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WHAT IS 25 DUCKS? With approximately 23,000 students at the University of Oregon, multiple students have been selected by their peers, professors and University of Oregon staff for the opportunity to win the prize of being a 25 Duck. The award is bestowed upon individuals who show impressive leadership, innovation and passion, and after a month-long nomination period, a panel of students and professionals from the Alumni Center and the Emerald Media Group selected 25 students to represent this year’s winners. These 25 diverse students come from a variety of backgrounds all around the world. With varying major focuses and extracurricular involvement, these outstanding Ducks are affecting amazing change throughout the campus. They are some of the most driven and enthusiastic individuals within their programs and workplaces, and serve as an inspiration to all those around them. The University of Oregon fosters a community of passionate, hardworking students and we are honored to have the opportunity to recognize these individuals. This year’s honorees feature students with backgrounds ranging from journalism to peer mentorship to combating sexual violence. The University is truly benefiting every day from the actions of these talented Ducks, and the passion of the following students is sure to benefit their future communities as well. Inside are the stories of 25 thoughtful, altruistic and ambitious students whom we are thrilled to welcome to the 25 Ducks family.

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Amber Lesher

Major: Doctor of Jurisprudence and M.S. Conflict and Dispute Resolution

Arielle Camino Markowitz

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

I want to change the world one person at a time. I know that systemic change is necessary and important, but I enjoy enacting change at the interpersonal level.

I think the overall goal is to have a positive impact on whatever community I’m in. I hope to use my voice to speak out for causes like climate change, affordable housing or mental health services and advocate for those who are systemically oppressed and directly affected by these problems.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am proud to be the editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation for the 201920 publishing year. I am also proud to have served dutifully on the board of OUTLaws, the UO Law School LGBTQ+ student organization, for the last two years. Who is your biggest role model and why?

I think in many ways my parents have always served as role models. My parents worked hard to provide for my sister and me, and I always strive to work as hard as they did to provide for my family. What are your goals after college?

To pass the bar exam and get a job. I think that’s the goal of every law student. Long term, ten to fifteen years down the road, I think I would enjoy and make a good professor or judge. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I would have to say Professor McGonagall. We both always try to follow the rules and do the right thing. And we both love tabby cats! What is one fun fact about you?

Before coming to law school I worked as a dog groomer for a few years. I love the pups!

Major: Psychology

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

Advocacy of all kinds has been my main source of pride and passion during my time here at UO. As the president of the Student Mental Health Advocates, I have had the opportunity to lead others towards fighting the stigmas around mental health issues and advocating for more resources for students. As a Latinx Senator for ASUO, a previous Resident Assistant, and a member of the Greek Community, I feel it has also been my duty to speak up for those of marginalized identities and not sit back when there is an unfair and unequal representation. Who is your biggest role model and why?

Despite him being 5 years younger than me, my brother Aaron is my biggest role model. He is the strongest, most compassionate person I’ve ever met. When he was 5, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and despite his years of treatment, recovery, and subsequent struggles, he has always kept the most positive attitude that I can only hope to have. What are your goals after college?

I plan on taking a year or two off from school to work and become (hopefully) somewhat financially stable. Then I plan on going to graduate school for cognitive neuroscience. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. Her determination, perseverance, and unwillingness to conform to anyone else’s standards is something I admire and always am striving for. No matter how small the problem, she is always willing to help out. Additionally, I can also relate to her intense love of breakfast foods. What is one fun fact about you?

I absolutely love cooking and you can always find me watching a cooking show in my downtime. I am always down to cook dinner for any of my friends or family and love experimenting with new dishes.

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Brya Patterson

Major: Family and Human Services

Blake McKay

Major: General Science & Computer Science

Major: Journalism & Advertising

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

One way that I would like to change the world is changing policy around sexual assault, specifically the reporting process of sexual assault because it’s becoming more and more tedious for survivors. I think getting involved in policy gives a leeway to opportunity for laws and regulations to change. I would change the world by implementing more healthy sex education in schools that teaches young people what consent is from a young age!

I want to change the world in whatever way I can. I believe that it does not require some grand act to reform all of the world’s problems or even the small ones, and I firmly believe that any change you make should matter because you believe in it and want it. The change you want can come so long as you put in the work and believe that it matters to you because it is your work, your passion that made the change, so you must honor yourself in that aspect. And you also must understand that any change is good change, because change comes due to your effort and work, therefore you have accomplished your goal and have done the best you can.

I want to make people feel seen and loved, and to hear out their stories. We all have something unique to give to the world. If you help to build one person up and make them realize their worth, they might turn and do the same to the people around them. The world can be a more beautiful place when everyone believes in themselves and lives to their fullest potential.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am going to be the new director of Organization Against Sexual Assault working with students on how to be better allies to survivors. I am volunteering as legal advocate through the University of Oregon for Kids’ First to advocate for children who have been abused sexually and physically. I am interning at the Trauma Healing Project, educating community agencies about trauma informed outreach. I have been involved with Get Explicit as well, presenting as a facilitator about sexual violence prevention and education work to incoming freshmen. I am also a newly added member to the advisory board for Title IX and reviewing policy! Who is your biggest role model and why?

