25 Ducks

Introducing 25 Ducks who will change the world

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:51 pm.

Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight attended the University of Oregon before founding Nike and revolutionizing the athletic shoe trade. Ann Curry was a journalism major here before she went on to cover wars and work with journalists the likes of Brian Williams. And before Ty Burrell was part of an Emmy award-winning ensemble cast on ”Modern […]


25 Ducks: Polly Irungu ‘gives her all to help others around her’

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 2:56 pm.

Polly Irungu Age: 18 Year: Freshman Major: Journalism Polly Irungu is an independent photographer, an outreach coordinator for the Black Women of Achievement and a volunteer in the childcare department at her church. She was nominated as one of our 25 Ducks because she “gives her all to help others around her.” How do you […]


25 Ducks: Jesse Schwarz ‘uses sports to make the world a better place’

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:22 pm.

Jesse Schwarz Age: 21 Year: Junior Major: Ethnic Studies Jesse Schwarz is well on his way to fulfilling his mission of, as he says, “using sports to make the world a better place.” Through his involvement in O Heroes and The Nike N7 Youth Movement, he’s contributed to the local community while making the most […]


25 Ducks: Hanna Oimoen is building a more sustainable future

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:01 pm.

Hanna Oimoen Age: 20 Year: Sophomore Major: Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance Hailing from Chicago, Hanna Oimoen consistently retains outstanding grades in some of the university’s most rigorous programs, from architecture to business. She is a two-term dean’s lister who seeks to do good through her passion for real estate development. Why are […]


25 Ducks: Morgan Nelson helps student parents receive good childcare

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:38 pm.

Morgan Nelson Age: 21 Year: Senior Major: Chinese International Studies & Political Science Morgan Nelson has been the ASUO’s director for the Childcare Subsidy Program for the last three years and is an active member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. During her time in Dublin, she interned at Kanchi, a nonprofit working to make […]


25 Ducks: Joe Junor is passionate about community service

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:10 pm.

Joe Junor Age: 21 Year: Junior Major: Business Economics Joe Junor is the president of Inter Fraternity Council at the University of Oregon, where he represents more than 1,200 over 15 chapters. He’s an integral link between Fraternity and Sorority Life and the university administration. How do you want to change the world? “I’m very […]


25 Ducks: Liz Brenner, athletic superwoman, aspires to compete in the Olympics

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:49 pm.

Elizabeth Ann Brenner Age: 20 Year: Sophomore Major: Psychology with a minor in business Elizabeth Brenner is a volleyball player at the University of Oregon with aspirations to play for the U.S. Olympic team. In the meantime, she’d like to play for a professional team overseas and is an advocate for women’s sports. Why are […]


25 Ducks: Jason Irrgang is helping youth get a second chance

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 2:44 pm.

Jason Irrgang struggled with drug addiction in high school, which interfered with his education. The 30-year-old was fortunate enough to attend a continuation school that set his life back on track before the education system gave up on him. Now, Irrgang devotes much of his time helping at-risk youth pass their state exams, so they […]


25 Ducks: Usha Davis eases foster youth’s transition into adulthood

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:25 pm.

Usha Davis Age: 37 Year: Senior Major: Family and Human Services Minors: Counseling Psychology and Women and Gender Studies In addition to full-time studies at the University of Oregon and her position as a Ford Family scholar, Usha Davis is a mother and works at the Center for Family Development. She was nominated because of […]


25 Ducks: Katie Lightfoot won the National Youth Community Service Award

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:07 pm.

Katie Lightfoot Age: 22 Year: Senior Major: Bachelor of Science in General Science and a triple minor in Nonprofit Administration, Chemistry and Biology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. Katie Lightfoot has long helped kids with motor disabilities. This summer, she’s been appointed as the director at Boost Camp, an organization that specializes in helping those […]


25 Ducks: Nate Asman wants to change the world through his music

By on Saturday, May. 4 at 8:56 am.

Nate Asman Age: 27 Year: Graduate Student Major: Master’s in Intermedia Music Technology Nate Asman is a graduate student in the music department. His passion for music has made him a campus personality and his ambitions range from teaching at the university level to scoring films. Like many before him, Asman wants to change the […]


25 Ducks: Lyndsey Goforth hopes to one day work for the United Nations

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:13 pm.

Lyndsey Goforth Age: 26 Year: Senior Major: Religious Studies & General Social Science with double minors in Ethnic Studies & Peace and Conflict Resolution Lyndsey Goforth is currently completing her second undergraduate degree at the university. She is an active member of the LGBTQA, the Sexual Assault Prevention Taskforce and the Queer Glee Club with […]


25 Ducks: Garrett Dunlavey hopes to help save the environment

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:19 pm.

Garrett Dunlavey Year: Senior Major: Environmental Studies Garrett Dunlavey is the founder and president of the University of Oregon’s Net Impact program. He’s skilled at gathering people and making club projects shine. He’s also involved with the Climate Justice League and Earth Week. What got you involved with sustainable business and Net Impact? It was […]


25 Ducks: Josef Khalifeh is pushing himself to heal the impoverished

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 2:51 pm.

Did you know that your veins move depending on the weather? In warmer temperatures, or after working out, veins rise to the surface of the skin to dispel body heat. In cold weather, they shrink closer to the bone to keep the body warm. This process, part of the body’s natural adaptation to maintain equilibrium, is […]


25 Ducks: ASUO Sen. Jeremy Hedlund is fighting against student debt

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 2:58 pm.

Jeremy Hedlund Age: 21 Year: Junior Major: Women and Gender Studies Jeremy Hedlund is an ASUO senator who founded the UO chapter of the Student Labor Action Project. In 2012, he traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest student debt outside of Sallie Mae, where he was arrested along with several others. His ironic jail cell: […]


25 Ducks: Double Master’s student Jessica Bloomfield wants to revive American cities

By on Thursday, May. 2 at 3:03 pm.

Jessica Bloomfield Age: 26 Major: Master’s Degree in Law and Community and Regional Planning (J.D./M.C.R.P.) Year: graduate (2013) Jessica Bloomfield is a founding member of the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative, through which she has helped organize international conferences that promote dialogue between universities and their communities regarding sustainable practices. She is currently wrapping […]