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Alumni Updates

Suzanne Heck (Keck), Sociology Social Science, 1992

March 12, 2019

Suzanne Heck (Keck), Sociology, 1992, is married to Dave Heck and they have two children, Zoe and Dylan. They live in San Juan Capistrano in South Orange County. She is still true to her HSU campus recycling roots and is fighting the battle against single-use plastics!

Dr. Jessica K. Rendon, Environmental Science & Management , 2008

March 10, 2019

Dr. Jessica Rendon Environmental Science, 2008, recently received her PhD. in Entomology from the University of Idaho.  She currently works for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, working to protect Oregon’s agriculture and natural resources from invasive species. She was recently promoted to Japanese Beetle Eradication Specialist.  She says: “Experiencing HSU education, student life, and its inspirations greatly shaped my desire for further education, and future career, which I so enjoy.  It also made me fall in love with the Pacific Northwest.” Starting volunteering experiences at HSU, she continues to volunteer on habitat and riparian restoration.

Joseph Foggiato, Business , 1989

March 4, 2019

Joe Foggiato, Business, 1989, participated in the Tokyo, CSU Alumni Reception, which included CSU Chancellor Timothy White and presidents from CSU Northridge, Stanislaus, San Francisco, and Long Beach.  Over 150 people attended with many on the waitlist. He proudly represented Humboldt State as the only alumnus at the venue.

Cuauhtemoc Carboni, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration Ph.D. University of New Mexico 2008, 2001, 2004

March 4, 2019

Cuauhtemoc Carboni, Kinesiology & Recreation Administration, 2001, 2004, is working as a professor at Imperial Valley College in the Exercise Science Department. Married for almost 18 years to Anna Elizabeth (they met in Arcata in 1999), they have three children. Miroslava (11), Cuauhtemoc (9) and Olenna (1). Last summer they took their children to visit HSU and they had a blast. They’re looking forward to their next visit.

Jacqueline Heinzen, Anthropology , 2017

February 11, 2019

Jacqueline Heinzen, Anthropology, 2017, received her MA in Applied Anthropology from HSU 2017. She has started work as a User Experience Researcher with Binary Defense, a cybersecurity firm based out of Hudson, Ohio. It’s her first full-time job where she was hired specifically to apply her research skills as an anthropologist!

Richard Mattson, Fisheries Biology , 1971

February 4, 2019

Richard Mattson, Fisheries Biology, 1971, retired after 30+ years with Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc. (DIPAC) in Juneau Alaska.  DIPAC is a major producer of hatchery chum, king, and coho salmon in southeast Alaska. He began in fish culture there and then spend most my career as an aquarist maintaining the visitor center marine aquariums and conducting our education programs.  He still works part-time maintaining aquariums on contract to the NOAA Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau. He also volunteers for various organizations and will be continuing to do more with his extra time.  Travel with his wife Peggy is definitely on tap, and he also just enjoys reading, learning Finnish, and outdoor activities.

Carl S. Chavez, Wildlife , 1966

February 1, 2019

Carl S. Chavez, Wildlife, 1966, retired in 1998 after a 33-year with California State Parks.  Among his many assignments, he was Superintendent of Humboldt Redwoods State Park from 1979-87 as well as all the other redwood parks south of Eureka.  In 1985 he was named the department’s first Superintendent of the Year.  Leaving the redwoods he was appoint Northern Regional Director and later Northern Division Chief.  He authored “A Pathway Through Parks” and co-authored with his wife Margaret (Class of 1966), “A Year in Bodie 1966-1967.” He retired to Graeagle near Plumas-Eureka State Park, a unit he once managed.  Presently he is President of the Board of the Feather River Land Trust.

Diana Argueta, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies , 2017

January 30, 2019

Diana Argueta, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, 2017, returned to the world of immigrant rights after many years of being away, and she loves it! She is am currently a social worker case managing two programs housing children in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors. She advocates for children who have no one to care for them in their country of origin or in the U.S. as they start their life over in this country and apply for political asylum.

Paula Golightly, Wildlife , 1982

January 14, 2019

Paula Golightly, Wildlife, 1982, has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 24 years working to restore aquatic and terrestrial habitats for fish and wildlife primarily on private lands in Humboldt County California through voluntary programs within the agency. She was recently promoted to Regional Coordinator for the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program covering Idaho, Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Islands and is now based out of Portland Oregon.

Timi O'Malley, Anthropology Ethno-Botany and Spanish, 1994

January 12, 2019

Timi O’Malley, Anthropology, 1994, published “Consuming Love: The Joy of Sharing Meals” in December 2018. This is a memoir not only about food and the people that shared these meals with her, but the spiritual lessons learned along the way.