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2017 Student Awards

Student Awards Brunch ~ June 16, 2017

Photos by Bill Goloski

ETM Commencement: Speaker Joseph Maurer

ETM Commencement Speaker

Joseph Maurer

Software Engineering Technology.

Joseph Maurer came to Oregon Tech from Henderson, Nevada and has contributed to the university in many ways during his time here.  He shined academically as a four-time Dean’s List recipient, International Game Technology scholarship recipient and was awarded the Owens Citizenship Award this year.

Joseph mentored many classmates at Oregon Tech while serving as Head Resident, Senior Resident Advisor and First Year Experience Advisor in Housing and Residence Life.  Volunteer activities were a big part of Joseph’s time at Oregon Tech, including being a Volunteer Owl and helping with events like TechCon and Spring Fling; completing service trips, including Habitat for Humanity, and he planned and implemented Pancakes for Jim which raised $18,000 for Prof. Jim Long when his cancer recurred. Joseph is looking forward to beginning his new job at International Gaming Technology in Reno soon after graduation.

 

HAS Commencement Speaker

Kristen Marsters

Healthcare Management​

​Kristen Marsters came to Oregon Tech from Springfield, Oregon and has been a student leader in all regards during her time here.  She has excelled academically, with multiple Dean’s List recognitions as well as President’s List. 

Kristen’s leadership among her peers included being elected President of ASOIT, and then re-elected the next year for a second time. She was also active in Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, where she was selected to attend several leadership conferences to represent Oregon Tech, and was elected Vice President of Alumnae and heritage.  Also an active volunteer, Kristen has helped with the March of Dimes, Polar Plunge, Student Orientation and other campus and community efforts. Kristen is looking forward to a Human Resources position with the Washington State Department of Transportation in Olympia, Washington after graduation.

 

HAS Commencement Speaker: Kristen Marsters

Owens Citizenship Award: Joseph Maurer

Owens Citizenship Award

Joseph Maurer

Software Engineering Technology

Joseph Maurer came to Oregon Tech from Henderson, Nevada and has contributed to the university in many ways during his time here.  He shined academically as a four-time Dean’s List recipient, International Game Technology scholarship recipient and was awarded the Owens Citizenship Award this year.

Joseph mentored many classmates at Oregon Tech while serving as Head Resident, Senior Resident Advisor and First Year Experience Advisor in Housing and Residence Life.  Volunteer activities were a big part of Joseph’s time at Oregon Tech, including being a Volunteer Owl and helping with events like TechCon and Spring Fling; completing service trips, including Habitat for Humanity, and he planned and implemented Pancakes for Jim which raised $18,000 for Prof. Jim Long when his cancer recurred. Joseph is looking forward to beginning his new job at International Gaming Technology in Reno soon after graduation.

​Most Dedicated Student Award

Mohamed Alhosani

Duel Renewable Energy & Electrical Engineering

An exemplary student in every way, Mohamed’s commitment excellence was evident through his 13 terms on the Dean’s or President’s Lists, holding many student leadership positions, and receiving some of the highest honors at Oregon Tech. An international student hailing from Dubai, UAE, Mohamed was an active and intrinsic member of Oregon Tech’s International Student Community.  During his service as the Diversity Center’s student director, he led the program through a year of developing educational and social events which demonstrate the value of understanding difference in our global community.  He personally developed and implemented the Arabic Immersion Program, which shared his culture and language with audiences of all sizes.  He also designed a lab course for his academic major which will continue to serve our students for years to come.

Even during the summers, when most students relax, Mohamed stayed active while volunteering at youth camps at home – “Over the course of two months, I volunteered to organize and plan different activities for the camp participants such as cultural events, sports competitions, movie nights, and much more.” When taking time for himself his hobbies include photography, wood crafting, fishing, reading mystery novels, and assembling electronic models…but, thankfully, not all at the same time. 
Perhaps the most important thing to note about Mohamed is his connection to his friends.  The recommendations he received from peers, faculty, staff, and friends speak volumes about his character and that he is a person who can be counted on and is always willing to help. 

Most Dedicated Student: Mohamed Alhosani

Student Achievement Award: Jason Millar

Student Achievement Award

Jason Millar

Civil Engineering

Excelling academically is always a challenge, but as the winner of the Student Achievement Award, Jason Millar makes it seem easy.  With an undergraduate GPA of 3.97 and a graduate GPA of 4.0, the California native has exhibited a high level of achievement both inside and outside of the classroom.  From helping Dr. Riley develop a laboratory manual for his ENGR 213 and working as a Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant to meeting with Representative Greg Walden in Washington D.C. after representing Oregon Tech at the Transportation Research Board and any community events that promote restoration or conservation.  During his time at Oregon Tech, Jason has never shied away from a challenge.

