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As she reflects on this past academic year, Dr. Lisa Rossbacher shares some positive highlights from the Humboldt State University campus.


Humboldt State University president Lisa Rossbacher discusses next year's budget.

With so many unknowns around state legislator and governor decision making, one thing we can applaud is the decision to maintain tuition rates at current levels . There will be no tuition increase for this coming academic year.


Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher wrote to the Arcata City Council and City Manager Karen Diemer on Wednesday, expressing concern over recent media reports about the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation.  A copy of the letter was released by HSU this afternoon.

April 18, 2018

Dear Arcata City Council and City Manager:

On behalf of Humboldt State University, I wish to express concern regarding the investigation into the murder of student David Josiah Lawson.

HSU President Lisa Rossbacher has issued a statement calling on Arcata city officials to ensure that justice is pursued in the David Josiah Lawson homicide investigation.

Her call comes after two resignations last week.  First, a a former FBI special agent who was a consultant to the Arcata Police Department's investigation resigned. Hours later, the Arcata police chief resigned.  

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Dr. Lisa Rossbacher shares an excellent expression of Humboldt State University's graduation pledge through an HSU graduate and his sister's efforts with Klean Kanteen. 


Humboldt State University President Lisa Rossbacher discusses the importance of  university donors. Donations support students by contributing to scholarships, internships, mentoring services  and more. Whether from alumni, community members or foundations, Dr. Rossbacher says, "Thank you!"


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KHSU's Lorna Bryant was presented with a Staff Recognition award at Humboldt State's Spring Welcome ceremony for her work and dedication to, not only the campus community, but the community-at-large.

Humboldt State President Dr. Lisa Rossbacher read from Lorna's nomination for the award:

Humboldt State University has begun accepting students for enrollment in fall 2018. With their acceptance letters, these students are invited to share responses on social media. Dr. Lisa Rossbacher celebrates these delighted responses from students and their families.


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Dr. Lisa Rossbacher discusses the wonderful undergraduate research opportunities at Humboldt State and highlights HSU student research presentations at national conferences.


Travel challenges abound for Humboldt County residents, typically ranging from airplanes and fog to copious amounts of rain and subsequent landslides. 

HSU President Rossbacher's recent jaunt down to the CSU Chancellor's office turned into the epic journey many of us easily recognize.


DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program for students who were brought to this country as children–the Dreamers–who in most cases don’t know anywhere else as home.  HSU President Lisa Rossbacher is committed to all student success and says the university will continue doing all it can to help Dreamers succeed in school and become Humboldt alumni.  

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Do we learn from mistakes or simply dwell on having made mistakes?

California State University Presidents recently read the book, Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck.  As HSU's Dr. Rossbacher explains, the book focuses on fulfilling our potential and how each of us can choose a growth mindset or a fixed mindset.  


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On this episode of Campus Connections, HSU President Lisa Rossbacher highlights the upcoming solar eclipse. Dr. Rossbacher recalls experiencing this amazing event in years past -- and finds possibilities for optimism and hope.


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HSU President Lisa Rossbacher remembers the tragedy of the Kent State student protest of 1970 -- and considers more recent protests on college campuses across the country.

Dr. Rossbacher concludes, "The right to dissent is fundamentally important."


A humpback whale was recently freed from entanglement in fishing gear off of Crescent City's shore.

HSU President Lisa Rossbacher celebrates the collaborative effort to save the whale's life.


Dr. Lisa Rossbacher discusses Humboldt State University's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and on-going campus efforts to expand the culture of sustainability. 

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Humboldt State's academic year has come to a close. In this segment of Campus Connections, President Rossbacher reflects on the graduating class of 2017.


HSU President Dr. Rossbacher discusses our values - as individuals, in the context of Humboldt State University and in our broader community.

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From Antiques Roadshow to the Environmental Studies major at Humboldt State...

HSU President Lisa Rossbacher champions education that encompasses and integrates wide-ranging, interdisciplinary areas of study. 

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HSU President Lisa Rossbacher discusses a recent study completed by Instructor Lonny Grafman and his engineering students. They examined the relative environmental and economic benefits of using mason jars in place of plastic and paper cups. 

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HSU President Lisa Rossbacher reflects on the markers of the changing seasons: deciduous trees, migratory birds, community events -- and Humboldt State students.

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HSU President Lisa Rossbacher discusses the positive impact university faculty have on the lives of students - and reflects on her own college experience and the professor that helped shape the course of her career.

In light of recent elections, Dr. Rossbacher reflects on the impact federal funds have on numerous programs and initiatives at Humboldt State University - including the benefits of federal funding to student grants and financial aid.

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Humboldt State President Lisa Rossbacher discusses her recent trip to HSU's  Telonicher Marine Lab in Trinidad. Lisa and a visiting Trustee of the CSU spent time with a mariculture class at the lab.

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Dr. Rossbacher reflects on the recent homecoming festivities at Humboldt State University and her conversations with the year's Golden Grads - HSU's Class of 1966.

She discusses how the Golden Grads' experiences are very much like those of HSU's students today - from being inspired by faculty members to creating lifelong connections with fellow classmates.

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Hupa-Yurok artist George Blake received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, conferred by the California State University and Humboldt State University, on October 11, 2016.  Blake creates his art using wood, silver, bones and antlers.  He is recognized as one of the few living people skilled in the traditional art of dugout canoe building. A Yurok dugout canoe created by Blake is on display in the HSU Library. Other works of  Blake have been on display at the Smithsonian.

Blake was honored by HSU for his many contributions  in the world of art. George Blake's art will be on display through December 3, 2016 at Humboldt State University’s Goudi’ni Native American Arts Gallery.

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Dr. Rossbacher reflects on the movement of athletes and spectators exercising their right to protest during sporting events, including at Humboldt State University. Students remained seated as the National Anthem was performed during HSU's first home football game this season. This action was a symbol of solidarity with San Francisco 49er, Colin Kaepernick, for his ongoing protest against inequalities in our nation. Players from the HSU volleyball team have joined in the silent protest in a recent home game.

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Dr. Rossbacher shares her experience of visiting Humboldt State's Library Brain Booth - where research and relaxation intersect. The Library Brain Booth allows visitors to utilize the biofeedback station, relaxation and contemplation station or virtual reality station. The  effects of mindfulness, attention, and contemplation  are measured through the various activities.

 Learn more about the HSU Library Brain booth here

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Dr. Rossbacher reflects on how Humboldt County, Humboldt Bay and Humboldt State University got their name. Alexander von Humboldt biographer, Andrea Wulf, details him in the book, "The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World". Wulf will visit Humboldt State's Van Duzer Theatre October 24, 2016 for a lecture on Alexander von Humboldt's extraordinary life.

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Dr. Rossbacher reflects on the connection between the Standing Rock Sioux pipeline protest in North Dakota and Humboldt State. Students have expressed the desire to show their support in person. One student, Conor Handley, is in Standing Rock and providing first-hand accounts of the protest via his Facebook. HSU students have signed petitions, sent letters and held a sunrise ceremony as a way to "stand with Standing Rock".

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