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M Jackson, Nat Geo Explorer

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As one of 14 individuals recently named a 2017 “Emerging Explorer” by National Geographic, M Jackson, PhD ’17, appreciates the significance of a title that has traditionally been reserved for men. “Having the title of ‘explorer’ bestowed upon me alongside a group of diverse people—including other women and indigenous peoples—suggests that the idea of who can be an explorer, and how exploration is defined, has changed significantly and upended traditional conceptualizations of ‘explore,’” she says. A geographer and glaciologist, Jackson is the recipient of US Fulbright fellowships in Iceland and Turkey, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, and has led National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Alaska and Iceland. Jackson, who was featured in “Breaking the Ice,” in the Autumn 2016 issue of Oregon Quarterly, continues to examine the diverse intersections of people and glaciers. Her book, While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change, draws together family stories of loss and death with environmental narratives of climate change, mourning, courage, and hope.

Photograph by James Bernal

Don Essig

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Through all the wins and losses, historic picks, and school records held at Autzen Stadium, there has always been Don Essig. The legendary PA announcer celebrated his 50th season with the UO on September 2, with the Ducks’ 77–21 win over Southern Utah. Essig, MEd ’64, PhD ’71, has been in the booth since 1968, perfecting his art of making announcements within 12 seconds, thanks to the Ducks’ trademark fast-tempo offense. During his half-century span of calling games, he has seen the UO rise into a national football powerhouse. Although the Ducks’ program is always changing, there are some things that will remain the same—Essig will be in the announcing booth, and it will never rain in Autzen Stadium.


Karen Cookson, BS ’61, MMus ’66, was honored at the 2017 Otsego 2000 Historic Preservation Awards  in New York for coediting The Sharon Springs Community Cookbook: With Recipes from Beekman Farm and Their Neighbors, which will be sold nationwide to benefit the local food pantry.  

Clark Santee, BS ’63, retired after a 50-year career as an independent producer and director of performing arts programs for television. He continues his television activities as a volunteer, producing programs on Portland’s music scene and videos about the history of the UO track team. 

Laura Bock, BA ’67, published a memoir, Red Diaper Daughter: Three Generations of Rebels and Revolutionaries. Her parents were committed left-wing radical activists, and their political involvement was the inspiration for her participation in the civil rights and antiwar movements at the UO in the 1960s, and in the feminist movement in the 1970s.


The state notches a national first in modern education, as the facilities of the UO and three other Oregon colleges are linked through television. The UO broadcasts lectures out of its TV studios; students in groups of 25 or 30 watch on 24-inch screens and discuss the lectures afterward. 



David Lippoff, BS ’71, is coordinator for Solutions Journalism Network’s Portland-based community of journalists, who report rigorously on responses to social problems. 

Ken Woody, BS ’71, a lettered football player for Oregon from 1966 to 1970, recently published After Further Review: A Fan’s Guide to What’s Really Happening on the Football Field. The book helps fans get more out of their experience viewing football games.

Susan Specht Oram, BS ’77, has published books on public relations, investor relations, and boating, as well as a whimsical series called Boating with Buddy, written from the viewpoint of the author’s beagle mix rescue dog.

Alice Olsen, MMus ’77, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of Alice Olsen Publishing Company in Vancouver, Washington. The company has expanded to include a record label and catalog of songs by various recording artists.


UO joins a 100-member consortium of universities developing the groundwork for “Internet 2”—a high-speed network that will allow researchers to develop the next round of internet innovations, including real-time, full-screen, multiuser video conferencing. 


Jesse Barton, BA ’80, edited the practitioner’s manual Still at War: A Guide for Defenders, Prosecutors, and Judges Dealing with Oregon’s Veteran Defendant Crisis. The manual is dedicated to Walter W. Waters, an Oregonian and World War I veteran.

After working for more than 20 years as a reporter and assignment editor at newspapers in Northern California, Paul Feist, BA ’82, now oversees communications and marketing for California Community Colleges.

Dane Claussen, BS ’84, has been appointed editor of Newspaper Research Journal, the international scholarly journal published by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 


A special program at this year’s homecoming is dedicated to Bill Hayward, track coach emeritus. In recognition of his 44 years at Oregon, the celebration includes a fish fry where he is honored by friends, athletes, and the student body. 


First Sterling has named Catherine Such, BA ’91, head of distribution and investor services for Regions Affordable Housing LLC. 

Paul Morgan, BA ’92, received the Harry and Marion Royer Eberly Faculty Fellowship in Education at Penn State’s College of Education. The fellowship will support his academic work on early risk factors for learning difficulties, and on interventions that will help young children to greater academic success. 

Sara (Dodge) Henson, BA ’93, is the new chair of the Department of Social Science at Central Oregon Community College in Bend. 

Luke Pingel, BA ’93, has been named chief legal officer for Agricultural Cooperative Development International–Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA), an international development nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. He spent the 20 years prior helping provide legal guidance to organizations in developing international markets.