One of my biggest role models is Oronike Odeleye because she started #MuteRKelly, and this movement has had a large impact on society. She’s my role model because she stands up for women who have been extremely marginalized. I believe as a woman, it’s important to have powerful women before you to show you that you can stand up for others. What are your goals after college?

My goals after college are to attend law school in California or Washington. I would love to represent those who have been affected by sexual assault or domestic violence on a college campus. I also have hopes of getting a career in Title IX on a college campus to help with diversity issues and sexual assault. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

Leslie Knope because I need to have just as much control when planning events as she does when she is working with her team. I also find myself overly involved in things going on around the community. What is one fun fact about you?

One fun fact about me is that I have a unhealthy addiction to buying sneakers. I have 60 pairs now... PAG E 4

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What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am proud to have been involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Multicultural Student Recruitment, and CIS department Diversity Committee Who is your biggest role model and why?

My biggest role model is my younger sister who is also a student here. No one I know has had the experiences and pain she has had to face in her 21 years of life. And every single day she finds a way and a reason to get up and tackle it all with grace and a strength I don’t get to see often. I hope to one day be as dedicated to myself as she is, and I hope one day she will understand how much it means to me to watch her be so great, especially when she doesn’t realize the power she carries. What are your goals after college?

After college I hope to attend Law school to specialize in Patent and Intellectual Property Law. However, I ultimately want to end up in Washington D.C. working with policy makers to reform and develop cybersecurity and internet laws/regulations. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

Velma Dinkley - Scooby Doo What is one fun fact about you?

I can wiggle my ears, one at a time or together.

Carly Belin

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I’m especially proud to have been involved in Student Orientation Programs and the Panhellenic Executive Council. In both roles, I was able to develop as a leader and a human while collaborating with amazing students who care about making the UO and the communities within it more strong. It’s extremely fulfilling to be a part of a team that sets goals and pushes one another to meet those goals and grow together as a team and as bada** individuals. Who is your biggest role model and why?

If you’d asked me how I felt about my sister 5 or 6 years ago, I probably would have told you something about how annoyed we got with each other. But now I can confidently say that she is my biggest role model and inspiration in life. She is confident and sure of herself, kind and considerate of others. She works to lead a sustainable lifestyle while advocating for the planet. She is my best friend and is someone I’ll be proud to know for the rest of my life. What are your goals after college?

I hope to be working at a company that does work I’m passionate about while allowing me to be creative, show my personality, and (ideally) be a leader as well. I’m hoping this can be either in entertainment media or advertising, but I’m open to whatever opportunity may roll my way! Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I think I’m a blend of Leslie Knope and Tom Haverford. The Leslie side of me is driven in work, supportive of my friends, and has an optimistic point of view on just about everything, while the Tom side of me cracks jokes (in the form of cringe-worthy puns), spends money on things I don’t need, and is over the top in almost all aspects. What is one fun fact about you?

I can do a mean Perry the Platypus impression.


Carol Crum

Major: Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM)

Major: Doctor of Jurisprudence

Casey Daggett

Cassidy Kusumoto

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

I am passionate about creating positive social change and working to ensure that people, especially those a part of marginalized communities, have access to affordable housing and are free from violence. I also want to dismantle the patriarchy.

I’ve always been passionate about human rights, but it wasn’t until law school that I realized that corporations have the potential to create tremendous and beneficial impacts, but are often unsure of how to engage with human rights. In turn, I hope to use my knowledge of both human rights law and business law to encourage corporations to adopt more socially responsible and sustainable measures.

If I could change the world, I’d start by listening. Through my education, work, experiences, and dayto-day relationships, I’ve learned that everyone has a story. We spend so much time these days trying to shout louder than the others so we can be heard but we don’t take a moment to stop and hear what others have to say. I think if we could take a minute to stop and listen to others, we could learn so much.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am so proud to have been involved with the Student Bar Association the last three years and to serve as president this year. We’ve grown so much every year, from barely meeting my first year to now advocating for issues that are critical to the law school community and planning a week based on mental health awareness. I’ve been so fortunate to have an incredible team this year and I can’t wait to see the work they do next year.

As a Creative Team Leader and PR Strategist at the Mills International Center, I am honored to have been a part of the Mills community. I am also proud to have been involved with student organizations like Kultura Pilipinas (KP) and American Pacific American Student Union (APASU) as these orgs have helped me get in touch with my roots and be proud of my identity.

Who is your biggest role model and why?

My parents are definitely my biggest role models. Both my mom and dad have been incredible support systems for me and they have sacrificed so much so that I can succeed. They taught me to keep going and to not be afraid of failure, and they always encouraged me to chase my dreams. If I could be half the parent to my child as my mom and dad were to me, I’d be satisfied.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

Safe Ride has been an integral part of my college experience. This intersectional feminist organization with a mission for sexual assault prevention has taught me so much and helped me grow as a person. I first became involved with Safe Ride my freshman year when I was hired as a dispatcher. Last year, I was the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator and this year I am one of the Co-Directors of the program. I am constantly inspired by the people around me and feel so lucky to have a job I love going to every day. Who is your biggest role model and why?

