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.

 

Stella-Marie Akindayomi
October 27

Empowering students through guidance and mentorship

Duck of the Week: Stella-Marie Akindayomi is an academic counselor and retention specialist

Nancy Novitski is a strategic communications specialist for IS
October 20

Connecting through writing, information services and the marimba

Duck of the Week: Nancy Novitski is a strategic communications specialist for IS

Bonnie Gutierrez is an assistant registrar of operations
October 6

Making connections to help students succeed at the UO

Duck of the Week: Bonnie Gutierrez is an assistant registrar of operations

The UO Online team in Zoom meeting
October 6

New Workplace series highlights UO employees and their work

Those who work at the university will tell their own stories in Duck of the Week

Sky Seymour, assistant director in the office of admissions, and his daughter
September 22

Managing data, reports and family from his home

Beyond the Call: Sky Seymour is an assistant director in the Office of Admissions

Shaun Haskins is a business operations manager in the College of Design
September 8

Finding new ways of working in a remote environment

Beyond the Call: Shaun Haskins is a business operations manager in the College of Design

Michael Suskin, systems administrator for the Enterprise Device Management Group
September 1

Giving 110 percent to support virtual labs, computer infrastructure

Beyond the Call: Michael Suskin is a systems administrator for Information Services

Joel Youngblom, website developer in the Office of the Registrar
August 24

Maintaining website infrastructure and team connections

Beyond the Call: Joel Youngblom is a website developer for the Office of the Registrar

Shari Powell, associate director for Purchasing and Contracting Services
August 17

Finding the supplies to keep the university safe during COVID-19

Beyond the Call: Shari Powell is an associate director for Purchasing and Contracting Services

John Woelfe, left, and John Roper at the White Stag Block at UO Portland
August 7

Staying to take care of an empty, historic building at UO Portland

Beyond the Call: John Woelfe is the facility services manager at the UO Portland campus

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