“Cheese”David Joseph "The Hawk" Orluck Student, 2013
Cheese is Humboldt State. They are both good. HSU colors are yellow and green just like American and Blue Cheese. Some consider HSU holy like Swiss cheese. There are many different kinds of students and people here at HSU; just like there are many different kinds of cheeses. Cheese is such a good food, why would you have anything else? Same goes for HSU, HSU is such a good school, why would you go anywhere else? I love cheese hence, I love HSU... besides all the good words were already used. :)
There are lots of them!
“Family”Summer McCullough Student, 2015
I chose family because everyone at HSU acts as one. Even though none of us really know each other, we treat one another with respect, love, trust, and honesty just like a family would.
“Community”Toby Walker Information Technology Consultant, '97 Alumni
HSU cultivates a sense of community unseen at other universities. Where else are you going to run into your professor at the Farmer's Market, while listening to music students exhibit their jazz prowess? Only at HSU in Arcata.
“Magic”Krista Acosta Student, 2012
Because this university allows you to be your own person, grow with other individuals that are truly unique...create a lifetime of memories in such a magical place..there is no other university like Humboldt State! Now here in LA, when I see a Humboldt bumper sticker or see someone wearing a sweatshirt I stop and there is an instant connection! A smile and a bond that is undescribable due to the fact that only if you've lived and been in this county and school you are able to undersand.
“Renewal”Chris "Philly" Bryan Student, 2012
I chose this word b/c as a person in their 30's, my time at HSU "Renewed" my path in life and gave me a greater purpose, a greater stride in my path of life that I didnt have before. My development at Humboldt State allowed me to acheive confidence to trust my atonomy--which I didnt have before because I didnt have the support from my family until they realized that I was on my way to completing a Bachelors Degree!!! Thanks so much Craig Riordan!! REC4LIFE:)!
“Launch”Cathryn Halvorson Rudolph Alumni, 1980
Go forward, upward, discover and become what we are meant to be. Humboldt was a beginning of life as my own person. It propelled me into the world, ready for anything. It brought me love and family and pride and joy. We are a true Humboldt family. All in. Shoot the moon.
“Maverick”Morgan Barker Alumni, 2002, 2003
Humboldt is a place where maverick thought is fostered - facilitating the creation of decision makers who can promote great change - esp. in environmental matters!
“Conversation”Nicole Umayam Student, 2012
Humboldt allows you to enter into a global conversation, which requires both compassionate listening and contribution.
“Transformative”Vynessa Ortiz Coordinator of Education and Engagement, '2010 Alumni
Humboldt pushes you to question your beliefs, develop your values and imagine a better world. It can sometimes be a painful transformation, but Humboldt helps you become the person you were meant to be.
“Beginning”Edith Mattson Fritzsche Alumni, 1967
Humboldt State gave my adulthood a serious, strong and joyful beginning.
“Unique”Ron Fritzsche Professor, '67 Alumni
HSU is not just another CSU of convenience. The programs are often unique to the CSU and California students choose to come to HSU.
“Simplicity”Katy Butz Alumni, 2011
I love Humboldt. It has made me aware of what is most important to me and what I can't live without. I don't need much, but I need to be happy, healthy, and conscious of my existence.
“Eccentricity”Mason Long Information Technology Consultant, '07 Alumni
Ever since I first visited HSU, I noticed something different about it. To me, the area seems to encapsulate everything I wanted in a college experience. The small-town atmosphere, beaches, and forest help to make this university the perfect refuge from the cookie-cutter suburban lifestyle most of us had to tolerate while growing up.
“Unique”Louis D. Bucher Alumni, 1961 (BA), 1966 (MA)
"Unique" encompasses many of the other complimentary "words" -- opportunity, people, special, different, etc.
“Inspiration”Ken Fulgham '70 Alumni, Professor and Chair, Rangeland Resources
You are inspired to succeed in classes, life, and profession.
“Open-Minded”Gabrielle Sturchio Alumni, 2009
HSU and Humboldt County are refreshingly liberal in regards to environmental sustainability, sexual diversity, social equality and other aspects that are important in politics and education.
“Nurturing”Lauren Poznanter Alumni, 2006
The instructors were kind, gentle, understanding, open-minded, passionate and caring. I was trained to be a teacher by some amazing educators who shared their love of teaching with all of us. I really liked going to school there. I felt like a part of a real community. I have nothing but fond memories of living in Arcata.
“Possibility”Judy Sears Alumni, 1991, 2012
I got my BA when I was 41, now finishing my MA at 62. I love being in school. Multi-age education is crucial to our future. Community is crucial.
“Possibility”Ken Ayoob Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Music Professor
There is so much to absorb -- to learn to do -- the possibilities are endless.