My biggest role models are Zoë and Sariah, two inspiring intersectional feminists I worked with last year on the Safe Ride Core Staff team. They taught me the importance of student activism and student voices and empowered me to stand up for myself and what I believe in. I would not be the person I am today without their encouragement and support. What are your goals after college?

After college, I plan on working in the public or nonprofit sector in social services that provide opportunities for low income families. After working for a couple years, I hope to attend graduate school. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

Though I haven’t read this book in a long time, one of my favorite books growing up was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The main character, Francie Nolan, is a young girl with a passion for reading. She uses reading as a way to escape the daily struggles of navigating life in poverty and having a parent with addiction issues. She values education as a means to break the cycle of poverty. Growing up, I closely identified with Francie. What is one fun fact about you?

I like opossums.

My biggest role model is my mother. She works unbelievably hard without complaint and excels at attention to detail, two traits I’ve tried to mirror throughout law school. She’s always given me unconditional support and encouraged me every step of the way. What are your goals after college?

I will be attending University of Edinburgh this fall for an LLM in Corporate Law, which will focus heavily on EU regulations and EU law. I hope to then work for a corporation and promote socially responsible best practices. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a lot of Leslie Knope in me! I’m really involved, care deeply about my community, and most importantly I’m passionate about supporting my team and everyone I work with. What is one fun fact about you?

I’ve taken up baking as a way to combat law school stress! I’ve gotten a lot better since law school began and can make more than cookies now, though they’re definitely still my most requested item.

Major: Public Relations

Who is your biggest role model and why?

What are your goals after college?

Scary question. Though nothing’s set in stone, my goal is to continue with my passion in storytelling and social activism to make a difference towards human good. I am also making it a point to see my family more often. And get more than 5 hours of sleep every night. Biggest goal, for sure. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

Recently was told I’d be Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy. As a small person with a tough exterior but a soft heart just like Rocket, I’d have to say I agree. What is one fun fact about you?

I’d say I have Olympic-level skill with fake sneezing. Ask me and I shall perform.

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Corina Pigg

Cristina Zepeda Yanez

Jordan Pickrel

Major: Psychology

Major: Anthropology & Geography

Major: Ceramics & English

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

Everyone changes the world. I just hope that my change produces a ripple effect of positive influence that allows others to feel empowered, worthy and compassionate.

I want to work as an urban planner to help with the development and design of land use and the built environment. I am mainly interested in the community engagement aspect of this field as it helps integrate the needs of the community into the development. I enjoy working with diverse communities and would like to continue making an impact in any way possible.

I hope to find ways to use arts and education to center people who have been pushed to the margins in all aspects of society. I feel that through small acts - creating access, building connections, and shifting social systems - we can work to create a world that is, on the whole, more inclusive and equitable.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am proud to have been able to create an entire event, the Innovation Summit, that has allowed transdisciplinary collaboration amongst UO students, faculty and the wider community. I’m also proud that I was able to complete an internship abroad working at a startup in Singapore. The internship really helped me see myself as solid peer mentor, inspiring others to work hard, play hard too. Who is your biggest role model and why?

I have three main role models. Kate Harmon, who is my professor, my mentor and my friend. She not only has provided me with so many opportunities in life, but she herself is such a strong intelligent leader. My mom, who showed me that hard work, putting family first and being assertive are keys to living a successful life. And finally, Elon Musk, who has shown me that doing a lot of really cool things for the world is REALLY cool. What are your goals after college?

After college I will be working as the Director of Marketing for a startup called FleetNurse. My goal is to learn as much as possible in this position and have a blast helping this company succeed. I am very passionate about what FleetNurse aims to do and am incredibly excited to use my time, creativity and perspective to see what I can accomplish in the position itself. I also hope to pay off all my student debt in under 5 years while working on my side hustle of starting my own business.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am proud to have been the logistics coordinator for BE Series, one of the student directors for the UO Ambassador Program and work as receptionist at the EMU Administration office. Through my involvement, I have been able to gain new skills, meet amazing people, and work with the community. Who is your biggest role model and why?

My biggest role models in my life have been my mom and dad. My mother has taught me how to be kind to everyone, to follow my dreams and know my worth. My father immigrated to the United States when he was young and has taken various amounts of jobs to provide the best for his family. He has taught me how to be persistent, resilient and strong. Without their sacrifices I wouldn’t be where I am today. Gracias mamã y papã!

After graduation, I hope to work in either education or with a nonprofit that helps to bring art into the community.

Which fictional character is most like yourself?

What is one fun fact about you?

My fun fact is that I have an identical twin sister who is graduating from Oregon State. People are always shocked when I tell them I’m a twin, and then find it hilarious when I tell them she goes to Oregon State.

I can dance for 5 hours straight without getting tired but I will be tired and ready for a nap after running one mile.

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I am continually inspired by the work of Shaul Cohen and Katie Dwyer, who lead the Prison Education Program through the many twists, turns and challenges of bringing UO classes and programs into Oregon prisons. The tenacity of students who have lead Safe Ride since its founding in 1985 also inspire me. What are your goals after college?

What is one fun fact about you?

