Forever Humboldt

Alumni Updates

Jonathan Shultz, Rangeland Resource Science, Minor in Forestry, 2005

March 22, 2012

Just got promotion to District Conservationist with USDA-NRCS in Eureka (as of Feb 27, 2012). Thanks Susan and Ken!!!!

Jason M. Fancher, Theater Arts and Anthropology, 1998

March 22, 2012

Jason Fancher, 1998 Theater Arts and Anthropology, completed his Ph.D. in anthropology at Washington State University in 2009. His doctoral dissertation is an analysis of animal bones butchered by modern Aka and Bofi hunter-gatherers of the Central African Republic. Jay is currently teaching anthropology at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.

Dr. Gary Joseph Stebbins, Wildlife, 1972

March 21, 2012

Gary Joseph Stebbins, 1972, Wildlife, has reentered the world of public education as principle of the Greenville, Calif., and Taylorsville, Calif., elementary schools after a career in public education as a teacher and administrator, and then professor of Educational Leadership at San Jose State University. Stebbins and his wife Maureen (a Humboldt alumna) built their retirement home at Lake Almanor, Calif., with the help of family. Stebbins enjoys his "born again" role as principal and Maureen also volunteers at the schools several days a week.

Amy Gustafson, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 2007

March 19, 2012

I am currently a Rangeland Management Specialist for the Sierra National Forest, and have been since fall of 2008.

Gary Sawyer, Geography, 1980

March 19, 2012

I worked as a cartographer since graduation in 1980 and for the past 10 years I worked for Pinellas County Florida as Cartographic Cadastralist. I really miss school and the challenges. Humboldt was the best time of my life. I am now 65 and retired. For many years I had my own cartographic business and produced and printed my own maps. For the last 10 years I have been using ARCInfo producing data bases and interactive maps.

Lisa Claussen, Liberal Studies Elementary Education, 2003

March 15, 2012

I have been a Special Education teacher for 2 years at a Non-Public School for children with Autism in Los Angeles and for the last 7 years a Resource Specialist/Special Day Class teacher for Natomas USD in Sacramento. My husband Paul Claussen (LSEE, class of 2003) is a Special Education teacher for Lindhurst High School in Marysville Joint USD. We both love our jobs and truly believe the education received from HSU was the best. It prepared us and gave us a leg up with the wide variety of classes we experienced including Oceanography, Forestry, and Photography to just name a few. We miss the university, but do get back up a few times a year.

Thierry Mann, Chemistry, 1993

March 5, 2012

Ph. D. University of Arizona 1998 Micromass/ Waters 1999-2003 Novartis Pharma 2003-present Moved to Basel Switzerland 2011

Rani Ram, Wildlife, Spring 2011

February 26, 2012

Since graduating with my B.S. in May, I have been busy applying to Anthropology graduate programs to specialize in Primatology. An important aspect of this process is applying to scholarships, such as the NSF GRFP, which I highly recommend getting started on early. I have been accepted to my top choice school, Kent State, OH, to study the feeding ecology of saki monkeys in Surinam with Dr. Marilyn Norconk. I didn't follow a traditional path in gaining my degree, and it may have taken me a little longer, but what matters in the end is that if you persist with your education, you will achieve your desired goals. Good luck.

Jessica A. Whatcott, Environment and Community, 2012

February 3, 2012

After recieving my MA from the Environment and Community program, I was hired as a temporary lecturer for the new department of Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I am excited to be involved in this new program and engaging students in intersectional critical analysis.

Ethan Derner, Other, 1993

January 31, 2012

Ethan has been an adjunct faculty member for the Art Institute of Portland since 2009, teaching classes in editing and multi-camera production for digital film and video. His freelance career mosaic includes producing & directing for clients such as Nike and The Presidio Trust, as well as a feature documentary he is editing for the international markets.