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Alumni Updates

Caroline S. Conzelman, Education, 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!

Reed Sanderson, Wildlife, 1957

Submitted: May 23, 2022

Reed Sanderson ('57, Wildlife) passed away Oct 20, 2020. He was a Wildlife Biologist / Range Scientist working for the US Forest Service for 30 years in California, West Virginia, and Oregon and worked for the University of Arizona for 15 years. He authored or co-authored 30+ scientific papers and hundreds of technical reports on wildlife and range management. His final publication for which he served as primary editor, The Last Refuge of the Mt. Graham Red Squirrel: Ecology of Endangerment. He was a Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He considered this recognition his ultimate professional honor and was a member for 65 years. He was also a charter member of HSU's Conservation Unlimited Alumni Association.

Patricia Watts, Journalism, 1980

Submitted: April 29, 2022

Patricia Watts ('80, Journalism) is realizing her dream as a novelist following a 20-year career in journalism and 10 years as a human rights investigator. Her fifth published novel, Paper Targets, a tale of female rage and empowerment and life-long friendship, is due for release in May 2022. She lives in San Diego.

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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 ('97, Journalism) 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. 

Eddie Shin, Psychology, 2014

Submitted: April 13, 2022

Eddie Shin ('14, Psychology) has just started working as a marriage and family therapist with children and adolescents who have gone through trauma of various levels, as well as working with their families in January 2022. Shin explains that it's been a really rewarding job so far and is incredible the impact respect and hope have in helping a child or teenager turn their perspective around to develop a better life. Shin finds it has been challenging, but well worth it!

Dan Hagerty, Applied Technology, 1985

Submitted: April 12, 2022

Dan Hagerty ('85, Industrial Technology) owns Vetteworks Motorsport, which specializes in selling manufactured motorsports racing equipment and fabricating fuel systems. Vetteworks Motorspoty also designs and builds custom automotive electrical harnesses.

Diane Haase, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1989

Submitted: April 10, 2022

Haase ('89, Forestry) earned her M.S. in tree physiology at OSU in 1991. She then worked as the Associate Director of OSU's Nursery Technology Cooperative, researching seedling production, quality and outplanting. She now works for the USDA Forest Service as the Western Nursery Specialist on the national Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetics Resources team ( Diane provides technical support to forest and conservation nurseries in the western states and the American-affiliated Pacific islands through visits, publications, conferences and more. She also serves as the editor of Tree Planters' Notes, an applied journal for those who work in nurseries, reforestation and restoration.

Andy Powell, Philosophy, 2005

Submitted: April 7, 2022

Still residing in Humboldt, Andy Powell ('05, Philosophy) finds that his degree in Philosophy easily influences not only his day-to-day being in the world but also his varied professional life since 2005. Powell started Powell Consulting in 2018, offering financial consulting for local businesses and specifically focusing on the local cannabis industry. Detailed analytical thought is quite useful when trying to take a long-term approach to financial regulation and planning as is asking his clients "What is the Good Life, really?" and "Is rapid accumulation of wealth a goal in itself?" He expects to be out of business by 2024.

Kate Nixon, Journalism, 2005

Submitted: April 1, 2022

Since graduating and spending a life-changing week in New Zealand, Kate Nixon ('05, Journalism) has survived 11 years in broadcast news, working their way up from Humboldt County to Southern Oregon as a newscast director, technical supervisor, and eventually accomplished producing a 3-part series about school teachers and the costume department at the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. After a few years back in their native San Francisco Bay Area where they served as an apprenticeship manager, they finally moved cross country to live in Asheville, NC, where they now run a national conference on the historic Arts & Crafts Movement.