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Alumni Updates

Veronica Sirkis Dunning, Economics Spanish, 1984

August 11, 2020

Dunning’s new book, Violet Ribbons, became a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards. The book is available on Amazon and Kindle and is an enjoyable read for escaping with fiction in these trying days. Violet Ribbons provides positive, encouraging messages of self-worth, and dignity.

Daniel Macomber, English TESOL minor, 1992 (BA),1997 (MA)

August 8, 2020

Macomber is the manager of Cornerstone Sober Living at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission in Santa Barbara, California. Macomber says “COVID-19 has presented many challenges, but they shall continue to be overcome! I am also an independent contractor in the field of educational assessment/measurement. Great memories of my years at HSU!”

Jon Mann, Biological Sciences , 2014

July 9, 2020

Since leaving HSU Mann has created and launched his own business, a laboratory calibration company. 

Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences , 1976

July 7, 2020

Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences, 1976, retired from his job as a public health microbiologist and lab director but is still writing software for the laboratory information management system. Freeman is now writing SciFi and his work can be found at and

Brittany Britton, Art , 2012

July 7, 2020

Britton received her Master of Fine Arts in Craft from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2015. Britton moved back home to Humboldt County and worked as an Art History lecturer at College of the Redwoods at the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site in Hoopa. From 2018 to 2020 Britton was the Curator/Registrar of the Native American Collection at the Clarke Historical Museum. In June, 2020 Britton became the Gallery Director to the Reese Bullen and Goudi’ni Native American Arts Galleries at Humboldt State University.

Laura Aguada-Hallberg, World Languages and Cultures , 1993

July 7, 2020

After 20 years as a public school teacher and school administrator Aguada-Hallberg made the move to higher education. She was hired as an assistant professor at Benerd College, University of the Pacific in 2018. She launched a new doctoral program in the fall of 2019 and in July, 2020 was appointed assistant dean of Benerd’s Learning, Leadership and Change graduate programs.

Nancy Ross-Flanigan Pokerwinski, Biological Sciences , 1976

June 23, 2020

After a rewarding career as a science writer for the Detroit Free Press and the University of Michigan, Ross-Flanigan Pokerwinski is now focused on writing memoir and fiction. Her memoir, MANGO RASH: COMING OF AGE IN THE LAND OF FRANGIPANI AND FANTA, was published by Behler Publications in 2019, after winning first place in the memoir/nonfiction category of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Awards. Like most authors, she had to cancel or reschedule all the in-person events she had scheduled for spring and summer of 2020, and is exploring options for virtual events. Meanwhile, she is working on a novel about creativity, outsider art, and madness.

Katrina S. Hagen-Radlick, Politics , 1994

June 15, 2020

Hagen-Radlick was recently appointed by the Governor of California as the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, based in Oakland, California.  The Department of Industrial Relation’s core functions include: CalOSHA, Division of Workers Compensation, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Joseph E. Torralba, Sociology , 1996

June 11, 2020

Torralba recently retired from the Department of Justice-Bureau of Prisons after 22 years. Torralba served previously in Los Angeles and Lompoc, California. and Hazelton, West Virginia.

Donald Moseley, Economics , 1964

June 8, 2020

Moseley was born in Scotia, California to Adeline (Safford) and John Moseley on March 10, 1942 and passed away on May 11, 2020 surrounded by his family. He graduated from Eureka High School, served in Vietnam, and worked as a Region Transportation Manager for Hershey Chocolate in Oakdale. He was a Stockton resident for 46 years. In retirement, he often taught Digital Photography for Stockton Institute for Continued Learning at San Joaquin Delta College.  Photography was his passion and he enjoyed world travels that gave him photo opportunities. He was an avid reader and loved movies and games. He is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughters: Jennifer Moseley; Michelle Espy, and grandchildren Amber, Joseph and Zachary Espy.