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Celebrating Duck love stories

Celebrating Duck love stories

Date: 2/13/2024
We asked alumni to share their UO love stories. Discover couples whose experiences will forever be linked to their time at the UO.

Portland-based alums pave the way for Ducks to flock to the city

Portland-based alums pave the way for Ducks to flock to the city

Date: 2/13/2024
The Holwerdas—Steve, MBA ’91, and Kasey, BA ’86 (French), JD ’89 —have made Portland home for many years. Now, they’re making a way for other Ducks to do the same. Their gift to UO Portland will support the residential experience on the new campus.

Risking everything for women, workers, and justice

Risking everything for women, workers, and justice

Date: 2/13/2024
Alumna Marie Equi was a homesteader, activist, lesbian, mother, and physician in the early twentieth century. Read her story and others celebrating the Mighty Women of Mighty Oregon in Oregon Quarterly. Plus, nominate a Mighty Oregon Woman in your life for a potential spotlight during Women's History Month in March.

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Daya Shakya

MA ’92 (linguistics), was featured in “Hopeful Highlight,” a digital article published by Lutheran Community Services Northwest, for his role as an education support specialist with Oregon Refugee Children’s Assistance Services, which helps school-age children and their parents with enrollment, understanding the school system, and more.

Barbara Luebke
MS ’72 (journalism), professor emerita at the University of Rhode Island, published My Life With Words, a chronicle of her journey to professional success as a journalist and personal peace.
Mariah Marshall
MArch ’11, has been promoted to associate with Weber Thompson, a Seattle-based, majority women-owned design firm specializing in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and community/urban design.

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In Memoriam: Barbara Prezelin (1948–2021)

Date: 2/1/2024
Dr. Barbara Prézelin, BS '70, was a warm-hearted, caring, energetic, thoughtful, passionate, and outgoing person who was deeply committed to high quality research, science education, and the mission of the University of California. She touched many lives in her long career [there] and many of her contributions were behind the scenes, accomplished with quiet proficiency and dedication.

In Memoriam: David Donielson (1954–2023)

Date: 1/8/2024
Dave Donielson, BS ’78, BS ’79, was active and athletic all his life. Rock climbing was his greatest passion.

In Memoriam: Brian Salisbury (1953–2022)

Date: 1/2/2024
Brian Salisbury, BA '86, had a high IQ, a sharp memory and a wicked sense of humor. He was a prolific poet and active member of the poetry community in Eugene, as well as an excellent chess player.