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Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt

September 2015

There are more than 190 clubs on campus for students to join. Above, students enjoy the annual Clubs Fair on the quad.

In this issue

Recognizing and Managing Student Stress Homecoming & Family Weekend Join the Conversation Latest News from Campus Student Send-offs Forever Humboldt Featured Photo Upcoming Events

Managing Student Stress: We’re Here for You

New teachers, new friends, and new-found independence. That relatively brief time of life called “college” is both impactful and memorable. Lifelong bonds are formed and career paths forged.

For many students, the start of the academic year is as stressful as it is exciting, and the pressure doesn’t end once the semester settles in. Social life, midterm exams, managing finances, or even a lost cell phone can send a student into meltdown mode.

Take comfort: There are programs and services on campus to help with the challenges of college life. After taking advantage of these options, frantic messages home should be less frequent, a sure sign that he or she is engaged in the Humboldt experience.

For academic success, all incoming freshman can participate in the Retention through Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP), which offers general mentoring, events, and collaboration with other units on campus. The school’s Learning Center also offers a variety of services, including supplemental instruction, 1-on-1 tutoring, a writing center, math lab, and even time management assistance.

Multiple opportunities to engage socially are available through the Clubs & Activities office. At last count, there are 191 clubs, from archery to tango. They offer an instant connection to other students with similar interests.

Offering a home away from home, HSU’s Multicultural Center fosters a community approach to diversity with opportunities for leadership development, social justice advocacy, identity exploration and cross-cultural learning experiences. Students can visit the center located on the south side of the Library.

Sharing feelings and concerns with others experiencing the same can be beneficial. Support and wellness groups, activities, and workshops are available for addressing, healthy relationships, grief and loss, life skills, and others. Students can even suggest forming a group specific to their own needs.

Mood problems, eating issues, substance use, and anxiety can affect anyone at any age, and Humboldt State’s Counseling & Psychological Services can help.
Counseling & Psychological Services Website

More helpful resources can be found at the following links:

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Homecoming & Family Weekend is the perfect time for a Humboldt trip, so mark your calendar for October 8 – 11. It's packed with special events and activities for the whole family. See the entire schedule here.

Student Send-Offs

Before embarking upon their journey to Humboldt, more than 300 new HSU students enjoyed Send-Off parties hosted by Forever Humboldt. Thanks to our many volunteers: HSU parent J.B. Williams and HSU alumni Susan Aksu (‘12 Journalism, Broadcast News) and Charles Acosta (’85, Biology) in Los Angeles, Dawn Ohlendorf (’96 Physics and Physical Science) in San Diego, Carly Rae Huston (‘96 Social Science) in Sacramento, and Jacob Horn (‘12 Journalism, Broadcast News) in Oakland. A special guest in Sacramento was Humboldt Advancement Board member Laura Fisher (84' Geology). Chatting with the alumni, the new Lumberjacks gained valuable information on local traditions and annual events, and also enjoyed stories of the former Jacks’ experiences. Photos are on Forever Humboldt Facebook page.

Join the Conversation

» Parents & Family network
» Parents & Family website

Latest News from Campus

» Campus Greets Record Number of Freshmen and Latino/a Students

» $1.87 Million Award to Help Low-Income Students Complete College

» HSU Joins $30 Million Concussion Research Initiative

Forever Humboldt

We all know that our extended campus community cares deeply about this University and its values. Forever Humboldt is an organization built on that fact. It's for everyone who is part of Humboldt, and it's about offering everyone who cares about Humboldt's future a way to give back by giving their time, telling others about Humboldt's successes, or making a donation.

Forever Humboldt offers its members a variety of benefits, including useful career resources, educational opportunities, and so much more. And of course, everyone receives Humboldt magazine.

For more information on being an active member of Forever Humboldt, call (707) 826-3132 or email

Featured Photo

working with children with disabilities
Adapted Physical Education prepares teachers to work with children with disabilities.

For more photos visit Flickr »

Events & Deadlines

September 5
Humboldt State Football Season-Opener vs. Western Oregon

September 7
Labor Day

September 17
National Circus & Acrobats of China

September 21
Academic Deadlines – Add, Drop, Withdraw, Apply for Spring Graduation

October 8 – 11
Homecoming & Family Weekend

November 23 – 27
Fall Break

More events on the HSU Events Calendar

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

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