Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Neil L Aaland, Sociology Geography emphasis, 1979

October 4, 2021

Neil recently retired after 16 years as a sole proprietor environmental/natural resources planner and 25 years in local and state government service in Washington State. After obtaining his B.A. from HSU, he spent a year in Ohio at Bowling Green State University where he received a M.A. in Geography. He has fond memories of his time at HSU and intends to visit in retirement.

Rae Slason (They/Them), Environmental Studies , 2015

September 27, 2021

Since graduating in 2015, Rae met their Sweetie, moved to Portland and is experiencing the greatest authenticity yet!  The ENST program taught them how incredibly interconnected all of their interests are and how to take an interdisciplinary approach to problem analysis.  Rae became passionate about improving access to healing and joy in all types of environments that we exist in, including our homes, schools and communities, as well as our natural surroundings. They are currently earning a Master’s of Science in Recreational Therapy and is super excited to increase inclusion, accessibility and diversity acceptance in their community.

Leigh-Ann King, Biological Sciences , 2005

September 23, 2021

Leigh-Ann King transferred after 2003 to Fresno State and majored in Natural Science with a teaching credential obtained from Fresno State.  She is now teaching Biology, Honors Biology, and AP Biology at her old high school in the Central Valley of California.

Theodore "Ted" Smith, Geology , 1972

September 22, 2021

Following a 30-year career with the State of California, Ted Smith retired as Supervising Geologist with the California Geological Survey in 2001. Since then he earned a PhD in Education (Specialization: Teaching & Training Online) and for 18 years has taught courses online, mostly with Baker College (located in Michigan). In 2019, Ted moved to Whidbey Island, Washington and recently was appointed to the Board of Directors of Geology in the Public Interest, a nonprofit that focuses on use of geology for the public good in sustainable ways.

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.