Since 1988, the Oregon State University Alumni Association in partnership with the university has recognized caring, passionate and talented members of Beaver Nation who have distinguished themselves in their professions and their communities. Alumni Fellows will be celebrated on campus this fall and will be recognized on September 19, 2024 during the Black and Orange Awards Celebration.
Alumni Fellows nominations are due Feb. 23, 2024
Through the Alumni Fellows program, Oregon State University colleges, departments and the OSU Alumni Association reconnect with alumni that have distinguished themselves in their professions and communities and celebrate them for all that they have done and will continue to do. Alumni Fellows will share their experiences and wisdom with alumni and current students, as well as build stronger ties with faculty and their alma mater. The OSU Alumni Association looks forward to working closely with each college to make this a memorable and meaningful experience for their honoree.
Nominations are solicited from the deans of the academic colleges in consultation with department chairpersons and faculty. For any departments outside of the academic colleges, please inform the alumnus’ graduating college of your nomination. Representatives from the nominating college/department are expected to attend the celebration in support of their nominee. The number of Alumni Fellows to be chosen, and the number of colleges/departments represented, will be dependent upon the quality of applicants and their nomination materials. The alumni association does not guarantee that every college will have a Fellow.
Please see the linked documents for directions and award criteria. Nominations are due Feb. 23, 2024.
2023 Alumni Fellows
Kim Fritz-Ogren, M.S. ’12, Ph.D. ’15
Nominated by the Graduate School
Through her work at the Oregon Water Resources Department, Kim Fritz-Ogren has played important roles shaping water policy through years of challenging drought, supporting the director of OWRD and the Water Resources Commission in strategic planning, managing the contentious issue of water rights, working for interstate and intertribal negotiations, serving as lead on Columbia River issues and leading the formation of a new section of the agency focused on partnering with Oregonians on innovative solutions to water management challenges. As a testament to her bright future as a public servant, she was also selected to participate in Leadership Oregon, an executive leadership program.
Lori Gibson, DVM ’99
Nominated by the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Lori Gibson is the owner of Compassionate Care, an in-home pet euthanasia company serving the Portland area and Salem that offers 24-7 services and an eco-friendly cremation process known as aquamation. Her entrepreneurial spirit has brought new options to pet families dealing with difficult times. Gibson was an executive board member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association from 2010 to 2017, and is a member of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the Portland chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.
Bob Grover, ’83
Nominated by the College of Agricultural Sciences
In the 21 years since Bob Grover started Pacific Landscape Management, his company has grown to become the Northwest’s leader in commercial landscape management, providing sustainable maintenance and enhancements services in Portland, Salem and Seattle. Grover served as the president of the National Association of Landscape Professionals and the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association and as past chair of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Revitalize Portland Coalition and a supporter of OSU’s Department of Horticulture.
Matt Morton has dedicated years to improving educational opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. He is the president of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, which funds student scholarships and nonprofit grants. Previously, he led Oregon’s largest private philanthropic grantmaking strategy focused on K-12 public education with the Meyer Memorial Trust. Morton became the first Native American to be elected to the Board of Education for Portland Public Schools, the region's largest school district, and served as the executive director of Portland’s Native American Youth and Family Center and as the deputy director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association.
Bill Nicholson, ’80
Bill Nicholson started his long career with Portland General Electric as an OSU student intern. Over the next 40 years, he worked in a variety of engineering and operations leadership roles, including as senior vice president. In the process, he played a major role in providing reliable electric power to people across the Portland metropolitan area. He serves on the Oregon State College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council, the OSU Nuclear Science and Engineering Industry Advisory Board and is a supporter of the College of Engineering’s Catalyst Scholars Program.
Olivia Quiroz, ’05
Olivia Quiroz is the executive director for the Oregon Latino Health Coalition (OLHC), a statewide organization dedicated to eliminating health disparities affecting Oregon's Latinx communities through collaboration, leadership and advocacy. Under her leadership, OLHC passed historical legislation (Oregon House Bill 3352) to expand Medicaid coverage to adults regardless of their immigration status. While working at Multnomah County Health Department, she served as a contributor to the health equity framework to address racial health policy and systems change strategies. She has served on the OSU Alumni Multicultural Steering Committee.Watch the Conversations with OSU Influencers with Keith Dempsey, ’93, M.S. ’96, Ph.D. ’10, Olivia Quiroz, ’05 and Mary Deits Rousseau, ’71.
Joth Ricci, ’91
Joth Ricci, CEO of Dutch Bros, has been an example of leadership and vision for the business community both through his role as chair of the Oregon Business Council and his work supporting Oregon’s diverse business owners. Ricci co-founded Taste for Equity, a nonprofit that supports, promotes and inspires action for equity advances in Oregon. He has also been a valuable contributor to statewide conversations about racial equity in policy and practice as part of Oregon’s Racial Justice Council. Ricci served on the College of Education’s Alumni and Friends Leadership Circle for several years.