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Who is your biggest role model and why?

My goals after college are to take a gap year and work for organizations that work directly with diverse communities before applying for a masters program in Urban Planning. This will allow me to understand the problems communities face and will apply them to my studies.

Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy is someone that I really hope I can say is a fictional character whom is most like myself. Despite any challenges that come her way, she stays strong, independent and follows her intuition.

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I am incredibly proud to have been a part of Safe Ride, UO’s assault prevention shuttle. Being a part of an organization committed to intersectional feminism and founded by students to help combat sexual violence has been extremely meaningful and humbling. Interning with the UO’s Prison Education Program has also fueled my college experience in unexpected ways, and has completely shifted my understanding of what learning and education might look like.

What are your goals after college?

I like to identify with Imelda, Miguelito’s great-greatgrandmother from the movie Coco because she was an independent woman who started her own business after her husband left. In the Land of the Dead she did anything possible to save Miguelito and send him back safe. I would do anything for my family just like she did!

Which fictional character is most like yourself?

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I’ve been volunteering at the Serbu Youth Detention Center this year and the kids there call me Shaggy (like Shaggy from Scooby Doo) constantly. I’m not sure that I’m all that much like Shaggy, but I do like Scooby Doo! What is one fun fact about you?

Chocolate gives me migraines.


Julia Liu

Katharine Wishnia

Keely Barnett

Major: Sociology

Major: Psychology & Political Science

Major: Family and Human Services

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

I want to change the world on both a micro and macro level. An idea is a powerful thing. If your idea gets to people through your connections and reaches those that it wouldn’t have otherwise, I count that as a victory. In that sense, you’ve changed the world, at least that’s what I’d like to think.

I want to help the world view mental health as a real issue, see marginalized communities as important and worthy, and help advocate for communities they feel passionate about. I want to help end serious issues in education, equal rights, and intellectual property.

When there is so much conflict in the world it’s easy to point fingers at those around you and neglect the improvements that need to be made personally. I believe that long-term change is most effective when everyone is learning and growing alongside one another; therefore, I hope to change the world by modeling compassion knowing that change starts with the individual. My light will only shine brighter when those around me are also shining.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I’ve been an RA for 2 years and just wrapped up my first year as a Peer Wellness Advocate, amongst others, and those have been nice because I’ve connected with students from all walks of life and learned from them while contributing my own insights. I’ve also made a lot of great friends along the way. Shoutout to the real ones, you know who you are. Who is your biggest role model and why?

I could say something like my mom, but that’s not entirely true. I feel like in a lot of ways, you have to be your own role model and create the idea of who you want to be. If you know yourself well enough and know how much you can realistically grow, I would rather aspire to do that than to become someone different than myself. What are your goals after college?

I’m planning on going to medical school to become a physician, probably in primary care. I also want to get a MPH. Hopefully I can work with underserved populations in the U.S. or abroad. In general, I’d like to explore and travel internationally to places like Peru, New Zealand, Thailand, and others. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I feel like I’m a mix between Diane and Princess Carolyn from BoJack Horseman. I might just be saying this because it’s one of my favorite shows, but I’ve definitely resonated with both of them throughout the series. I’ve felt disgruntled and cynical like Diane before, and I’ve felt like my efforts have been pointless when I’m trying to do great things in the big picture. But I still have that drive, like Princess Carolyn. That’s not necessarily a good thing, and maybe I need to learn how to relax more, but it definitely gives me the energy to wake up in the day and continue to learn new things, continue to do more. I definitely have big dreams, but the Diane side keeps me grounded.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I’m really proud to have been involved with Student Mental Health Advocates, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Student Member Advocacy Council, and PathwayOregon. I’m also really excited to start as the Student Trustee in July. Who is your biggest role model and why?

My biggest role models are my parents. They have given up so much and worked so hard to take care of me. I really admire their work ethic and honesty. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. What are your goals after college?

My goals for after college are to start attending law school, and continuing advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

The fictional character most like myself is Coraline. She is curious to know everything, tough, and has great style, of course. She really embodies the motivation and perseverance that I have. What is one fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I’ve done taekwondo for 8 years, and am a second-degree black belt!

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am most proud to be a member of the panhellenic community here at the University of Oregon. Panhellenic women are strong, bold, and courageous and I am thankful to serve as a Chapter President in an organization that is making strides toward a more inclusive and safe greek community. Who is your biggest role model and why?

Bob Goff is my biggest role model. As the founder of the nonprofit Love Does, Mr. Goff utilizes his platform to fight for human rights and provide education to children in conflict zones. He is also a retired lawyer, diplomat and world-famous author. What are your goals after college?

After college I hope to pursue a master’s in healthcare administration with the long-term goal of working for the nonprofit sector of a children’s hospital. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

It may be a common answer, but I would say I am most similar to Katniss Everdeen for her passion and strong character which is reinforced through trail. What is one fun fact about you?

In the summer of 2018, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Ethiopia, shadowing different nonprofit organizations. During my time there I got my first tattoo which says “be still and know” in Amharic.

What is one fun fact about you?

