Meet the Staff

Rawan Almakhloog

Year: Post Baccalaureate Program
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Dhahran, KSA
Languages Spoken: Arabic, English, French, Farsi

Rawan is an international student who came to the United States of America to further her education because she believes that education is eternal. A graduate of San Jose State University with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business. Currently, she is attending Humboldt State University pursuing her second Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. Rawan is very passionate about volunteering with companies that support programs like environmental awareness and scientific development to educate, help and inspire young generations. She has a very enthusiastic and energetic personality, and in her spare time she likes exploring nature. She chose HSU specifically because they have a very well organized International Program for foreign students, the easy access to natural distractions, and the weather (she loves rain).

Valerie Andrews

Major: Environmental Science & Management (Minor in Geospatial Analysis)
Hometown: Napa, CA
Languages Spoken: English
I am an MMA fighter and I love the outdoors and all the hands on experience that Humboldt State provides for undergraduate students.

 

Marisol  Angeles

Marisol Angeles

Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Antioch,California
Blue  B.

Blue B.

Year: Junior
Major: Psychology (Minor in Communications)
Hometown: Palmdale Ca
Languages Spoken: English

I chose to come to HSU because of the atmosphere, nature, and small college town. I honestly fell in love with Arcata and its community. I'm also on the debate team. GO JACKS! 

Ruby Bailey

Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology (Minor in Art History)
Hometown: Yuba City, Ca
Languages Spoken: English, Intermediate ASL

I chose HSU because I absolutely love the location. Seeing the forest on my walk to class is the best part of my day! If I’m not at the library studying, you’ll find me listening to a podcast at the beach.

Nalani Betters

Year: Sophomore
Major: Zoology
Hometown: San Marcos, CA
Languages Spoken: English

I come from a big multi-ethnic family. I'm also a first generation college student! I chose Humboldt State because I love the small town feel. Plus you can go to the beach and hike alongside the redwoods in the same day.

Varak Bosnoian

Varak Bosnoian

Year: Senior
Major: Wildlife option 2
Hometown: Pasadena
Languages Spoken: English and Armenian

I chose to attend HSU mainly due to the really amazing science program and the distance from my hometown. I am involved with the Humboldt state Symphonic band, HSU Chamber woodwind, HSU Queer Student Union, as well as the local LGBT community outside of the school.

Elvis Campos

Year: Junior
Major: Criminology & Justice Studies
Hometown: Canoga Park, CA
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

I reside from the San Fernando Valley, so yes I came to Humboldt to escape the heat. The Scenery in HumCo is a sight to see. And the stairs here at HSU are no joke but they compliment my calves.

Cece Cervantes

Cece Cervantes

Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Hometown: Los Angeles, Ca
Languages Spoken: English & Spanish

I love animals and nature. The school is so welcoming and great for my major. 

Shelby Crawford

Major: Wildlife
Hometown: Redding, CA
Languages Spoken: English

I came to Humboldt because I love the outdoors and I was excited to get the opportunity to learn about environmental sciences and wildlife in such a beautiful area.

Andrea Cuevas

Andrea Cuevas

Year: Senior
Major: Kinesiology Emphasis in Physical Therapy
Hometown: San Fernando Valley
Languages Spoken: English

Hi there!! I’m a senior here at HSU and have one more semester of college. Along with working on campus for HSU as an orientation ambassador, I am also in the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority here on campus which has given me leadership, communication, and time management skills. I visited HSU during spring preview and I fell in love with the peaceful environment and the friendly hospitality. HSU’s atmosphere is what got me here but the people and relationships I’ve made here is what helped me stay.

Jenna Davey

Jenna Davey

Year: Senior
Major: Oceanography
Hometown: Orange County, Ca

As an Oceanography major, I spend most of my weekends either at the beach, the marine lab, or onboard our school's research vessel. The rest of the time I enjoy napping in the grass, hiking through the redwoods, and exploring downtown Arcata.

