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M. Scott Grabau, Theatre, 1992

Submitted: April 3, 2011

M. Scott Grabau joined the Irvine Valley College Theater Department full-time faculty this semester. His professional design credits include: ‘da Kink In My Hair [NAACP Award], Don Quixote, Aint Misbehavin, The Goat, Long Story Short, and Superior Donuts (San Diego Repertory); The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dreamgirls, Annie Get Your Gun, Me and My Girl (Moonlight Stage); Romeo y Julieta (Old Globe/CECUT); The Book of Liz, The Santaland Diaries, Pageant, Curse of the Starving Class [Pattè award], Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Cygnet Theatre); No Way to Treat a Lady, The Smell of the Kill, Dracula [Pattè award], Back to Bacharach, The Chosen, A Thousand Clowns, and Romeo and Juliet (North Coast Repertory). He received his MFA degree from UC San Diego and has assisted on shows at South Coast Repertory, ACT in Seattle, Sacramento Music Circus and the La Jolla Playhouse. Visit his website at

(Allen) Kent Willis, Biological Sciences, 1969

Submitted: March 31, 2011

I teach Algebra I and physical science in 8th grade at Fortuna Middle School. I have coached soccer, track, and basketball and have also served as Vice Principal and Athletic Director. I received an MA in elementary education from the University of San Francisco, and an MA in educational technology leadership from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. I have just finished a doctorate re: the relationship of multiplication tables and fraction skills to learning algebra. My wife and I have two children and enjoy dancing, skiing, softball, and coaching basketball.

Katy Tahja (Kathleen Alban), Journalism, 1970

Submitted: March 27, 2011

Pleased that her Arcadia Publishing Campus History "Humboldt State University" is selling well. Contemplating writing a new book on the 49 railroads that existed in Humboldt & Mendocino counties.

Jessica Peters, Anthropology, 2010

Submitted: March 22, 2011

I have been accepted to UCLA's Anthropology PhD program, with full funding for four years, and will be studying under the guidance of renowned Anthropology professor Sherry Ortner starting in Fall 2011.

Greg Collins, Anthropology, 1998

Submitted: March 21, 2011

After graduating in December 1998 from HSU with my BA in Anthropology and Geography (double major) I began working as a shovel bum for archaeological consulting firms and the U.S. Forest Service. After traveling around California as an archaeological technician for a few years, I started graduate school at CSU, Chico and completed my thesis with an emphasis on CRM and zooarchaeology. I am currently the North Coast Redwoods District Archaeologist and am stationed in Eureka. My academic and professional career has taken me full circle, and I am now raising my family in Humboldt County.

Tony Snow, History, 2009

Submitted: March 21, 2011

Immediately after graduation I worked for the Humboldt Area Foundation on different grant programs, which provided me with a wonderful experience in the field of grant writing and grant review. A year later I was invited to work with the State of California as a Native American Liaison for the Department of Transportation. I gained a lot of experience starting my freshman year at Humboldt working on campus for the Center for Indian Community Development. I believe that my degree in History has prepared me to succeed at my job. Two out of the three of our Native American Liaisons have their degrees in History.

John P Hill, History, 2010

Submitted: March 18, 2011

I was accepted into the University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program, which is a M.S. Degree. I also received a competitive scholarship based on "academic achievement and diligence."

Scott Schindel, Anthropology, 2009

Submitted: March 7, 2011

Volunteering on a Howler monkey project in Southern Mexico.

Micah Carnahan, Wildlife, 2010

Submitted: March 4, 2011

I left school in the middle of my last semester, fall 2009, due to the birth of my son. He was born with a congenital heart disease known as Transposition of the Great Arteries or TGA. We (my wife, my newborn son and myself)were immediately flown to SF where my son would receive surgery. During our 3 month stay at UCSF I was able to keep in contact with my professors and they worked with me to finish my coursework during my stay. My son is 15 months now. He is healthy and doing great! I received my degree and quickly began interviewing for careers that could sustain my new family. Because of the skills and training I received from HSU, I was chosen from a number of candidates to be the new Environmental Scientist for the CA Department of Fish and Game's Lake and Streambed Alteration Program. I am so thankful, and proud, to have studied at HSU and to have had the privelage of learning from the best professors in the country. Thank you HSU!

Kyle C. Knopp, Politics, 2005

Submitted: March 4, 2011

Kyle Knopp (2005) works as a Senior Analyst for budget policy and intergovernmental relations in the Executive Office of the County of Mendocino. Received his Masters in Public Administration in 2009 at SSU.