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Rita Carman, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1978

Submitted: May 5, 2023

Carman graduated from HSU in 1978 with a degree in Forestry Science and a minor in Geology and worked for the USGS Water Resources in Carson City, Nevada, from 1979 to 1998 as a Hydrologist. She then went on to Nevada State from 1998 to 2016. She has been happily retired since 2016, is involved in the community, and a member of the Carson City Kiwanis since 1991. Living the good life!

Merle Hagbo, Elementary Education (Liberal Studies), 1957

Submitted: April 11, 2023

Merle Hagbo ('57, Education) made his biggest mark as a prep football player and went on to quarterback the Humboldt State team during the mid-50's. He graduated from HSU in 1957, where he met his wife Georgia. They were married for 63 years before he passed away in 2020. Clover Park School District has assembled a committee that is considering a request to name the Clover Park High School baseball field after former this long-time educator and coach. During his career, he received the Outstanding Official Award for District 8 in 1998 from the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association.  

Anne Howard, English, 2022

Submitted: April 5, 2023

Anne Howard (English, M.A. 2022) has accepted a position as Communications Manager for Tacoma Arts Live. The English department wishes to congratulate Anne on her new role!

Joel D. Eis, MFA, Theatre, 1978

Submitted: April 3, 2023

 Joel Eis, MA, Theatre, '78,  just published his 5th book, "Standin' in a Hard Rain, the Making a Revolutionary Life," with World BEYOND War Press in Charlottesville VA. (Available on It's the life of a radial theatre activist (with an FBI file thick as a small city phonebook) from early teens through the current time.  Says Eis, "The atmosphere in the theatre program at HSU in the '70's was a real engine. Risk-taking among a bunch of outlaws who knew their art. Professors with the wisdom to give good advice then get out of your way." Edgy, unbeatable.

Lisa Chase (Moran), Elementary Education (Liberal Studies), 1977

Submitted: March 31, 2023

Lisa Ruth Chase (Moran) ('77, Education) passed away on October 11, 2021. Lisa and her husband, Craig Chase ('77, Fisheries), joined the Peace Corps after graduation and spent time serving in Chile. Lisa moved to Colorado in 1985 with her family where she had a 25-year career with Jefferson County Public Schools as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. Loved by her students and fellow educators, her greatest passion was teaching children. After retiring in 2015, she continued to follow her dream as a volunteer with The Audubon Society of Denver.

Marilyn Taylor, Mathematics, 1977

Submitted: March 30, 2023

Marilyn Taylor, Women of the Year, 1976, HSU, passed away on March 15, 2023, in Spokane, Washington. Marilyn, and her 99 Humboldt State teammates, broke the old record of a 100-mile Relay Race, with the time of 12:26:13 (1976). Marilyn set the PA-AAU record for a One-Hour Run on the track (1977) and holds the Avenue of the Giants Women's Marathon record, 2:45:40 (1984), which stands today. Despite her many winning races, Marilyn Taylor felt the highlight of her track career running in the historic First Olympic Women's Marathon Trials, on May 12, 1984, in Olympia, Washington.

Sean Haas, Physics & Astronomy, 2018

Submitted: March 28, 2023

Sean Haas is currently working as a Senior Software Developer for LibSyn, Inc. He manages software for podcast statistics and large data sets. Sean also hosts and produces the Advent of Computing podcast (, a show that covers the history of computing with a special focus on untold or under-reported aspects of the story. Last year (2022) he was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Association of Computing Machinery's HUMAN'22 conference where he presented his research on the early origins of hypertext(

Anna Petersen, History, 2018

Submitted: March 27, 2023

Anna Petersen has returned to her native country of Hungary in 2019, along with husband Jared and son Tibby. After working for a bilingual education nonprofit in Budapest, where students learn English in a fully immersive environment with lessons co-taught by native Hungarian and English-speaking instructors, she joined the fintech company Wise in 2022 in an anti-money laundering role.

Emily Frances Klee, Environmental Resources Engineering, 2017

Submitted: March 16, 2023

After graduating from Humboldt State, Emily went off to grad school and got a Master's in Mechanical Engineering. She then moved out to Huntsville, AL, and worked at NASA in the Environmental Control and Life Support System Branch. After 2 years of loving her job, but hating the area, she decided to move to Fort Collins, CO. She is now an Operations Manager at a local non-profit food rescue, Vindeket Foods.

Mary Colleen "MC" Hannon, Zoology, 2015

Submitted: March 13, 2023

MC graduated in 2015 with a double major in Marine Biology and Zoology. During her time at Humboldt State, she was the captain of the Women's Ultimate Disc club and worked at the University Center Information Desk. On March 8th, 2023 MC successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at Texas A&M University at Galveston with a study describing the reproductive biology of a local polychaete worm (Family Nereididae). She has accepted a postdoc position at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC where she will continue her research looking into polychaete vision in the open water column.