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Date: June 10, 2013Location: Humboldt State Commencement 2013 When: May 18, 2013
Thank you for such a welcome on this day of great celebration, here in the redwoods where I have so long wished to visit.
Why, I haven’t felt this alive in 150 years.
You are the Centennial class—the last to graduate during Humboldt State’s first century. We clarify this because for certain parents, it seems that some of you took a 100 years to finally graduate.
I recall my days as a student, first tutored with my brother Wilhelm, then later at universities in Germany. I enjoyed most of it, but passed many days dreaming of exploring the real world away from school.
For each of you graduating brings true freedom, but also a challenge. You are no longer a student. You must forge a new identity. You must find a new place in the world, in a different environment, and with different associations of people, plants and animals. This will also require fresh shelter—preferably one different from where your parents now reside.
Your remaining life is an hourglass. Once the sand grains begin to fall, you cannot return them. So, you need to make every grain count.
Here are some ideas to help you along.
First, I urge you to think expansively, beyond the field of study that appears on your diploma. From here, begin a lifelong pursuit of more knowledge in many different fields. The key to understanding our Cosmos is combining every branch of science with philosophy, history, geography, literature, and the humanities.
Seek to comprehend the phenomena of the physical world, and to represent nature and human society as one great whole, moved and animated by core forces.
My interaction with highly gifted people led me to discover that, without an earnest striving to gain knowledge of many special branches of study, all attempts to give a grand and general view of the universe would be nothing more than a vain illusion.
Do not fear association with those that the elites of society and government disregard. Instead, be drawn to them and their ideas. Knowledge progresses over time. Do not be stationary in your thinking.
In due time, some truths that you have learned here will be disproven. This is accomplished through systematic collection and documentation of data around a central theme. The smallest of things can collectively lead to the largest of ideas.
I have come to realize that there are three stages of intellectual discovery: first people deny it is true; then they deny it is important; finally they credit the wrong person.
Second, let me propose an exertion that will nurture the soul and fire your imagination. Travel.
Travel across oceans and continents. For example, follow my footsteps into the Caribbean, Amazon, Andes, and Mexico. Sleep in the jungle where there is no need of blankets. Smell the florae and heed the constant drone of insects.
Ascend into the Andes where plants wholly adapt to the volcanic soil and cool air. Continue upward where glacial ice thrives on equatorial heights. On clear mornings one can gaze eastward to the vast Amazon below.
I understand this obligates money, which may be in short supply right now. But take a desire to travel when pursuing employment.
As soon as possible, seek distant places where the customs, language, climate, food, religion, agricultural practices, settlements, and every other aspect of daily life are different from your own.
We departed for South America to collect plants and fossils, and with the best of instruments, to make astronomic observations. Yet that was not the main purpose of that journey.
I wanted to find out how nature’s forces acted upon one another, and in what manner the geographic environment exerted its influence on animals, on plants, and on the people who lived there. In short, I wanted to find out about the harmony in nature.
This cannot be achieved by dwelling in one place all the time, and in one intellectual field.
Move freely by abandoning your national loyalties, and adopting the customs of your hosts. Be at home everywhere and nowhere.
Travel transforms you into a merchant of knowledge, because you will learn new ideas, new language, new customs, and new relationships between humans and their different environments.
Traveling will teach you that races form one great human family. And since environment is crucial to understanding how human unity flowers into such diverse societies, the only way to understand a people is to immerse in their landscape.
Culture cannot be judged from afar. People who stay in one place all their lives say foolish things. Living among different societies promotes questioning the very ideas and ideals that form your own society.
It will instill suspicion towards the politicians who unfailingly believe that colonizing other societies they view as inferior is doing them great rightness.
But they are wrong. In fact, the most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.
A third consideration is to combine your diploma field with a humanistic approach towards people and nature. It is not enough to be a great scientist or writer, or one who makes a fortune selling goods.
You must also develop compassion for others, and an understanding of their struggles, that are often our struggles too.
Life can be difficult. I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.
Happiness stems not from our accumulated wealth and position, but in how we approach and interact with others.
While we maintain the unity of the human species, we should at the same time repel the depressing assumption of superior and inferior races. No society is nobler than others. All men and women are in like degree designed for freedom.
