“The story of the community college system is the students we serve: 50 percent are first generation college students, just as I was. That’s why I’m drawn to this college—I feel a sense of connection because I have lived part of their story,” says Tim Karas (‘91, Geography), president of Mendocino College.
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Inspired by their passion for Humboldt, history, and lifelong learning, Jerry and Gisela Rohde have made a transformational gift to the Cal Poly Humboldt Library and its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of more than $2 million through a planned bequest. The gift commitment is the second largest in University history.
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Jessie Perez (‘10, Biology) is making a difference in the way we breathe through innovative air purifiers at Violett. After completing the prestigious stem cell biology research internship through Humboldt-CIRM, Jessie went on to get a Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in cellular, molecular developmental biology. After a decade creating medical devices, Jessie focused on the needs of the pandemic by creating the technology at Violett for their COVID-fighting air purifiers.
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Take the Humboldt Quiz
How much do you know about Cal Poly Humboldt? 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.
Which two women CSU presidents are Cal Poly Humboldt alumni?
A. Erika Beck and Ellen Neufeldt
B. Adela de la Torre and Judy Sakaki
C. Gayle Hutchinson and Soraya Coley
D. Cathy Sandeen and Lynette Zelezny
E. Ellen Junn and Jane Close Conoley
F. Lynn Mahoney and Soraya Coley
Last month’s quiz asked, “How many names has the University had since 1913?” Congratulations to Rich Hollander (‘71, History) for submitting the correct answer and winning the drawing. Answer: 6
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