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Nicholas Gerish

Preslee Thorne

Major: General Social Science

Major: Public Relations

Paige Forster

Major: Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM)

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

I want to change the world by making it a safer place for everyone to live, where children can go to school without fear and neighbors are not afraid of each other.

I want to change the world one individual at a time. I believe that we all have potential to become something better than our current selves. Guiding people to see their potential growth is world changing for me.

My dream is to ensure that all people have accessibility and education to a nutritious diet. Ending world hunger and food/environmental racism is the goal!

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am proud to have been involved with the Event Staff at the Ford Alumni Center being able to help many different people with many different events on campus. I am also proud to have been involved with University of Oregon Police Department as a Student Security Assistant helping to maintain the security of campus. Who is your biggest role model and why?

I would have to say that my parents and my grandparents are my biggest role models because they all worked extremely hard to get where they are today, made countless sacrifices to help me, and they also taught me everything I know. What are your goals after college?

My goal for after college is to hopefully pursue a master’s degree in Applied Intelligence at Georgetown University. I will also be pursuing a career in federal law enforcement. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

A fictional character that is most like myself is Woody from Toy Story because he is a good friend, kind, and a leader. What is one fun fact about you?

One fun fact about me is that I like to go off-roading in my free time.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am proud of Pi Beta Phi. As I entered college, I thought joining a sorority was a waste of time and money. I soon found out my speculations were entirely wrong. I found the good in fraternal organizations. I found leadership, lifelong friendships, personal growth, and irreplaceable memories. If you ever ask yourself, “Should I join that club or organization?.” Do it. Take the risk. Find your niche and don’t question the route. Who is your biggest role model and why?

I have several role models but my biggest one is my older brother. As cliche as it sounds, he taught me mostly everything I know about being an adult and navigating life. I watched his every move as a child and I still look up to him now. From how to tie my shoes to chasing after that internship that I may not have all the qualifications for, Charlie is the reason I have zest for life. What are your goals after college?

After college, I will be living out my dream and working for E&J Gallo in the wine and spirits industry. In July, I will be moving to Portland and diving into my new career within the Sales Leadership Development Program for E&J Gallo Wine. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I resonate the most with Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. I do not stop until I get what I want in life. I make goals and I accomplish them without giving up. I entered college with numerous goals and I have successfully achieved each and every one of them (and a few extra, of course.) What is one fun fact about you?

One fun fact about me is that I grew up showing animals in 4-H and it was a large part of my childhood!

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What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am most proud to have been involved with the multicultural community at the U of O. NASU, Space for Race art show, the MCC, and Indigenous Womxn’s Wellness Group, to name a few, have connected me with an incredible network of people who have supported me and provided me a platform to spread positivity in the community. Who is your biggest role model and why?

My mom is the strongest person I know. She has survived abuse, raised 8 children, returned to university when I was in high school to obtain her degree in education, and achieved a certificate in personal training all while battling severe rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic illnesses. Despite many hardships, she is one of the most caring, encouraging, and positive people I know. She is the reason I keep going. What are your goals after college?

Once I graduate, I plan on gaining professional experience in the fields of public health and food security, for one to two years before starting a MPH program. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

Maybe I would be Little Foot from The Land Before Time. Always curious and always caring. What is one fun fact about you?

If you rearrange the letters of my name, it spells “sleeper.” My mom has always said that I could sleep through an Oklahoma tornado!


Rosemarie Oakman

Raj Shah

Romario Garcia Bautista Major: Journalism & Advertising

Major: PPPM & MA Nonprofit Management

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

By convincing others that the world is worth changing. To find beauty in the small things and to be an activist in the change I want to see in the world. I want to take advantage of this time where medicine and technology are advancing together rapidly, and use new groundbreaking technology to treat patients with the highest level of care the world has to offer.

Out of the 100 people I meet or interact with on a daily basis, I want to make an impact on at least one individual. That’s all it takes, just one person to feel inspired that they can create change and make a positive impact on the world. Once that person realizes that, then they will make an impact on another person and so on. It’s those tiny interactions and impacts that stay forever. That’s how we change the world, that’s how I change the world.

It is my dream to continue to develop and implement Alzheimer’s art access programs throughout the nation. I believe arts programming should be accessible to all Americans and that cultural enrichment is a human right.

Major: Human Physiology

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am proud to have founded the Be Aware, Save A Life organization here on campus. I am proud to be involved with this initiative because student health and student safety have always been important to me and to be able to see the change that this organization has already created on campus is something truly incredible. Who is your biggest role model and why?

My biggest role model is my father. He has always encouraged me to think big in my effort to change the world, but to always remember to stay grounded, live simple, and enjoy life. He has taught me to live in the moment, never dwell on the past, and to not try and predict the future. What are your goals after college?

My goal directly after college is to travel abroad for my gap year making unforgettable memories, new friends, and have life-changing experiences. After my gap year I will attend medical school in my effort to improve the lives and health of other people and become a lifelong learner in a career that is intellectually stimulating and rewarding. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I have been involved in more than 7 student organizations, 3 departmental organizations and have been employed by 5 different departments at the University of Oregon. Everything that I have been involved with, good or bad, has helped me become the person I am today. I am merely proud of the fact that I was involved. Who is your biggest role model and why?

