President's Blog

How we are creating a more welcoming and supportive environment at HSU.

On August 18, 2017, I sent a message to the Humboldt State University community outlining some of the many initiatives that are in progress to addressing one of our major strategic goals:  to create an environment that welcomes and supports everyone among our diverse populations.  A copy of this message follows.



To the University community:

Here comes the sun.

Skywatchers across the United States are preparing for the total solar eclipse, which is happening on August 21, 2017,the first day of fall semester classes at HSU.  This eclipse is being described as a “once in a lifetime experience.”  The moon will cover about 87% of the sun here in Arcata.  I won’t see this eclipse – I’ll be on my way to a mandatory monthly meeting at the California State University offices in Long Beach. 

The value of a growth mindset

This past summer, the 23 presidents of the California State University campuses all read the book Mindset by Carol Dweck.  The subtitles of this book are “The New Psychology of Success” and “How we can learn to fulfill our potential.”  As CSU presidents, we agreed that this book offered valuable perspective – for our jobs, for our campuses, and for education across our state and our country.

Save the whale

I loved hearing the recent news reports about the collaborative effort along the Redwood Coast to save a whale. 

Near Crescent City, a young humpback whale became entangled in anchor lines, ropes, fishing lines, and buoys.  These lines and anchors were dragging the whale down toward the ocean floor, and it was starting to have difficulty getting to the surface for breath.

Kent State and student activism

Recent protests on college campuses across the county have heightened my interest in the history of student activism. 

I was a junior in high school when four students were killed at Kent State University, in Ohio, on May 4, 1970.  These shootings were a critical event in the history of both our country and higher education.  I have just read the book 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence (2016) by Howard Means.