Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Vince Smith, Environment and Community , 1984

May 3, 2021

Smith recently retired after 36 years working for a private not for profit organization caring for and assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities. He and his wife, Deb, left Northern California in 1984 and settled in New Mexico. He credits HSU’s professors with steering him on a life journey of compassion and care for others.

Mohsin Aziz, Business , 1992

April 26, 2021

Mohsin has worked in IT since graduating from HSU. In 1997 he started his own IT services company, NYLEX.Net, which is now the most prominent IT services company in Humboldt County. The company has hired numerous HSU graduates as IT support technicians and engineers as it continues its growth.

Robert Lackey, Fisheries Biology , 1967

April 26, 2021

Lackey is a professor at Oregon State University. In 2008, he retired after 27 years with the Environmental Protection Agency’s 350-person national research laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. He served as Deputy Director, Associate Director for Science, and in other senior science leadership positions. His current “gig” is part-time and involves teaching ecological policy and advising a few graduate students. He and his wife, Lana Apparius Lackey (also a Humboldt student), live in Corvallis, Oregon.

Liam Hazelton, Environmental Studies Geospatial Analysis minor, 2019

April 21, 2021

Following graduation, Hazelton searched for jobs in the Bay Area but did not have any luck for a year and a half. In December 2020 he received help from a local professional who sent him information about an internship that dealt with restoring and mitigating damage done in riparian areas by humans. He was selected to join the program in February of 2021 and also has a future job in the pipeline.

Monica Topping, Journalism , 2009

April 12, 2021

In April 2021 Topping was named the City of Eureka’s 2020 Artist of the Year.

Rich Torquemada, Fisheries Biology ’92 MS, Natural Resources, 1982

April 8, 2021

Torquemada recently stepped down after four years as a Board Director of the Montana Grape and Winery Association, serving as president for three years. Rich continues to own and operate Luna Llena Vineyards, producing cold-climate hybrid wine grapes for several local wineries and cideries in Western Montana. Prior to establishing Luna Llena, he enjoyed a 34-year career as a fisheries biologist and field supervisor with the Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, working throughout the Western US.

Rex Morgan, Journalism , 1982

March 29, 2021

Since graduating from HSU Morgan has worked as a middle manager, assisted-living staffer, public school teacher, and nurse, and has earned M.Ed and ASN degrees. He credits any academic or career success to the details-and-deadlines ethos instilled by his teachers and peers in the HSU journalism school. Most recently Morgan served as a vaccinator with the Missouri Medical Reserve Corps.

Barbara Brovelli-Moon, Sociology, 1967

March 25, 2021

Brovelli-Moon was awarded the 2021 Alaska SeaLife Center’s Marine Science Outreach Award. This award is given to a person or team that has made an outstanding contribution to ocean literacy. It is sponsored by the Alaska Ocean Observing System. After retiring from over 40 years in education, Brovelli-Moon’s passion for teaching and Alaska’s wildlife continues through her company, Ocean Otter Publishing. Brovelli-Moon has written and published six field guide books for children and families about Alaska’s animals, filling a niche previously unavailable to youth. Her work is a valuable resource that helps children connect to the living creatures in Alaska and teaches them they can make a difference.

Barbara Brovelli-Moon, Sociology , 1967

March 25, 2021

Awarded the 2021 Alaska SeaLife Center’s Marine Science Outreach Award. This award is given to a person or team that has made an outstanding contribution to ocean literacy. It is sponsored by the Alaska Ocean Observing System. After retiring from over 40 years in education, Barbara Brovelli-Moon’s passion for teaching and Alaska’s wildlife continues through her company, Ocean Otter Publishing. Barbara has written and published six field guide books for children and families about Alaska’s animals, filling a niche previously unavailable to youth. Her work is a valuable resource that helps children connect to the living creatures here in Alaska and teaches them they can make a difference.

Chad Kaufman, World Languages and Cultures Spanish Language and Literature, 2008

March 9, 2021

After graduating from HSU, Kaufman worked at a bilingual school before moving to Cholula, Mexico to pursue a Master’s degree. In 2011 he graduated with an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from La Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico. He then moved back to Minnesota with his amazing spouse to be close to family. Kaufman has been working as a full-time Spanish Interpreter at Children’s Minnesota, a system of pediatric clinics and hospitals.

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