Faith Lee - Commencement Speaker

ETM Commencement Speaker

Faith Lee

Health Care Management with Administration Option
Faith is from Bly, Oregon, and came to Oregon Tech after graduating from Bonanza High School in 2015. Thanks to the support of her family, especially her parents and sisters, Faith has been highly involved in student leadership and has thrived academically. She has been on the President’s/Dean’s list multiple times and found home at Oregon Tech in the Business Department and the Campus Life Office.

Faith started her journey as a student leader after her election to the Associated Students of Oregon Institute of Technology (ASOIT) as Campus Clubs Officer for the 2016-2017 school year. Shortly after her term in office began, she became involved in the campus community in various capacities via planning and facilitating club fairs, representing the student opinion on committees, volunteering with the volunteer owls, and making lasting connections with other students.

The following year, Faith served as the ASOIT President and served the student body as a student representative in various committees including the Tuition Recommendation Committee, Faculty Senate, and the Presidential Investiture committee. During her time as President, she worked alongside a variety of campus stakeholders on the development of updated policy regarding campus parking and the renovations to the Recreation Center. She was involved in New Student Orientation as a volunteer and orientation leader. During the 2018-2019 school year, she has served as a Business Department Ambassador and as an event planner for the Campus Activities Board, aiding in the planning and execution of the 5th Annual Music Garden on campus. Her service to the Oregon Tech community led to her selection as the 2018 Most Dedicated Student.

Faith’s involvement on campus has given her opportunities of which she is tremendously grateful. She recognizes the consistent support from peers, faculty, staff and administration she was worked with throughout her years at Oregon Tech and is proud to have served the campus community.

Outside of her involvement on campus, she spent the last four years as a high school volleyball official with the Klamath County Volleyball Association and spent the school year as a public relations intern at Cascade Health Alliance. Faith has accepted a position with Cascade Health Alliance for post-graduation and looks forward to continuing to serve Klamath County in the managed care sector.

HAS Commencement Speaker

Jordan Pavlic

Biology-Health Sciences
Jordan came to Oregon Tech from College of the Siskiyous, where she earned her associate’s degree in 2017. Upon transferring to Oregon Tech, it did not take Jordan long to truly integrate herself within the regional and campus communities.

Jordan’s involvement on campus and beyond has been significant in many areas. As a teaching assistant for the Natural Sciences department, Jordan dedicated countless hours to community outreach and has spent an extensive amount of time showing the cadaver facilities to visiting groups of high school students, local search and rescue teams, and other classes at Oregon Tech. Jordan developed and piloted a student research project titled, Cyanobacteria of the Klamath Basin Region, a project of the utmost significance because it represents a tremendous environmental concern for the region. Jordan also attended the 2019 Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Annual Conference and assisted in a workshop that involved a dissection technique she helped to develop. Jordan held several jobs while being a student, her most recent assisting in the Office of Human Resources and aiding in planning their largest events this year.

Academically, Jordan has, and will continue to excel-having been on the Dean’s or President’s list several times at Oregon Tech. Following graduation, Jordan will continue her education in a joint master’s degree program offered through California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis on a scholarship. Jordan intends to major in Stem Cell Research and is looking forward to interning in the Traumatic Brain Injury Lab at UC Davis. Most of all, Jordan is extremely proud to be sharing this day with her family.


Junmin Yee, Owens Citizenship Award

Owens Citizenship Award: Junmin Yee

Owens Citizenship Award

Junmin Yee

Junmin’s time at Oregon Tech can be summarized with one word: active. Serving as student representative of a variety of committees (Curriculum Planning, Tuition Recommendation, Faculty Senate, Resource Budget, and Student Recreation Center – just to name a few) as well as ASOIT President, Junmin holds himself to a high standard of performance both inside and outside of the classroom.

With a 4.0 GPA and passion for service, he started out his time on campus by joining Circle K and the International Club. From this humble beginning he then joined Phi Delta Theta and furthered the effectiveness of his philanthropic activities. His only hope: ‘that I’ve left a mark, and made a difference’ on campus

Most Dedicated Student Award

Jessica Thiel

Being dedicated to Oregon Tech and the pursuits of the students and staff is a tall order. A senior in the Biology Health Sciences program, Jessica has put many hours into events for her fellow program students and the Oregon Tech community at large.

Through the Health Sciences club, she organized and put on a 5K run where all proceeds went to High Desert Hospice. She also had a hand in the Winter Formal, working alongside Phi Delta Theta to raise money for a medical school trip for students. In her spare time she enjoys playing frisbee golf, hiking, and quilting when she’s not spending time with family and friends.

Jessica Thiel, Most-Dedicated Student

Most Dedicated Student:Jessica Thiel


Student Achievement Award: Connor Scott

Student Achievement Award

Connor Scott

During his time at Oregon Tech, there is very little that Connor hasn’t done or achieved on campus. Recruited by the legendary Danny Miles to be part of the Hustlin’ Owls basketball team, Connor’s academic focus was on business and marketing. His coursework and studies gave him the tools and skill necessary to play a huge roll in the community of Klamath Falls as well as Oregon Tech. He worked with engineers to develop marketing strategy for a potential new product launch for Catalyze Klamath and InventOR.

