CAHSS Friday Announcements for February 7, 2014

February 6, 2014

Our first after-work social is Thursday, February 13 at 5ish, tentatively scheduled at Robert Goodman Wine Tasting Room. We hope you can make it!


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Nominations for Library Dean Search Committee—by 2/13


The provost is putting together a search committee for a library dean and one faculty member from each college is required. (One faculty member will also serve as search committee chair.) If you’re interested, please nominate to by February 13 and include a statement.


The sample ballot will go out in next week’s newsletter with an election beginning Tuesday morning, Feb 18 and ending at noon on Thursday, Feb 20. Eligible voters will receive an email invitation on Tuesday morning.



Spring 2014 College Election—Tues, Feb 18-NOON Thurs, Feb20


Please remember to vote for representation on the library dean search committee and for the CAHSS college representative to the University Senate. A sample ballot with candidate statements will appear in the newsletter on February 14. Eligible voters will get an invitation via email on the morning of Tuesday, February 18 to vote.


Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Proposals—Due TODAY!


To promote the infusion of faculty research/creative projects into the curriculum through student collaboration with faculty on faculty research or creative projects, CAHSS invites faculty nominations for up to 3 students on projects to receive a stipend up to $750 per student. Prior successful requests include research on the redesign of the HSU mace, the political impacts of the transition of Scotia to a non-company town, digitizing animal bones with 3D software, startup for the Spanish language insert of the Lumberjack, and tree growth response to changing climate variables. Apply at (note: you will need student ID numbers).



Exploring Careers in the US Government—Feb 27, 6-8pm in the Great Hall


On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:00 - 8:00 in the Great Hall, there is going to be a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about careers in the federal government. There is a wide range of careers - from accountants working with different agencies to forestry jobs to biologists, fisheries, training programs and more. All students are welcomed with a focus on students from underrepresented communities. This presentation will include professionals from different agencies, FOOD, music, Q & A, FOOD, and some social time. This gathering is a collaboration with College of Professional Studies, all the African American Clubs, and the MCC.
We need your help in getting the word out to the clubs of your communities, students you know personally, etc. The MCC is also giving a prize to the club/organization who brings the most members!!  So, go to club meetings and personally invite folks, use your email contacts, etc.
For more information about Exploring Careers in the US Government, contact Steven Bell at 826-4585 or email:


Learning Center Open House


Please be our guest for the second annual Learning Center Open House. We would like to take a moment to connect with you while giving you an opportunity to meet others who love learning as much as we do! Join us for some sweets and treats.

Learning Center Open House
Friday, Feb. 14

11am - 1pm

Lower Library 55


Hope to see you there!

Su Karl


California Legacy Project Film Screening


Humboldt State University will screen two films produced for the California Environmental Legacy Project—a statewide multimedia initiative designed to raise public awareness about environmental change in California—Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Van Duzer Theatre.


The films were directed and produced by HSU film Professor David Scheerer, and numerous HSU students assisted with the project. They use state-of-the-art cinematography and production techniques to explore environmental change at the bioregional level at Redwood State Park and Point Reyes National Seashore.


HSU Professor (and Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Forest Ecology) Stephen Sillett will join David Scheerer on stage for Q & A afterwards about the making of Redwood film. Dr Sillett’s groundbreaking canopy research is featured in the film.  It’s a free event, but tickets are required (Center Arts is anticipating that it will “sell out”).


For more information, see



Panetta Internship Opportunity for Students—Due Feb 17


The Panetta Intern Program is an opportunity for CSU juniors and seniors to spend the fall semester as an intern to a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. with all expenses paid and a chance to earn academic credits. One


Outstanding Student Award Nominations—by midnight Feb 21


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013-14 Outstanding Student Awards.  These awards are given annually in recognition of the outstanding accomplishments of our students.

There are eight categories of academic awards as well as awards for student engagement and leadership.  Additionally, two students from all of the nominees will be selected as the Outstanding Students of the Year.