Julia Rosen, Ph.D. ’14
As a journalist and writer, Julia Rosen has applied her deep understanding of the planet — based in geology doctoral work studying polar ice cores — to create an all-important bridge between science and humanity. She writes about how the world works and how humans are changing it. Her award-winning work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Science, Hakai, High Country News and The Los Angeles Times, where she was a former climate reporter. She is currently working on her first book, for Ecco, about grass and humans and our relationship to nature. Rosen has also shined a spotlight on Portland and the Pacific Northwest itself, bringing national attention to environmental issues in our state.
Mary Deits Rousseau, ’71
A national trailblazer for women in the courts, Judge Mary Deits Rousseau has consistently worked to create positive changes across Oregon. She was the third woman to work as an assistant attorney general at the Oregon Department of Justice, the second woman to serve on the Oregon Court of Appeals and the first woman chosen to serve as Chief Judge of the Court. In that role, she implemented a variety of nationally recognized reforms designed to create efficiencies in the courts and reduce caseload backlog. An early member of OSU’s honors program, Rousseau has been one of the college’s most committed advocates and supporters in the Portland area.Watch the Conversations with OSU Influencers with Keith Dempsey, ’93, M.S. ’96, Ph.D. ’10, Olivia Quiroz, ’05 and Mary Deits Rousseau, ’71.
David Vernier, M.S. ’76
David Vernier is a steadfast advocate for science education across Oregon and the world. The company he co-founded, Vernier Science Education, has products in 60% of high schools and 40% of K-8 schools and offers numerous workshops for science educators. Vernier’s work at Oregon State includes supporting the College of Science’s Learning Assistants program, which trains high-achieving undergraduate students to support large enrollment courses. The Vernier Promise Fund also supports a range of programs designed to create opportunities for students from underserved communities.
Anita Winn, ’79
After earning a degree in clothing textiles and related arts, Anita Winn embarked on an extensive career in merchandising. She managed stores, gained experience as a regional merchandiser and clothing buyer, and, in 2016, retired as business planning director of North America Nike Factory Stores. She is a founding and executive member of the College of Business Merchandising Management Advisory Council and has been a member of the OSU Design Network since 2014, serving as its chair for two years. This group of Portland-area alumni and friends working in design and merchandising management offers networking connections and career advice to OSU students.
ALUMNI FELLOWS ONLINE CELEBRATION
Preparing Diverse Teachers for Diverse Learners with 2020 Alumni Fellow Betty Hutchinson Flad
Oct 23, 2020
As classrooms become increasingly diverse, we must recruit and prepare diverse teachers.
Diversity and inclusion in higher education with 2020 Alumni Fellow Rebecca Hernandez
Oct 23, 2020
Effectively educating first generation Latino students requires organizational leaders to examine curriculum, structure, policy and process changes.
The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Latino communities with 2020 Alumni Fellow Dr. Eva Galvez
Oct 23, 2020
A talk about the social determinants of health, their role in shaping health, and how to begin to address these factors to achieve health equity for all Oregonians.
From OSU to CEO with 2020 Alumni Fellow Ric Campo
Oct 23, 2020
Ric speaks about how Camden has gone from good to great and why companies need to put their employees, customers and communities before earnings.
Leading during a crisis: From Hurricane Harvey to COVID-19 with Alumni Fellow Dr. SreyRam Kuy
Oct 22, 2020
A conversation about leading through health crises ranging from hurricane devastation and the opioid epidemic to COVID-19.
Building a team to transform OSU Food Science & Tech. with OSU Alumni Fellow Julianne Wood-Rethwill
Oct 22, 2020
The Department of Food Science & Technology is leading in strong, science-based education, research and outreach in sustainable food systems.
A record of climate change: Integrating Indigenous knowledge with Alumni Fellow Margaret Hiza Redsteer
Oct 22, 2020
Broadening our understanding of climate-induced ecosystem change and provides a compelling glimpse at the interconnectivity of humans with the natural world.
Indigenous peoples' social justice in academia OSU Alumni Fellow Cristina Eisenberg
Oct 21, 2020
Drawing from her work as a community ecologist, Dr. Eisenberg presents pathways to advance social justice for Indigenous peoples and persons of color globally.
The importance of mentoring developing leaders with OSU Alumni Fellow Scott Williams
Oct 21, 2020
It is important to lead by example and take the time to invest in others and mentor them to become leaders for tomorrow.
Caring about science, nature and each other with OSU Alumni Fellow Christopher Johns
Oct 21, 2020
Johns leads a conversation about telling vital stories through photography and his decisions on what to feature in the magazine.