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FHS Staff and Alumni to Receive COE Awards!

  Kelly Warren, the FHS Field Study Coordinator and Assistant Director, is this year's recipient of the College of Education's Officer of Administration Award! This award recognizes an Officer of Administration who has provided outstanding service to students, the College, or state and community partners. The COE Awards Event will be held on Friday, May 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm in 220 HEDCO. Congratulations Kelly!

In addition, two FHS graduates have won 2017 College of Education Alumni Awards! Congratulations to Marcus Poppen and Edith Baumgart. 

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.

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.

The College of Education Alumni Awards will be presented on Friday, October 27 during Homecoming Weekend.

The complete list of recipients can be found here: https://education.uoregon.edu/alumni-friends/2017-alumni-award-recipients