December 7, 2019
Cynthia Scheinert, Spanish, 1979, English, 1980, recently retired from teaching in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1980, her first year teaching, she taught 7th and 10th grade English but quickly transitioned to a split of English and Spanish. In the late 80s, she began working on an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and spent three summers on the VT campus. Scheinert says she was fortunate to be awarded a semester sabbatical to finish her M.A. in Madrid. After teaching Spanish for another decade, she felt the itch to do something new, so she moved to 5th grade language arts, where she remained until retirement. Reflecting on her 39-year career, she said “I am so very grateful to my English and Spanish profs at HSU, especially, Tom Gage, professor and mentor. Mahalo nui loa to you all!”
November 22, 2019
Arthur Grusensky, Music, 1978, headed immediately after graduation to the University of Bologna in Italy where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and studied at Conservatorio di Musica G.B. Martini in flute. He subsequently became licensed in Ohio, Massachusetts, Utah, Colorado and California. A dedicated athlete he started and ran a small animal hospital in Moab for nine years - mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and kayaking during his time there. Ultimately returning to Hermosa Beach, California 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 Highway in northeast Pakistan and cross the Himalayas at 13,400 feet outside Manali.
November 20, 2019
Devin Theobald, Politics, 2004 is employed by the County of Humboldt Public Works Department, Environmental Services Division.
November 17, 2019
Over the last two years Garrett Costello, Environmental Science & Management, 2014, and his wife (fellow alumni) got married and started an environmental consulting business. As the business has grown they have turned their 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 the business expands they hope to be able to employ and incorporate Humboldt State students in to these programs. Their current plans include looking for land so that they can move back to Humboldt County and build their home back where their journey began.
November 11, 2019
Thomas Cappiello, Fisheries Biology, 1986, has retired from Alaska Department of Fish and Game after 21 years of service. Cappiello has been working in fisheries in Alaska for over 30 years. He still lives in Alaska and says he probably won’t leave. Cappiello is a 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.
November 4, 2019
Jim Hervey, Speech Communication, 1977, passed in January 2019. He often said “Every day is a gift”. While 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.
October 31, 2019
After graduating from HSU Sylvia Lynn van Royen, Environmental Science & Management, 2019, was hired by the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources based out of Orleans, California. The Tribe’s DNR has ground breaking management goals that she feels honored and blessed to be learning from. Van Royen was originally hired to supervise the summer youth crew working on manual fuels reduction units, but is now working as a GIS Technician making maps and other spatially-oriented technology to support field crews.
October 30, 2019
Vanessa Vrtiak, Sociology, 2017, recently gave a Ted Talk about her life, and would like to share it with the Humboldt State Family. “Thank you for being there for me and helping me shape the woman I am today. I’m so grateful I was able to go to a University with people that truly believe in their students and champion their success.” Watch the Ted Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/vanessa_vrtiak_how_to_save_a_life?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare&fbclid=IwAR154LL1hsMJPaH4_68QAGF1gUqQveVUG8UBAD5QMamSoeuIn_TpNxws_vM
October 30, 2019
Pamela Hartvig Range is a practicing psychotherapist, expressive arts therapist, and artist. After graduating from HSU she went on to get her MSW at California State University Sacramento, an MFA in paint from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, and a PhD in Expressive Therapy. She is practicing privately in Sacramento, California. Hartvig Range also worked as a medical social worker and performed many types of out patient mental health as well as a lot of clinical supervision. She has shown her oil paintings and prints all over. She did abstract landscapes for 30 years and has switched to the human form.
October 25, 2019
Erin Guidarelli, Kinesiology, 2014, graduated from Pacific University Master of Athletic Training program in May 2019 with honors and received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Alumni Association. She earned a M.S. in Athletic Training with a Concentration in Interprofessional Education. Guidarelli also served as Secretary on the Northwest Athletic Trainer’s Association (NWATA) Student Executive Board and is currently working on the Public Relations Committee for the Washington Athletic Trainer’s Association (WSATA). She worked with the Special Olympics Oregon Unified Basketball Games providing medical coverage for the 2019 season.