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2017 Alumni Award Recipients


David Chard, PhD ‘95
Outstanding Alumni Award
Wheelock College


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.

A graduate of Central Michigan University with a BS in mathematics education and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Oregon, David is a prolific researcher and scholar who has published more than 100 journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and books, including children's textbooks in mathematics and literacy, among many other contributions to the field. He is also active in a number of community and professional organizations.

David’s national reputation is reflected in his appointment by President Barack Obama to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Board of Education. He is also a member of the International Academy for Research on Learning Disabilities and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Prior to his role at SMU, he served as the Associate Dean, Curriculum and Academic Programs and an Assistant/Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Oregon. He has also held administrative and academic roles at the University of Texas-Austin and Boston University.  He is currently the president of Wheelock College.

Angela Bowen, MEd ‘05
Distinguished Alumni Award
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw


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.

Angela is known across tribal education circles for her dedication to improving American Indian educational outcomes. She is an example of a strong servant-leader who has worked across multiple levels of education to understand and address community and student needs. She came to UO to complete her M.Ed., graduating with her degree and teaching licensure in 2005. She taught as an elementary teacher from 2005-2011 serving the Siletz community, and then took on the leadership role of Director of Education for her tribe, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw.

Angela also works as a tribal leader and volunteer who serves as the COE’s Sapsik'ʷałá Tribal Advisory Council Board Chair. Her leadership in helping to build this program demonstrates what effective university-tribal partnerships can and should look like.

Marcus Poppen, BA ‘07; MS ‘12; PhD ‘14
Horizon Alumni Award
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Washington State University, College of Education

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.

After graduating from the College of Education with his degree in Family and Human Services, Marcus was hired as a Program Coordinator for the Center for Family Development (CFD) in Eugene, Oregon.  In 2010, he returned to the College of Education and completed two graduate degrees in special education, supported by the Policy Advocacy Instruction and Research Leadership Training grant from the U.S Department of Education. 
In 2014, Marcus was hired as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education at Washington State University.  Marcus has also collaborated on numerous outreach and evaluation projects with local school districts in Washington, and colleagues at the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. At the national level, he has been a consultant for Cornell University Institute on Employment and Disability and an active member of the Transition Research committee for the CEC Division of Career Development and Transition.  More recently, he has been collaborating with faculty colleagues to develop a Special Education Service Center at WSU which will serve as a hub for numerous school and community based programs.

Marcus has also developed an important program of research that focuses on improving post-school employment outcomes for youth with disabilities.  His innovative, community engaged research has been recognized through the CEC Division of Career Development and Transition Emerging Researcher Award (2015) and the Washington Educational Research Association Research Award (2016).  In 2016, he applied and was selected for the prestigious Mary Switzer fellowship through the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, one of only four such awards in the United States that year. Through this fellowship, he is collaborating with the Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop and pilot test an instrument to measure and document pre-employment transition services for high school students with disabilities.  His new web based evaluation tool will be used in over 200 school districts in Oregon and also has potential for national replication.

Edith Baumgart, BEd ‘16
Community Impact Award
Associate Director: Family Services, Child Development Center
Willamette Family Treatment Services


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.

Edith works tirelessly to improve the lives of women, children, and families impacted by addiction. She manages the Family Program and the Child Development Center in the women's residential treatment program of Willamette Family Treatment Services. In this role she is responsible for directing the daily operations of a center that makes it possible for women to not be separated from their young children during the treatment process. Edith has brought research based practices to the center and has been involved in numerous research projects through the University of Oregon. Additionally, She oversees many undergraduate and graduate students that complete their practicum at the center, providing unique opportunities with diverse clients. Edith strives to bring awareness about the issues of addiction and its effects on children to the community. She is involved in many outreach projects that continually strive to improve the lives of children and families in our community and reduce the stigma of mental health problems. Edith also works very closely with the Department of Human Services-Child Welfare to provide families with every opportunity to heal, grow, and reunify.

Renee Stacy, MA ‘84; MS ‘91
Community Impact Award

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.
Renee has lived in Eugene Oregon for 32 years. She was a teacher for many years and taught pre-school to college aged students. She taught creative writing, child development and was part of the small schoo’ls program at North Eugene High School. She always incorporated play and creativity in her teaching. She has an undergraduate degree in theater from Santa Barbara and two Masters of Education from the University of Oregon; one in Early Childhood Education in 1984 and in Curriculum and Instruction in 1991. She was a graduate intern at “Project Zero” at Harvard University in 1983.

In 2009 she was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) a rare dementia that affects language and speech. She retired from teaching in 2011. Since being diagnosed, she has been a willing participant in speech and language therapy, in part to help students.  She has also involved herself as a research participant at Northwestern University in Chicago to help researchers advance their knowledge of this disease.  She started taking art classes including oil painting, sculpture, watercolor, pottery, and doll making.  She found an outlet and a way to communicate by creating art in her home studio and enjoyed art classes at Maude Kerns and Clayspace.  As her disease progressed, she has continued on with her artwork creating multi-media collages where she can use images, fabric and paper to express her creativity. 

Her work was featured in Nature Review magazine in 2014 written by the neurologist Dr. Mesulam who is an expert on PPA and noticed that she and other patients with PPA often developed their creativity after diagnosis. A piece of her art work hangs in his office is Chicago.


The College of Education Alumni Awards will be presented on Friday, October 27 during Homecoming Weekend.  Degrees listed above are the recipient's UO College of Education degrees.

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