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Matthew Nelson, Biological Sciences, 2004, 2009

Submitted: August 18, 2022

Matthew Nelson ('04, Zoology, '09, M.S. Biology) has worked as a biological technician for Olympic National Park, a marine biologist for the City of San Diego, and is currently a Shellfish Biologist for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington. This position involves working closely with other state and tribal managers to maintain healthy and productive fisheries while ensuring that the resource will be around for the benefit of future generations.

Bob Freeman, Biological Sciences, 1976

Submitted: August 11, 2022

The third volume of the SciFi series "H2LiftShips - Bosons Wave" by local author, Bob Freeman, is now out in the wild. The author is a graduate of HSU with a Masters in Biology and a retired Public Health Laboratory Director (Imperial County). In the classic Space Opera SciFi style, he takes the reader from one end of California to the other. They ditch the red roadster and the trip continues to Luna, the asteroid belt, and beyond. More information, sample chapters, and the dreaded 'Trigger Warning' can be found here.    

Jay Brandes, Oceanography, 1988

Submitted: July 12, 2022

Jay Brandes recently gave a talk titled “Microplastics: A Local Problem with a Local Solution” at the 2022 TEDx Savannah Event. He is presently a Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia Athens, working out of UGA’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah Georgia. His work encompasses a variety of areas including nutrient and carbon cycling, biogeochemistry, and marine pollution. This fall (2022) he will begin teaching an Oceanographic Cruise course for Marine Science majors, and hopes to impart the knowledge he gained having experienced a similar transformational course in his education at HSU.

Carole Pavlik-Selby, Theatre, 1973

Submitted: July 11, 2022

Carole Pavlik-Selby (Theatre, '73) became a first-time grandma in January to little girl Cassidy Juniper. Her son Tylan and his wife Tina are the proud parents. Pavlik-Selby still does theatre occasionally and she hopes to be in a play with her actor and director son, Liam. Pavlik-Selby was in “Oliver” as well as “Shadowbox” with him! She has not totally retired from nursing yet and has spent the last year and a half administering COVID vaccines, so she has been busier than ever. Pavlik-Selby recently picked up the ukelele and is now singing in a duo. 

Evan Blair, Politics, 2013

Submitted: July 6, 2022

Evan Blair ('13, Political Science) earned an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2017. He is currently the Associate Director of Admissions at UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Lauren Werner, International Studies, 2021

Submitted: July 5, 2022

Laura Werner (International Studies, '21) is enjoying a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA Outreach Specialist, and Community Harm Reduction and Youth Educator with the Sacramento County Opioid Coalition. Werner has also recently accepted a position with the Peace Corps as a Community Educator in Mongolia. Werner is extremely thankful for the multitude of absolutely fantastic opportunities delivered to her after graduation from HSU, despite the many fluctuations that have recently taken place. International Studies has proven to be the most flexible major option, providing freedom in all of her professional pursuits and educational explorations. 

Brittany Britton, Art, 2012

Submitted: June 24, 2022

Brittany Britton ('12, Art) received her Master of Fine Arts in Craft from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2015. Britton moved back home to Humboldt County and worked as an Art History lecturer at the College of the Redwoods at the Klamath-Trinity Instructional Site in Hoopa. From 2018 to 2020 Britton was the Curator/Registrar of the Native American Collection at the Clarke Historical Museum. In June 2020 Britton became the Gallery Director of the Reese Bullen and Goudi'ni Native American Arts Galleries at Humboldt State University.

Caroline S. Conzelman, Elementary Education (Liberal Studies), 1993

Submitted: June 23, 2022

Caroline S. Conzelman, ('93, Secondary Teaching Credential, '07, Ph.D. Anthropology, CU Boulder) an Associate Teaching Professor in the Global Studies Academic Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, received the 2022 Excellence Award in Teaching and Pedagogy from the Boulder Faculty Assembly. She was nominated by colleagues and students after over 20 years of teaching Anthropology and International Affairs courses and directing a Study Abroad program in Bolivia. Dr. Conzelman did her student teaching at Arcata High School from 1992-93; the HSU Teaching Credential Program inspired her to follow the path of experiential education and critical pedagogies!

Lawrence Wylie, Liberal Studies Elementary Education, 1997

Submitted: April 28, 2022

Lawrence Wiley ('97, Liberal Studies) has recently retired from teaching full-time and completed training to be a CASA Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care in New Hampshire. 

Stephen L Kraynick, Journalism, 1997

Submitted: April 13, 2022

Coach Kraynick (Journalism, '98) scored career tennis win No.100 at Kellis HS (Glendale, AZ) on 4/12/20. This isn't counting his head coaching collegiate wins at Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, PA) or Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, CA). Coach Kraynick coached at the HS level in CA, PA, and AZ, winning sectional championships in all three states; in addition to winning the CCCAA divisional championship at Hancock College in 1995, he coached the Top-25 NCAA Division II women's team at Lock Haven University (1998-2000). Coach K has also worked with numerous ATP/WTA Professionals on tour.