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Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt

May 2014

Rep. Jared Huffman

Rep. Jared Huffman addressed the crowd during the College of Natural Resources and Sciences Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17 in Redwood Bowl.

In this issue

Greening Up Move-Out and Graduation Want to Write a Guest Column? Featured Photo Welcome HSU’s New President Latest News from Campus Own a Limited Edition Woodcut Upcoming Events

Greening Up Move-Out and Graduation

From eliminating bottled water to reducing waste, HSU students are known for their commitment to the environment. But Commencement—which brings thousands of people to Redwood Bowl each year—and the ensuing rush to move out of the residence halls, have the potential to generate a lot of waste. Here’s a look at some of the ways HSU students are getting serious about sustainability before and during graduation.

Donation Dash

Donation Dash occurs during the week when students move out of the residence halls. Housing & Dining, WRRAP and Plant Operations team up for five days to collect items that can be recycled or donated to local charities. What’s amazing is that the program collects more than 30,000 pounds of material that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Reusable Office Supply Exchange

Reusable Office Supply Exchange, or R.O.S.E., collects reusable office and school supplies from students, faculty and staff. The materials are then available for free at the R.O.S.E. Storehouse on campus, at Warren House 53. In addition to helping the environment, the program saves students an average of eight thousand dollars in school supplies a semester.

Graduation Gown Rental

Graduation Gown Rental, available through the Center for Appropriate Technology, lets students rent used caps and gowns instead of buying new ones. After graduation, they also accept new cap and gown donations. Another cool fact: all new HSU gowns are made of 100 percent recycled bottles.

Take Back the Tap

In 2010, HSU students succeeded at making Commencement the University’s first-ever disposable bottle-free event. In 2013, they continued to reduce the amount of waste generated at graduation by providing compost and recycling bins. This year, they partnered with local and all natural grocery stores to provide healthy and environmentally-conscious foods to guests. They also provided discounted water canteens and half-priced coffee for those with their own cup or those purchasing one at graduation.

For more on green programs at HSU, visit

Want to Write a Guest Column?

Are you the parent or family member of a current HSU student? Interested in sharing tips and advice with other HSU parents online? We’re interested in reading what you have to say! Possible column ideas include: “5 Things You Wish You’d Known Before Sending Your Child to College” and “Ways To Support your Student While They're Away.” We want your perspective and ideas! Send your name, contact info and a few column ideas to

Welcome HSU’s New President Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher

Welcome Humbold States New President

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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 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.

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Featured Photo

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Students get creative with their graduation caps at this year’s Commencement ceremonies May 17 in Redwood Bowl.

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Upcoming Events

May 26
Campus Closed
May 27
Summer Instruction Begins
June 8
Alumni Crabs Game
June 28
Rafting the North Coast
August 29
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