Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

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.

Sara Dykman, Wildlife , 2008

February 12, 2021

Dykman’s first book ‘Bicycling with Butterflies’ has been published. She describes it as part science, part adventure, part love letter to nature. It tells the story of her 10,201 mile bicycle adventure following the monarchs from Mexico to Canada and back in 2017. Those interested can learn more about her book at https://www.workman.com/products/bicycling-with-butterflies. They can also learn more about her organization and tour at http://www.beyondabook.org. If anyone is interested in reading and reviewing, some Advanced Reader Copies will be available soon.

Dan Severson, Wildlife , 1985, 1987

February 12, 2021

Severson spent 39 years working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on eight national wildlife refuges in California, Oregon, South Dakota, Kansas, and North Dakota as Wildlife Biologist, Asst. Refuge Manager and the last 12 years as a project leader over a complex of refuges and wetland management districts in North Dakota. He retired January 1, 2021 and will spend retirement golfing, hunting, fishing, and woodworking.  He lives in Jamestown, North Dakota and has three daughters and three grandchildren.

Dennis Halligan, Fisheries Biology , 1980

February 7, 2021

Prior to and following graduation, Halligan fished in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea for 12 years. During that time he also owned and operated an oyster mariculture company in Humboldt Bay. Halligan has been a fish and wildlife biologist for the past 30 years and has worked on hundreds of projects including the decommissioning of the Humboldt Bay nuclear power plant, permitting the Klamath Dam removal, and a wide variety of construction, watershed restoration, fish and wildlife survey. Halligan hopes to retire in a couple of years, but loves his job and will probably work part-time until he drops. Cheers!

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