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Alumni Updates

Jenine Torres , International Studies Globalization, 2009

September 25, 2017

Jenine Torres, International Studies, 2009, is from Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been living since 2009. After receiving her BA from HSU while studying abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, she received her Masters of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2014. She is a member of the Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2016, GR Area Chamber of Commerce, Center for Community Leadership. Currently, she has the privilege of being a Development Officer at Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Michigan’s oldest community foundation. She was married in June 2017 and has three stepchildren.

Marilyn Liu, International Studies , 2016

September 18, 2017

Marilyn Liu, 2016, International Studies, recently completed her Master’s program for International Business and Management from Durham University in the U.K. She spent the last few months of grad school participating in a Dissertation Abroad Scheme with Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. While in France, Marilyn received a grant from the European Union and researched how feminist theories of technology and the theory of intersectionality can improve corporate social responsibility.

Emily Maria Harbaugh, International Studies , 2008

September 16, 2017

Emily Maria Harbaugh, 2008 International Studies, is a law student at UC Hastings, College of the Law in San Francisco. She hopes to become a public defender because she is passionate about indigent defendant rights and low-income legal service work. The language skills that she gained while studying at Humboldt State have been instrumental to her work thus far.

Matt Edwards, Theatre , 1986

September 6, 2017

Matt Edwards, 1986 Theatre, returns to Humboldt precisely 30 years later to pursue a single subject teaching credential.  After graduation he received an MFA from The Old Globe Theatre / University of San Diego and lived in NYC for 25 years as a classical actor; working on Broadway, Off-Broadway, daytime TV and regional theaters around the nation.  “I’m excited to return to HSU.  I parked at my old house off sunset and made the same walk up to Founders Hall after a 30 year hiatus!  Since I’m a New Yorker now, I cut 3-4 minutes off my commute!  All my teachers are great and I really trust them.”

Craig Chase, Fisheries Biology Masters in Computer Information Systems - University of Denver, 1977

September 6, 2017

Craig Chase, Fisheries Biology, 1977, retired from Lockheed Martin Space Systems in 2015.

Elizabeth J. Hilker, Journalism , 1991

September 5, 2017

Elizabeth J. Hilker, Journalism, 1991, has a daughter who started as a freshman majoring in Geology in August 2017 at HSU!

Sharon (Emerson) Waltrip, Geography , 1980

August 3, 2017

Sharon (Emerson) Waltrip, 1980 Geography, has retired after 30 years working for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service in Arizona, Alaska, and Kentucky. She and her husband Randy Waltrip (‘80, Journalism) have moved to Tucson, Ariz., where their daughter Wendy will be attending University of Arizona and majoring in creative writing.

Matthew K Pearson, Environmental Resources Engineering , 1994/5

August 2, 2017

Matthew K Pearson, 1994 Environmental Resources Engineering, is cofounder of DeeditForward, a smartphone app to inspire good deed exchanges between community members and revolutionize fundraising.  An app “helping people help others.”

THOMAS FRITZSCHE, English , 1990

August 1, 2017

Thomas Fritzsche, 1990 English, is celebrating fifteen years of dedication in Respiratory Therapy at UCLA Medical Center.

Justine Quijano, Art Liberal studies: child development, 2014

August 1, 2017

Justine Quijano, 2014 Art, moved back to Southern California, had a child, and finally applied to grad school. Now, she is finally on her way to start her master’s program. All happened a little out of order but like her sorority sisters said, she is a “Luchadora” for a reason. She is making her way back to her career goals at Marylhurst University, where she’ll work toward my masters in art therapy.