Duck of the Week

Duck of the Week aims to tell the stories of our employees and their work in their own words.

Here we highlight those who have gone above and beyond – such as creating new ways to engage with students, or taking care of critical infrastructure on campus, or embracing technology to stay connected with colleagues.

Take a moment to suggest a coworker or two to be featured in an upcoming week. Nominations are open to faculty members, officers of administration, classified staff, graduate employees and student workers.

Nominate an Employee

The purpose of Duck of the Week is to help foster community among UO employees and share employee experiences by learning about different UO jobs and hearing from our colleagues’ point of view. Being included in the series is not intended to be an assessment or evaluation of on-the-job effectiveness or otherwise connected to a formal performance review.


April 11

Where teaching and learning are all in a day's work

Leslie Coonrod helps graduate students master advanced tools to study genomics
February 17

Serving the community with compassion and professionalism

Duck of the Week: Shaymond Michelson works in the Central Business Services Office
February 7

Nourishing the community and inspiring others to give

Duck of the Week: Sophie Navarro serves on the food drive steering committee
November 30

A legacy of supporting student access and success

Duck of the Week: Hilary Gerdes served as director of the Accessible Education Center
November 9

Creating relationships and challenging worldviews

Duck of the Week: Tayla Yogi is a community director at Kalapuya Ilihi
November 2

Sustaining healthy relationships and work environments

Duck of the Week: Jules Jones is an executive assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences
October 25

Encouraging, supporting and empowering underrepresented students

Duck of the Week: Jamar Bean is the program adviser for the Multicultural Center
September 20

Working to keep the UO campus beautiful, clean, and safe

Duck of the Week: Anne Schwarz is the executive assistant to the AVP for CPFM
September 7

Providing marketing services for student recruitment, retention

Duck of the Week: Marlene Blum is assistant director for strategic communications
August 16

Providing mentorship and assistance with technological expertise

Duck of the Week: Sean Sharp is the manager of user support services for north campus