25 Ducks

25 Ducks: An introduction to Oregon students who will change the world

By on Thursday, May. 8 at 9:00 am.

A few weeks ago, we reached out to the University of Oregon community and asked you to come together and nominate outstanding students. We looked for students who are rock stars in their department or have been producing amazing work in different projects and organizations. We asked you to find us the next 25 people […]


25 Ducks: Shannon Emmerson gives back with her love for sports business

By on Wednesday, May. 21 at 7:27 pm.

Age: 19 Year: Sophomore Major: Business with a concentration in sports business Dream job: Work at a sports production company such as ESPN Shannon is involved in many activities around campus, including the Rotaract club, fraternity and sorority life and more while raising money for charity. Why are you at the UO? I knew attending […]


25 Ducks: Conner Gordon aims to improve the job market for future media professionals

By on Thursday, May. 8 at 1:59 pm.

Conner Gordon, a 21-year-old senior and journalism student from Mountain View, California, has a promising vision for the future of the media industry. Like many others, he noticed that the deficiency in jobs has led to desperate students eagerly working for free. What separates him from the others, though, is that he plans to do […]


25 Ducks: Lauren Haefling hopes to work in marketing for a non-profit

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 9:50 pm.

Age: 20 Year: Junior Major: General Social science (business and economics) and spanish Lauren won the Aileen Lee Scholarship Award for outstanding service as a freshman and is heavily involved with her sorority and non-profit organizations. Why are you at the UO? I fell in love with the campus when I first came here! The […]


25 Ducks: Natalya Jenney takes a leadeship role on her path toward an Occupational Therapist degree

By on Thursday, May. 8 at 8:01 pm.

Age: 21 Year: Senior Major: Family and human services, psychology minor Dream job: Occupational therapist specializing with amputee veterans. Natalya has made many lucky future Ducks their first face on campus as a tour guide and always fosters community involvement. Why are you at the UO? I came to the UO looking for a highly […]


25 Ducks: Polly Irungu is an independent photographer, activist and ambassador

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 10:38 pm.

Age: 19 Year: Class of 2016 Major: Journalism and International Studies Dream job: Photographer for the National Geographic  Why are you at the UO? I selected the University of Oregon because I was fortunate enough to receive the Diversity Excellence Scholarship which covers a majority of my tuition. How do you want to change the […]


25 Ducks: Annalisa Cabalka’s passion for sports and helping people is shown in her dedication to ROTC

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 9:15 pm.

Age: 21 Year: third year sophomore Major: Sports business Annalisa is a hardworking sports business major who is a member of the National Guard and ROTC. Dream job: Outdoor recreation — specifically starting/running ski resort and setting up youth ski programs/outdoor recreation and being a leader in the national guard including being EMT and search […]


25 Ducks: Brett Cahill hopes to be an economic advisor for the President of the United States

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 8:54 pm.

Age: 22 Year in school: Senior Major: Economics Dream job: To be an economic advisor to the President of the United States. Brett was nominated for his hard work putting in 25-40 hours a week at Domino’s Pizza to pay for school while excelling in his economics and math studies. Why are you at the […]


25 Ducks: Salliebeth Finnegan considers giving back the best part of her college experience

By on Saturday, May. 10 at 6:09 pm.

Age: 22 Year: Fifth year senior Major: General Social Science, with a minor in business Salliebeth was a prominent member of the UO lacrosse team for four years and is now a coach. She dedicates countless hours to volunteering and helping others. What is your dream job? My dream job would be doing anything that […]


25 Ducks: Anna Bird’s writing and feminism were shaped through the UO Women’s Center

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 9:18 pm.

It was a profound moment when Anna Bird found the adjective that would shape a large part of her college career. She discovered it after taking a women and gender studies course. It reaffirmed her lifelong belief in the equality of the sexes. “I took the class and realized, ‘Oh hey, I’m a feminist!’” Bird, […]


25 Ducks: Chase Salazar uses volunteering as a way to change the world

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 9:05 pm.

Age: 21 Year: Junior Major: Chemistry Dream job: Industrial Research and Development Chase is the president of IFC and a leader in Delta Tau Delta is known for his outstanding character and passion. Why are you at the UO? I am at the UO because of the school spirit. While walking through my first school tour there were multiple […]


25 Ducks: Spanish major Myka Bitterman hopes to join Teach for America

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 9:24 pm.

Age: 22 Year: Senior Major: Spanish Dream job: Being an interpreter for the government or for low-income communities Myka has worked hard as a first generation college student, and is a recipient of the Diversity Excellence Scholarship. Why are you at the UO?   I am a first generation college student, who dreamt of having a formal, […]


25 Ducks: Talia Davis hopes to pursue a job in politics and promote peace in the Middle East

By on Sunday, May. 11 at 7:07 pm.

Talia Davis, a 21-year-old political science major and history minor from Portland, has blonde hair, a contagious laugh and a generous spirit. But those aren’t the reasons why she was nominated multiple times as one of the 25 Ducks that will change the world. She is involved with several groups on campus, including the African […]


25 Ducks: Caitlin Gibson came for the sports and stayed for her human physiology studies

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 9:50 pm.

Age: 21 Year: Senior Major: Human physiology Dream job: To be a surgeon and pilot so that I can fly to places whenever needed to do nonprofit work Caitlin is this year’s chair for the UO Relay for Life and runs a 30-member committee to create and promote events on campus for the American Cancer […]


25 Ducks: Jesse Schwarz wants wants to empower communities through sports

By on Wednesday, May. 7 at 9:24 pm.

Age: 22 Year: Senior Major: Ethnic Studies Dream Job: Documentary Filmmaker Jesse partnered with Nike N7 to empower Native American youth and is known for always being positive and is passionate about everything he’s involved with. Why are you at the UO? Felt right. Best part of college experience? Opportunities. To meet people. To learn. To […]