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2016 Student Awards

Student Awards Brunch ~ June 10, 2016

Photos by Bill Goloski

ETM-Commencement-Speakers

ETM Commencement Speakers

Brendon Flaherty

Operations Management

Brendon Flaherty first came to Oregon Tech from California at the age of 19 on a baseball recruiting trip, but did not enroll at the university until the age of 25. While the university left a lasting image, Brendon spent the years between earning an Associate of Arts degree in California before the opportunity came to return to Oregon Tech to finish his degree and baseball career.

Brendon has made Oregon Tech his family through his teammates, classmates, professors and the administration. As a student-athlete, Brendon has managed a GPA impressive enough to appear on Dean’s and President’s lists, participated in the Honors Program, has held a campus job, and has maintained strong relationships with his professors to pursue his degree and athletic endeavors.


Jeremiah Lipp

Dual Degrees: Renewable Energy Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Hailing from Livermore, California, Jeremiah Lipp had an associate’s degree in Chemistry by the time he came to Oregon Tech, earning him the Engineering Honors Scholarship and Winston Purvine Presidential Scholarship. During his time at Oregon Tech, Jeremiah has been a recipient of numerous scholarships, including Boeing, Avista Scholars, Jesse Crabtree and Leo Ferroni, and Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Throughout his time at Oregon Tech, Jeremiah has participated in a variety of campus activities including New Student Orientation, Martial Arts Club, and the Christian Fellowship Club. His academic activities include entering the Engineering Honor Society; tutoring in math, chemistry, physics, and electrical engineering; and receiving full external funding - which amounted to more than $10,000 - to construct a supercapacitor prototype for senior project. Jeremiah came to Oregon Tech with a passion for energy storage and a career goal of researching and developing energy storage technologies. He is graduating from Oregon Tech with a 4.0 GPA and has been accepted into the Ph.D. Chemical Engineering Program at the University of South Carolina where he has received a research assistantship and National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Fellowship.

HAS-Commencement-Speaker

HAS Commencement Speaker

Karissa Monette

Communication Studies

Karissa Monette came to Oregon Tech from Moorhead, Minnesota after serving in the United States Army in Afghanistan. While originally beginning her studies within the renewable energy engineering program, Karissa found that communication studies better suited her interests in writing, mediation, psychology, and communication.

During her time at Oregon Tech, Karissa has been a New Student Orientation leader, program mentor at a local community organization for young girls, a staff writer for the university newspaper, and has participated in the International club, Students in Communication club, ALPs (Arts, Literature and Philosophy) club president, and served as Native American Student Union club president.

After graduation, Karissa hopes to gain a reputation as a mediator by working within Human Resources departments and possibly move on to graduate school.


Owens-Citizenship-Award

Owens Citizenship Award

Melissa Ceron

Management-Accounting Option

Melissa will graduate with a degree in accounting and plans to complete the Certified Public Accountant exam to become a certified CPA. Melissa was appointed by the Oregon Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate to be a member of the first Oregon Tech Board of Trustees, with responsibility to oversee the university’s operations, finances, and academic quality. She served on two Board committees: Finance and Facilities, and Academic Quality and Student Success.

In addition to her Board responsibilities and finishing her coursework, Melissa interned at JELD-WEN and was then offered a full-time position. Melissa is also active in the Oregon Tech and Klamath Falls communities, and has worked with Commissioner Kelly Minty-Morris to identify factors that would keep graduates in Klamath Falls.


Most-Dedicated-Student-Award

Most Dedicated Student Award

Katie Pinson

Applied Psychology-Organizational Development Emphasis

Katie’s passion is helping students and she has done just that in the last four years. Katie has helped the Student Veterans Program move locations last summer, staff their lounge, talked to veterans at student orientation, and assisted with a donated book check in/out system. Katie also served as a teaching assistant for Dr. Alishia Huntoon’s psychology 201 class, where she held student sessions and assisted with grading.

As a Peer Mentor for the Tech Opportunities Program (TOP), Katie kept in touch with TOP students through text messaging, while also supporting them with in person meetings to answer questions. Katie has worked on campus in the registrar’s office and the campus bookstore, where she helped students identify the least expensive textbook option. Katie is also involved with PSI CHI, Psych Club, and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.


Student-Achievement-Award

Student Achievement Award

Jeremiah Lipp

Dual Degrees: Renewable Energy Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Hailing from Livermore, California, Jeremiah Lipp had an associate’s degree in Chemistry by the time he came to Oregon Tech, earning him the Engineering Honors Scholarship and Winston Purvine Presidential Scholarship. During his time at Oregon Tech, Jeremiah has been a recipient of numerous scholarships, including Boeing, Avista Scholars, Jesse Crabtree and Leo Ferroni, and Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Throughout his time at Oregon Tech, Jeremiah has participated in a variety of campus activities including New Student Orientation, Martial Arts Club, and the Christian Fellowship Club. His academic activities include entering the Engineering Honor Society; tutoring in math, chemistry, physics, and electrical engineering; and receiving full external funding - which amounted to more than $10,000 - to construct a supercapacitor prototype for senior project.