Far too many imperialists regard some nations as more susceptible of cultivation, more highly civilized, more ennobled by mental cultivation than others.
I hope your education and travels allow you to overcome such prejudice—and to explore the ways human and natural history shed mutual light on each other.
Sadly, in my time, colonial imperialists, global capitalists, and the industrial revolution were remaking the face of nature and societies that I came to love.
Your completed studies are a strong foundation for what lies ahead. This Centennial Class will now scatter with the winds. I hope you remain united by the genuine belief that curiosity is important, that the world is far harder to understand than it first appears, and that intellectual humility is a vital grace.
Keep asking yourselves what are the truths by which men and women have lived in at various times and places, and which might bear on our life today?
How have these truths been represented in literature and art, buildings, technologies, and social systems? What ethical obligations and limits does a good person observe in a free society?
These questions are worth asking, and you will be the better for the very attempt to keep formulating your personal answers to them.
Wherever life takes you, remember that nothing conquers our own self-inflicted ills better than well-educated men and women.
Spend each grain of sand searching for and promoting the harmony in nature and between societies.
And plan to meet here a century from now, with me, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of this fine institution.
Thank you, and good luck.
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Date: May 20, 2013
Professor Brian Post strives to compose music that reaches people. That means it must be interesting and accessible, but no so soothing that it’s simply background noise.
“If someone says my music was ‘nice,’ that’s the kiss of death,” jokes Post, who specializes in composition, music theory and music technology at HSU. “You don’t want someone’s mind to wander to their grocery list while they’re listening to your song.”
Post, who most recently composed the score for the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance’s production of Shakuntala, is now composing another original piece: an arrangement for voice and piano to honor HSU’s 2013-14 centennial. The celebration kicks-off Aug. 24 and includes a year of events and activities commemorating the university’s first 100 years.
“My ultimate goal is to draw the listener in, to keep them engaged and remind them what it means to be a part of the HSU community,” Post says of the composition, which will premiere next spring. “Of course if they walk away remembering the music, it is an added bonus.”
Last semester, Post enlisted the help of English student Justin Tretten (’12) through a faculty-student research grant from the College of Arts, Humanities and Sciences. In the HSU Library, Tretten found several books of poetry, including works by English faculty members Elma Mccann (1930s), Reginald White (1947-62), Jorie Graham (1980s) and Jim Dodge (1990s).
Over the next few months, Post will scour the books for passages that resonate with him.
“I might take a poem and recite the first few lines over and over, until music notes attach themselves to the words,” he says. “Or the poem might give me a harmonic expression, which I’ll later overlay with a melody,” he explains. “It’s an organic process.”
Post’s composition will premiere April 26 in Fulkerson Recital Hall. Assistant voice professor Elisabeth Harrington will perform the piece with accompaniment by HSU faculty musicians.
The Department of Music will host a series of centennial-themed concerts throughout the year, including a department-wide production 8 p.m., December 13 in Van Duzer Theatre. Music professor Gil Cline is also composing an original piece, which will premiere Nov. 9 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.
“It will be an acknowledgement of the wonderful creativity that has preceded me and that I’m now a part of,” Post says.
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Date: May 20, 2013
He traveled around the world and is considered the founder of modern geography. Charles Darwin once called him the “greatest scientific traveler who ever lived.”
Among his other claims to fame: being this university’s namesake. This fall, HSU students and faculty will pay homage to Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt with a play commemorating his life and work.
The original production premieres this November as part of HSU’s 2013-14 Centennial celebration, a year of events and activities commemorating the university’s first 100 years.
“This is a guy who was a rock star in his day,” says theater faculty member and HSU alum Michael Fields (M.F.A.), who’s heading the project. “His name remains on literally thousands of things from species, to buildings and universities.”
Born in 1769, Von Humboldt rose to fame when he published Kosmos, a treatise exploring his international travels and the relationship between humans and nature.
“Von Humboldt was really the first geographer who saw the world as an organic whole,” Field says. “Our goal with the play is to bring that worldview to life.”
Fields—who is artistic director of the physical theatre school Dell’Arte—also teaches TA 415, an advanced acting class that meets twice week to develop the play. The course is open to all students and includes lessons in acting, theatrical styles, story development and scriptwriting.
