Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Shannon Dybvig, Journalism History, 2002

December 17, 2019

My name is Shannon Dybvig and I’m a Humboldt Journalism and History graduate class of 2002. I co-produced the documentary Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy and just saw on our tour sheet that we’re playing the Miniplex in Arcata January 10, 2020. After graduating from Humboldt in 2002 I earned and MFA in Photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in 2008. I’ve been working in the documentary film industry in Southern California since 2005. Just wanted to send out an update and spread the word since the film is playing so near my old stomping ground.

Christopher Andriessen, Politics , 2007

December 12, 2019

Utilizing a decade’s worth of private sector experience, Christopher Andriessen recently joined Caltrans in its District 9 office as its new Maintenance Public Information Officer. The move follows two years of working for the California Department of Insurance in San Francisco.

Mike Santuccio, Other- Forest Resource Management, 1983

December 8, 2019

Retired from CAL FIRE after about 30 years of public service. Santuccio began his career as a Seasonal Firefighter while a student at HSU and rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief at retirement. He is a Registered Professional Forester and currently works part time as a consulting forester. He met his wife, Lora while at HSU and they return to Humboldt County as often as they can where it all began. Two of their three children are also HSU grads.

Cynthia (Cindy) D. Scheinert, Other- B.A. Spanish in '79; B.A. English in '80, 1979, 1980

December 7, 2019

I recently retired from my teaching job in Honolulu, HI. In my first year (’80), I taught 7th- and 10th-grade English but quickly transitioned to a split of English and Spanish. In the late 80s, I began working on an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and spent 3 summers on the VT campus. I was fortunate to be awarded a semester sabbatical to finish my M.A. in Madrid. After teaching Spanish for another decade, I felt the itch to do something new, so I moved to 5th-grade language arts, where I remained until my retirement. Reflecting on my 39-year career, I am so very grateful to my English and Spanish profs at HSU, especially, Tom Gage, prof and mentor. Mahalo nui loa to you all!

Arthur Grusensky, Music , 1978

November 22, 2019

Headed immediately after graduation to the Univ. of Bologna where he earned his DVM and studied at Conservatorio di Musica G.B. Martini in flute.He subsequently became licensed in OH, MA, UT, CO & CA. A dedicated athlete he started and ran a small animal hospital in Moab for 9 years - mountain biking hiking skiing & kayaking during his time there. Ultimately returning to Hermosa Beach he specialized in high speed spay & neuter, studied Filipino martial arts(escrima) and became a world traveller going to exotic locations to trek such as Nepal, the Tibetan plateau(zanskar and Ladakh), bike tour the Karakoram hwy in northeast Pakistan and cross the Himalayas at 13,400 ft outside Manali.

Devin Theobald, Politics , 2004

November 20, 2019

Employed by the County of Humboldt Public Works Department, Environmental Services Division

Garrett John Costello, Environmental Science & Management , 2014

November 17, 2019

During the last two years my wife and I (fellow alumni) got married and started an Environmental Consulting business. As our business has grown we have turned our attention to constructing low-tech beaver dam analogs to help restore critical stream and meadow ecosystems. This year Symbiotic Restoration installed over 100 beaver dams across north-eastern California. As our business expands we hope to be able to employ and incorporate Humboldt students in to these programs in the future. Our current plans include looking for land so that we can move back to Humboldt County and build our home back where our journey began.

Thomas Cappiello, Fisheries Biology , 1986

November 11, 2019

Retired from Alaska Department of Fish and Game after 21 years of service. Been working in Fisheries in Alaska for over 30 years. Still lives in Alaska. Probably won’t leave Alaska. Steering Committee Member of the Matanuska Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership, President of the MatSu Birders Club, and home baker of Artisan sourdough breads and pizza.

Jim Hervey, Other- Speech Communication, 1977

November 4, 2019

Jim passed in Jan 2019.  He often said “Every day is a gift”.  While becoming Communications Majors at HSU, Jim met his wife, Linda Upson.  Over a decade later after earning his MBA at the University of San Diego he proposed on Valentine’s Day. 
They lived in Sunnyvale and Menlo Park prior to his return to San Diego.  He then studied to become a tax accountant.  As an IRS registered tax preparer he used his skills at the Ward & Thorn Law Firm.  Jim was an avid body surfer, swimmer, and outdoors enthusiast.  Those skills served him well as a leader in Boy Scouts of America Troop 500.  He remained active in Troop 500 even after his only child, David, went off to college.

Sylvia Lynn van Royen, Environmental Science & Management Ecological Restoration Emphasis, minor in GIS, 2019

October 31, 2019

After graduating I was hired by the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources based out of Orleans, CA. The Tribe’s DNR has ground breaking management goals that I feel honored and blessed to be learning from. I was originally hired to supervise the summer youth crew working on manual fuels reduction units, but now I work as a GIS Technician making maps and other spatially-oriented technology to support our field crews.