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Ducks Speak Up

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Ducks who care about the future of the UO are making their voices heard by local, state, and federal policymakers. The University of Oregon Alumni Association sponsors the UO Advocate program as a way of encouraging alumni and friends of the university to connect with elected officials on policy issues such as student aid and government funding for higher education. University officials believe that advocates were instrumental in the Oregon legislature’s recent decision to provide increased funding for the UO in the state budget.

Advocates don’t need to be policy experts or active in politics in order to be effective. The main requirement is passion for the UO. Those who sign up will receive alerts about key issues and essential background information about policy issues that are currently up for debate.

To learn more, visit www.advocates.uoalumni.com


Rutherford Investment Management, a Portland law firm led by former Oregon state treasurer Bill Rutherford, BS ’61, received a Morningstar overall four-star rating for its multicapitalization growth performance, one of the highest-rated classes of its kind in the nation.

Joe M. Fischer, BS ’60, MFA ’63, delivered a painting of the Grand Canyon landscape to patrons in Congress, Arizona. He also created a seascape depicting the Cape Disappointment lighthouse for the Lower Columbia College art collection.

Sigma Chi brother J. Rickley Dumm, BS ’64, published his first novel, Skavenger Hunt (2015), and attributes early help with the story to a fellow Oregon grad, Jerry Bench, DMD ’67. Dumm resides in Southern California, where he worked with former Sigma Chi brother and roommate Stephen J. Cannell, BS ’64, to produce television shows in the 1980s and ’90s, including The Rockford Files, Riptide, and Silk Stalkings.

Dianne L. Semingson, BA ’69, president and CEO of DLS International Service, was awarded the SmartCEO Brava! Award in July. The award recognizes top female CEOs who are not only exemplary leaders of their companies, but also devoted local philanthropists and exceptional mentors within their industry.


“American Heritage” is this year’s theme for the second Festival of Arts program that features lectures, exhibits, plays, and movies. Performances during the festival include internationally known dancer Paul Draper, and singer and folk music authority Pete Seeger.


Timothy Kenny, MA ’72, published a collection of creative nonfiction titled Far Country: Stories from Abroad and Other Places (Bottom Dog Press, 2015), which chronicles his adventures as a foreign affairs reporter, Fulbright scholar, and journalism professor at the University of Connecticut.

The Idaho Library Association selected the dean of university libraries at the University of Idaho, Lynn Baird, MA ’74, as this year’s Librarian of the Year.

After 41 years in the newspaper business, Mikel Kelly, BS ’74, retired in September. Previously, he worked as chief of the central design desk for the Portland Tribune, and has spent time at the Tigard Times, Woodburn Independent, and Lake Oswego Review. He will continue writing a column for the Pamplin Media Group into his golden years.

Todd M. Howe, BS ’74, published a memoir, There I Was and Here I Am (CreateSpace, 2015), which chronicles his life pursuing the dream of flying and his many experiences along the way—including his stint at the UO Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Roger Kugler, DMA ’75, was appointed director of Park University’s International Center for Music. He has dedicated 33 years of his life to working in higher education, and most recently served eight years as chair of the Department of Music at Ottawa University.

Kari Sagin, BS ’79, has spent her career producing news, entertainment, and reality programming with some of television’s most popular personalities, including Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Maury Povich. A recipient of two Gracie Awards, she currently resides with her husband in Los Angeles and recently sent her son Jackson off on his own college career at Vassar College in New York.

Marvin Fjordbeck, BA ’79, JD ’83, has left public law practice for the Portland-area regional government, and has returned to private practice serving nonprofit organizations, emerging businesses, and local governments.

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A new “zero tolerance” policy aimed at cracking down on the influx of counterculture youths congregating around East 13th Avenue near campus is being strictly enforced. A public safety station operated and funded by the police department and local businesses has been set up in the 7-Eleven parking lot to keep watch on groups of dreadlocked hippie kids who, business owners say, loiter, sell drugs, and aggressively panhandle people trying to patronize their establishments. 


