January 2019 Newsletter

Welcome David Montoya, New AVP of Human Resources

David MontoyaThe Department of Human Resources welcomes David Montoya as the new Associate Vice President of Human Resources. David took over the position on December 11, 2018 and is responsible for overseeing both the Human Resources and Payroll departments. 

David brings nearly 10 years of legal experience to the position, having graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2009. He has spent the past decade working with underrepresented groups and, most notably, Native American communities. David has helped California tribes and various businesses navigate the complexities of employment law, business law, and contract law. Education has always been important part of David's work which has included tutoring undergraduate and law school students over the past two decades. 

Outside of work, David enjoys brewing kombucha, following the Los Angeles Lakers and the UCLA football and basketball teams, listening to old school hip hop, and going on outdoor excursions with his wife Nora.

Please join us in welcoming David to campus!

New Learning Portal Coming Soon

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On January 29, 2019, our University will deactivate the Skillport Learning Portal and move to a new streamlined Learning Portal called CSULearn.

CSULearn is a more contemporary site with intuitive navigation, and access to more than 75,000 online courses, books, videos, in-person activities and required compliance training. We think you'll really like the updated interface and advanced capabilities.

Frequent Asked Questions

  • What is changing?
    Our campus is currently using SkillPort to provide access to professional development and compliance resources. We are upgrading our campus learning portal from SkillPort to a new and improved portal called CSU Learn.

  • When are we upgrading the portal?
    Our campus is switching to the new portal on Tuesday January 29, 2019.

  • Is there anything I need to do?
    Look for more information on your email and this portal.

  • Why are we upgrading the site?
    Our new portal meets the CSU’s growing need to provide flexible solutions for professional development resources, complex assignments, extensive reporting and analytics, and a more dynamic user experience.

  • How will I access the new portal?
    On January 29, you will find the access link to the new portal on the MyHumboldt portal. We will send additional information regarding portal access as we get closer to the date.

  • How do I get started?
    We have created user and manager quick-start guides. You will find them in this portal closer to the launch date.

  • Whom can I contact with questions?
    If you have any questions, you can contact Alfredo S. Corral, Learning Technology Specialist, at training@humboldt.edu

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact Alfredo S. Corral, Learning Technology Specialist, at training@humboldt.edu We're here to help!

Start the Year Walking

HSU Morning Stroll

If one of your resolutions is to start exercising more, you can start by walking around the HSU campus.

There are 6 predefined routes that will take approximately 15 minutes each.  Most of them include several flights of stairs.

Download the HSU Campus Walking Map and invite some friends to join in.


Skillport Blackout & Compliance Courses

From January 1st, Skillport will be permanently offline.
  • If you have completed your compliance courses before December 31st, all your certificates will be moved to CSU Learn.

  • If you didn't complete your courses prior to December 31st, you'll have to finish them after January 29 on CSU Learn.

  • If your courses were due between January 1st and the 29th, you'll have a grace period to complete them.

DUO Multi-Factor Authentication

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Employees with Level 1 data access will soon need to start using DUO multi-factor authentication to comply with CSU policy and access standards by the end of January 2019. Once enrolled in DUO, they will also be moved into the one-year password expiration policy.

Multi-factor authentication typically means that you need to use something you know (your password) and something you have (a device like a phone, tablet, or secure token) to access personally identifiable information (PII). Smart phones are probably the most convenient second factor (just download the free DUO Mobile app from the app store or Google Play), but if you don’t want to use a personal device, ITS has tokens available for employees to use. Just swing by the Technology Help Desk or email iso-staff@humboldt.edu to get yours.  

Here are a few tips:
  • Make sure you have more than one second factor set up, like your desk phone, in case your main second factor fails
  • If you have a smart phone set up as your second factor and are upgrading your phone, use DUO Restore to update your settings
  • Click "Remember me for 12 hours" if you're going to be working on that computer for a while
  • Add as many devices as you need and edit them as necessary

As always, if you have questions or experience any problems, please call the help desk at x4357.


Emergecy Preparedness

Emergency Disaster Kit

It is very important to be prepared for an emergency at home and at work, but doing so can be daunting because it is difficult to know where to begin.  

Do 1 Thing is a web-based twelve month preparedness program that focuses on a different area of emergency preparedness each month, and provides a range of preparedness options for each topic. Every month has a low or no-cost option to become better prepared. They give you a choice of three things you can do, then you choose one. You can jump in at anytime.

Do1Thing Website

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CSU's Got Talent

Strategic Persuasion Through Body Language

“Strategic Persuasion Through Body Language”, January 29 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT

Presented by Traci Brown, Body Language Expert

Register Here

Upcoming Classes

Dec 3 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dec 4 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dec 11 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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