Alumni Updates

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Harry "Corky" Bartley , History, 1966

Submitted: February 6, 2024

Corky always says it's never too late to have fun.  After a career of teaching high school drafting classes, then computer-aided design training for engineers, and then computer-aided Engineering training and support (28 years at Tektronix), Corky retired.  Now, after 10 years of retirement and at 80 years of age, he will be acting in his first play.  He has a small role, George Sillers, in "Inherit the Wind" at Mask&Mirror in Tigard, OR, March 1-17.  If you are in the area, stop by.  His only previous acting experience was as a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army 1968-70.    

Craig Sides, Communication, 1980

Submitted: February 2, 2024

Craig was invited to be a guest on the "Bold Leadership Stories Show," Among all the guests, he, by far, has had the most views! Putting HSU on the map as the owner of Temecula Valley Solar. He thanked Humboldt State on his Facebook page.

Tom Eley, Wildlife, 1969

Submitted: February 2, 2024

Tom is retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  Now, he is the biologist and cartographer for the Anchorage Waterways Council.

Tara Darlene Smith, English, 2010

Submitted: January 30, 2024

Taraa's memoir essay collection, Sunflowers in Iraq: True Stories of Surviving & Thriving, was published last month. Further information is available on her website:, and she's happy to provide a press release and photos from the book's launch. 

Jess Whatcott, Environment & Community (Social Sciences), 2011

Submitted: January 28, 2024

After completing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Jess Whatcott (they/them) became a tenure-track professor in women's, gender, and sexuality studies at San Diego State University. Dr. Whatcott's first academic book about California's history of eugenics and confining disabled people in state institutions will be published by Duke University Press in August 2024.

Abbey Ramirez, Environmental Studies, 2022

Submitted: January 24, 2024

Since graduation, Abbey moved to Sonoma County on Pomo and Coast Miwok land, where she is the Head Gardener for Traditional Medicinals Tea Company (the company that makes Throat Coat!) She tends the educational garden, which serves as an herbal library, displaying many medicinal herbs the company uses in its teas. She is also the zero-waste coordinator working with the environmental department on getting the tea company recertified as a zero-waste facility. Abbey is still working with CCAT as a member of the Steering Committee, and she is always proud to say where her education came from!

Robin Rader, Environmental Studies, 2015

Submitted: January 9, 2024

Robin is unsure when her last update was, but she had a baby two and a half years ago! She's been a stay-at-home mom ever since and is taking drone courses to get a commercial license for flying one. She's not exactly sure what she'll do with that, but she can be flexible with it and continue raising her son, so that’s a plus! Robin loves being a mom! She says it’s so awesome watching her son grow and learn. We garden, and he loves it. They hike, cook, and learn together; what a beautiful thing!

Miranda Olberg, English, 2019

Submitted: January 6, 2024

Since graduating from Humboldt, Miranda has worked closely with all ages—from infants to young adults—in various education roles across the country. Currently, she teaches at a forest school in northern Vermont. She is finishing a Master of Education at Antioch University New England with concentrations in place-based education, nature-based early childhood, and mindfulness integration. She is also working toward a teaching license with an endorsement in birth to third grade. Miranda hopes to continue furthering her education and research in the environmental humanities.

Ashley (Perez) Mezeske , Environmental Studies, 2015

Submitted: January 6, 2024

Ashley moved her family from Humboldt to rural Michigan in August of 2023. While living in Humboldt, Ashley worked briefly in the nonprofit sector, helping to provide resources for various aspects of childcare for a local organization. She has been a stay-at-home mother after having her first child in 2018. She plans to open up her own business with an interdisciplinary environmental lens this coming year. She says the concept of a “third place” and the loss we have of them in society has become very interesting to me lately. She loves Humboldt! 

Henry Mulak, Journalism, 1984

Submitted: January 4, 2024

Henry Mulak is developing a branded media company following 40 years of reporting, including for the "Big Three" broadcasting networks in the United States. The Ah! Channel ( focuses on artificial intelligence. This comes on the heels of some six years studying computer science and business in Stanford University's Continuing Studies program. Henry was ahead of the curve when OpenAI released ChatGPT in November of 2022, quickly joining a startup in the development of digital personas. "The potential for growth here is tremendous," Henry says, noting that business models in everything from media to healthcare are changing rapidly.