Amy DeJung

Major: Child Development
Hometown: San Jose
Languages Spoken: English

I chose HSU for its beautiful location and the small community. I wanted to feel connected with the members of this campus and HSU has offered that to me. 

Rachel Denoncourt

Year: Junior
Major: Environmental Science and Management,
Hometown: Sparks, Nevada
Languages Spoken: English

I love the natural world, science has always been fascinating to me. The reason why Humboldt is so special for me comes from the opportunities to work hands on with the ecological systems around and on campus. I love that our school is located in the middle of the redwood forest, while staying close to the coastline. I love getting the chance to experience the natural beauty of Humboldt County while going to a school that promotes environmental sustainability.

Samuel Donnell

Major: Studio Arts
Hometown: Norco, CA
Languages Spoken: English
I chose HSU because one of my teacher's back in high school went here. She told me about the school, and I've been in love with it since. I'm a transgender artist, using mediums from drawing and painting to crocheting and printmaking. I'm a jack-of-all-trades, but I mainly focus on painting and drawing. Being in touch with the LGBTQA+ community here is important to me, and I'm more than happy to talk about the different opportunities for queer students here.

 

Jackie Estrada

Year: Sophomore
Major: Criminology & Justice Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, Ca
Languages Spoken: English & Spanish

Santana Garcia

Year: Junior
Major: Zoology
Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Who can resist the beauty where the redwoods and the ocean meet? I find HSU as a perfect study environment and a great place for community involvement. Whenever I’m not hitting the books I like to hang out with friends, make a midnight snack run and watch Netflix. I’m always down to hit up a local coffee shop or venture somewhere new outdoors.

Lolita  Go

Lolita Go

Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

For most of my life, I can only remember living in crowded, lively cities like Downtown LA and the big city capital of Manila, Philippines. Coming to Humboldt has opened my eyes to see that there is more than just busy cities in California and the world. There are places like Humboldt where I can be surrounded by redwood trees, have rain for most of the year, and experience a completely different culture in Northern California. I have had such a wonderful experience coming to Humboldt State and am only excited for what's to come in the rest of my years here.

Myzanne Huss

Major: Psychology (Minor in Biology)
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Languages Spoken: English

I chose HSU because of its location. It’s not too far from home so I can get back within a day but it’s far enough that I’m outside of my hometown bubble. I love that we’re so close to the ocean and right inside the Redwoods. It’s important for me to be close to nature so HSU was the perfect fit.

Zofi  Laube

Zofi Laube

Year: Junior
Major: psychology (minor philosophy)
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
Languages Spoken: English

I chose HSU because of the amazing hands-on undergraduate options for the psychology degree! In my free time here, I like to enjoy the beaches by teaching myself how to surf!

Flow  Lemos

Flow Lemos

Year: Junior
Hometown: Ontario, Ca
Theressa Lopez

Theressa Lopez

Year: Junior
Major: English (Writing Practices)
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Languages Spoken: English

I chose HSU because I love the Redwoods and beaches! My favorite on campus experience has been working with Toyon, our literary magazine. 

Tiffany Lopez

Major: Environmental Studies (Minor Ethnic Studies)
Hometown: Salinas, Ca
Languages Spoken: English
My favorite animal is a turtle and I chose HSU because of the heavy emphasis on the environment, sustainability, and advocacy. 
Katharine  Major

Katharine Major

Year: Senior
Major: Marine Fisheries Biology
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Languages Spoken: English

I enjoy outdoor activities such as running, camping, and rowing. I chose HSU because it has a beautiful environment and lots of hands-on experiences for my major.

Omar Olaya

Omar Olaya

Year: Junior
Major: Education- Mathematics
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Languages Spoken: English

Hi I'm Omar,

I first want to start off with why I chose to come to HSU and for me, it has to do with the entire community and where Humboldt is located. I love colder weather, winter being my favorite season, and to me, having rainy and overcast days can really make my day. I originally came for Preview Plus and everyone I met was so nice and helpful that I immediately knew that this is where I wanted to go and I've never looked back.