His highlight achievement, however, was his senior project for Friends of the Children, a non-profit organization in Klamath Falls, to find ways for the chapter to increase monthly donations over one time annual donations. This included identifying different donor personas and creating messaging and website marketing strategies. Friends of the Children rolled out his strategy in May 2019 to great effect.

Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award (Klamath Falls)

Aaron Miller

The first of two winners of the non-traditional student award is Aaron Miller.  Majoring in Environmental Science, Aaron’s sophomore year was filled with new challenges as he welcomed the arrival of his daughter, who had some complications that required her to be life-flighted to OHSU in Portland.  Balancing her treatment and preparing for a challenging CHE 333 final seemed impossible, but Aaron was able to care for his daughter but also scored the highest in the class on the final.  He has also spent some time volunteering on campus with events like the Oregon Tech X-perience.

When not dedicating his time to his family or class, Aaron can be found monthly open mic nights or assisting professors, like Dr. Kerry Byrne and Dr. Michael Hughes, with special research projects.

Aaron Miller, Non-Traditional Student

Outstanding Non-Traditional Student: Aaron Miller


Outstanding Non-Traditional Student: Francis Bartholomew

Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award (Portland-Metro)

Francis Bartholomew

Francis Bartholomew from the Portland-Metro campus is the second winner of the non-traditional student award.  Actively involved in a myriad of projects from being the Project Lead for Eclipse 2017 (high altitude ballooning project) to helping deliver streaming data to NASA as part of the Perlan Project, Francis currently works as a software engineer at FLIR.

This time at Oregon Tech began with wanting a career change, but even though he was not a traditional student, he still wanted to be active and involved on campus.  He accomplished this through working at the ITS help desk before moving on and serving as an adjunct professor and networking with many other faculty to help out where he could.  Francis’s hobbies and interests include steampunk style engineering, space technology and innovation, martial arts, and board gaming.


Hiram Award Winner: The Reclaimers

Hiram M. Hunt Award

The Reclaimers

This group of student engineers participated in and won the InventOR collegiate Challenge and Catalyze Klamath competitions.  Their project and proposal was for a machine that would turn plastic waste back into crude oil using the pyrolysis process.  Inspired by a YouTube video, the group focused specifically on plastic that was at its end-of-life cycle.

Annika Andersen

The first member of the Reclaimers’ team, Annika, is an Electrical and Renewable Energy Engineering student whose main focus is centered on hydropower and its related applications.  As a student she has also spent time working in industry as a student engineer for Pacific Power.  She divides her time between extensive coursework (highlights include writing a technical report for hydropower implementation on Mason Dam and grant proposals for streamlining the process of licensure for adding hydropower to existing dams), cross country (she was a member of the 2018 NAIA National Champion Team), and the Oregon Tech Christian Fellowship (where she has served as secretary since Fall 2017).

Jessica Arrington

The second member of the Reclaimers’ team, Jessica, has participated in the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) before graduating in June of 2019, Cum Laude, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Her two MECOP internship allowed her to work at Portland General Electric and Medline ReNewal.  Jessica was also a member of the track and field team during her career at Oregon Tech.  While her professional interests include STEM, recycling, aerospace and renewable energy engineering she spends her free time reading, traveling and playing the ukulele.

Ashlie Morgan

The final member of the Reclaimer’s, Ashlie, has been on the President’s List five times and the Dean’s List three times.  She also participated in the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) having completed both her internships, one at Warne Scope Mounts and A-dec Inc.  Graduating in Mechanical Engineering, Ashlie has been an active member of the engineering community and the community at large at Oregon Tech: she is a charter member of Tau Beta Pi and nominated as Corresponding Secretary, she helped to coordinate Engineers’ Week and Pi Day in 2019, and worked as a mentor for Oregon Tech’s TOP program.  When not racing around the Tech campus, she enjoys introducing STEM to young kids, playing soccer, and going on road trips.

Outstanding Community Service Award

Mayra Rocha Ramos

The winner of the Community Service award, Mayra, participated in the Dental Hygiene community health program and found her motivation in the young students that reminded her so much of herself growing up.  The president of the Student American Dental Hygienist’s Association club, Mayra collaborated with other groups on campus to coordinate an event for Hispanic families that would benefit from oral education and handed out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss.  This experience allowed her to come full circle, providing the same services that she received from clinics similar to Oregon Tech’s.

When not volunteering with “an open-heart and relentless motivation”, Mayra enjoys reading, cooking and baking, and dancing.

Mayra Rocha Ramos, Community-Service

Outstanding Community Service: Mayra Rocha Ramos

Kelcy Gillen, Graduate Student Achievement

Outstanding Graduate Student: Kelcy Gillen

Graduate Student Achievement Award

Kelcy Gillen

As Oregon Tech’s first graduate in the MSABA program, Kelcy has balanced work and school by maintaining a 4.0 GPA while working full time.  Inspired by the Frederick Buechner’s quote: “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need”, her thesis flips the use of the Performance Deficit Checklist-Human Services from being used to interview supervisors to be used with employees.

