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25 Ducks: Leading the Way

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They are activists and economists, teachers, volunteers, athletes, musicians and peacemakers.

In short, they plan to do nothing less than change the world.

Over recent years, Emerald Media Group has asked the UO community to nominate outstanding students—in Emerald’s words, “rock stars in their department or [who] have been producing amazing work in different projects and organizations.”

This list is called “25 Ducks.” They’re students and recent graduates who are out to make a difference, and it should come as no surprise that their ranks are filled with representatives from departments throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. To read profiles of that group, click on the following:

Matthew Thill, cinema studies, is chasing big dreams in the arts.

Lauren Haefling, general social science, wants to work in marketing for a nonprofit.

Hannah Picknell, political science and anthropology, got involved in activism through OSPIRG.

Brett Cahill, economics, wants to be an adviser to the U.S. president.

Salliebeth Finnegan, general social science, found giving back to be the best part of her college experience.

Chase Salazar, chemistry, uses volunteering to change the world.

Myka Bitterman, Spanish, hopes to join Teach for America.

Talia Davis, political science, wants to work for peace in the Middle East.

Caitlin Gibson, human physiology, wants to be a surgeon and pilot.

Doug Beick, mathematics and computer science, defined himself through the Oregon Marching Band.

Jesse Schwarz, ethnic studies, wants to empower communities through sports.

Haley Wilson, general social science, wants to make education more accessible to the world.

Audrey Graser, English, excels in academics and leadership.

Katherine Holste, human physiology and psychology, is studying concussions.

Morgan Nelson, Chinese international studies and political science, helps student parents receive quality childcare.

Liz Brenner, psychology, aspires to compete in the Olympics.

Jason Irrgang, English, helps youth get a second chance.

Katie Lightfoot, general science, won the National Youth Community Service Award.

Lyndsey Goforth, religious studies and general social science, hopes one day to work for the United Nations.

Garrett Dunlavey, environmental studies, wants to save the environment.

Josef Khalifeh, human physiology, is pushing himself to heal the impoverished.

Diana Salazar, ethnic studies, is fighting for social justice.

Jeremy Hedlund, women’s and gender studies, is fighting against student debt.

Brandi Freeman, psychology, helps people overcome addiction.

Lena Macomson, general social science, empowers people through athletics.

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