As to who I am as a person isn't much of an easy question to answer. I'm always pretty relaxed, laid back and like to do things calmly without rushing through. As lame as it may sound, I actually really enjoy learning and talking about math problems and mathematicians who have contributed a lot to the mathematics of today, hence the math major, but I personally find it to be a lot of fun and stress relieving. Besides math, one of my favorite hobbies is spending time finding new artists to listen to as well as learning new songs to play, so one can find me jamming out when I'm out and about. 

David Ovando

Year: Sophomore
Major: History Education
Hometown: Los Angeles, Ca
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

I am someone who loves nature and open to new adventures. The reason why I choose HSU was because of the redwoods and how close the beaches are from school. HSU has provided many opportunities for me to grow as a student and get involved within campus which is one of the many reason why I love HSU. GO Jacks! :)

Emma Piazza

Major: Communications (Art Studio)
Hometown: El Dorado
Languages Spoken: English
I am a black and white film photographer and develop my own film by hand. I want to become a professional film photographer and try to keep the art alive. I chose HSU because it was so beautiful. I love the coast, but I had to stay true to my mountain loving soul, and HSU was the perfect combo of both. 

 

Sarah Rich

Year: Senior
Major: Kinesiology (Ex Sci/Hlth Prom)
Hometown: Mountain View, CA
Languages Spoken: English

I came to HSU because I love the outdoors and I fell in love with the trees. Having the community forest right next to campus has been amazing, I consistently find time to go for walks between classes. I also love all the old growth forests around here, it's cool to see trees that big. The hardest question to answer on weekends is do I want to go to the beach? River? Dunes? Forest? No shortage of outdoor activities. I am currently a research assistant in the HSU biomechanics lab and have been involved in a number of other extracurricular activities that have been directly related to my major. I am thankful for these opportunities and have enjoyed my time at HSU.

Lupita  Rivera

Lupita Rivera

Year: Junior
Major: Communication
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Languages Spoken: Spanish and English
I love learning and exploring. Fortunately for me, Humboldt State offers both. This will be my third year at Humboldt State as a Communication major and I cannot be more excited to continue growing. I’ve been on hikes, I’ve gone kayaking in the bay, I’ve been backpacking, I’ve sat through gorgeous sunsets at the marsh- all whilst taking classes that challenge my world view for the better. Life is great.

 

Mayra Sanchez

Mayra Sanchez

Year: Junior
Major: Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

I chose HSU because the community on campus and the campus itself is automatically welcoming and helpful in a way I believe I can succeed in my time here. I am a tour guide and a Check It volunteer and am always finding new ways to be involved on campus.

Andrea  Santamaria

Andrea Santamaria

Year: Junior
Major: Spanish (Minor in Communications)
Hometown: Santa Clarita , Ca
Languages Spoken: Spanish and English
I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Spanish and interested in developing my communications skills. I want to become a court interpreter and chose HSU because it was the one campus that reached out to me the most and made me feel welcomed. I have tons of advisors, coworkers and friends that keep me motivated here and I love the weather, hills, forest and beaches at Humboldt

 

Sabrina Sibbett

Sabrina Sibbett

Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Languages Spoken: English and Chinese

I chose HSU because of all the amazing opportunities in the biology department. Also, I love being outdoors so being able to go hiking/ backpacking and going to the beach easily is definitely a plus!

Paola  Velasquez

Paola Velasquez

Year: Sophomore
Major: Criminology & Justice Studies
Hometown: Ontario, Ca
Rush Wirtz

Rush Wirtz

Year: Junior
Major: Zoology
Hometown: Riverbank, CA

I chose HSU because it is one of the only schools in California with a major in Zoology. As well the environment at the school is amazing for both the friendly people and the animal life. I absolutely love the biodiversity this far north and the opportunities for students to voulnteer and work to make a differnece in the community.