Keith Brown, a junior majoring in theatre arts, says he enrolled in the class to improve his playwriting skills. “I’ve done some writing on my own but I never thought I’d write monologue that could open a show,” he says. “It’s pretty exciting.”
Each week, students research aspects of Von Humboldt’s life and personality and experiment with different acting styles that might suit the play. During a recent class, they explored Commedia dell’Arte, a theatrical style that uses exaggerated masks to depict common archetypes.
Chris Joe, a sophomore double majoring in music and theatre, said it wasn’t hard to get into character once he donned the Pantalone—a mask with a long, hooked nose and miserly demeanor. “Once I put the mask on, people were expecting me to act a certain way,” says Joe, who began to walk in character. “It was interesting to play into the audiences’ expectations.”
The Pantalone and other commedia masks will appear in the play, which opens at the Van Duzer Theatre Nov. 7-17. Auditions begin next month.
It will also premiere at the 7th International and Interdisciplinary Alexander Von Humboldt Conference in Santiago, Chile Jan. 5-10, 2014. For more on the conference, visit humboldt.edu/wlc/conference.html.
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Date: February 26, 2013
Remarks by HSU President Rollin Richmond
Arcata Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
February 23, 2013
Thank you for inviting me to speak with you this evening. My apologies to our friends whom we invited to join us this evening with the requirement that they listen to me talk yet again. And congratulations to the Arcata Chamber for hiring Sandy Scott as its Executive Director. We work together on United Way of the Wine Country, and I am most impressed.
I am very honored to be your speaker, and I think the fact that you asked me to talk to you says something important. It speaks to the close relationship that Humboldt State University has with this community. We have something unusual and special here, and it is something we should all be very proud of. So before I say anything else, let us have a big hand for everyone who has been a part of creating and building these many connections. (Applause)
I moved to Humboldt County to begin serving as President in 2002. I remember several things including being dunked on the plaza for some organization to make money. Can’t remember, fortunately, who got the money. I got cold and promised myself not to do that again. I do remember many community people welcoming Ann and me to the community and wishing us well. I also remember the pleasure of riding to school with students along the Old Arcata Road to emphasize the need to reduce car usage. It was a good way to learn about our students’ focus on social and environmental issues that makes our university special in several ways
These and other events taught me quite a bit about this place. We have a community here that is very different than most places. We look out for one another. For example, the Fire and Light folks, the McClurgs, Humboldt alums, are always providing their beautiful glass pieces for clubs and people in Arcata and the University. The city’s and university’s police work together to help keep our community safe. And perhaps most importantly, many Arcata businesses provide opportunities for students to gain important experience that often helps them find their first jobs.
Being President at HSU is a great experience. It is a fantastic job. And I have really good proof of that, aside from my own perspective. Here it is: As Humboldt State is preparing to celebrate its Centennial, its 100th year, I am just the sixth President the University has ever had. In fact, the campus has had as many different names as Presidents although please remember that I haven’t been involved in changing the name recently.
So it is a real honor, and a real privilege, to be President at HSU.
Tonight I would like to share with you a little more about Humboldt State’s history. I also want to tell you a bit about our plans for a Centennial Celebration that begins in August of this year and extends through Commencement in 2014.
It was just over 100 years ago that the citizens of Humboldt made a very important decision. Led initially by the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, they began lobbying for a Normal School here. Remember that the term “normal” was for an institution that primarily trained elementary school teachers.
The reasons were practical. New requirements had been put in place for teacher preparation, and at least two-thirds of the teachers in this area were not certified. The nearest normal school was 200 miles away in Ashland, Oregon.
In the early part of the century, that was quite a trek. In fact, most of the passenger traffic to Humboldt at that time came by water. The rail from Sausalito to Eureka was not completed until 1914. Roads to Redding were barely worthy of the term, and there was something called the “Humboldt and Mendocino Wagon Road” heading south.
As you might guess, the process of convincing the state to establish a campus involved lots of the arm-twisting and favor-trading. Politics does not really change all that much over the years. It also involved a bit of a spat among Eureka, Fortuna and Arcata over the location of the school – but that is all ancient history now.
Eventually, the Legislature approved a measure to create Humboldt Normal School, which was signed by Gov. Hiram Johnson on June 16, 1913.