Jeremiah came to Oregon Tech with a passion for energy storage and a career goal of researching and developing energy storage technologies. He is graduating from Oregon Tech with a 4.0 GPA and has been accepted into the Ph.D. Chemical Engineering Program at the University of South Carolina where he has received a research assistantship and National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Fellowship.


Outstanding-Non-Traditional-Student-Award

Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award

Sally Bradley

Management-Accounting Option

Sally is originally from Peru, moving to the United States in 2007 with minimal proficiency in English. After working on her language skills and transferring from Klamath Community College, Sally will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a 3.80 GPA.

Determination and perseverance describe Sally as she has forged her way to her goals. For her senior project, Sally assisted a local bakery to develop an accounting system to track business transactions, to address internal control concerns, and to implement a computerized system to generate financial reports and reconcile bank accounts. Sally is also involved in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Oregon Humane Society.


Hiram-M-Hunt-Award

Hiram M. Hunt Award

Valerie Dull

Health Care Management-Radiologic Science

Valerie lives in Nome, Alaska and is completing her degree in Health Care Management and Radiologic Science through the Oregon Tech Online program. Valerie actively promotes breast health, screening and prevention by participating in the Alaska Run for Women and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, both in Anchorage. Valerie’s project, based on her intense desire to find a feasible, cost-effective way to bring mammography services to Alaska Native and Alaska Indian women in remote parts of Alaska, is much closer to a Masters’ thesis in Public Health than a bachelor-level senior project. She clearly documented the need for expanded mammography services to the women in this location. She sought an approach that would not only serve this population but could be used to serve women in many other remote, underserved locations across the state.

Valerie and her husband are most excited to share a subsistence and more traditional lifestyle with their 4-year-old daughter. In summers the family enjoys berry picking and salmon fishing. In winters they engage in a variety of activities including cross country and alpine skiing, snowboarding and sauna.


Outstanding-Community-Service-Award

Outstanding Community Service Award

Derek Wiseman

Biology-Health Sciences

Derek’s passion is serving the community and he does so regularly (probably daily). Derek volunteers with Klamath Hospice where he provides relief or respite for the caregiver(s); visits patients at home and in various types of assisted living arrangements; reads to patients or does other small tasks. In support of his nomination, a Hospice coordinator said, "Many families are in awe of this young man who is wise beyond his years." Derek also volunteers at Camp Evergreen (youth bereavement camp), Blue Zones Projects, and CASA of Klamath County where he is also CASA liaison to the Board of Directors. On campus, Derek has given lots of time to two groups: Health Sciences Club and Students for the Child (president). He has accomplished quite a lot while being a full-time student and full-time employee at Asurion, a computer television company, as a "customer care specialist."

Derek is graduating with a degree in Biology, Health Sciences and an impressive 3.89 GPA. After graduating from Oregon Tech, Derek intends to apply to medical school and become a physician; he has spent over 200 hours shadowing doctors at Sky Lakes Medical Center. One faculty member even admitted, "Derek is highly motivated to become a physician, and he will be the type of doctor that I would want to go to. I would trust Derek with my life. His integrity is unquestionable."


Outstanding-Student-Veteran-Award

Outstanding Student Veteran Award

Brian Chipman

Operations Management, anticipated Spring 2017

Brian is a member of the Oregon Army National Guard (since 2001) and currently assigned to B Company 1/186 INF. He has been deployed the most of anyone in his unit, with five overseas deployments, four of which were to designated combat zones. On several occasions throughout his combat deployments, he was exposed to direct ground combat. Through those experiences, he is able to mentor and train soldiers with less experience, and prepare them for the obstacles that face many Veterans as they attempt to re-integrate.

Brian works to assist other veterans in navigating Veteran Affairs by answering questions and referring students to specific resources. Brian also assists fellow veterans by tutoring them in subjects he knows well and by allowing them to borrow his textbooks so they can save funds. Brian is also active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (life member), the annual Iron Owl competition, and community events/parades.


Oregon-Tech-Pride-Award

Oregon Tech Pride Award

Lydia Doza

Software Engineering Technology, anticipated Spring 2017

Lydia has an extreme interest in promoting engineering anywhere, to anyone. Through her work with the Engineering Ambassadors club and the CSET (Computer Software Engineering Technology) Ambassadors, she visits local K-12 schools to demonstrate interesting projects and nearby community colleges to recruit students to Oregon Tech. Lydia was a guest speaker at Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) day at Washington University in Vancouver in April and spoke on the importance of pursuing higher education, especially in a STEM field.

Lydia’s involvement was recognized by the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, who invited her to the President’s State of the Union Address. Lydia has also served on a panel hosted by the Oregon Girls Collaborative Project to address solutions to raise the number of girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields.


