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.


Judith Raiskin (left) and Linda Long
August 4

Capturing and preserving history as it is being made

Beyond the Call: Linda Long is a curator of manuscripts for UO Libraries

Daniel Mundra is a senior developer in Information Services
July 27

Inspiring the teamwork behind adopting new technology

Beyond the Call: Daniel Mundra is a senior developer in Information Services

Micah Howe, assistant director for visit programs
July 21

Using virtual formats to help prospective students visit campus

Beyond the Call: Micah Howe is the assistant director for visit programs

Tom Hahn, career instructor of architecture
July 14

Turning design courses into robust online experiences

Beyond the Call: Tom Hahn is a career instructor of architecture

Joelle Rankins Goodwin
July 7

Pivoting to stay connected with prospective students

Beyond the Call: Joelle Rankins Goodwin is the senior associate director for recruitment administration

Geordi Helmick
June 30

Fabricating face shields to protect frontline workers

Beyond the Call: 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

Beyond the Call: 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