I’ve had a lot of role models in my life, but I would have to say that the people that have made the most impact on my life have been Porfiria Bautista, Nataly Bautista, Yomaira Tarula, Jasmine Alik, Carina Garcia, Ednaly Jimenez, Diego Vasquez, Samantha Berguin and Jose Amesquita. These individuals at some point in my life inspire me to be the best version of myself, and for that I am eternally grateful. What are your goals after college?

I have been asked this question so many times, by interviewers, my friends, family members and peers within the last month. My answer is simply this: I want to continue to grow, learn, and explore. I want to continue making an impact on my community and representing my indigenous Zapotec community in whatever space I go.

I think the fictional character that I most resemble is Spongebob Squarepants. I am outgoing, hardworking, joyous, and optimistic. I wake up in the morning ready to have a great day, and do what I can to make people around me happy and cheerful. I have a great work ethic, not exactly flipping krabby patties, but overall will give my best effort in most endeavors I take up.

I honestly would consider myself to be like Ash Ketchum. Aside from the fact that I love Pokémon, Ash has a desire to learn, grow, and explore. He isn’t afraid of what lies ahead and takes risks.

What is one fun fact about you?

What is one fun fact about you?

One fun fact about me is that I am a certified scuba diver.

I eat crickets.

Which fictional character is most like yourself?

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

In the summer of 2018, I designed and implemented the Reflections and Connection Alzheimer’s art access program hosted at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) at the University of Oregon’s campus in collaboration with the Oregon and Southern Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Who is your biggest role model and why?

Doug Blandy is a true role model to me. He is the most inspiring educator I have ever met and learned from. Doug creates an ethos in his classrooms that engages students and inspire deep thought and open sharing. Doug is a champion for visual arts education at a national level. His expertise in lifelong learning, community and cultural development, folklore and disability studies has made significant impacts in his respective fields. What are your goals after college?

My goal after graduate school will be to work at a museum or community based nonprofit organization managing art access programs with a focus on adults aged 65 and older as well as diverse healthcare populations. After several years of serving in the public sector I hope to eventually return to school and earn a doctorate degree. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I identify with the crow from Aesop’s Fable of the Crow and the Pitcher. The moral of the story is a riff on the old adage, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” I admire the crow for his thoughtfulness, resourcefulness and goal setting. What is one fun fact about you?

I received a Bachelors in Fine Art from the National Casting Center part of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University in upstate NY. Before attending graduate school at the University of Oregon I spent five years managing a program called the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron Project which I founded at Alfred University.

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Sabrina Ionescu

Samantha Sidline

Yomaira Janet Tarula-Aranda

Major: General Social Science

Major: International Studies

Major: Ethnic Studies

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

I will hopefully be able to empower children and minorities in any way that I can, be a good mentor for those who look up to me, and have a positive impact on the community and at the university.

My passion lies within health equity and understanding how social, cultural, environmental, and political factors can influence individual and population health. I am hoping to combine my drive for social justice and interest in global health to address health disparities in specific populations on the margins. For example, I am particularly interested in refugees and migrants from Latin America and their integration into the United States.

I am preparing to be a leader that brings social reform to the education system through public policy. Through my Ethnic Studies major, I become more empowered to do the work I am doing as I am learning and strategizing how to bring change to the systems of oppression that exist within education.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a group of student athletes who meet together and go to middle and elementary schools and do things with children. We go to hospitals, too. We are just trying to make an impact on the community and reach out to those who are in need of help. Who is your biggest role model and why?

With my family coming from a different country, my mom works really hard and has a super positive attitude. She is always welcoming and sees the good in every situation, so she’s always been someone who has inspired me to be better and more like her. What are your goals after college?

Hopefully I will play for as long as I can, and then probably get into coaching or the media aspect of sports. So, either coaching or working with an organization, like Nike, that revolves around sports. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

Tweety bird. I honestly just loved Tweety Bird growing up. I always had Tweety Bird shirts and loved watching the tv shows. What is one fun fact about you?

I have a twin brother, and am 18 minutes older than him.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work in health promotion and provide more holistic education about health through my job at the Duck Nest Wellness Center. Additionally, I have been involved in sexual violence prevention education on campus since the beginning of my university experience. The supervisors I’ve had in both of these roles have been so influential and have really helped me find my way and focus my interests. Who is your biggest role model and why?

I was recently able to see Chimamanda Adichie speak so she is present on my mind. When I discovered her early in high school she gave me the language to think about and describe feminism. She is a foundational figure who influenced why I am a feminist today. What are your goals after college?

Eventually I plan to go to graduate school to pursue a degree in Public or Global Health. I want to take some time after college to explore different career opportunities and to travel while I’m at it. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

My family has joked that I’m like Kim Possible because she travels the world fighting villains, similar to what I hope my role to be in the global health field. She serves as a great example of how powerful a girl can be. Also, all my friends know they can reach me 24/7 and I’ll be there for them, which has been pointed out to me as a classic Kim Possible quality. What is one fun fact about you?

My first tattoo was an outline of a redwood tree because it represented my mom who is one of the strongest people I know. The redwoods embody her energy to me and I wanted a way to honor that. She ended up getting her first tattoo the same day to match.