ETM-Presidents-Senior-Cup

ETM President’s Senior Cup

Jeremiah Lipp

Dual Degrees: Renewable Energy Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Hailing from Livermore, California, Jeremiah Lipp had an associate’s degree in Chemistry by the time he came to Oregon Tech, earning him the Engineering Honors Scholarship and Winston Purvine Presidential Scholarship. During his time at Oregon Tech, Jeremiah has been a recipient of numerous scholarships, including Boeing, Avista Scholars, Jesse Crabtree and Leo Ferroni, and Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Throughout his time at Oregon Tech, Jeremiah has participated in a variety of campus activities including New Student Orientation, Martial Arts Club, and the Christian Fellowship Club. His academic activities include entering the Engineering Honor Society; tutoring in math, chemistry, physics, and electrical engineering; and receiving full external funding - which amounted to more than $10,000 - to construct a supercapacitor prototype for senior project.

Jeremiah came to Oregon Tech with a passion for energy storage and a career goal of researching and developing energy storage technologies. He is graduating from Oregon Tech with a 4.0 GPA and has been accepted into the Ph.D. Chemical Engineering Program at the University of South Carolina where he has received a research assistantship and National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Fellowship.


HAS-Presidents-Senior-Cup

HAS President’s Senior Cup

Derek Wiseman

Biology-Health Sciences

Derek’s passion is serving the community and he does so regularly (probably daily). Derek volunteers with Klamath Hospice where he provides relief or respite for the caregiver(s); visits patients at home and in various types of assisted living arrangements; reads to patients or does other small tasks. In support of his nomination, a Hospice coordinator said, "Many families are in awe of this young man who is wise beyond his years." Derek also volunteers at Camp Evergreen (youth bereavement camp), Blue Zones Projects, and CASA of Klamath County where he is also CASA liaison to the Board of Directors. On campus, Derek has given lots of time to two groups: Health Sciences Club and Students for the Child (president). He has accomplished quite a lot while being a full-time student and full-time employee at Asurion, a computer television company, as a "customer care specialist."

Derek is graduating with a degree in Biology, Health Sciences and an impressive 3.89 GPA. After graduating from Oregon Tech, Derek intends to apply to medical school and become a physician; he has spent over 200 hours shadowing doctors at Sky Lakes Medical Center. One faculty member even admitted, "Derek is highly motivated to become a physician, and he will be the type of doctor that I would want to go to. I would trust Derek with my life. His integrity is unquestionable."


Outstanding Scholars

The Outstanding Scholars Award honors those students appointed by their respective department chairpersons or program directors who, in the opinion of the faculty, have demonstrated academic excellence in their majors. Only one Outstanding Scholar is awarded per major (bachelor’s degrees).

College-Engineering-Technology-Management-ETM

College of Engineering, Technology, and Management (ETM)

Ezra Stockton, Civil Engineering
Jeremiah Lipp, Electrical Engineering
Rhonda Costin, Geomatics-option in Surveying
Valerie Dull, Health Care Management-Radiologic Science
Carson Miller, Information Technology-Business Systems Analysis Option
Sally Bradley, Management-Accounting Option
Meriele Ashley Kwok, Mechanical Engineering
Sterling Moore, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Paul Davitt, Operations Management
Chantelle Smith, Population Health Management
Jeremiah Lipp, Renewable Energy Engineering
Ryan Fox, Software Engineering Technology
Cassandra Bibler, Technology and Management

College-Health-Arts-Sciences-HAS

College of Health, Arts, and Sciences (HAS)

Rhonda Costin, Applied Mathematics
Tammy Gillespie, Applied Psychology
Derek Wiseman, Biology-Health Sciences
Lacey Bland, Communication Studies
Emma Carey, Dental Hygiene
Kelli Berg, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Simona Arnautov, Echocardiography
Natosha Bunnell, Environmental Sciences
Bailey Parker, Nuclear Medicine Technology
Elissa Stoltz, Radiologic Science
Naomi Futrell, Respiratory Care
Brooke Jackson, Vascular Technology

Student-Award-Nominees

Recognition of our Student Award Nominees:

  • Devan Andersen
  • Miranda Barrus
  • Lindsey Basuel
  • Erin Burdick
  • Melissa Ceron
  • Allison Cook
  • Hannah Dimich
  • Lydia Doza
  • Amber Duguay
  • Austen Flint
  • Ory Foltz
  • Kelli Ford
  • Emily Gaffery
  • Alexander Hogen
  • Danit Hubbell
  • Jon Kelley
  • Donald Kennel
  • Meriele Ashley Kwok
  • Jeremiah Lipp
  • Cheyenne Low
  • Gordon Madden
  • Brandi Martin
  • Joseph Maurer
  • Jessica Maxey
  • Zana Taylor Mays
  • Olivia Mendez
  • Wallace Justin Miller
  • Tarryn Miyamura
  • Jacob Neal
  • Riley O’Boyle
  • Natalie Ross
  • Dylan Seay
  • Michael Smith
  • Tyler Van Meter
  • Jeri Joelle Wilson

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