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Rick Tholen, Forestry & Wildland Resources, 1976

Submitted: May 16, 2024

After graduating, Rick continued to work seasonally for the Shasta Trinity NF until he was hired on permanently with the FS in Potlatch, ID. From there he went to work for the BLM in Medford, OR. Transferred to a BLM office in Missoula, MT, and then to Boise, ID, where he worked for the Washington Office and then at the National Interagency Fire Center. In Boise, he earned a Master's from Idaho. He retired with 34 years of federal service in 2010. He still lives in Eagle, Idaho (31 years now) and stays active by hiking, backpacking, biking, and golfing.

Ira Goldstein, Geography, 1991

Submitted: April 21, 2024

Ira has been a watchmaker for 30 years in Idaho and loves his career although he says he will always be a Geographer at heart.  He resides in Boise, ID. with his wife Barbara (whom he met at Humboldt). He owns Timekeeper Watch Repair & Sales in Eagle, ID.

Harris Fogel, Art, 1982, 1984

Submitted: April 18, 2024

Harris Fogel is a staff writer and photographer for Copper Magazine in Boulder, CO. Fogel has authored a monograph called "The Wonder Years 1988–1991, Photographs by Harris Fogel," published in 2017 and revised in 2024, and "Helmut Remiorz, Color 1969–1974, Photographs by Helmut Remiorz,” released January 2023. He presented a lecture on the exhibition "About Who? Andy Warhol" at the Passagen Linköping Art Gallery in Sweden in March 2024. Additionally, he is the publisher of Mac Edition Radio and participated in "Plutonium & Silver - The Atomic Photographers Guild (APG)/Imaging The Nuclear Condition" in Vancouver, Canada, in April 2024.   

Dan Troxel, Fisheries Biology, 2007 (B.S.), 2010 (M.S.)

Submitted: April 8, 2024

Dan Troxel is an Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife based in Arcata, CA, working in the Klamath and Trinity Rivers Program. In the face of Klamath basin dam removal efforts, adaptability is key, but generally speaking, he is responsible for recreational fishery surveys and quota management. He is the lead coordinator for mid-Klamath spawning grounds surveys and is the Salmon Report Card lead, amongst other things. Dan appreciates hiring Cal Poly Humboldt students to give them early career opportunities in fisheries and fieldwork.

Albert Ochoa Castillo, Chemistry, 2022

Submitted: April 4, 2024

Albert researched organic and computational chemistry with Dr. Joshua R. Smith as a student at Cal Poly Humboldt. He focused on designing possible organic photovoltaic (OPV) compounds and using computational methods to characterize their electronic properties and assess their estimated efficiency. Now as a Ph.D. chemistry student at Colorado State University, Albert is enthusiastic to study the fundamentals of plant cryopreservation and the mobility of cryoprotectants within plant cells. He received the 2024 National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship.  

Kaelie Peña, Rangeland Resource Science, 2017

Submitted: March 22, 2024

Upon graduation in 2017, Kaelie worked as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, first in the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and then in the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest. In February of 2024, Kaelie accepted the position of Nevada State Coordinator with Pheasants Forever where she will coordinate partnerships amongst NGOs, State, and Federal Agencies across Nevada to accomplish habitat restoration and conservation work.

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur, Wildlife, 1963

Submitted: March 6, 2024

Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur ('63, Wildlife) just published his second novel, "Vic and Greg: A Wildlife Refuge Romance." Set in southern Idaho in 1965-1966, he describes it as one-quarter birds and wildlife refuges, one-quarter sex, and one-half social commentary. Print copies aren't available yet, but a free full-length PDF can be had by sending a request to

Harry "Corky" Bartley , History, 1966

Submitted: February 6, 2024

Corky always says it's never too late to have fun.  After a career of teaching high school drafting classes, then computer-aided design training for engineers, and then computer-aided Engineering training and support (28 years at Tektronix), Corky retired.  Now, after 10 years of retirement and at 80 years of age, he will be acting in his first play.  He has a small role, George Sillers, in "Inherit the Wind" at Mask&Mirror in Tigard, OR, March 1-17.  If you are in the area, stop by.  His only previous acting experience was as a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army 1968-70.    

Craig Sides, Communication, 1980

Submitted: February 2, 2024

Craig was invited to be a guest on the "Bold Leadership Stories Show," Among all the guests, he, by far, has had the most views! Putting HSU on the map as the owner of Temecula Valley Solar. He thanked Humboldt State on his Facebook page.

Tom Eley, Wildlife, 1969

Submitted: February 2, 2024

Tom is retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.  Now, he is the biologist and cartographer for the Anchorage Waterways Council.