Richard Apollo Fuhriman, MS ’96, joined the Department of Commerce as a special assistant to the secretary. He was the head of the US delegation for the G20 ministerial commission on the digital economy meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany, where he negotiated a roadmap for joint policies for a digital future.

Quinn Evans Architects has promoted Sharif Attia, BArch ’96, to associate in their Washington, DC, office. Attia’s projects include the modernization design of the city’s National Air and Space Museum. 

Niki Mendoza, BA ’97, JD ’97, has joined Seattle-based GCG as vice president of client strategy and development. She will identify development opportunities and design and execute a comprehensive proposal strategy to reinforce the company’s strong market position.


The UO, the only school in the Pac-10 conference without baseball, reinstates the sport. Play will resume in the 2009 spring season. 


Matthew Fisher, BS ’03, is a biology instructor and the Department of Science chair at Oregon Coast Community College. He is also the editor of Environmental Biology, a free, online textbook available from Open Oregon educational resources.

Tony Andersen, BS ’07, has taken the leap to work abroad. After living in Portland for 10 years, he accepted the position of marketing and public relations director for an innovative real estate startup in Medellin, Colombia. 

Ted Haley, BA ’07, of Portland, Oregon, was named one of Forbes’ Top 500 Next-Generation Wealth Advisors. 


The 41,000-seat Autzen Stadium, built specifically for Oregon football, becomes the new home of the Fighting Ducks in the fall. Oregon loses to Colorado in the opener, 17-13. Season tickets for the five home games are available for $25.


Pritchard Communications in Portland promoted Jenna Cerruti, BA ’11, to managing director and vice president. She leads the agency’s work with nonprofit and foundation clients and manages agency operations. Pritchard also hired Erin Stutesman, BA ’10, as account manager.

Jonathan Rue, JD ’11, became an associate for the Portland civil litigation firm Hart Wagner LLP. He is an experienced litigator who focuses on complex employment, professional liability, commercial, and white-collar criminal defense cases.

Nathan Schmitt, BS ’11, cofounded the HadaNõu Collective, which won Teach for America’s national Social Innovation Award. The organization creates centers and schools for students to solve real-world problems. 

Jake Weber, BArch ’12, has recently been promoted to an associate and shareholder with Giulietti-Schouten Architects in Portland. He is currently managing the design, development, and construction of various residential and commercial projects.

Lucas Risinger, BS ’13, was chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation as a member of its 2017 Cohort of Teaching Fellows. He will begin his first year teaching biology and physical science at West Albany High School this fall.      

Nathan Snyder, JD ’13, started a position in July as an associate at the Taipei, Taiwan-based law firm Eiger. He recently published a chapter in the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers’ 2017 book on internet law.

Opsis Architecture has promoted project architects Elizabeth Manser, MArch ’13, and Nate Wood, MArch ’13, to associates. Elizabeth’s recent projects include Woodburn Alternative High School, the Mount Tabor Maintenance Facility, and Bag and Baggage Theater. Nate’s projects include the Clackamas Community College Industrial Technical Center and the Jefferson Middle School renovation and addition.

Jared Ebert, BS ’16, a former Oregon football player, is now leading hiking trips in the Southwest. His favorite experience was going on a group trip to the Grand Canyon, where his company assisted a young girl with a physical disability. Using a specialized mobility device, they helped her trek down 9.5 miles to the bottom of the canyon and back out the next day. 


After a contest, “Webfoots” is chosen as the official name for Oregon teams. Lair Gregory, sports editor of the Portland Oregonian, submits the winning entry. 

In Memoriam: Donald Tykeson


Don Tykeson converted a small Eugene television station into one of the country’s largest cable systems, and his success allowed him to give boundlessly to education, health, and the arts. He and his wife, Willie, in addition to their generosity to many nonprofits, established a named professorship and deanship at the University of Oregon, endowed a fund for undergraduate teaching, and supported scholarships, athletics, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Their $10 million donation was the lead gift to Tykeson Hall, which will unite the arts and sciences with career services. Friends and colleagues described him as persistent, gracious, civil, thoughtful, and—perhaps above all else—tirelessly optimistic. He lived with multiple sclerosis—his “old friend”—but it never slowed him down. “You only travel this road one time,” Tykeson said, “so you owe it to yourself to give it your best.”

Lyle Brenneman, who attended the UO, died July 26. He served as a teacher and school administrator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, taught foreign-area studies at American University, and worked in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe as a rural business development specialist for the World Bank.

Lucille Ruth (Bryant, Needham) Reagan, BS ’45, MS ’48, died May 27. She taught business administration, typing, and shorthand from 1948 to 1984 at Mount Vernon Junior College in Washington, at the University of Oregon, and at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. She was president of the Orides Club at the UO and a longtime member of the American Association of University Women.

David Whelan, BS ’50, died May 8. A veteran of World War II, Whelan served in the US Navy and was awarded five Battle Stars. He was formerly chief of finance with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Anchorage, Alaska, and chief of finance with the Sixth US Army Stock Control Center, Presidio of San Francisco. 

