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Sunday, May 22, 2016

HSU Softball Stopped One Win Shy of National Title

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 2:22 PM

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The Lumberjacks entered Saturday needing just one win to become national champions. It wasn’t meant to be.

The Humboldt State University softball team dropped both its games Saturday to lose the best of three NCAA Division II national championship series in Denver to the University of North Alabama. HSU got off to a good start in the series Friday against North Alabama, which boasts the nation’s third best offense, thanks to a 5-0 shutout from ace pitcher Madison Williams.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Graduation Day Downpour: An HSU Commencement Slideshow by Mark Larson

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2016 at 9:59 AM

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  • Journalism graduate Rebekah Staub displayed her diploma as she left the stage in a downpour at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences commencement on Saturday morning, May 14 in HSU's Redwood Bowl.

Rain fell during most of HSU's first commencement ceremony on Saturday morning, the weather thematically appropriate for HSU's informal motto: "I love Hills, Stairs & Umbrellas!" Most of the large crowd of attendees came prepared with umbrellas and rain gear, but HSU staff handed out free plastic ponchos to those who missed the weather forecast. The graduates sat patiently in their soggy regalia throughout the ceremony, but were apparently too chilled at the end to perform much of a toss of their soggy mortarboard hats into the air.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Garden Tours with Homeland Security

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 2:20 PM

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  • Janet Napolitano addresses a group in the lobby of the Potawot Health Village.
The head of the University of California, who served for four years as President Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security, spent some time this week exploring Humboldt County.

Her itinerary included visits with the United Indian Health Services, a float to the oyster beds on Humboldt Bay and a tour of Arcata Community Forest.

The visit was the first by an acting UC president, and if you’re wondering why the leader of the University of California system — the closest campus of which is UC Davis — was in Humboldt, you’re forgetting about the UC Cooperative Extension, which coordinates and operates a multitude of agricultural and natural resource programs in Humboldt County with a variety of partners.

Napolitano’s tour began, on a rainy Wednesday morning, at the UIHS Potawot Health Village, a sprawling complex of clinics, gardens and restored land in northern Arcata.

After a short prayer under the bright paintings and high wooden ceilings of the health center’s lobby, Alme Allen, who’s in charge of facilities and traditional land management, led a tour of the center, stopping once to point a Cooper’s hawk that had landed in a wax myrtle in the wellness garden.

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  • Alme Allen talks about a canoe built for the health village.
Allen talked about the history of the UIHS, its focus on health care and wellness for the underserved native populations of the North Coast, and the pace at which it's grown, offering services now to 15,000 people in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.

Napolitano seemed suitably impressed, asking questions during each portion of the tour. And she didn’t shy away from the Humboldt County rain, eschewing an offered ride out to the Potawot garden for a walk through the center’s restored riparian area.
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  • A rainy walk through the restored riparian area.
There, in a cluster of greenhouses, Napolitano heard about the cooperative extension’s partnerships with the UIHS. Those involve programs to both eductate people about nutrition — starting young, in many cases — and provide them with food, plants and skills to grow and cook them.

The garden is an impressive array: bee hives, more than 100 fruit trees, including apples, pears, plums and peaches (garden manager Ed Mata admits Willow Creek has Arcata beat for peach climate, but they get some good ones) as well as pineapple, guava, kiwi, artichokes and a host of vegetables.
The Potawot garden has culinary and medicinal herbs as well as fruit and vegetables. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
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  • The Potawot garden has culinary and medicinal herbs as well as fruit and vegetables.
Mata especially likes getting kids turned onto weird veggies — kolrabi and romanesco, for instance — to help them build an appreciation for growing and eating vegetables.

In addition to a farmers’ market and free plant starts for UIHS clients, the garden provides food for ceremonies, funerals and other community events.

It’s all part of various efforts by UIHS and the cooperative extension to decrease high local diabetes rates and bring nourishment to so-called “food deserts” — communities or neighborhoods where access to fresh food is limited or nonexistent. Many local tribal communities are considered food deserts.

Deborah Giraud, who’s worked for the cooperative extension for 32 years, said reaching Native populations with the their programs has always been a priority. The local extension is the only entity in California to qualify for the USDA’s Federally Recognized Tribe Extension Program, Giraud said, which provides grant funding for agricultural programs.
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  • Garden manager Ed Mata, left, talks with Napolitano, right.
Mata said he feels like the education aspect is catching on in the communities that use the UIHS garden and other resources. Community Nutrition Manager Jude Marshall said the start giveaways have gotten more popular every year, and more plants in backyards and community gardens means more food security.

Napolitano, who served as the governor of Arizona from 2003 through 2009, asked if this had been a good year for growing. Yes, they assured her — this spring’s combination of sun and rain has been great for the garden.

“It’s a lot different than Arizona,” she said. 
Humboldt County Supervisor Ryan Sundberg gets his picture taken with Napolitano. - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
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  • Humboldt County Supervisor Ryan Sundberg gets his picture taken with Napolitano.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Humboldt County Grand Jury: 'Be Wise, Immunize'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM

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In its first report of the year, the Humboldt County Civil Grand Jury took a look at the county’s low vaccination rates, noting we currently rank 54th out of the state’s 58 counties when it comes to kindergartners and seventh graders.

