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.


Hilary Gerdes
November 30

A legacy of supporting student access and success

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

Tayla Yogi
November 9

Creating relationships and challenging worldviews

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

Jules Jones
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

Jamar Bean
October 25

Encouraging, supporting and empowering underrepresented students

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

Anne Schwarz
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

Marlene Blum
September 7

Providing marketing services for student recruitment, retention

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

Sean Sharp
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

Denita Strietelmeier
June 14

Reimagining new ways to do the work we’ve always done

Duck of the Week: Denita Strietelmeier is a project manager in Lundquist

Loring Hummel
June 7

Enabling continuity and innovation with software applications

Duck of the Week: Loring Hummel is the associate director of application services for IS

April Nero
June 1

Finding creative print solutions to make connections remotely

Duck of the Week: April Nero is the Printing Services Manager