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2015 Alumni Award Recipients

Outstanding Alumni Award

Edward Kame’enui, MS ’77, PhD ‘80
Professor, Center on Teaching and Learning
University of Oregon

The Outstanding Alumni Award is given in recognition of alumni for significant contributions in education and other fields that have had a national impact on educational policy, professional practice, community service, research or scholarship.

Kame’enui was nominated in recognition of his body of research and expertise in curriculum development, educator training, and reading education that has built a legacy impacting thousands of students and educational practitioners nationally and internationally. His contributions to improving the field of education through advocacy for evidence-based practices place him among the most productive and influential scholar-practitioners to come from the University of Oregon. He further multiplied the impact of his work through direction of the longstanding Center on Teaching and Learning by providing mentorship, guidance, and opportunity to new generations of educational researchers who seek to help children realize their full potential. For additional information about his work, click here.

National Public Service Award

Geoffrey Scott Roth, BS ‘98
Senior Advisor to the Director of the Indian Health Service
Washington, DC

The National Public Service Award is given in recognition of alumni who have engaged in public service, making a substantial difference for people, organizations, or governments through a single influential act or a series of steps that produced positive societal change at a national or international level. This is the inaugural year for this award.

Roth was nominated in recognition of his leadership on health initiatives and educational projects that have had a significant positive impact to the lives of Native Americans. His work has improved countless lives while bringing Native American issues into the national spotlight. Roth was instrumental in the completion of two national initiatives impacting Native Americans: the Department of Education’s Teacher Training/Professional Grants project (2004) and the Re-Authorization of the Indian Health Care Act (2010). For additional information about his work, click here.     

Distinguished Alumni Award

Kathryn M. Yorkston, MS ’72, PhD ‘75
Head of the Division of Speech Pathology in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given in recognition of alumni who have achieved significant professional, community service or personal accomplishments more than ten years from their graduation date.
Kathryn was nominated in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of speech-language pathology. Her exceptional history of research and scholarship for the treatment of motor-speech disorders has revolutionized evidence-based practice guidelines for speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive disorders. Yorkston's impact is enduring and widespread, not only through her exemplary research, but also through her work teaching and mentoring current and future speech-language pathologists and her multidisciplinary collaboration with a wide range of health professionals.  For additional information about her work, click here.

Horizon Alumni Award

Julia Heffernan, MEd ’05, PhD ‘10
Master's Program & Licensure Director, Education Studies
University of Oregon

The Horizon Alumni Award is given in recognition of alumni less than ten years from their graduation date who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in post-collegiate life and a significant or ongoing commitment to extraordinary work, research or volunteerism.

Julia was nominated in recognition of her leadership and guidance with the UO, our local schools, and our community on issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. Her advocacy for, and support of LGBTQ students and families is demonstrated by both her scholarship and the countless volunteer hours she devotes to events that connect students to the community such as Education Studies art installations, the 4J School District Pink Prom, and UO TeachOUT. For additional information about her work, click here.

Community Impact Award

Florien Deurloo, MEd ‘90
Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Specialist, Early Childhood CARES
University of Oregon

The Community Impact Award is given in recognition of alumni who devote their time, talents, and expertise to improve the quality of life and/or the educational climate in their local community.

Florien was nominated in recognition of her work both in the community and at Early Childhood CARES, impacting the lives of hundreds of preschool children and their families with her knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her tireless efforts to provide consultation to teachers, conduct home visits, and lead parent and staff workshops demonstrates her devotion to children and to the college’s mission of "Making Educational Systems Work for All."  For additional information about her work, click here.

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