A driven and motivated student, Kelcy is not only the first of her cohort to graduate, but she also is graduating on time.  Even with her busy schedule, she serves at the student representative on the Oregon Association for Behavior Analysis (ORABA) group and find time to play indoor soccer, go camping, and spend time outdoors.

Oregon Tech Pride Award

Daniel Iwicki

Daniel Iwicki, winner of the Oregon Tech Pride award, has done everything he can to bring about recognition and pride to the school and campus.  Whether he is at a home basketball game as member of Hootie’s Hooligans or attending various engineering conferences, events, and competitions, Daniel wears his Oregon Tech pride on his sleeve. Specifically Daniel placed 1st in the undergraduate essay writing contest at the 23rd National Conference on Rural Public & Intercity Bus Transportation, which is one of his proudest accomplishments that he could bring back to campus while also spreading the word about Oregon Tech and its Civil Engineering department.

Daniel Iwicki, OT Pride

Oregon Tech Pride:Daniel Iwicki

Matthew Sai - ETM Presidents Cup

ETM President Senior Cup: Matthew Sai

ETM President’s Senior Cup

Matthew Sai

Matt is an exemplary young adult with many quality attributes. He has demonstrated those through his hard work in the classroom as well as on the soccer field during his four years at Oregon Tech. His high gpa attests to the fact that he is a scholar, who takes pride in his work in the classroom. He is a top-notch accounting student who displays promptness, timeliness of work, outstanding performance on exams, and camaraderie amongst his peers.

Matt has also been a part of our men’s soccer program for the four years he has been at Oregon Tech. He has managed to juggle the demands of an intercollegiate sport along with his studies and achieved a high gpa. With the amount of travel required from OT, this is not an easy thing to accomplish.

Matt has also worked in the Admissions Office of OT as an ambassador for our programs. He has given many campus tours for prospective students and could not have been a better example.

HAS President’s Senior Cup

Allison Young


Allison is always ready to take on a new challenge and learn more about the world around her.  It wasn’t until her freshman year in college that she found a passion for learning new things.  Whether it pertains to chemistry, ecology, medicine, history, or physics, Allison always gets excited to learn, helping her better understand the world and possible ways to improve it.  Allison is driven to continue her education so she can share this knowledge with others in hopes of sparking the same curiosity within them.

Allison excels as a student, a full-time track and field athlete, working various jobs, volunteering in the community, and participating in academic research while maintaining a 4.00 GPA is no easy feat.

Graduating with a Bachelor in Biology-Health Sciences, Allison will attend the School of Pharmacy at University of Washington in Fall 2019 to pursue her career in Pharmacy. Her hard work and determination made her shine and succeed in pursing her goal.


HAS President's Senior Cup: Allison Young

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 Health, Arts, and Sciences (HAS)

Marena Nelson, Applied Psychology
Allison Young, Biology-Health Sciences
Benjamin Hood, Communication Studies
Kimberly Parker, Dental Hygiene
Nicole Miller, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Zachari O’Neill, Echocardiography
Aaron Miller, Environmental Sciences
Megan Friar, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technology
Willow Charlton, Population Health Management
Brette Bliss, Professional Writing
Carrie Miller, Radiologic Science
Sarah Adams, Respiratory Care
Allison Davis, Vascular Technology


College of Engineering, Technology, and Management (ETM)

Matthew Sai, Business with Accounting Option
Bailey Whitehurst, Business with Management Option
Connor Scott, Business with Marketing Option
Kurtis Pipkin, Civil Engineering
Alan Gardner, Computer Engineering Technology
David Kirkendall, Electrical Engineering
David Wing, Embedded Systems Engineering Technology
Timothy Alldrin, Geomatics with Option in Surveying
Faith Lee, Health Care Management with Administration Option
Danielle Sherman, Health Informatics
Devan Patel, Information Technology
Erin Tracy, Operations Management, Online
GeRysand Cabanilla, Renewable Energy Engineering
Morgan Loring, Software Engineering Technology

Recognition of our Student Award Nominees:

  • Daniel Bergor
  • Stacy Bicknell
  • Samantha Bixler
  • Ben Brown
  • Greg Collins
  • Reyna Cortez
  • Savanah Cosand
  • Jaime Evers
  • Faith Lee
  • Summer Listen
  • Aaron Miller
  • William Natividad
  • Zachari O’Neill
  • Rachel Paul-Wilson
  • Jordan Pavlic
  • Kurtis Pipkin
  • Jerrid Plymale
  • Sana Rahmani
  • Megan Ross
  • Connor Scott
  • Jesse Sundet
  • Travis Thomas
  • Quentin Vargas
  • Quim Vallve Tomas
  • Brittany Wright
  • Dillon Wright