Alumni Updates

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Jade Bristol, English, 1993

Submitted: May 8, 2021

Jade Bristol, 1993, English, was named Chief Development Officer of Giving Docs, a revolutionary online platform that is democratizing the estate planning process and making it easier for individuals who want to make an impact by leaving a gift to charity in their Will. Jade is a 2001 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and has spent the last decade helping non-profits fund their missions through planned giving.

Louis A Richards, Theatre, 1990

Submitted: May 8, 2021

Louis retired and is living the good life in Marina. After a career in the US Navy, service in the Peace Corps and years in other vocations, it's now his time to enjoy a life of relaxation.

Vince Smith, Environment & Community (Social Sciences), 1984

Submitted: 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 Administration, 1992

Submitted: April 27, 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

Submitted: 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, 2019

Submitted: April 22, 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

Submitted: April 13, 2021

City of Eureka's 2020 Artist of the Year (announced in April 2021)

Rich Torquemada, Fisheries Biology, 1982

Submitted: 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 to 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.

Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences, 1976

Submitted: April 8, 2021

Bob is retired from Imperial County as a Public Health Lab Director, He is also supporting his Laboratory Information System while writing more SciFi Novels

H2LiftShips Vol 1-3 Beyond Luna
H2LiftShips Vol 4 A back Story
And Vol 5 is a slow slog forward
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The stories take place in the Desert, Humboldt, Yosemite, Phobos, the Asteroid Belt, and beyond with Solar Sail Ships and a few rockets thrown in for good measure.

Barbara Brovelli-Moon, Sociology, 1967

Submitted: 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.