Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students. 


Faculty Rollie Lamberson Mathematics

At their recent meeting in Bordeaux, France, the Resource Modeling Association (RMA) announced the creation of a new research award, the Rollie Lamberson Research Prize, named for HSU mathematics professor emeritus Rollie Lamberson.

The disctinction will be awarded annually to the RMA member publishing the most significant research work in the previous two years. The RMA is composed of a group of scientists involved in resource management, environmental science, ecology, natural resources, statistics, and mathematics.

Rollie was the founder and first president of the RMA. At HSU he also coordinated the Environmental Systems program.

Submitted: September 10, 2015

Student Shayne Sines Education


Submitted: September 7, 2015

Faculty Cesar Abarca Social Work

For the past four years, Social Work Faculty Member César Abarca has helped plan, coordinate, and implement a community-based, grassroots organization, Los Jardines Institute's 4 Direction Intergenerational Youth Exchange, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Two videos produced by youth who attended the summer institute are now available to view.

"Video One - Four Directions Youth Exchange 2012":

"Video Two - Four Directions Youth Exchange 2013":

The institute is organized with assistance from community organizations including PODER San Francisco, TEJAS Houston, TX, New Mexico Acequia Association, TEWA Women United NM, El Chante Casa de Cultura, and ABQ NM, among others.

Submitted: May 12, 2015

Student Bobbie Good Social Work

Social Work student Bobbie Good co-facilitated with Byrd Lochtie May 4 at a session for board members and those working with boards on behalf of NorCAN, which promotes connections between people and organizations that work make the community healthy and strong.

The monthly presentations focus on keeping local organizations fresh through learning, sharing, and networking with the premise that local boards lead, delegate and inspire.

Good presented her masters project, which includes templates, tools and tips for local nonprofit boards to create and modify board manuals, bylaws, and orientations. Good was formerly a board president and is currently the secretary of the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) board.

"It was such a wonderful experience," says Bobbie. "The board round table was attended by almost twice as many people as usual. I was presented with a gift from HACHR at the event as a thank you for my consulting for their agency related to my project. It was a magical day in my world."

Good's guide is available at the Humboldt Area Foundation resource library or can be requested in PDF.

Submitted: May 6, 2015

Faculty Holly Scaglione Social Work

Social Work Lecturer Holly Scaglione recently partnered with Redwood Equine Partners and Healing Strides Psychotherapy, Inc. to offer an equine-assisted growth and learning demonstration at Redwood Acres. Social work students, staff and faculty attended the demonstration.

“Attendees learned from professionals in the field what it is like to do this work and how it is effective for clients (individuals, couples, families, and groups) seeking change in their life," said Holly. "The event was a great success for all involved, including the horses!”

EAGL incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between facilitators, clients, and horses to address personal or treatment goals. Participants learn about themselves and others by engaging in activities with the horses, and then processing or discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The approach has been compared to ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses. For more information, visit "":

Submitted: April 30, 2015

Faculty Marisol Ruiz Education

Education Professor Marisol Ruiz recently authored a chapter in the book "Immigration and Schooling: Redefining the 21st Century America" edited by Touorizou Hervé Sommé and Pierre Orelus. The chapter is titled: Why are the Spanish Speakers in the Back of the Room in a Dual Immersion Setting?

Submitted: March 30, 2015

Faculty Business Internship Program Business

HSU's Business Internship program will be honored at the Arcata Economic Development Corporation's Spotlight on Success event Tuesday, March 31 at the Arcata Theater Lounge. The free event includes an opportunity to learn about small businesses that the local economy, and organizations that provide business support to local entrepreneurs.

Submitted: March 25, 2015

Student Social Work Student Association Social Work

The HSU Social Work Student Association (SWSA) recently participated in the 32nd annual Bowl for Kids' Sake "Jungle Bowl" event, which took place March 6-7, 2015 at Harbor Lanes in Eureka.

The SWSA was one of 134 funding teams and raised $650 (of the $100,000 raised at the event this year) that will go to help with the year’s operating costs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Coast.

Disguised as bananas, the SWSA also won a trophy for costumes and enthusiasm.

Submitted: March 24, 2015

Student Sophia Gang-Halvorsen Social Work

Social Work student Sophia Gang-Halvorsen has won the HSU Book of the Year Essay Award. The writing contest celebrates the HSU/CR Book of the Year, "War Dances" by Sherman Alexie. Sophia explains, "My writing piece is a series of haikus that speak of Indigenous People in an environment that has been drastically altered over time. This destruction has changed the balance of nature's gifts to life for indigenous people in their upriver homes of spirituality and physicality. The salmon is a community member struggling for survival today." To view her award winning piece, please visit:

Submitted: March 12, 2015

Faculty Marisol Ruiz Education

Education Faculty Member Marisol Ruiz will present at the American Education Research Association conference for educational research. She will present, "Bilingual school children can think deeper than developmental theorist predict! Readers theater for critical pedagogical literacy." Her article was also recently published in the edited book "Interrogating critical pedagogy: The voices of educators of color in the movement. New York, NY: Routledge.

