Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Jerry Wayne Copeland, Botany, 1968

August 5, 2012

Currently working on a Flora of the Tetragonostachys, a major subgenus of the plant genus Selaginella. This will be a long term project beginning with species found in North America. Additional information is available at and at The flora is being constructed as a series of Excel interactive workbooks and are free via email to those who are interested.

Kathleen L. Dunn, Nursing, 1974

August 5, 2012

Kathleen L. Dunn, MS,RN,CRRN,CNS-BC, HSU 1974 (Nursing), was selected to receive the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary's Award for Nursing Excellent (RN-Expanded Role) for 2012. She received her award from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in Washington DC on June 1, 2012. This award is given annually and only once in the recipients life-time.

Michael Hibma, History, 2003

July 26, 2012

After graduating from the HSU, I enrolled in the History M.A. program at Sacramento State. Soon after enrolling I began a 2.5-year internship in the Community and Cultural Studies Office at the California Department of Transportations Headquarters in downtown Sacramento. While there I worked with architectural historians in research, writing, and general assistance in completing cultural resource reports for transportation projects all over the state. I also provided technical editing assistance for documenting agricultural properties in California. In 2007 I submitted my thesis titled: "Historic District Nomination of the Newton Booth Neighborhood, City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, California" and graduated with an M.A. in History. Just prior to graduation I took a position with LSA Associates, Inc., a private environmental consulting firm as an architectural historian/cultural resources manager. I am very lucky to be doing what I am for a career. My undergraduate experience in the HSU History program definitely set me on a course of success and personal achievement. I will always be grateful for my time at HSU and the helpful, yet challenging professors I met, the stimulating learning environment, and the fun I shared with many of my peers.

Joel Correia, Geography, 2004

July 23, 2012

Since graduating from the HSU Geography program I have worked in a variety of international development jobs from a non-profit in Kenya, to serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, and also designing my own projects to increase educational opportunities for rural youth in Paraguay. The last project took me on a six month, 5,000 mile bicycle tour through South America to raise funds and awareness about the project. In May of 2012, I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. I am excited to continue my education in geography at University of Colorado at Boulder where I will pursue a PhD.

Asad Ullah, Biological Sciences, 2012-2013

July 22, 2012

please inform me about admission in master and m.phill program in botany . also update me about schollership in the mentioned field. thankyou.

Jason Raley, Forest Resource Management, 1998

July 10, 2012

Served 4 years in the U.S. Peace Corps as an environmental development volunteer in Bulgaria and Ukraine. I have been working in Financial Aid at CSU – Sacramento and live in Sacramento with my wife and two sons.

Mark White, Natural Resrouces, 1983

July 9, 2012

I teach high school biology at Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA. Married with one child. Completed La Ruta de Los Conquistadores in 2009 (4-day mountain bike race).

Tom Swett, Industrial Technology, 1987

July 7, 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.

Mry K. Wicksten, Biological Sciences, B.A. 1970, M.A. 1972

July 5, 2012

Mary Wicksten is a Professor of Biology at Texas A&M University. She just finished her major publication, "Decapod Crustacea of the Californiana and Oregonian Zoogeographic Provinces", Zootaxa 336=71, 307 pages long. This monograph contains keys, illustrations, short descriptions and information on range, depth, habitat and living color for all crabs, shrimps and lobster-like species, freshwater or marine from the shore to the abyss from Washington to mid-Baja California. Yes, I am sending a copy to the Humboldt Marine lab!

Cory White, Education, 2004

July 3, 2012

I was recently hired at the University of San Diego as an assistant football coach, my wife and i (Erin Jackson-White HSU '05) celebrated our 3 year anniversary.