Leona DeArmond, BS ‘51, died September 5th at the age of 88. A music graduate from Tillamook, Leona studied voice and sang in the university choir. She and her husband Bob met as undergraduates and have given generously to the UO, supporting the School of Music and Dance, athletics, the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, UO Libraries, the Olum Child Development program, PathwayOregon, and other areas. Leona and Bob both received the UO’s Presidential Medal in 2004.

Marilyn Jean (Coleman) Hillier, BS ’52, died April 14. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi at Oregon and graduated from the School of Nursing and Oregon Medical School. She was licensed as an RN in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, California, and Colorado, and worked as a surgical nurse in numerous hospitals. 

Margaret McLean Ingmanson, BA ’52, died May 18. She and her husband loved travelling, and they journeyed to Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. In later years, they traveled extensively in their RV around the United States. 

Patricia Carmony, BA ’53, died July 14. For many years she worked at the Stewart Center Library and the Biochemistry Library at Purdue University, but each summer she drove across the country to visit her favorite spots in Oregon, including Anthony Lake, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, and any place with a view of Mount Hood or the Sisters. 

Dale Denson, BS ’56, died July 8. He was vice president of Delta Tau Delta while a student at Oregon. Following college, he did two tours of Vietnam with the US Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of commander. He loved his ranch in Halfway, and devoted his time to his family and ranching operations.

Chester L. F. Paulson, BS ’58, died August 27. He founded Paulson Investment Company, which became one of the largest independent investment banking firms in the Northwest. The Paulson Reading Room in Knight Library’s Special Collections and University Archives is named for Chester and Jacqueline Paulson.

Michael Joseph Wenzl, BA ’61, MA ’65, died June 17. He was an English instructor at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo for 37 years and was given a distinguished professor award in 1984. Keenly interested in intercollegiate sports, Wenzl served as the NCAA faculty athletics representative for 10 years.

James Lowell, BA ’64, died June 21. He spent five years in the US Army, and served in Vietnam, where he led a photographic team. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at the UO and received his second lieutenant insignia bar upon graduation.

Laurel Lee Davis-Covin, BS ’69, died July 17. She had a successful journalism and web-design career in Portland, San Francisco, and Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was also a skilled athlete who loved skiing, tennis, racquetball, and ping-pong. 

Gary Palmatier, BA ’72, died July 21. He was a radio DJ known as “The Wasted Potato” at KZEL-FM, one of the first rock stations in Oregon. He loved music of all genres, making mix CDs, and taking road trips at dawn on unvisited highways and byways. 

Therald F. Todd, PhD ’73, died October 19, 2016. He served as chair of the Department of Theater at Florida International University in Miami for nearly 20 years, and directed more than 60 plays. A highlight of his career was his performance as King Lear in 1998, his first time acting since college. 

Thomas Roy Madden, DMA ’74, PhD ’78, died June 27. He worked as a journalist for the Helena Independent Record, the Associated Press, and the Oregonian. He was also an instructor at the Army Information School at Fort Slocum, New York, at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. He had a lifelong passion for learning, becoming a published poet and playwright as well as an accomplished pianist and composer.

Timothy Jon Wassmuth, MBA ’77, died July 23. He was president of Carson Hall during his time at UO. He was also a member of the Hotshot fire crew in the Nez Perce National Forest during the summers of 1973 to 1977. 

Arnulf Zweig, professor emeritus of philosophy, died April 12, 2016. Zweig was a highly respected scholar and translator of the works of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. His lifelong passion for music led him to the Eugene Symphony Orchestra where he played bassoon. He also served as a music critic for the Register-Guard. 

James M. O’Fallon, professor emeritus of law, died July 11. He spent more than 30 years as a member of the Oregon law faculty and was well known as a leading scholar of the US Constitution. He spent 25 years as the university’s faculty athletics representative and helped create graduate opportunities for student athletes of color to pursue law degrees.

Robert Irving Hurwitz, professor emeritus in the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance, died July 12. He was a member of the music school faculty for 40 years and received the UO Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1979. He was a prominent figure in the local performing arts community as a violist with the Eugene Symphony and Oregon Bach Festival, an associate conductor of Eugene Opera, and founding member of the Oregon Mozart Players. 

Chet Bowers, an environmental studies professor from 1967 to 1992, died July 13. He wrote 27 books on the ecological crisis and the false promises of the digital revolution. He was also a devoted 505 sailor and helped, with his brother, build the early International 505 fleet in the Pacific Northwest. 

Steadman Upham, former dean of the UO Graduate School, professor of anthropology, and vice provost for research, died July 30. He was most recently president emeritus at the University of Tulsa, where he was instrumental in developing many gains in campus growth, academic development, and fundraising. 

Dean McKenzie, a former art history professor, died August 3. He taught art history at Oregon for 25 years and often traveled to Europe to photograph great works of art for his classes. 

Walther L. Hahn died August 5 in Athens, Georgia. Born in Berlin, Hahn came to the US in 1953, eventually earning a doctorate in German literature in 1956 from the University of Texas at Austin. He took a faculty position at the UO in the Department of German and Russian. He retired in 1990 and, in travels with his wife, Caecilia, set foot on every continent.

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