Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Amanda Shufelberger, Wildlife, 2000

September 22, 2012

After working for several government agencies, I have been working as a Wildlife Biologist in Grass Valley for Sierra Pacific Industries for 5+ years.

Thomas Michael Swett, Industrial Technology, 1987

September 22, 2012

TOM SWETT, 1987 Industrial Technology, recently moved to Rancho Cordova, Calif., to accept a promotion with Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) as the Director of Process Reengineering. He previously worked as the Regional Coordinator for Clinical Integration in the Arizona market for Abrazo Health Care (part of Vanguard Health Systems). Earlier this year, he earned the designation of the prestigious Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality from the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Deanna Dick, Zoology, 1964

September 22, 2012

Retired from a career in the clinical laboratory field, beginning in Chico, CA and ending back in Eureka; now running a small farm between Eureka and Arcata and enjoying being back on campus in the Over 60 Program studying Piano and Music Theory.

Jeffrey Hernandez, Social Work, 2009

September 15, 2012

Just back from a 12 month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan and now married to Sarah Hernandez (Haddix). Have been given new orders to move to Naples, Italy and work as a Social Worker for the Navy. Promoted to the rank of SGT, the Army has given me lots of opportunities to see the world and this is just the start. Thanks to all the staff in the Social Work department for the hard work and dedication when i was in the program. From Naples, Italy U.S. Army SGT Jeffrey Hernandez GO JACKS!!!!!!

Andy Powell, Philosophy, 2005

September 3, 2012

Since the last update given, I have been working at Lost Coast Communications as a DJ for KWPT "The Point" as the host of The Night Show. Outside of playing music on the show 6 nights a week, I also talk about current events (news, politics, foreign policy, and yes even some philosophy) and attempt to present a fair look at subjects or topics of debate in today's times. As was stated in my last update, I am still playing music with my band Strix Vega as the bass player, keyboard player, and one of the composers. We're expecting to release our third album in early 2013.

Holly Edmundson, Physics & Astronomy, 2009

August 21, 2012

After graduating from HSU I went to grad school at University of Oregon where I got my Masters in Materials Science with an emphasis in Optics. I got a job in the semiconductor industry. Humboldt's physics program gave me a major advantage when it came to E&M, electronics and lab experience all of which I used regularly in grad school and still use in my 'real job'.

Alef DuRant-Wise, Biological Sciences, 2013

August 20, 2012

Alef DuRant-Wise has recently been hired as the Laboratory Manager at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. She is working on atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn's disease in the Ley Lab. She is taking her last two classes for her two bachelor degrees in marine biology and zoology as an intrasystem exchange student at San Diego State University. Special thanks to Professor Sean Craig for being a great mentor!

Nicholas N Entsminger, History, 2009

August 19, 2012

I am a Humboldt Alumni currently attending the Primary Care Associate Program (Physician Assistant) at Stanford University. Also, I will be applying to the Master's of Medical Science program at Saint Francis University this December. My history training at Humboldt State has been invaluable to my success. My knowledge in history has allowed me to better understand the historical backgrounds that brought about socioeconomic and cultural boundaries that plaque healthcare today. This understanding has helped me understand the need for primary healthcare in underserved areas, often representing those affected by these boundaries. Additionally, the history deparment at Humboldt State has trained me to effectively organize and communicate (both written and one-on-one) to both patients and other members of the healthcare team and to critically evaluate pharmaceutical updates, which may contain a high level of bias. I would like to especially thank Drs. Marschke, Mays, and Pasztor.

Sara M Skinner, Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation, 1998

August 15, 2012

I recently started my own Heritage Photography business; capturing our natural and cutural words. Please check it out at Facebook: Thank you for your support!

Kenneth James Townsend, Business, 1967

August 6, 2012

Now retired after 30+ years of Federal service with the US Govermental Accountability Office, US Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy and US Army Vietnam veteran. Have enjoyed world wide travels with my wife of 47 years Emilie (Britvec) Townsend (66). Will always treasure our years at HSU where we met and married.