Now, and this is important … along with the politicking, the other thing that made Humboldt State possible was a pledge of financial resources and land from local citizens. They committed to funding the school before the state did. And it is an investment that has really paid off. Humboldt State would not exist without this community’s support, and I think it is fair to say that this community would be far different without Humboldt State.
Residents knew they were doing something big. But I doubt very much they knew just how big.
Classes began on April 6, 1914. There were 62 students in a temporary building near the Arcata Bottoms. Initially, there were teacher education programs, but within a decade there were programs in economics, business, foreign languages, natural sciences and more.
What about those early admissions requirements? Well … it was not about grades or test scores. Prospective students had to be at least 16, reasonably mature, in good health, and have good moral character.
• Our first president was Nelson Van Matre. He started a tradition among Humboldt State Presidents by spending much of his time struggling with budgets – including threats to close the campus during World War I.
• Early on, all the guys pretty much had to play on the football team. Our first game was a drubbing by Fortuna High School. Whatever the score was, official records seem to be missing.
• A better fact from early athletics – Elta Cartwright was a track star who, in 1928, was part of America’s first women’s Olympic team in Amsterdam.
• In 1914, William Preston and the Union Water Company donated 51 acres for a permanent site for the campus. Temporary buildings went up quickly, and Founders Hall was eventually built in 1922.
• In 1924, the campus established an Associated Students and held its first homecoming. Things were really rolling …
I cannot resist sharing this portion of a 1927 letter home from a new HSU student. It shows that some things never change. She wrote, with a touch of sarcasm, “After a long walk from the stage depot, one arrives at the foot of a hill, upon which the school is located. It is true, is it not, that gaining an education is ‘up-hill’ work? But reaching the foot of the stairs leading to the entrance, I patiently – a step at a time – counted to forty-four before I found myself within the building. Good fortune attended me for there stood a most efficient-looking lady, of whom I quickly inquired my way to the Girls’ Dormitory. In a most businesslike manner she replied – ‘Right down the hill; first detour to the right.’ ”
Someone told me recently that HSU stands for hills, steps and umbrellas. Although,we haven’t had to use our umbrellas too much this year.
So it was a far different campus than today, just like Humboldt County was much different. I am talking about wood heated dorm rooms, work parties in addition to classroom learning, locomotives rumbling by and bringing classes to a halt.
World War I wasn’t the only time when it looked like Humboldt State might not survive. The Depression saw drops in enrollment and funding, and it continued through World War II. While Founders Hall was painted a drab color to make it more difficult to spot in case of an attack from Japan … really … the real danger was lack of funding.
During these tough times, the community regularly stepped in to help. Individuals provided financial support, jobs and housing for students, scrap wood for those dorm woodstoves … and so much more.
Humboldt State has always been a particularly student-focused campus. The faculty, the staff, the community – everyone has been intent on helping students have a good experience and be successful. Our alumni, in fact, often say that the classes and the campus were just a part of their college experience – living here in Humboldt was the other part.
One of the great examples of this student focus was Pop Jenkins, who taught industrial arts. He was known for a makeshift kitchen in his shop, where some Depression-era students would get their only hot meal of the day.
After World War II, it was a different story. Humboldt State saw dramatic growth. Like many colleges, we expanded to accommodate the returning GIs, and growth continued well through the 1960s. New academic buildings and student housing sprang up. In 1959, history was made … when Lucky Logger was adopted as the school mascot.
I could share this historical trivia with you all night, but I will spare you. You can find more for yourself in the big HSU history titled “A View from the Hill.” Or there is a newer, photo history of the campus called simply “Humboldt State University.” I bet you can buy them both at Northtown Books.
Humboldt State has become a full-fledged university, and a campus of choice for students from throughout California and beyond. Enrollment has been up and down, but has been strong in recent years, surpassing 8,000 last fall. Academically, we have now organized ourselves into three Colleges – Natural Resources and Sciences; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and Professional Studies.
But while we have definitely grown up, we have also kept our unique character. We march to our own drummer, nobody would call Humboldt State a cookie-cutter university. Humboldt State has a unique mix - location, personal attention, hands-on learning, commitment to the environment and social responsibility. Our students, as I have said many times, are decidedly different from students at other universities where I have worked. They are more willing to jump in and try new things; they care more about making a difference in the world.
And look at what investing in higher education has done for Humboldt County. Look at the returns!