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What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

Proud to be a student organizer on the MEChA board during my time at the UO. It has been empowering to transform the anger I feel about injustices, into organizing. Once a Mechista always a Mechista! Who is your biggest role model and why?

Mi linda madre (my kind mother.) Would not be the strong and capable woman if it was not for her. What are your goals after college?

I plan (speaking into existence) to build a high school in the small town my parents came from in Mexico so all my cousins can receive a high school education. I also want to keep growing as a person and community advocate. I want to further my education to gain greater knowledge and skills to uplift underrepresented communities. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I am my own character creating my own reality. What is one fun fact about you?

I came into college not understanding what a major was. That’s how new this college environment was for a brown girl like me. Today, I can safely say that I am thriving in the system. #firstgenerationstudentproblems


Youri Benadjaoud

Zoe Light

Major: Psychology

Major: PPPM & Environmental Studies

How/Why do you want to change the world?

How/Why do you want to change the world?

I would like to further aid those in impoverished communities, especially by building further infrastructure so that all humans may receive access to healthcare.

I want to help increase awareness about how living a sustainable life isn’t as big of a task as it seems for individuals or companies and bring that change into legislation and the judicial system. I hope to bring environmentalism into all aspects of life to better our world and increase our sustainability for future generations.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

I have had the pleasure to be involved within the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office and the Board of Directors for the Duck Store where I continue to serve and represent student interests. I am simultaneously the President of the Students for Global Health, a club where a multitude of topics are discussed in relation to the well-being of humans. I recently became a research assistant in the Computational Social Neuroscience Lab via the Psychology Department which has provided an avenue for a more broad and interactive educational experience. I look forward to continuing my undergraduate experience by serving in these organizations and working on providing a more fruitful college experience for all of my fellow peers.

What are you proud to have been involved with at University of Oregon?

My dad. He has shown me that anything can be accomplished with hard work.

I am so proud to be the Greeks Go Green Coordinator. We work to bring sustainability into Greek life through partnering with Zero Waste for large events, raising money for local charities, and educating people about sustainability. I am eager to bring the passionate, excited group from the greater Fraternity and Sorority life community into environmental work. I also am proud to be the Sustainability Chair of the Oregon Hillel Foundation. I feel so lucky to have found an awesome, supportive community there and have been honored to be able to bring sustainability to our events and facility. My pride extends to other awesome experiences with: Congressman DeFazio’s Office, Ducks for Israel, Chi Omega sorority, Undergraduate Law Society, etc.

What are your goals after college?

Who is your biggest role model and why?

I dream on attending medical school. Also, I would like to adopt a couple puppies.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is my biggest role model because she did everything she could to fight for a cause she believed in, regardless of the opposition she faced. With so many people against her, believing she was working to a pointless cause, she stayed dedicated to what she knew was right. She constantly remains respectful and always presents her ideas with patience and understanding. She is a powerhouse who inspires me to continue to be respectful, thoughtful, passionate, and true to the beliefs I hold dear.

Who is your biggest role model and why?

Which fictional character is most like yourself?

Tintin, based on my adventurous side. What is one fun fact about you?

I am most definitely addicted to Yerba Mate.

What are your goals after college?

I dream of going to law school so I can become an environmental lawyer. I want to work towards legislative and judicial changes to hold everyone accountable for our use of natural resources. Which fictional character is most like yourself?

I am a mix of Phoebe Buffay from Friends and Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec. I wish I could say the Lorax, but I just can’t live up to the cool mustache. What is one fun fact about you?

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Congratulations to all of our 25 Ducks award winners for 2019!

ulations to all of our 25 Ducks award winners for 2019!

The 25 Ducks Award honors outstanding students at the University of Oregon who have demonstrated a passion for academic excellence, service to their community, and leading their peers to positively impact our world.students Our 25 winners have surpassed these They have have clearly demonstrated demonstrated the outstanding at the University ofcriteria. Oregon who outstanding qualities we look for in our student recipients of this award.

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ethic, and leadership. The Student Alumni Association, the student-lead chapter of the University of Oregon Alumni Association, focuses on actively engaging students during their time on campus with the understanding that it these engaged students that become active alumni.leaders The Emerald and rald Media Group began this award aswill anbeopportunity for outstanding young across the UO Alumni Association are proud to bring this recognition to outstanding Ducks each year who ampus to be recognized faculty, staff, and their haveby displayed the potential to change thefellow world. students for their commitment, work

d leadership. The Student Alumni Association, the student-lead chapter of the University of Students are and always will be the University of Oregon’s greatest asset. Students’ abilities and Alumni Association, focuses on actively engaging students during their time on campus with contributions to the university and surrounding community are key to the success of the entire students, there would be no university.active These student winners’ have distinguished rstanding that it willuniversity; be thesewithout engaged students that become alumni. The Emerald and themselves as exemplary Ducks who are already making a difference and living the university’s motto, Alumni Association are proud to bring this recognition to outstanding Ducks each year who “Mens Agitat Molem.” Our 25 recipients will continue to achieve long after they graduate. Our hope is played the potential to thelife-long world. thatchange they become ambassadors and advocates for the University of Oregon. It is this communal spirit of Ducks Helping Ducks that brings together alumni from all over the world