The grand jury hones in on transportation as a major barrier to getting the county’s little ones all their shots, and also urges the Humboldt County Office of Education to take on an oversight role for school’s reporting of vaccination rates, including the posting of those rates to a data website, www.shotsforschool.org. The grand jury report has been met with ridicule in some circles, as it seems to ignore the fact that there are lots and lots of people in Humboldt who just don’t believe in vaccinations, but the recommendations also seem to have some merit.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

HSU Settles Suit with Ousted Indian Program Director

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 1:26 PM

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A former Humboldt State University program director and student mentor has settled the lawsuit she brought against the university last year, agreeing to accept $105,000 in exchange for dropping the suit and refraining from criticizing the school.

Jacquelyn Bolman, former director of HSU’s Indian Natural Resources Science and Engineering Program, alleged in the federal lawsuit that the university violated her free speech, due process and civil rights when she was fired in October of 2014. The firing, which Bolman claimed came in retaliation for her criticizing the university’s treatment of and advocacy for minority students, prompted weeks of student protests.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

HSU Students Killed the Cup

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Humboldt State University recently placed in the top rankings in a national waste reduction program called Kill the Cup, in which zero waste enthusiasts encouraged people on campus to ditch their single-use cups for nifty logo-bedecked reusable mugs. The Jacks got in on it, as well as staff and faculty. The campus Waste Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) worked to educate people on how to reduce or eliminate waste from their daily lives. HSU came in first place for Social Awareness, measured by how many people uploaded a photo of themselves with a reusable cup to the program's app, and third place for actual waste reduction, competing against much larger institutions such as the University of Florida and University of Washington. Participating coffee shops counted a 25.7 percent reduction in single use cups.

HSU will receive a $500 grant rewarding its efforts; WRRAP says it will be used towards diverting office waste

"The competition might be over but this is only the start of a movement that will ultimately phase out disposable cups at HSU forever," said Meredith Garrett, director of WWRAP's Take Back the Tap Program.

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  • Jacks football players and mascot "Lucky" pose with reusable cups.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CR Scholarship to Honor Fortuna High Grad Killed in Umpqua College Shooting

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 11:42 AM

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College of the Redwoods is asking the community to donate to a scholarship fund in honor of Fortuna High grad Jason Dale Johnson, who was killed in the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon on Oct. 1.

Johnson had recently completed a six-month treatment program and, as part of a “new way of life, clean and sober,” had returned to complete his education just three days before the mass shooting claimed his life.

“He was turning his life around and he was ready for a change” his cousin and CR staff member Jennifer Bailey said in a press release. “He always extended his hand to those who were hurting. He was always one for the underdog.”

College of Redwoods is working with the community to establish a scholarship in Johnson’s name that will aid students, “just like Jason, who need financial assistance as they pursue their own triumphant return to college.”

The college hopes to raise $2,000 by March 1, so it can begin offering the scholarship to returning students in the fall of 2016.

Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship fund can contact CR’s Scholarship office at 476-4191, or email Jordan-walsh@redwoods.edu.

From College of the Redwoods:

Jason Dale Johnson was just three days into his return as a student at Umpqua Community College when his brightly lit future was suddenly taken on October 1st, 2015.

Before his passing, and upon his return from a six-month treatment program through the Salvation Army, Jason found a new way of life, clean and sober.

Jason’s story is that of redemption, grace and courage.

Studying general education, Jason was determined to meet his educational goals through Umpqua Community College. “He was turning his life around and he was ready for a change” said his cousin, and CR staff member, Jennifer Bailey. “He always extended his hand to those who were hurting. He was always one for the underdog.”

In light of this terrible tragedy that prevented Jason from pursuing his own path of triumph, the Redwoods Community College District family asks the community to help create a special scholarship for students, just like Jason, who need financial assistance as they pursue their own triumphant return to college.

CR’s goal is to raise $2,000 in efforts to create a scholarship that will forever live on in Jason’s name, a kind-hearted and daring individual who never gave up.

We have the opportunity to lend our hand to honor Jason, by contributing to the Jason Dale Johnson Triumphant Return Scholarship.

Although donations will be always be accepted, the Scholarship Office hopes to reach our goal by March 1st so we may begin to offer this scholarship to students beginning in fall of 2016.

For more information, please contact the CR Scholarship office at 707-476-4191, or email Jordan-walsh@redwoods.edu


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Sunday, December 6, 2015

HSU's New Provost was Controversially Ousted from Last Admin Post

Posted By on Sun, Dec 6, 2015 at 12:11 PM

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Humboldt State University’s next provost will arrive on campus in January with a fair amount of baggage from his last stint as an administrator, for which he’s remembered as either a rogue dean or fierce equality advocate, depending on whom you ask.

