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Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt

December 2013

students dressed for success at career fair

Studying in the Library Fish Bowl.

In this issue

Helping Your Student Survive the End of The Semester
Overheard on the Network
Latest News from HSU
Own a Limited Edition Woodcut
Featured: Sustainability Convergence
Upcoming Events

Helping Your Student Survive the End of the Semester

From finals to holiday gift giving and travel, the end of the year leaves many students feeling time-strapped and frazzled. What are some ways you can support your student through end of the semester?

Know What to Expect

According to the HSU Student Health Center, student stress levels typically rise in December. For an idea of what to expect, take a look at the following list of stressors, common to college students at the end of the year.

Typical December stressors:

  • Extracurricular activities – seasonal parties, concerts, social service projects and religious activities drain student energy.
  • Anxiety, fear and guilt rise as finals approach and papers are due, which can sometimes lead to increased use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Financial strain due to holiday gifts and travel.
  • Increased pressure to be social due to approaching vacation and extended separation.
  • Tension with friends increases due to finals.

Show You Care

A great way to support your student during this time? Make them feel special. One way to do that is with a quick text message or phone call letting them know you care.

Another option? Mail them a care package filled with all the goodies you know they love. Need suggestions? We’re here to help. The Humboldt State Alumni Office has teamed up with to deliver care packages directly to HSU students, just in time for finals. For a limited time, the alumni office is also selling Centennial “brag packs.” More info at

Take the Stress out of Holiday Travel with Zimride

If your student hasn’t figured out his or her holiday travel plans yet, don’t fret. Zimride is an online carpooling service that connects drivers and passengers for short commutes or long road-trips. Students sign in to the network using their HSU user ID or Facebook account, then are matched with other drivers and passengers depending on their start and end points, anticipated dates of travel and how much they are willing to contribute for fuel and other costs associated with the trip.

Overheard on the Network

“My son is looking for transportation to the Santa Rosa airport on Dec 21. He has a late afternoon flight out so is flexible on timing. Will share gas costs, driving duties.”

» Join the conversation
» Parents & Family network
» Parents & Family website

Latest News from HSU

HSU Cycling Wins Conference Championship

Students Investigate Mysterious Sea Star Disease

New Stereo Microscope Illuminates Student and Faculty Research

HSU Named a Top School for Fulbright Scholars

Own a Limited Edition Woodcut of Founders Hall

For a limited time, the Humboldt State Alumni Office is selling woodcut prints of Founders Hall. This limited edition, handmade print was designed by Art Professor Sarah Whorf to commemorate HSU’s 2013-14 Centennial Celebration. Proceeds support the Humboldt Loyalty Fund, which benefits projects that support the student experience.

Purchase yours while they last at


Featured: Sustainability Convergence

Human 100
Hundreds of sustainability leaders from around the state converged in Arcata for the fall 2013 California Student Sustainability Coalition Convergence, hosted by Humboldt State. For the full story, visit HS Now.

» For more HSU photos, visit Flickr

Upcoming Events

Through March 2014
HSU Centennial Road Shows
HSU Alumni is coming to a town near you! Join the party and celebrate HSU’s 100th Birthday!

Dec. 12
Fall Graduation Reception
Dec. 15
Blind Boys of Alabama
Christmas Show

Dec. 16
Free Student Pancake Dinner
Dec. 25-Jan. 1
Campus Closed
Jan. 15
Spring semester begins
Feb. 18
Centennial Speaker Series: Michael Eric Dyson

» More events on the HSU Events Calendar

» Important campus phone numbers
» Send us your ideas and comments on the newsletter.

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