Alumni Updates

Find out what some of our alumni have been up to.

Susanne Ranseen, 2008

After graduating from the HSU History Department, I ran the Tonopah Historic Mining Park in Tonopah, Nevada as it curator. I managed 180+ acres of grounds, working closely with the Tonopah town government and the Nevada department of Mining and Geology. This gave me an opportunity to practice my research and writing skills to the point of a number of small publications. I will be proceeding this fall to Oregon State University to start my Masters of Arts in Interdiplinary Studies, history being the core of my focus along with forestry ecology and management. The work I did at Humboldt in my classes and while working at the Humboldt Room gave me a large step to where I have been and where I am going in life. I have many fond memories of my teachers and class mates at HSU.

Nick Entsminger, 2009

Nick Entsminger, 2009 History, graduated with a Master’s of Medical Science from Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa., and a Certificate in Clinical Proficiency from Stanford University. Entsminger returned to Humboldt to begin a career in rural primary care and emergency medicine. Despite these accomplishments, he still misses his days at Humboldt State. Entsminger writes, “The education and experiences that I gained during my time here were paramount in influencing my educational pursuits. Additionally, my love of history has never ceased, and I hope that Humboldt someday offers a Master’s degree in History, so that I may enroll once again. I would like to thank Drs. Marschke, Pasztor, and Mays.”

Samuel M. Navarez, 1975

Samuel M. Navarez 1975, History, is getting ready to retire after 38 years of teaching history and other social science classes.  Navarez has taught for the last 25 years in the Gilroy Unified School District at both the middle school and high school levels. He is currently teaching at an early college high school, called Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, since it opened in 2007. Navarez has been married to a wonderful lady for the last 34 years and together they have three grown children, Crystal, Michael and Aaron; two are married to wonderful people. Navarez and his wife, Sally, are also raising their 5-year-old grandson.

Nicholas N Entsminger, 2009

I am a Humboldt Alumni currently attending the Primary Care Associate Program (Physician Assistant) at Stanford University. Also, I will be applying to the Master’s of Medical Science program at Saint Francis University this December.  My history training at Humboldt State has been invaluable to my success.  My knowledge in history has allowed me to better understand the historical backgrounds that brought about socioeconomic and cultural boundaries that plaque healthcare today.  This understanding has helped me understand the need for primary healthcare in underserved areas, often representing those affected by these boundaries.  Additionally, the history deparment at Humboldt State has trained me to effectively organize and communicate (both written and one-on-one) to both patients and other members of the healthcare team and to critically evaluate pharmaceutical updates, which may contain a high level of bias.  I would like to especially thank Drs. Marschke, Mays, and Pasztor.

Michael Hibma, 2003

After graduating from the HSU, I enrolled in the History M.A. program at Sacramento State. Soon after enrolling I began a 2.5-year internship in the Community and Cultural Studies Office at the California Department of Transportations Headquarters in downtown Sacramento. While there I worked with architectural historians in research, writing, and general assistance in completing cultural resource reports for transportation projects all over the state. I also provided technical editing assistance for documenting agricultural properties in California. In 2007 I submitted my thesis titled: “Historic District Nomination of the Newton Booth Neighborhood, City of Sacramento, Sacramento County, California” and graduated with an M.A. in History.

Just prior to graduation I took a position with LSA Associates, Inc., a private environmental consulting firm as an architectural historian/cultural resources manager. I am very lucky to be doing what I am for a career. My undergraduate experience in the HSU History program definitely set me on a course of success and personal achievement. I will always be grateful for my time at HSU and the helpful, yet challenging professors I met, the stimulating learning environment, and the fun I shared with many of my peers.

Gregory Day, 1986

Greg Day is an attorney in Oregon where he practices family, criminal and disability law.  He served as an infantry officer in the Sinai, Egypt and in Afghanistan, and commanded an infantry battalion in Iraq.  He is the recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and is currently a Colonel with the National Guard.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Humboldt State University, a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Greg lives on the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon where his family enjoys white-water rafting, scuba diving, and backpacking together.

Daniel Mandell, 1979

In 2012-2013, I will be a research fellow at the American Antiquarian Society thanks to an AAS-NEH grant, and will also be a visiting scholar at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies.  My project is a study of the shifting notion of equality in America, circa 1600-1880. Two years ago, my sixth book, _King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty_, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press for general readers and college survey classes; it was named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by _Choice_ magazine.