Alexander Enyedi, who’s hire was announced by HSU President Lisa Rossbacher Dec. 1 following a more than a year-long search, is currently a biology professor at Western Michigan University, where he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences until June, when his contract was unceremoniously allowed to expire. WMU Provost Timothy J. Greene’s decision not to renew Enyedi’s contract — and to effectively strip him of dean duties back in January — caused a bit of a firestorm on campus, where 200 people showed up at a board of trustees meeting to support Enyedi, a pair of deans resigned in solidarity, 1,300 people signed a petition demanding his reinstatement and faculty issued Greene a no-confidence vote over the decision.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

HSU Students Protest on Behalf of Profs

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 4:12 PM

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  • Students rallied outside the University Quad.

The Humboldt State University Student Labor Union, a week-old organization, mobilized students to rally in solidarity with the California Faculty Association this afternoon. The rally drew several hundred students to the HSU quad, where they and faculty members spoke about how budget issues have impacted the education of HSU students. The rally mirrored another held by California Faculty Association members outside the California State University Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach during negotiations today. 

"We're in a listening stage; we're listening for what people want," said Ama Tierney of the Student Labor Union. "Faculty across the CSU are facing a financial crisis. Since the recession happened, they have not gotten a significant raise. Professors are less available: They're getting other jobs to make ends meet. They feel like CSU management has turned their back on them."

Members of the CFA voted overwhelmingly to strike, an action that, according to a letter from HSU President Lisa Rossbacher, will probably not occur this semester.

"I want you to know that the faculty and staff of Humboldt State University are deeply committed to your success," said Rossbacher in letter to students the evening before the rally. "Even if the negotiations become more contentious, I am confident that your faculty members do not want this issue to impact your educational progress."

CFA is advocating for a 5 percent general salary increase. According to its report, HSU has decreased the amount of tenure-track staff by 25 percent over the last 10 years. The percentage of full-time equivalent students who have enrolled in HSU over that period was almost twice the amount of faculty hired, a discrepancy some say has directly impacted students in terms of class size and engagement.

"Classes are getting bigger, there's more workload," said Benjamin Shaeffer, an assistant professor in the HSU Philosophy Department and vice-president of the CFA's HSU chapter. "In my department we have a writing heavy curriculum. It's difficult."

Schaeffer added that although 94 percent of the union members voted to authorize a strike, legally they cannot take action until after the fact-finding process of negotiation, a period whose length is unknown at this time.

"We're hoping to settle before it comes to that," he said, adding that HSU ranks at the bottom of the CSU system for income equality, with only a 1 percent raise in the last 10 years, an amount that is disproportionate to the cost of living. The base salary for HSU's president rose by 29 percent over the same period, and salary for HSU management rose by 42 percent.


From Humboldt State University:

Faculty Association Concerted Activities Update
Dear HSU students:

As you may be aware, the California Faculty Association and the California State University system are in the midst of negotiations about the current faculty contract. These negotiations are conducted at the system-wide level, rather than at the campus level, so the discussions are happening at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach, not here at HSU.

Just over a week ago, the California Faculty Association (the collective bargaining agent for the faculty) announced that its membership had voted to authorize its leaders to initiate specific activities, which could include a strike, if no contract agreement can be reached at the bargaining table. The bargaining process is complex, and additional steps are required before any decisions about a strike or other actions will be made. The faculty are not on strike now, so you should not experience any disruption in your classes or exams this semester.

I know that news like this can cause uncertainty about how your studies could be impacted. I want to assure you that this recent vote does not mean that a strike is about to happen – or that one will necessarily happen at all. Additional hearings and negotiations are scheduled for late November and early December. For its part, the CSU has stressed its desire to work through the collective bargaining process and reach a fair agreement.

Most importantly, I want you to know that the faculty and staff of Humboldt State University are deeply committed to your success. Even if the negotiations become more contentious, I am confident that your faculty members do not want this issue to impact your educational progress. In the next few days, you may hear and see reports of rallies at the CSU system office or here at Humboldt State; these events are likely to draw media attention, but they are not part of a strike, and classes will continue to meet.

We will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available. If you would like more information about the process, the CSU system posts updates at www.calstate.edu/LaborRel.

Sincerely yours,

Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.
President

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

HSU Plans to Level the Trinity Annex

Posted By on Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 1:16 PM

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  • Inside the chapel of the former Trinity Hospital.
Humboldt State University is planning to raze the former Trinity Hospital property, which sits on 14th Street between B and C streets and has been mostly abandoned a dozen or so years.

The Lumberjack reports that HSU determined it would be more expensive to restore the annex, and that doing so was a low priority for the university, which has more than $100 million in deferred maintenance on primary academic buildings. The annex was built in 1944 and used as a hospital until Mad River was built in 1972. It housed classes and offices until the early 2000s, but now is just used for some storage. There's no set date for demolition.

The annex isn't on the city of Arcata's online historical building registry, and Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Traci Ferdolage said in an email the university hasn't designated the building historic. She added that university properties are treated differently by the city than other commercial buildings, and said the university has been talking with officials for years about what to do with the annex. 

The Journal featured photos of the annex in the 2013 photo essay "Ruins."

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  • The annex doors facing C Street.


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