Beyond the Call

COVID-19 changed the workplace in ways few could have imaged, nearly overnight. Yet, University of Oregon employees rose to the complex challenge.

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.

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Joelle Rankins Goodwin
July 7

Pivoting to stay connected with prospective students

Joelle Rankins Goodwin is the senior associate director for recruitment administration

Geordi Helmick
June 30

Fabricating face shields to protect frontline workers

Geordi Helmick works as a student shop manager on campus

Nic Walcott is a visual communications specialist
June 23

Videographer moved from campus filming to producing live events

Beyond the Call: Nic Walcott has worked on virtual visits, town halls and commencement

Michael Luna
June 16

Beyond the Call: Setting the stage for UO’s virtual visits

Michael Luna is the interim coordinator of welcome and transition experience for prospective students

Heather Gustafson, assistant registrar
June 8

Beyond the Call: Helping students navigate class registration

Heather Gustafson, an assistant registrar, says picking up the phone can solve many issues

Gary Sullivan
June 1

Beyond the Call: Supporting IT as campus moved to remote

Gary Sullivan, director of User Support Services, leads the UO’s tech support

Nancy Cheng
June 1

Beyond the Call: Connecting, planning for remote teaching

Nancy Cheng is an associate professor and department head of architecture

The UO Online team in Zoom meeting
June 1

UO employees go above and beyond to aid campus community

New Workplace series showcases how Ducks are rising to the challenges of COVID-19