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


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

Staff Tasha Howe Psychology

Psychology professor Tasha Howe was recently interviewed for a Parents Magazine article examining the milestones of being a new mom. In the article, Howe discusses common situations that new parents face such as making emergency doctors calls and documenting your baby's biggest moments. For the full article, visit

Submitted: March 6, 2014

Faculty Tasha R. Howe Psychology

Professor Howe and Dr. Howard S. Friedman from UC Riverside recently published an article in the journal Sexuality and Culture. The article is entitled, "Sex and Gender in the 1980s heavy metal scene: Groupies, musicians, and fans recall their experiences."

Submitted: February 21, 2014

Faculty Tasha R. Howe Psychology

Dr. Howe presented two invited addresses at the International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment in San Diego. The talks, which occurred in two parts (theoretical and applied), were entitled, "Neurodevelopmental Versus Traditional Clinical Approaches to the Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Psychopathology."

Submitted: February 5, 2014

Faculty Genevieve Marchand Kinesiology & Recreation Administration

Faculty member Genevieve Marchand was interviewed in French by Catherine Perrin from Medium Large on national radio station Radio-Canada on January 30. Marchand discussed her current work teaching outdoor adventure recreation, some of her experiences working in adventure therapy, survival skills and emergency rescues, as well as different risk management standards for outdoor leaders in the United States.

Submitted: January 30, 2014

Faculty Erick Eschker Economics

Economics professor Erick Eschker was featured in the Jan. 23 "Atlantic" article "How Colleges Are Preparing Students for a Country Where Pot Is Legal." Eschker is co-director of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, dedicated to generating high quality research relating to marijuana. For the full article:

Submitted: January 23, 2014

Faculty David Ellerd Education

David Ellerd, Associate Professor in the School of Education, has a new chapter titled, "Employment Assessment" published in the "The Road Ahead: Transition to Adult Life for Persons with Disabilities" (with Robert Morgan), pages 59-84. For a link to the book, visit

Submitted: January 16, 2014