are and always will be back, the displaying University of Oregon’s greatest abilities and to give their commitment to their alma materasset. and theirStudents’ communities and encouraging the success future generationscommunity of Ducks. tions to the university and ofsurrounding are key to the success of the entire y; without students, there would be no university. These student winners’ have distinguished This award represents our appreciation and serves as an ongoing reminder of the achievements of these celebrated students. Awardmaking recipients: a Take a moment toand reflect upon your take ves as exemplary Ducks who are already difference living theaccomplishments university’sand motto, in knowing that you are an important member of the UO community. On behalf of the Alumni gitat Molem.” Our 25pride recipients will continue to achieve long after they graduate. Our hope is Association and Ducks around the world, I would like to extend our gratitude for all you have done for become life-long ambassadors and for We thelook University of Oregon. our university and theadvocates local community. forward to seeing the great things you will accomplish in your futures!

communal spirit of Ducks Helping Ducks that brings together alumni from all over the world Sincerely, ack, displaying their commitment to their alma mater and their communities and encouraging ess of future generations of Ducks.

rd represents our appreciation James Chang and serves as an ongoing reminder of the achievements of these d students. Award recipients: Take a moment to reflect upon your accomplishments and take Director, Duck Career Network knowing that you areUOan important member of the UO community. On behalf of the Alumni Alumni Association ion and Ducks aroundPHONE: the I 245-ALUM would like to extend our gratitude for all you have done for (541)world, 346-5656 or (800) PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 1720 E. 13th, Eugene, OR 97403 MAILING ADDRESS: 1204 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1204 ersity and the local community. We look forward to seeing the great things you will accomplish EMAIL: alumni@uoregon.edu WEB: www.uoalumni.com utures! PAG E 1 2

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Independent Student Media The Emerald has served the University of Oregon with news and information since 1900. 100% of our content is produced by University of Oregon students. We are a non-profit organization, located in the Erb Memorial Union.

Our mission is:

• To serve the University of Oregon community with independent student journalism in the public interest. • To train students to professional standards and provide networking opportunities that make them coveted job candidates. • To ensure the long term financial viability of an independent student media company.

The Daily Emerald

The Emerald publishes news 24/7 on our website dailyemerald.com. Follow dailyemerald on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for news. Sports fans also follow odesports on Twitter. We deliver news to your inbox with our email edition. We print a newspaper weekly on Mondays, and a Game Day edition on Thursday during football season. In 2016, our newspaper was awarded The Associated Collegiate Press’ top award - The Pacemaker.

Ethos Magazine

We publish Ethos magazine at the start of each term featuring long form stories and international topics. Ethos magazine also maintains a website. In 2015 Associated Collegiate Press awarded their Online Pacemaker to ethosmagonline.com.

Emerald Essentials

Our Emerald Essentials Team produces themed magazines to help guide students through their college experience by featuring all the best places to Live, Learn, Eat, and Play. Follow EMGEssentials on Facebook and Instagram.

And More!

We do a bunch of other stuff, too: Marketing, events, advertising, photo booth, design service and video production. Go to dailyemerald.com/apply for a list of available positions or email engage@dailyemerald.com for more information!

“Working at the Emerald was the single most important experience that shaped who I am as a professional today.” - Tyler Mack, Account Executive,

Emerald Alumni ‘05

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Be part of a 119 year old organization!

We employ over 100 students each year. Our students go on to work for Washington Post, The Oregonian, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian, Nike, GQ, Google, Facebook, Amazon.

Student positions at the Emerald: Emerald Newsroom: Editor in Chief Managing Editor Art Director New Editor Sports Editor Arts & Culture Editor Opinion Editor Podcast Editor News Reporters Sports Reporters Arts & Culture Reporters Copy Chief Copy Editors Engagement Editor Social Media Producers Outreach Director Visual Arts Editor Photographers Illustrators Designers Video Editor Videographers

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Special Sections Team: Editor in Chief Photo Editor Writers Photographers Copy Editors Social Media Coordinators & Interns

Distribution:

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Technical & Creative Team: Lead Designer Graphic Designers Design Strategist Lead Videographer Videographers Web Developer

Emerald Photobooth: Director Booking Agent Designer Event Leaders Event Photographers

Sales & Marketing: Account Executives Marketing Director

Branding & Marketing

Branding & Marketing Manager Event Coordinator Branding & Marketing Interns

For current open positions and how to apply, visit:

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ADRIAN—Technology (employee since Mar 2017) OLIVIA—Art & School Supplies (employee since Sept 2016) TAYLER—Marketing (employee since Feb 2018)

Be more. Student team members are an essential part of The Duck Store team—supporting our sportswear events team and helping students select course materials, among other roles. This workforce’s commitment ranges from seasonal to part-time and more, and offers a way to ease the stress of education and living expenses, complete with flexible schedules in a fun and lively environment. We are proud to be a part of so many our team members’ University of Oregon experience. Meet some of our other UO graduates online at UODuckStore.com

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