President Obama announced the appointment of Matthew John Matthews, BA ’80, to the rank of ambassador during his tenure of service as a United States senior official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Richard Trebing, MBA ’83, was appointed vice president of finance and chief accounting officer of Mentor Graphics. He joined the company in 1989, and most recently served as corporate controller and chief accounting officer.

King Estate Winery has hired longtime public relations leader Jenny Ulum, MA ’83, as its managing director of strategic communications. She will oversee all marketing, public relations, and public affairs work for the winery’s brands, including King Estate, North by Northwest, and Acrobat.

Bank of the West recently named Paul Knowlton, BS ’84, as vice president and national program manager in its equipment finance division.

TripAdvisor has hired Ernst Teunissen, MBA ’88, as the company’s chief financial officer. Prior to accepting this position, he worked in a similar role for Cimpress N.V.

Scott Whitney, BS ’89, former assistant chief of police with the Oxnard Police Department, was appointed assistant city manager of Oxnard, California.


USA Track and  Field, the sport’s governing body, selected Eugene for the 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials. Craig Masback, the organization’s CEO, described the UO’s Hayward Field as “hallowed ground in our sport” and noted that Eugene’s vision for connecting “track’s past, present, and future won the day.”


A Springfield, Oregon, police officer for 16 years, Scott James, BS ’91, has published Dirt: A Crime Novel (CreateSpace, 2015). Set in Oregon during the 1970s, the story follows the lives of three young police officers as they learn to balance their careers and love lives. The book is written in memory of Chris Kilcullen, a Eugene police officer killed in the line of duty on April 22, 2011.

The Seattle-based firm NAC Architecture hired Liz Katz, BFA ’91, as a project architect. Formerly with Stantec Architecture in Houston, Texas, her primary focus is in education and multifamily structural design.

Carrie Cameron Norman, BS ’95, married Kelly Norman in a small ceremony with family members on August 8. She is the director of marketing and professional relations for Monte Nido and Affiliates’ eating disorder treatment programs.

Matthew Bates, BA ’96, has begun a new position as director of photography for Eddie Bauer, the clothing retailer.

Stanford University’s global studies division awarded digital resource librarian Stephanie M. Roach, BA ’96, the 2015–16 MLIS fellowship. She will collaborate with colleagues from the College of San Mateo, Foothill College, and Stanford University to internationalize course curricula in the study of information, ethics, and society.

Arn Strasser, MArch ’96, published a book of poetry titled Before Dreaming (Budding Branch Books, 2015).

Andrea Torchin, MS ’94, is Marymount School of Santa Barbara’s new head of the Lower School. Previously, she and her husband lived in Panama for 11 years before feeling the pull of home.

Ken Yanhs, BA ’98, has joined the Lego Group as director of marketing in the Boston-based education business unit leading online, offline, and e-commerce. The company is looking to hire across several departments, and he needs more Ducks to migrate east and join the Lego flock!

Prithiviraj Fernando, MS ’93, PhD ’98, a pachyderm expert from Sri Lanka, has recently been advocating for the urgent study of leopards and elephants residing on unprotected lands in an effort to understand and resolve human-animal conflict situations.


According to a study conducted by the Midwest Research Institute of Kansas City for the Environmental Protection Agency, the quality of life in Eugene beats out all other cities of comparable size in the US. As the university prepares for its centennial celebration next year and moves into its second century, the dorms are packed, Greek membership is up, and it has set an all-time enrollment record of 17,384 students. Eugene and the university are the place to be.


After 15 years working in marketing consulting for Fortune 500 brands, Jason Bennett, BA ’00, has struck out on his own to launch True Star Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping brands identify their purpose and create meaningful connections with their customers.

Michael L. Boyer, JD ’00, an associate professor at the University of Alaska, authored Every Landlord’s Guide to Managing Property: Best Practices, from Move-In to Move-Out (Nolo Press, 2015).