Today, if I may be so bold to say it, Humboldt State is the intellectual heart of the North Coast. We are one of the area’s largest employers, a source of educated professionals and entrepreneurs who fuel our economy, and we are a major center for the arts. Our economic impact alone – just the result of our operations – is $190 million per year, we also generate $10.5 million a year in taxes and create over 2300 jobs. Most importantly, students come here from all over California and the nation; and, increasingly, from all over the world which enriches all of us in the community.
All of you see Humboldt State and feel its impact in the community every day – so much so that you probably do not always recognize it.
HSU faculty and students were deeply involved with creating the Arcata Marsh and have done research and projects to enhance the Arcata Community Forest. We operate KHSU, the local community radio station and NPR affiliate. Thousands of local residents each year attend lectures, concerts and athletic events on campus, and through Center Arts we bring nationally known performers to the local stage. We are in Eureka with the First Street Gallery and Aquatic Center – where you can also spot our research vessel the Coral Sea. We are in Trinidad with the Telonicher Marine Lab.
HSU offers professional development through Extended Education, and enrichment classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. We have a variety of specialized programs and institutes that serve the community and assist small businesses. And though they occasionally cause consternation among us administrators, we all enjoy the frequent campus and community performances by the WORLD. FAMOUS. MARCHING. LUMBERJACKS.
We are going to be celebrating our Centennial soon. The Celebration starts at the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester and goes through the end of Spring 2014 semester. This fits with our history – the legislation creating the school in mid-1913, and the opening of the school in April 1914.
I hope you will be a part of it, and there will be many opportunities. There is a big kick-off birthday party set for August 24, the Saturday before Fall classes start, on the Arcata Plaza. Homecoming & Family Weekend will be the last week of September, with much to do, including being part of a massive “Human 100” photo.
Throughout the year, there will be events and activities. Plans include a Centennial Speaker Series, concerts featuring original works composed for the Centennial, a new play about the life of Von Humboldt, and a limited edition art print. Alumni will gather for special birthday events scheduled throughout the year in different parts of the country. The Colleges and our Library will have designated months to show off their programs. A new ceremonial mace, being created by a faculty member, the Art Department’s, Kris Patzlaff, and her students, will debut at Commencement 2014.
There is much more, and you can find out about it on the website – Humboldt.edu/100, where there is also a link to the Centennial Facebook page.
Another thing you can do at the website is submit stories and photos. I know you have lots of good ones; you have shared them with me many times at events like this one. So take a few minutes, and share them with a bigger audience – at least the ones that are appropriate for public airing.
I mentioned earlier that Humboldt State has been known by many different names over the years. Before I finish, let me share them. They are, in order:
• Humboldt State Normal School
• Humboldt State Teachers College and Junior College
• Humboldt State Teachers College
• Humboldt State College
• California State University, Humboldt
• Humboldt State University
Slight changes, really. At the heart of them all has been “Humboldt.”
We are so appreciative for all this community has done for us. You gave us our start, you have supported us, and you have certainly helped us through difficult times. We are proud of our place here, and proud of all we do to make this community stronger.
If I may, I would like to finish with a toast:
To all of us here tonight, and to all those who have given so much – thank you for a great first century at Humboldt State University, and for the special community connection that has grown and flourished. We have done much together this last century, and may it be the first of many great centuries to come. Thank you!
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Date: December 03, 2012
The wrapper is off the Centennial logo. Look for it in print materials and on websites next semester.
The logo features Founders Hall, the most recognizable building on campus and one frequently visited by alumni and newcomers alike. It has a somewhat traditional look, which was preferred by focus groups of students, alumni, faculty and staff. It is also readable up close and from a distance.
Here is the primary version. Three different ways, in one small package, to learn HSU is 100 - “100” and “Centennial” and “1913 ... 2013”.
Here is the secondary version, which leaves out “HSU.” It is designed to be used when the full University name is already present.
For HSU faculty and staff: Business cards and letterhead featuring the logo can be ordered starting next January. Guidelines for using the logo will be available then as well. Information will be posted before the end of the Fall semester at the HSU Marketing & Communications website.
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Date: December 03, 2012
From a press release being sent later today ...
HSU Looks Ahead to Centennial Celebration
Humboldt State University will soon mark its 100th year, with a full academic year of events and activities scheduled to celebrate the milestone.
