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Alumni Updates

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.

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.

Leona Evans, Natural Resources , 1983

January 4, 2020

I retired from the Lake Valley Fire Protection District (Lake Tahoe) in 2015.  I am transitioning into retirement from my second job as Coordinator for the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy through Lake Tahoe Community College where I served for 14 years.  I continue to work on-call for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (Forest Service).

Tyler Smurr, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1995

January 1, 2020

I worked for Sierra Pacific Industries out of college, but then I met a girl and I followed her to Texas.  I taught middle school science for 14 years, but I am currently an Assistant Principal for a San Antonio Middle School.  I use my experience at Humboldt State to talk to my students about finding the right place for them and seeing the beauty in the world.

William Chilson, Forestry & Wildland Resources , 1967

December 29, 2019

For the past 10-years, I have been working in the renewable energy industry with a focus on development of utility scale power plants. My current position is Director of Siting and Real Estate with Candela Renewables. Candela develops solar power plants throughout the United States.

Stephen Bowlus, Chemistry , 1970

December 24, 2019

After graduation in 1970, Stephen Bowlus attended University of Illinois (MS ‘72, PhD ‘74, postdoc entomology ‘75), and went into industrial research. He worked primarily in the agricultural chemistry field, starting as a synthesis chemist, then migrating to computational chemistry, molecular modeling and statistics. He retired from industry in 2003.  In 2006, Bowlus started teaching as an adjunct instructor at Columbia College (Sonora, CA), from which position he retired this year (2019).