Celebrated composer and pianist Mazdak Khamda, MMus ’00, created the ballet Danse Macabre: A Gothic Romantic Tale of the Night in collaboration with violinist Yasushi Ogura. The performance was staged by Napa Valley Ballet and debuted in October at the Jarvis Conservatory in California.

Jake Triolo, BA ’04, became a partner of Capitol Tax Insights in Washington, DC. Previously, he served as legislative director and tax counsel to House Committee on Ways and Means member Todd Young.

Jenna Adams, BA ’06, joined the New York City Department of Transportation as its director of legislative affairs, where she is responsible for drafting legislation to enhance the city’s transportation infrastructure, promote bicycle use, and make the streets safer.

Traci Ray, JD ’07, executive director at the Portland employment, labor, and benefits law firm Barran Liebman LLP, was awarded the UO School of Law’s 2015 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. The award recognizes graduates who have made significant career, leadership, or service contributions to the community, the School of Law, or the legal profession within the first 10 years following graduation.


Maximilian D. Lyon, BS ’10, garnered a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology this spring. He is currently working in sustainable architecture at an engineering consulting firm in Chicago.

Former UO distance runner and nine-time All-American Parker Stinson, BS ’15, won the Great Cow Harbor 10K run during the annual Cow Harbor Day festival in Northport, New York.


UO’s astronomical observatory at Pine Mountain in Bend receives $60,000 from the state legislature to buy new computer systems for the observatory’s 24- and 32-inch telescopes, and an electronic imager to record light from very faint celestial objects.

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LAWRENCE PETER LEVINE, BA ’69, MFA ’72, was among the victims of the October 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College. Levine, 67, was an assistant professor of English at UCC, which allowed him to share his passion for writing with others. Born in Manhattan, Levine grew up in Beverly Hills and, after graduating from high school, moved to Oregon. He moved back to California in the mid-1970s and joined UCC a few years ago, where teaching was a secondary occupation to his work as a fly-fishing guide. Levine’s rich contribution to the UO community is preserved in his MFA thesis, “Collected Works: 1969–1972,” available in Knight Library.

Don Belding Jr., Class of 1944, died on May 30 at age 94 in Escondido, California. In lieu of flowers, donations went to the Semper Fi Fund, which helps members and families of US uniformed services.

Ann (Potter) Person, Class of 1947, died on August 10 at the age of 90 in Tempe, Arizona. She is credited with single-handedly revolutionizing the knit fabric home-sewing market with a simple technique: stretching the material. She founded Stretch and Sew, which offered patterns, fabric, and sewing lessons. The company blossomed through the 1970s and eventually tapered out over the following decade. In 2004, she was inducted into the American Sewing Guild’s hall of fame and her legacy is now housed on sites such as Etsy, Pinterest, and Amazon.

Gretchen Edgren, BA ’52, died on September 16 at the age of 84. A longtime Playboy magazine editor, she also authored five coffee table books about Playboy, the playmates, and the Playboy Mansion. She and her husband moved to Florida later in life, where they served for many years as coordinators for a local conservation program, the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.

Thomas Edward Ragsdale, BS ’50, MEd ’55, died at the age of 90 in Eugene, Oregon. A veteran of the US Navy, he returned to Oregon to finish his education. As a student manager for UO track coach Bill Bowerman, he was later inspired to form the Oregon Track Club, which endures to this day. A highly respected track coach in his own right, he led many Eugene high school cross-country teams to success throughout his career, and became the second inductee to the UO Track-and-Field Hall of Fame.

Alberta “Jo” Chase Norris, BS ’54, died on September 22 at the age of 83. A member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, she dedicated her life to community causes. She and her wife raised three children, and later become loving grandparents.

Sigma Chi brother Thomas Joseph Dryden, DMD ’57, died at the age of 90 in Warrenton, Oregon. He served in the US Navy during World War II and later became a dentist in the Portland area. After raising five children, he and his wife retired to the Oregon coast, where they enjoyed golfing, socializing, and traveling.

