Christopher Bennett, 2010
Christopher Bennett, 2010, Journalism & Mass Communication, worked for Bleacher Report, the online sports site, as a featured columnist. Bennett covered both the San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors, and was published on numerous sites, including CBSSPORTS.com. Bennett then attended law school in the Bay Area, where he focused my studies on intellectual property and corporate law. He graduated law school in 2013 and currently works in-house for Geosyntec, an environmental engineering firm.
Marisa Penkauskas, 2012
Marisa Penkauskas, 2012, Journalism & Mass Communication, is the marketing manager for Interactive Fitness, a company producing interactive stationary bikes, based in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Amanda Eldridge (Lang), 2001
Amanda (Lang) Eldridge, 2001 Journalism & Mass Communication, lived in four major cities since graduating. She’s now married with two children and finally settling down in Denver.
Emily Kratzer, 1976
Emily Kratzer, 1976 Journalism, accepted a buyout offer in 2012 during a round of Gannett Company layoffs. While enjoying retirement, Kratzer now volunteers with WCTV.us, community access TV, among other things.
Jenny Farrell (Perez), 2004
After earning my M.A in Communication Studies at University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2009 I was hired as a full-time lecturer there. I teach Interpersonal Com, Public Speaking, and Honors Public Speaking. I have been happily married for 10 years now and we had our first son last year! Couldn’t be happier!
Everson Corrigan, 2006
EVERSON CORRIGAN, 2006 Journalism and Mass Communication, moved down to Santa Cruz after graduating from HSU, where he worked at KSCO and KOMY radio, both AM news-talk stations. In 2010, Corrigan became a proud father with the birth of Emily Rose Corrigan. In the winter of 2012 he returned to Humboldt and is currently the Account Manager at StreamGuys. StreamGuys is an Arcata-based Content Delivery Network, streaming clients’ content via live and on-demand video and audio, podcasting, subscription systems, and protected content. Customers include KRFH, KHSU and Lost Coast Communications’ KHUM and KSLG.
Beth Downing Chee, 2001
Recently accepted a position as the Media Relations Manager for San Diego State University.
Sarah Lewers, 2005
I’m living in Geyserville, CA, and happily employed as a plaintiff’s-side civil litigator with the Law Offices of Peter Goldstone in Santa Rosa. While I handle a wide variety of cases, I specialize in landlord-tenant work, easement disputes, and wrongful foreclosure cases.
Beverly (Freeman) Weber, 1985
Completed two masters degrees, one in Adult Education/Distance Learning and one in Psychology; starting Ph.D. program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Robert Deane, 2007
After nearly two years as a newsreporter in Idaho and Oregon, I’ve returned to Dorris, California where I work for the Butte Valley Unified School District as a Teacher’s Aide/Library Technician. Currently I’m taking online classes through Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif., majoring in Library/Information Technology. I still have great memories of Humboldt County and Humboldt State University and hope to visit the area again in the future.
Sofia Pereira, 2009
I recently came back from Washington DC from a political fellowship with the Women’s Campaign Fund. I’m now the Deputy Campaign Manager on a Congressional campaign in the newly formed 2nd district.
Garrett Edward Spears, 2007
After graduating from Humboldt in 2007, life has been difficult for me. I have had freelance camera work for KCSB (City of San Bernardino) from February 2008 to April 2008. I was let go because they could not afford to pay freelancers any more. So far no major career in my degree. On the good side I have had work for Empire Wrestling Federation with my first match on March 15, 2008 and hardcore wrestling legend Mick Foley wished me good luck on my first match. Now I am part of a new pro wrestling show called Wrestling Revolution. We will begin taping on October 11, 2011. For more info wrestlingrevolutionproject.com
Sandra Lee Mathews, 1990
My Journalism Degree served me well in business. I worked in telecommunications for 20 years after graduation. I was a re-entry student graduating in 1990 with the tools that enabled me to succeed. The writing and presentation skills,learned in the journalism dept. along with speaking skills, gave me the impetus to compete and win jobs for my company. I am currently retired and now volunteer in the Community Relations Department at Mercy Medical Center Redding. Here I am contributing to the hospital newsletter and serving in public events hosted by the hospital.
Arnie Braafladt, 1974
As I approach my 60th birthday, I’m thrilled my older daughter, Nicole, an engineer with CalTrans, will be married in September to Tim Farrell,a CDF firefighter and also a HSU alum. Nicole and Tim live on Kneeland and are planning a “hoe down” on their mountain property (with two bands!) as their wedding reception. I’m also happy to be “on the mend” from recent neck surgery and am looking forward to my next trip to Kauai in October to celebrate my 60th!
Laura Tankersley Landoll, 2003
After working the past 7 years for global and local PR agencies, I now manage public relations activities for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. I help market and promote beef on behalf of the U.S. beef farmers and ranchers. I’m expecting my first child in November and live with my Husband and dog in Denver, CO. I’m happy to help all undergrads with networking or PR job leads.
Brian Akre, 1980
I recently moved my family to The Hague to become senior speechwriter for the CEO and senior leadership of Royal Dutch Shell. I previously worked as head of Executive Speaker Services at Nokia in Finland. Earlier this year, I received a Cicero Speechwriting Award for a speech I wrote with Nokia’s former CEO, which was delivered at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 2010.
Katy Tahja (Kathleen Alban), 1970
Pleased that her Arcadia Publishing Campus History “Humboldt State University” is selling well. Contemplating writing a new book on the 49 railroads that existed in Humboldt & Mendocino counties.
Lynn Enemark Pretzel, 1988
Currently the College Counselor and Executive Assistant to the Dean of Students at St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Eureka, CA. I also freelance for the Times-Standard. Live across the street from a small, quiet forest overlooking the bay south of Eureka with my 10 year old son and seven year old daughter, three scottie dogs, a cat and a hamster.
Heather Sundblad Rhoade, 2003
Own a Cake/cupcake Business...currently working on freelancing for various publications.
Steve Barrios, 1992
I was at a San Jose sharks game the other night, when the people in front of me an I started talking. Come to find out they were HSU alumnus too, we talked about the old times and all the goodtimes in arcata!!!! What a small world, and what cool people go or have gone to HSU. Go JACKS