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Alumni Updates

Rodney L Merrill, Sociology, 1975

July 3, 2012

Earned the PhD in Social Science in 2011 at Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Rashad Thomas, Politics, 2006

July 3, 2012

Rashad Thomas c/o 2006 and Imelda Fernandez c/o 2005 had their first child together. A baby girl by the name of Amira Thomas-Fernandaz.

Gordon Lester Bussell Indian name is Kigiwh ch, Native American Studies, 2006

June 29, 2012

I work for Owens Valley Career Development Center a tribal consordium. working with revitaization of native languages. I give training on methodogy on both teaching and learning Native Languages. I have been working with up to 8 languages at once under ANA until Sept 2011. presently OVCDC services Paiute (3 dialects), Mono (2 dialects), Wukchumni and Yolumni, Tabatalabal, Kitamuk and Yaqui. I speak a Dene language daily, mostly Hupa and work with Mattole, Wailaki, Bear River, Redwood Creek and Tsenungxwe. I am a Hupa and Mattole Indian and member of the Yurok Tribe. I had 50 or more native teachers of Hupa for a beginning to this knowledge, starting with my Grandfather Clem I. Bussell Sr. and guided by my father Oswald N. Bussell. I used to teach Hupa on the Hoopa Reservation but now work with tribes here (Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern Counties) and even present on language methods, at conferences at times (CA Indian Ed. Confer. at H.S.U. most recent presentation). I have worked with a number of linguists over the years as a student and speaker, most notable is Victor Golla at H.S.U.

Beverly (Freeman) Weber, Journalism, 1985

June 9, 2012

Completed two masters degrees, one in Adult Education/Distance Learning and one in Psychology; starting Ph.D. program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Gregory Day, History, 1986

June 5, 2012

Greg Day is an attorney in Oregon where he practices family, criminal and disability law. He served as an infantry officer in the Sinai, Egypt and in Afghanistan, and commanded an infantry battalion in Iraq. He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and is currently a Colonel with the National Guard. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Humboldt State University, a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law. Greg lives on the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon where his family enjoys white-water rafting, scuba diving, and backpacking together.

Robert E. Ruehl, Geography, 1987

June 2, 2012

Work at Weather Forecast Office Eureka, CA. Currently involved in the installation of many automatic weather data collection packages(DCPs)throughout northwestern California in conjunction with CA State Parks, CA Dept. of Water Resources and the CA/NV River Forecast Center.

Robert Deane, Journalism, 2007

May 31, 2012

After nearly two years as a newsreporter in Idaho and Oregon, I've returned to Dorris, California where I work for the Butte Valley Unified School District as a Teacher's Aide/Library Technician. Currently I'm taking online classes through Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif., majoring in Library/Information Technology. I still have great memories of Humboldt County and Humboldt State University and hope to visit the area again in the future.

Kathryn Leigh Riley, Wildlife, 2006

May 31, 2012

Kathryn Riley recently joined the San Diego URS Corporation as a Wildlife Biologist. She is currently conducting wildlife surveys on alternative energy projects in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California. Her focus is on migratory birds, burrowing owls and the federally endangered desert tortoise.

Brian Davis, Film, 1992

May 16, 2012

Daniel Mandell, History, 1979

May 15, 2012

In 2012-2013, I will be a research fellow at the American Antiquarian Society thanks to an AAS-NEH grant, and will also be a visiting scholar at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies. My project is a study of the shifting notion of equality in America, circa 1600-1880. Two years ago, my sixth book, _King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty_, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press for general readers and college survey classes; it was named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by _Choice_ magazine.