In his spare time, he enjoys a bevy of outdoor activities including fly fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, archery, and mountain biking

 

Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award

Charlene Dobry

Applied Psychology

Charlene will be graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology in June of 2017.  An active mother of two, Charlene has been on the President’s List five times and on the Dean’s list once, served as a mentor in the Relationship Building Program, and is a member of Psi Chi, Psychology Club.  She always was active within her own program, serving as a tutor and teaching assistant for many of the courses within the Psychology department.  A few of her greatest, professional achievements include being a presenter of research at the First Annual Applied Psychology Research Symposium as well as presenting twice at the Western Psychological Association Conference.

After graduating, Charlene will enter Oregon Tech's Marriage and Family Therapy Master's Program.

 

Outstanding Non Traditional Student: Charlene Dobry

Hiram M. Hunt: Sam Lozano

Hiram M. Hunt Award

Sam Lozano

Masters and Bachelors in Civil Engineering

Samuel will be graduating in Spring 2017 with both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering.  A member of ASCE, the Oregon Tech Concrete Canoe Team, and ITES, Samuel is active in the school’s CE population.  His project, a feasibility study of different sensors to monitor structural health, will be a culmination of a two year intensive, long exploration of these sensors, which he plans to submit to the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice.  Through this study, he hopes to benefit his field with cost-effective implementations and also future engineering students by “making the study of structural health monitoring more accessible to students without the need for expensive commercial testing systems.”

 

Outstanding Community Service Award

Cheyenne Low

Radiologic Science, anticipated Spring 2018

Cheyenne has a passion for serving the community and worlds around her. She volunteers most weekends when she is not studying.  Her passion for service started while in high school. She has accumulated approximately 3,500 hours of service within the last 5 years.

Cheyenne has participated in many different projects; most of which she has lead and organized herself. She has joined three separate volunteer groups (Key Club, Kiwanis, and Circle K). She even started a Circle K at Oregon Tech. She was an officer for the first three years it started.

She has made 300 dolls for kids in Africa, planned and organized a packing party for Operation Christmas Child on campus during Family Weekend where 210 boxes were created for kids around the world. She has created hats for babies at Sky Lakes Medical Center, read to kids at Mills elementary, volunteered at hospitals, and much more.

 

Outstanding Community Service: Cheyenne Low

Outstanding Student Veteran: Amber Duguay

Outstanding Student Veteran Award

Amber Duguay

Biology Health Sciences

A veteran of the Army, Amber Duguay had already overcome an overwhelming amount of adversity before even starting at Oregon Tech.  During her time in school she was definitely pulling double duty, if not triple duty: wife and mother, first-generation student, and active within the campus’ veteran community.  She served within the Student Veteran’s for four years before eventually becoming the organization’s director.  She started the Veteran’s Program Easter Egg Hunt and helped numerous other veterans transition from the military into civilian life as college students.  In addition to her work in the Veteran’s Program, she also was a member of the Health Science Club, Owls-to-Owls Texting Project, and the Veterans Action Committee.

In her spare time, Amber enjoys reading, knitting, crocheting, watching musicals, and spending time with her husband (who is also a veteran and Oregon Tech student) and her son.

 

Oregon Tech Pride Award

Ryan Kelly

Masters and Bachelors in Civil Engineering

Ryan Kelly not only showed pride for his school but brought pride to his school with his work on petitioning the National Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi) for Oregon Tech’s entrance into their organization.  Heading the committee that assembled the petition as well as hosting the inspection team from the organization.

Thanks to his efforts, Tau Beta Pi will be voting on Oregon Tech’s entrance into their organization in the Fall of 2017 with a glowing recommendation for the inspection team.  Ryan, as one might expect, is an active member of the Engineering Department serving as Vice President of the local Engineering Honor Society (Epsilon Eta Sigma) and being a member of American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers as well as doing several internships with the Alaska Department of Transportation.