The fun starts Aug. 24, 2013 with a Kick-Off Party the Saturday before Fall classes begin. It continues with a variety of activities across campus and in the community, as well as birthday-themed events across the country for alumni. A Centennial-themed Homecoming & Family Weekend will be Sept. 27-28, 2013, and a Founder’s Day Event is planned for April 2014.
At the May 2013 Commencement Ceremonies, the campus will recognize the Centennial Class. The next year, in May 2014, the campus will recognize the New Century Class.
“Humboldt State’s Centennial will be a wonderful opportunity to look back at all we have accomplished, and to look forward to a future filled with possibility,” says HSU President Rollin Richmond. “There is such a large community of people who care about HSU, and I hope they find a way to be a part of this celebration.”
In addition to the major campus-wide events, there will be many special projects and activities throughout the year. These include a Centennial Speakers Series, a documentary video, reunions, showcases of the University’s three Colleges and the Library, a play about Von Humboldt’s life, musical compositions, art pieces, Centennial merchandise, and much more.
The HSU Advancement Foundation Board and the University have also established a series of priorities for charitable support during the Centennial. They are:
• Student scholarships
• Applied learning, such as internships and undergraduate research with faculty
• Renovation of the Green & Gold Room, the original campus library
• Creation of Centennial Grove
The timing of the Centennial Celebration roughly corresponds to significant historical events in the life of the University. Legislation formally creating Humboldt State Normal School was signed on June 16, 1913, and the School opened for classes the next year, in April 2014. Local citizens were instrumental in its founding, lobbying Sacramento and pledging private resources.
Although events don’t get underway until next fall, there is already a Centennial website and accompanying Facebook page with photos, stories from the past 100 years and information about the celebration. They are at humboldt.edu/100 and Facebook.com/HSU100.
Members of the extended HSU community are encouraged to share photos and stories from their time at Humboldt State. These memories will be featured throughout the next couple years online and in print.
Planning for the Centennial Celebration has been ongoing for the last two years. It has involved focus groups on- and off-campus, individual interviews with alumni and others, and taking suggestions on a planning website. A Centennial Advisory Group is providing ongoing advice and suggestions.
Ideas from this process also guided development of the HSU Centennial Logo, which was recently unveiled. It features Founders Hall, the most recognizable and historically important building on campus.
Follow HSU Centennial online: Humboldt.edu/100 and Facebook.com/HSU100.
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Date: September 07, 2012
Amaze your family! Impress your friends! Don’t miss a thing during the exciting one-year buildup to the Centennial Celebration!
Start following HSU’s Centennial on Facebook now, and we absolutely guarantee you’ll be a Humboldt State trivia master by the time the party kicks off in August 2013.
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Date: August 20, 2012
One year to go! In August 2013, the start of the school year will mark the start of Humboldt State’s year-long Centennial Celebration. This seemed like the perfect time to launch this official blog and website, which will feature archival photos, alumni stories, comprehensive calendar of events, merchandise and more.
One thing we’ve learned is folks are excited about HSU’s big ONE-OH-OH. Over the last year, we’ve talked about it with countless members of the extended HSU community - students, alumni, faculty, staff and other friends. Thanks to everyone who shared ideas. Many have already been incorporated, others are on a “hope-to-do” list (while others were beyond our budget or, frankly, would have landed someone in jail).
Comments, questions, feedback and critiques are welcome. Submit your ideas here »
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Date: August 20, 2012
You may be tempted, but don’t fire up your Centennial noisemakers in January 2013. Remember, the Celebration starts in August 2013.
But “why?” you might ask. And if you’re asking, then you’re not alone. After all, the university seal clearly specifies “1913.” And the university brag-spots on KHSU always end with “Humboldt State University … since 1913.”
Here’s the thinking …
After years of lobbying and politicking by local boosters, Gov. Hiram Johnson signed the law establishing Humboldt State in June 1913. Lots of planning and work ensued. By the time the school actually opened its doors, it was April 2014.
As is clear, it would have been premature to start celebrating HSU’s 100 th in January, and nobody is really in the mood that time of year anyway. Maybe things could have kicked off in June, but school isn’t in session, making that an awkward choice. So, given the historical facts and academic year constraints, the timing of the Centennial Celebration became obvious – August 2013 to May 2014.
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