Computer Science with relentless thirst for knowledge. The Phil degree is a compass for life.

Brian D Wiesner, History , 1982

September 8, 2021

Brian is currently the president of the Claremont Stars Soccer Club.

Garrett Rains, Politics , 2010

August 31, 2021

Garrett is working as an AI developer for Samsung Electronics in Seoul, South Korea. He is creating colloquial English Speech for Samsung’s Voice Assistant, Bixby.

Samuel Yudin, Other- German, 1999

August 24, 2021

Samuel Yudin is currently a Command Sergeant Major in the California Army National Guard, he serves as the battalion Command Sergeant Major of the 340th Brigade Support Battalion in Seaside, CA. Yudin also is also the U.S. Army Europe Federated Intelligence Program mission coordinator in Los Alamitos, CA.  Yudin was recently selected as an adjunct scholar/fellow for the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy West Point for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Salina Cuddy, English , 2012

August 20, 2021

Salina was recently awarded aPhD in Linguistics from the University of York. Her research focuses on language, gender, and sexuality. She will be starting a position as a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at Queen Mary University London this fall.

Danielle Dornan, English , 2021

August 18, 2021

Danielle is heading into an online master’s program through Syracuse University for Marriage and Family Therapy. She just moved to Santa Cruz, and is working as a barista/hostess and as a cheese monger!

Daniel Gardner, Anthropology , 2013

August 16, 2021

Dan completed his masters in Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies in 2015 and his PhD in Informatics at UCI in 2021. He is currently a Post-doctoral fellow in the Grand Challenges Initiative at Chapman University. His research focuses on how different cultural values and systems of authority get baked into the designs of our digital interfaces, media, and games.

Allan Ekberg, Business CIS, 1984

August 12, 2021

Allan Ekberg, 1984, Business, is the City of Tukwila’s mayor. Upon graduating from HSU, he became active in community, fighting a county rezone and annexing his neighborhood into Tukwila. From his education at HSU, Allan became an Internet technology project/program manager and consulted at a wide variety of organizations. While working in technology, he served on the Tukwila City Council where he used his HSU Speech Communication minor often. Allan originated the charter and commenced the Computer Information System Club at Humboldt State; he also served a term as the School of Business student council representative. He thanks HSU for empowering him to become who he is. 

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