Alumni Awards

The School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, in conjunction with the PPPM Advisory Council, presents the following awards in the spring of each year:

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to a graduate of the program (at any level) who has developed a distinguished reputation in his or her chosen field over an extended period of time. Recipients of the award will generally have received their degree at least 10 years prior to receipt of the award. Recipients may have received their degrees from any area of the department including predecessors of the current departmental configuration, such as Community Service and Public Affairs (CSPA). 

The Distinguished Recent Alumnus Award is given to more recent graduates, usually within fewer than 10 years of graduation, who have shown extraordinary success within the period since finishing the University of Oregon degree. Attempts will be made to alternate awardees between the three programs of the department: the undergraduate degree and the three masters programs. 

The Award for Outstanding Service to Oregon is given to members of the general public who have given extraordinary service, over an extended period of time, to the state of Oregon.  

Members of the department, the PPPM Advisory Council, and alumni are asked to nominate individuals for the three awards in the early winter of each year. A committee of department faculty, students, and the Advisory Council will review the nominees and present recommendations for awardees. Decisions will be made in March of each year. Awardees must be able to attend the spring awards ceremony.

The PPPM Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award is chosen by all PPPM students, in conjunction with a member of the PPPM Advisory Council, using criteria and selection procedures determined by those groups. Student volunteers work with the PPPM Advisory Council representative and the selection is made by early May.


Past Award Recipients Include:

Outstanding Service to Oregon: Vera Katz (2017), Roberto Jiménez (2015), William L. Sullivan (2014), Genevieve Nelson (2013), Michael J. Jordan (2012), Noel Klein (2011), Antone Minthorn (2010), Hardy Myers (2009), Priscilla Gould (2008), Laura M. Pryor (2007), Mrs. Sue Shaffer (2006), Jim Torrey (2005), Gov. Vic Atiyeh (2004), Congressman Peter DeFazio (2003), and Richard C. Townsend (2002)

Distinguished Alumnus: HE Talal Al Rahbi (2017), Timothy Beatley (2015), Robert D. Atkinson, MUP '85 (2014), Terry Moore, MA Public Affairs/MUP '77 (2013), Chip Terhune, CSPA '93 (2012), Sue Dee Shenk, CSPA '71 (2011), Mariza A. Rogers, CSPA '93 (2010), Rachel Bristol, CSPA '82 (2009), Susan Anderson, MUP '82 (2008), Stephen P. Greenwood, CSPA '73 (2007), Julia Ann Demichelis, MUP '91 (2006), Stephen Bryant, CSPA '74 (2005), Wes Hare, MSPA '88 (2004), Gregg Kantor, MUP '81 (2003), and Steven J. Wright, MSPA '81 (2002).

Distinguished Recent Alumnus:  Jess Neff (2017), Lorelei Juntunen (2015), Marian Blankenship, MPA 2006 (2014), Jennifer M. Wagner, PPPM 2005 (2013), Alexia Caitlin Kelly, BA-PPPM 2003, MCRP 2006, MPA 2006 (2012), Kristen Karle, MCRP 2001 (2011), Wylie Chen, PPPM 2000 (2010), Karmen Fore, MA, Public Affairs '98 (2009), Geneva Wiki, PPPM '00 (2008), Tomas Andrew Endicott, MCRP 2001 (2007), Scott Courtland Derickson, MPA '95 (2006), Kristin Diane Bonner, MCRP '99 (2005), Gregory Pulliam, PPPM '94 (2004), Cynthia van Zelm, MPA '95 (2003), Kirstin A. Greene, MCRP '97 (2002).

Outstanding Teacher of the Year: Dyana Mason (2015), Bob Choquette (2014), Marc Schlossberg (2013), Bob Parker (2012), Laura Leete (2011), Neil Bania (2010), Laura Leete (2009), Bethany Johnson (2008), Neil Bania (2007), Carl Hosticka (2006), Jessica Greene (2005), Jean Stockard (2004), Renee Irvin (2003), and Michael Hibbard (2002).