 


Oregon Tech Pride Award: Ryan Kelly

ETM President Senior Cup: Mohamed Alhosani

ETM President’s Senior Cup

Mohamed Alhosani

Dual Degrees: Renewable Energy and Electrical Engineering

An exemplary student in every way, Mohamed’s commitment excellence was evident through his 13 terms on the Dean’s or President’s Lists, holding many student leadership positions, and receiving some of the highest honors at Oregon Tech. An international student hailing from Dubai, UAE, Mohamed was an active and intrinsic member of Oregon Tech’s International Student Community.  During his service as the Diversity Center’s student director, he led the program through a year of developing educational and social events which demonstrate the value of understanding difference in our global community.  He personally developed and implemented the Arabic Immersion Program, which shared his culture and language with audiences of all sizes.  He also designed a lab course for his academic major which will continue to serve our students for years to come.

Even during the summers, when most students relax, Mohamed stayed active while volunteering at youth camps at home – “Over the course of two months, I volunteered to organize and plan different activities for the camp participants such as cultural events, sports competitions, movie nights, and much more.” When taking time for himself his hobbies include photography, wood crafting, fishing, reading mystery novels, and assembling electronic models…but, thankfully, not all at the same time.  
Perhaps the most important thing to note about Mohamed is his connection to his friends.  The recommendations he received from peers, faculty, staff, and friends speak volumes about his character and that he is a person who can be counted on and is always willing to help. 

 

 

HAS President’s Senior Cup

Troy Riblett

Applied Mathematics

Troy has shown immense integrity throughout is time at Oregon Tech, both within the University and out in the community.  In addition to completing two degree programs at Oregon Tech, Troy has been employed, part-time in the IT department of Jeld Wen and has been involved in many community service projects.

During his time at Oregon Tech, his junior project coded the data analysis portion of an application that computed correlation values for various user entered data.  For his senior project, Troy created an application that generated and allowed play of Sudoku puzzles.  This is in addition to providing unpaid tutoring in mathematics and C++ programming all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
While working at Jeld Wen, Troy was presented with the Jeld-Wen Values MVP award. 
Within the community Troy has assisted in roofing, wood cutting and trail maintenance projects as well as being called into jury duty and selected as a juror for two criminal cases.
During his spare time, Troy enjoys playing chess and video games as well as being a part of the Bible Baptist Church Worship Team.

 

HAS President's Senior Cup: Troy Riblett

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 of Engineering, Technology and Management (ETM)

Alexander Huettis, Mechanical Engineering
Aquila Reed, Geomatics - Surveying option
Austin Poulin, Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Autumn Bizon, Operations Management
Devon Andrade, Computer Engineering Technology
Eric Buckland, Management - Accounting option
Erik Andersen, Software Engineering Technology
Jason Millar, Civil Engineering
Kelsey Sampson, Renewable Energy Engineering
Mohamed Alhosani, Electrical Engineering
Jill Cuadros, Technology and Management (online)

College of Health, Arts and Sciences (HAS)

Andrei Simon, Biology Health Sciences
Ashleigh Vandenbrink, Health Care Management - Administration option
Elisabeth Partridge, Echocardiography
Melissa Church, Vascular Technology (online)
Ryan Roberson, Nuclear Medicine Technology
Tarryn Miyamura, Applied Psychology
Taylor Munsen, Dental Hygiene
Troy Riblett, Applied Mathematics
Valeria Menke, Communication Studies
Wes Loy, Population Health Management

Recognition of our Student Award Nominees:

  • Tony Allen
  • Jessie Billings
  • Autumn Bizon
  • Aaron Brown-Moore
  • Eric Buckland
  • Brandon Butler
  • Mickie Cassady
  • Willow Charlton
  • Cody Moreno
  • Charlene Dobry
  • Amber Duguay
  • Autumn Engh
  • Santiago Estrada
  • Victoria Evans-Bautista
  • Sam Farris
  • Peggy Hawkins
  • Alexsis Hundley-Kennaday
  • Katie Hughes
  • Shellie Johnson
  • Gwendoline Jones
  • Ryan Kelly
  • Sarah Levesque
  • Caydn Lofton
  • Sam Lozano
  • Gordon Madden
  • Kevin Malstrom
  • Desiree Martinez
  • Joseph Maurer
  • Valeria Menke
  • Jason Millar
  • Tarryn Miyamura
  • Lavar Moore
  • Erin Nordhill
  • Kayla Pershall
  • Andrew Poeana
  • Jordon Preston
  • Shaun Rasmusen
  • Rusty Raymond
  • Aquila Reed
  • Karen Rendon
  • Eric Shaw-Stearns
  • Michael Sparks
  • Don St. John
  • Skyler Swenson
  • Emma Thompson
  • Paul Van Emmerik
  • Tyler Van Meter
  • Stephanie Vetter
  • James Woitas
  • Brittany Young
  • Zaina Zaiden
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