Career Frontiers

Career Frontiers invites students, parents, and members of the community to our next speaker series panel with HSU Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences Dale Oliver, and Professor and Chair of Sociology Mary Virnoche.  Dale and Mary will join us to share insight and answer questions about student success at the university level.  The panel will be held on Monday evening, October 29th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the McKinleyville High School library.  Everyone is welcome to attend to get first hand perspective and information about college from these experienced university professors.  We will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.  Come check it out.   

Dale Oliver, Dean, HSU College of Natural Resources and Sciences, Ph.D., Colorado State University.  

I attended a four-year college in Michigan, where I earned a teaching credential in secondary mathematics.  After teaching for three years at the high school level, I attended graduate school at Colorado State University, where I earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics.  For the past 27 years I have served as a Professor of Mathematics at Humboldt State University, primarily to prepare future teachers of Mathematics and to encourage improvements in learning at all educational levels.  At various times along the way, I have also chaired the Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Education, and Oceanography.  In June of 2018, I began the position as the Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Sciences.  I live in McKinleyville with my wife Bonnie.  We have three children, all of whom graduated from McKinleyville High School and were very involved in the school’s International Baccalaureate program.  Our youngest is currently a senior at Humboldt State University.

Mary Virnoche, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology HSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder.  

I love talking with students about their academic and professional plans.  My own professional life has taken me in many different directions. I was a Journalism undergraduate and worked for a public relations firm in Minneapolis before going back to school. My next job was as a residence hall director in Missouri where I got an MA in Human Resources. I also worked as a resident director for Semester at Sea leading students on study-exchange experiences in 13 different countries. While in graduate school in Boulder, Colorado, I directed a non-profit Internet organization before most people knew anything about the web. I came to HSU in 2001 and during 2014-15 I moved my family to Granada, Spain. We lived on a hillside next to the Alhambra and my kids went to local schools.  My partner and I were visiting faculty members at the University of Granada. We worked on research, learned a lot about that area of the world, and studied Spanish at the University language institute. Most of my current research is focused on social justice and student success in higher education. In earlier chapters of my life I researched and wrote about the digital divide, and even earlier about midwives and home birth. As you might guess, I love to explore new places locally and far away — usually with a combination of hikes and outdoor excursions combined with exploring the countryside and cities.