Submitted: February 12, 2015

Student Patty Chang, Julian Davlin, Rhonda Holmes and Heather King Social Work

With funding assistance from HSU’s College of Professional Studies and HSU Presidential Travel, students from the Department of Social Work were able to accept a personal invitation to attend and present at the inaugural California Higher Education Food Summit, Jan. 16-18, at UCSB. Students included BASW students Patty Chang and Julian Davlin, and MSW students Rhonda Holmes and Heather King.

The three-day summit, held under the umbrella of the broader UC Global Food Initiative (UCGFI), included workshops, speakers, and activities aimed to forge collaborations and conversations about food justice across the state’s college communities. HSU Social Work students, led by Professor Jen Maguire, presented a workshop entitled: Beyond ‘Poverty Pimping’ and ‘Hand-Outs’: A Case Study of Campus Food Systems Change Through Community Engagement. The workshop explored the engagement of community partners, and proposed informational and destigmatizing programs to support food security for students. For more information about the summit visit:

Submitted: January 27, 2015

Student Heather King Social Work

Heather King, MSW student in the Department of Social Work and Oh SNAP! MSW Intern, has been selected to attend the 2015 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum through the Student Diversity Program. She is one of 30 students who will attend and participate at the Forum and in Student Diversity Program activities taking place February 17 – 20, 2015 in Crystal City, VA. The USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program is designed to expose students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today's real world environment. For more information about the Forum, visit:

Submitted: January 22, 2015

Faculty Margi Waller Social Work

Professor of Social Work Margi Waller is the Principle Investigator at HSU and two other Social Work Departments on CSU campuses for a “Writing Skills for Child Welfare Workers” online pilot course.

This pilot course was developed by the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), together with Title IV-E staff at Universities and public child welfare agencies throughout California. Five CSU Schools of Social Work (Fresno, Humboldt, San Bernardino, San Jose, Stanislaus) are collaborating with CalSWEC to pilot the course. Participating students represent a mix of undergrad and graduate students, part-time and full-time students, current child welfare workers, Title IV-E and non-title IV-E students. Each student in this pilot course is assigned a Writing Coach who will facilitate his/her progress.

One of the goals of this pilot course is to gather student feedback to gain insight from their experience and therefore improve the educational material within the course as needed. In 2015, the online course will be provided to all Title IV-E Universities, Public Child Welfare Agencies and Regional Training Academies throughout the state.

Submitted: September 30, 2014

Faculty Justus Ortega Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Kinesiology & Recreation Professor Justus Ortega has published a research article in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. The article is titled "Effects of aging on mechanical efficiency and muscle activation during level and uphill walking" and can be read online at

Submitted: September 26, 2014

Faculty William Reynolds Psychology

Psychology Professor William Reynolds has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Psychological Association. The award is granted to those who demonstrate a sustained program of scholarship of exceptional quality throughout their career. For the past 32 years, Reynolds' research has focused in part on developing methods and procedures to assist school psychologists in catching students before they fall in life-threatening ways.

Submitted: June 17, 2014

Faculty Tasha Howe Psychology

Psychology Professor Tasha Howe recently received a 2014-15 Fulbright scholarship to Croatia. Her project is titled "Child Abuse Prevention in Post-Conflict Communities."

This is Howe's second Fulbright award. In 2008, she worked on domestic violence in Cyprus, another post-conflict country.

Submitted: April 28, 2014

Student B.J. Malekzadeh Business

Business student B.J. Malekzadeh recently took second place in the Business Future Four Regional Competition in Chico, Calif. April 11. The other schools competing were Chico State, Sonoma State and Sacramento State. Malekzadeh from won for his innovative idea that proposes a better tourniquet than what is currently available for civilian and military use. He got this idea while serving in the military.

Submitted: April 16, 2014

Faculty David Ellerd and Peggy Kirkpatrick Education

David Ellerd and Peggy Kirkpatrick delivered a presentation on “Rural Partnerships: Special Education Teacher Preparation in Humboldt County.” This invited presentation was delivered to a special delegation of physicians and teachers from Siberia, Russia. The focus was to provide information about state and local requirements for Special Education teacher credentialing to educate children and young adults with disabilities. The event was sponsored by Humboldt County of Education (HCOE) on April 1, 2014.

Submitted: April 2, 2014

Faculty David A. Ellerd Education

David Ellerd delivered a presentation on “Rural Partnerships in Teacher Preparation: The Development of a Reading Clinic to add Consistency in Fieldwork Instructional Experiences.” This peer-reviewed presentation was delivered at the 33rd annual conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education, held in Tucson, Arizona, March 19-22, 2014. The focus of this national conference was on developing partnerships to meet individual needs across rural and urban cultural contexts.

Submitted: March 24, 2014

Faculty Marissa O'Neill & Jamie Jensen Social Work

Social Work Faculty Marissa O'Neill and Jamie Jensen will have their article "Comparison of Student Outcomes in a Campus and a Distributed Learning Class" published in the forthcoming edition of the Journal of Technology in Human Services. With the current expansion of online course offerings at HSU and elsewhere, studies like this are essential for documenting achievement of student learning outcomes in on campus and online environments.

Submitted: March 22, 2014