Award descriptions, criteria, and the online nomination process are available on the forms website at

More information and a flyer is at


Library Proposal for Undergraduate Research Symposium


I am reaching out on behalf of the Centennial Library Showcase Month Working Group. We are currently planning a series of events and exhibits for the library's showcase month, which will be in March. To that end, we are exploring the idea of organizing (and hosting) some type of undergraduate research symposium in the library on March 27th and 28th to coincide with our showcase month.

I would love to hear from and coordinate with any faculty members who are interested in possibly incorporating this event into a syllabus or into a research project deliverable (extra credit maybe?)--or who are at least willing to encourage their students to consider participating and presenting their research projects (even if their projects are still ongoing at that point). We are still working out details about whether this would be conference style or more like an open poster session, but nonetheless, this could be a great opportunity for students to showcase their research as well as gain valuable academic experience.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Your Librarian, Chris


Chris Salvano, x5600

Panetta Internship Opportunity for Students—Due Feb 17


The Panetta Intern Program is an opportunity for CSU juniors and seniors to spend the fall semester as an intern to a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. with all expenses paid and a chance to earn academic credits. One student is chosen from each campus and they spend two weeks training at the Panetta Institute and 11 weeks in D.C. 


Please share this opportunity broadly with your juniors and seniors and encourage them to apply by Feb. 17. Finalists will be interviewed by a faculty committee and by President Richmond. Application packets that include a resume, two-page essay, transcripts and a graded paper are to be submitted to the President's Office. For more information:


Sustainable Futures Speaker Series


Sustainable Futures Speaker Series
“Natural Dams and the River Dis-Continuum”

Presented by Dr. Denise Burchsted
Thursday, February 13, at 5:30 p.m. in SciB 135

The billion-dollar river restoration industry relies primarily on the perception that pre-disturbance rivers were free-flowing. Despite the importance of many dam removal projects in restoring anadromous fish runs, this talk emphasizes that not every dam is a bad dam. In particular, remote rivers with limited human influence are dominated by “natural dams,” especially wood jams and beaver dams, which create patchy, discontinuous river systems. These patchy systems have much greater variation in habitat than purely free-flowing ones, which increases their resilience to disturbance and which also increases support for all life stages of critical species such as anadromous fish. This talk presents field research that describes the impacts of natural dams and then describes implications for river restoration when they are included in the pre-disturbance baseline.

Denise Burchsted studies rivers and wetlands across disciplines, with formal training in water resource engineering (BS, University of Connecticut School of Engineering), aquatic ecology (MFS, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies), and fluvial geomorphology (PhD, University of Connecticut School of Liberal Arts & Sciences). As an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Keene State College and as a Professional Engineer, she applies academic rigor to water resources management and design. In addition to her academic research, she has designed dam removals and other fish passage projects, designed salt marsh and freshwater wetland restoration projects, evaluated restoration alternatives in the Everglades, and led non-profit watershed conservation planning efforts.

The Sustainable Futures Speaker Series is presented by the Environment & Community Graduate Program and the Schatz Energy Research Center.





History Day Call for Judges


Some of you may be familiar with the annual History Day event co-sponsored by HSU for many years.  On Saturday, February 8h, several hundred local students in grades 5-12 will be coming to campus to present the results of their research.  This is a wonderful time for those of us in the Humanities to see the terrific work and the passion these students have for historical topics.

The success of this annual event depends on the participation of HSU faculty and students, as well as local teachers and parents, who volunteer to judge the various submissions - posters, performances, power points, and documentaries.  Everyone who has participated in the past has commented that it was not only great getting to meet the students and judge their projects, but that it was terrific connecting with community members and potential HSU students.

Please consider being a judge for this year's event.  A brief judging workshop begins at 8:30 and we finish around noon.  Coffee, as well as breakfast and lunch, will be provided by local community sponsors.  If you can join us, please sign up online as soon as possible at

Thanks for considering this request and I wish each of you the best as Spring Semester begins.

Gayle Olson-Raymer, Ph.D.

Department of History


Faculty Award Recipient Lectures


Dates have been scheduled for the 2012-2013 Faculty Award Recipient Lectures. Please share this information with the faculty and staff in your area. Hope to see you there!








Monday, April 7, 2014

5:00 - 7:00pm

Van Duzer Theatre

Outstanding Professor

Professor Mark Colwell





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