Humboldt State University Forever Humboldt Alumni Newsletter

April 2021

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Congratulations to the 2021 Distinguished Alumni!

Cathy Sandeen with a blue blazer and red shirt

Cathy Sandeen (‘76, Speech Communication) is the President of California State University, East Bay. Sandeen earned a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She was named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2010-11. Prior to becoming president of CSU East Bay, Sandeen was chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage from September 2018-December 2020, and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension for four years.

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Drew Petersen (‘91, Physical Education) is the strength and conditioning coach for the Humboldt State Athletics department. He began the strength and conditioning program at HSU in 1991 and is responsible for the design and implementation of the year-round strength and conditioning program for all HSU sports. Petersen has coached 55 strength and conditioning All-American student athletes and mentored and developed numerous strength and conditioning coaches throughout the years, who have gone on to become Division I, II and III coaches as well as a head NFL strength and conditioning coach.

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Heidi Moore-Guynup in a white shirt with a white necklace

Heidi Moore-Guynup (‘98, Psychology, ‘00, M.A. Psychology) has served the students and families of Humboldt County in a variety of ways throughout the last two decades. In 2017, Moore-Guynup was named assistant superintendent of educational services with the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE), before becoming superintendent of the McKinleyville Union School District.

She currently serves on the Humboldt State University Foundation Board, the President's Community Advisory Committee, and the College of Professional Studies Advisory Board. She also teaches in HSU’s Educational Leadership credential program, where she donates her time to help ease college budget constraints.

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Lynnette Zelezny in a blue zip up blazer jacket

Lynnette Zelezny (‘79, Psychology, ‘81, M.A. Psychology). In 2018 Zelezny made history by becoming the first woman president of California State University Bakersfield. In 2020 Zelezny was recognized as the Robert C. Maxson President of the Year by the California State Student Association (CSSA). In addition to her Psychology degrees from Humboldt State, Zelezny has earned a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Craig School of Business at Fresno State. She has also earned professional certificates in management from Harvard University and in executive leadership from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Richard Casale in a blue zip up jacket out in nature

Richard Casale (‘75, Natural Resources Management) has spent more than four decades protecting California’s natural resources and agricultural industry. He worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a district conservationist for 43 years until his retirement in 2017. Following retirement he worked as a NRCS wildfire restoration contractor, assisting California communities recover from devastating wildfires. Casale has served thousands of Californians over his career with their natural resource management needs.

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Robert Romano in a light blue button up shirt

Robert Romano (‘95, English, ‘96, M.A. English) is the co-founder and C.E.O of BookheadEd, featuring the online language arts curriculum StudySync, which develops and publishes English language arts (ELA) curricula and provides multimedia exercises, lessons, and other materials. Today, more than 3 million students and teachers use StudySync daily.

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Support Humboldt State Athletics

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Support HSU Athletics by choosing your favorite HSU sports team to donate to during their annual phonathon running now through mid-May.

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Caring for Little Learners

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Shannon Hall (‘08 Early Childhood Development) won a local business competition that helped turn her dream into reality.

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Assistantship Program to Fund Student Work on Faculty-Led Projects

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Humboldt State University’s new assistantship program in the College of Professional Studies (CPS) will award 20 students funding to participate in faculty-led research and professional development projects. Applications opened March 15.

Read more about the Assistantship Program  »

Alumni Owned Business Highlight

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Welcome to Adventure’s Edge, one of the latest businesses to join the Alumni Owned Business Directory! Adventure’s Edge, owned by Jennifer Johnson ('98, Business Administration) is an outdoor and adventure store.

Find out more about Adventure’s Edge  »

Are you an alumna or alumnus who owns a business? Join our Alumni Owned Business Directory! Fill out our form to be included in the directory.

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Women’s History Month: A Time to Celebrate Diversity

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Since Humboldt State’s first graduating class of 15 women in 1915, the University has a legacy of celebrating and empowering women. In March, HSU honored thought leaders, scientists, activists, and scholars in the HSU community during Women’s History Month.

Read about our extraordinary women alumni  »

Take the Humboldt Quiz

How much do you know about Humboldt State? You could win great Humboldt prizes! Just click the answer button to respond. Those sending correct responses to this month's question will be entered in a drawing for Forever Humboldt gifts.

Staci Self ('07, Kinesiology) is a member of what U.S. Olympic team?

  • A) Softball
  • B) Rowing
  • C) Rugby
  • D) Handball

Last month’s quiz asked, “During the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring Madonna, HSU Alumnus Andrew Lewis ('08, Recreation Administration) performed what?” Congratulations to Elly Mixsell (‘84, Journalism) for submitting the correct answer and winning the drawing. Answer: Slacklining.

Questions? Comments? Rants?

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Stephanie Lane (’04 & ’16)
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Megan Krapf (’11)
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