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.


Jennifer Bell
April 6

Empowering students through financial literacy education

Duck of the Week: Jennifer Bell is an associate director in financial aid

Martine Kuyken Wigham
March 29

Putting in the extra effort to maintain community for students

Duck of the Week: Martine Kuyken Wigham is a program support specialist for PPPM

Ruth Huang
March 22

Building a student team to support public health efforts

Duck of the Week: Ruth Huang was a member of the Corona Corps

Chris Wiesemann, Data Center Infrastructure Engineer
March 16

Building cloud infrastructure to support research, virtual labs

Duck of the Week: Chris Wiesemann is a data infrastructure engineer in Information Services

Yoly Rios works at Fresh Market Café in Global Scholars Hall
March 9

Offering students encouragement to make them feel at home

Duck of the Week: Yoly Rios works at Fresh Marketcafé in Global Scholars Hall

Tiffany Yep is a business manager in the College of Education
March 2

Supporting faculty and staff to create positive student experiences

Duck of the Week: Tiffany Yep is a business manager for the College of Education

Peter Verrey is the Enterprise Device Management Lab Manager
February 22

Making computer labs accessible for remote, online operations

Duck of the Week: Peter Verrey is a computer lab manager for Information Services

Vicki Strand at a drive-through vaccination clinic for Lane County Public Health
February 15

Preparing for emergencies, logistics and vaccine distribution

Duck of the Week: Vicki Strand is the UO’s continuity and emergency manager

Hilary Lord is a member of the Corona Corps
February 9

Supporting students who test positive for coronavirus

Duck of the Week: Hilary Lord is a member of the Corona Corps

Cora Bennett is the Student Orientation Programs director
February 2

Reimagining student IntroDUCKtion, orientation experiences

Duck of the Week: Cora Bennett is the Student Orientation Programs director