John Alcala, 1970

After graduating from HSU, and getting my teaching credential in 1971, I started my teaching career at Delano High School in Delano, Ca. I taught history developed its Mock Trial program and eventually became department chairman.I retired in 2008 after teaching 38 yrs.

Kenneth Shonk, Jr., 1996

I earned my doctorate in Irish History from Marquette University in May of 2010, and upon graduation, accepted a position as Assistant Professor of History and Social Studies Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In addition to courses on global and Irish history, I supervise student teachers and offer courses in the methodologies of social studies education. In 2009 I served as a Research Fellow with the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Learning.

Matthew Daniel Mason, 1993

Since graduating from HSU, I earned a Master of Arts in 1994 and a Ph.D. in 2008 from the Department of History at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, as well as Master of Arts degree with a major in Archives Administration from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2003.

Stemming from volunteer work I did in relation to my dissertation, the Wisconsin Historical Society employed me as an Archives Assistant from 1998 to 2000, and then as a Project Archivist from 2000 to 2004. In 2003-2004, I worked as a project archivist at the Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections at Montana State University - Bozeman.

In fall 2004, I began my tenure as an archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, where I specialize in photographic collections, as well as manuscript collections principally based in the Trans-Mississippi West. In this work, I have processed several collections related to northern California and Humboldt County. This includes the Peter Palmquist Collection of Humboldt County, California, Male Photographers and the Peter Palmquist Collection of Women in Photography .

Since 2007, I have taught courses in United States History and the history of photography at Quinnipiac University.

In October 2011, Wisconsin Historical Society Press published People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942, by me, as well as my co-authors, Tom Jones, Michael Schmudlach, Amy Lonetree, and George A. Greendeer.  The work provides a visual history of Ho-Chunk families in Wisconsin. More on the work is available at

My contribution to People of the Big Voice provides a biographical essay that draws from my dissertation completed in the Department of History at the University of Memphis in 2008. The essay briefly relates highlights from the professional life of Charles J. Van Schaick (1852-1946), a professional photographer in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and outlines the stewardship of his photographic collection by the Jackson County Historical Society in Black River Falls and the Wisconsin Historical Society. It also discusses the different photographic formats used by Van Schaick to market portraits to his Ho-Chunk clients and identifies several of his contemporaries who also captured images of Native Americans in Wisconsin and throughout North America. It concludes with a discussion of the portrait photography and the meanings a viewer may derive from these images as documents of the past

The People of the Big Voice recently won the 2011 USA National Best Book Awards in the category of Photography: People

Tim Mulvehill, 2000

Tim Mulvehill, 2000 History, and wife Sylvia just celebrated their son Nick’s first birthday.  Tim continues to live in Long Beach, and teaches World History at a large, urban high school. He earned a Master’s in Education at Concordia University, Irvine, and most recently became a National Board certified teacher of History.

Joseph Coohill, 1989

Tim Mulvehill, 2000

My wife, Sylvia and I are pleased to announce the birth of our first child, Nick. We continue to live and teach in Long Beach, CA.

Daniel Mandell, 1979

My sixth book, King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in fall 2010.  Recently it was named an “Outstanding Academic Title for 2010” by the American Library Association’s Choice.

Tony Snow, 2009

Immediately after graduation I worked for the Humboldt Area Foundation on different grant programs, which provided me with a wonderful experience in the field of grant writing and grant review. A year later I was invited to work with the State of California as a Native American Liaison for the Department of Transportation. I gained a lot of experience starting my freshman year at Humboldt working on campus for the Center for Indian Community Development. I believe that my degree in History has prepared me to succeed at my job. Two out of the three of our Native American Liaisons have their degrees in History.

John P Hill, 2010

I was accepted into the University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program, which is a M.S. Degree. I also received a competitive scholarship based on “academic achievement and diligence.”

Harry Bartley, 1966

As far as I know, I’m the only History major working at Tektronix.  I’ve worked in my minor field since graduation.  Drafting, Computer Aided Drafting and Computer Aided Engineering have provided a career path from teaching drafting classes at Marysville High School to providing training and support in high tech.  What happened to Industrial Arts at Humboldt?  Did the Spurs and Intercollegiate Knights also vanish?

Francis Shawn Bawden, 2006

I graduated with my MLIS – Archival Studies from San Jose State University last month (December 2010).  I am currently employed with the National Park Service at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Southern California.