Edward Norman Fadeley, JD ’57, died at the age of 85 in Springfield, Oregon. After serving in the US Navy, he graduated at the top of his class from the UO School of Law. He went on to serve in the Oregon legislature for 26 years, and spent almost a decade on the Oregon Supreme Court. In 1979, he was presented with the UO’s inaugural Pioneer Award, recognizing his work in support of the university.

Iris Rae McClellen Tiedt, MA ’62, died on September 26 at the age of 87. An accomplished teacher, she returned to college after raising a family and earned a doctorate in education from Stanford University. The author of several texts, she and her daughter cowrote Multicultural Teaching (Allyn and Bacon, 1979), which is currently in its seventh edition. A lifelong member of the Sierra Club, she was considered by many to be a master gardener.

Raymond David Wayne Burke, MEd ’72, died on September 4 at the age of 76. He dedicated his life to public education and began his career in Alberta, Canada, where he eventually became principal of St. Dominic’s Catholic School. He later joined the staff of Bow Valley College, where he spent many years administrating the GED program.

Abigail Morgan Sullivan, MEd ’72, died on September 13 at the age of 88. She worked as a Eugene elementary school teacher for 20 years, and spent the early 80s helping schools throughout the area incorporate computers into the classroom. She is the coauthor of a computer keyboard curriculum for elementary and middle school students.

James D. Aguiar, MS ’73, died on August 13 at the age of 68. A standout athlete in high school and college, he went on to earn accolades as a wrestling coach for Plymouth State. After receiving his doctorate from Boston University, he became involved in local Democratic politics and helped pass the Marriage Equality Law.

Theresa Reyna, BA ’84, died suddenly on September 19 at the age of 54 in Fort Collins, Colorado. She raised her family in the Northwest, moving from city to city throughout the region. She worked in banking, lending, law, and tax preparation, although dedication to her children was first and foremost.

Cheryl Kae Shurtleff-Young, MA ’88, died at the age of 68 in Boise, Idaho. A former art professor at Boise State University, she was a celebrated artist throughout her career. She is known for her use of intense simplicity, her perfectionism, and her fascination with the natural world.

Sherri Marie Berg, BS ’88, died unexpectedly on June 5 at the age of 57. A beloved wife and mother, she was the successful owner of Café 131 in Springfield, Oregon, for five years before dedicating herself to raising her family. Although she was afflicted with debilitating pain throughout most of her life, she is remembered as a happy and caring individual.

Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, PhD ’92, died of natural causes at age 77. A prominent philanthropist and influential leader in higher education, she is credited with shaping Oregon State University into the institution it is today during her time as vice president of university advancement. She was an original founder of Foundations for a Better Oregon and the Chalkboard Project, among many other humanitarian pursuits.

Olivia Kathryn Smith, BA ’15, died unexpectedly on September 13 at the age of 22. A skilled writer and athlete, she was a hard worker who loved being surrounded by friends.



Former law professor Dennis Greene died at age 66. Best known as a founding member of the rock-and-roll group Sha Na Na, he performed at the legendary Woodstock festival and appeared in the 1978 film Grease. Despite great success, he left the music business and earned a law degree from Yale University. After a brief stint as an executive for Columbia Pictures, he worked full time as a law professor, ending his career at the University of Dayton.

Former architecture professor Charles William “Chuck” Rusch died on September 10 at the age of 81. After graduating from Harvard University, he served in the US Navy and later earned a master’s in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the UO faculty in 1978, where he indulged in his passion for environmentalism and sustainability.

What can tunes and the tasty treats tell us about making good experiences better?

Thousands of Velella velella, jellyfish relatives, washed ashore on Oregon beaches in April, and now are littering beaches in New Zealand.

Alumnus Edgardo Simone is a successful composer and orchestrator of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises