Track and Field, 1969-72
Accomplished first as an athlete and later as a professor, Joe Giovannetti has proven equally successful as both student and mentor.
Under the tutelage of legendary Lumberjacks' coach Jim Hunt, Giovannetti twice earned a trip to the NCAA Track and Field Championships, qualifying as an 800 meters runner in 1971 and 1972. He remains listed among Humboldt State's fastest in that race with a best time of 1 minute, 51.2 seconds.
Giovannetti completed is undergraduate work at HSU in 1972, then continued to earn an MA in education at Humboldt State and Ph.D. in psychology form Sierra University.
An American Indian, Giovannetti served as tribal chair of the Tolowa Nation Tribal Council from 1983-85. He is an enrolled citizen of the Smith River Rancheria in Del Norte County.
Giovannetti is a tenure track assistant professor at Humboldt State, teaching Native American Studies.
He is married to Humboldt State graduate and Blue Lake native Carla Hake. They are the parents of two children, Grant, 16 and Stephanie, 14.