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2011 Student Awards

Student Awards Banquet ~ June 10, 2011

Photos by Bill Goloski

Owens Citizenship Award

Greg Gould with David Thaemert, faculty presenter & Jim Owens, award donor

Greg Gould

The Owens Citizenship Award was established by the family of the late Rose and Vern J. Owens.  It’s intended for the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has made outstanding contributions to the university. This is exemplified by high moral standards, participation in school activities, interest in the betterment of student body standards, a cooperative attitude toward the faculty and fellow students, and a spirit of adventure in academic activities. This year’s recipient is Greg Gould.

Greg Gould graduates summa cum laude with his baccalaureate degrees in Civil Engineering and Applied Mathematics. A stellar student scholar, Gould was also fully engaged in a broad range of university activities spanning academics, athletics, and student life.

Gould’s academic activities included leadership and support of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).  As part of ASCE, he also participated on the Concrete Canoe team.  He was a team member of the first Engineers Without Borders implementation trip to southwestern Tanzania in 2010 and is the project leader for the 2011 implementation trip to the same location.

Gould was a valued member of the Oregon Tech Men’s Varsity Soccer Team and was a resident advisor in the Oregon Tech residence halls. He also worked as a student tutor in the Tech Opportunity Program.

He recently accepted a teaching assistantship at Washington State University where he will pursue his master’s degree in Civil Engineering.

“Oregon Tech has given me so much and I feel I have done my best at giving back to the university as a respectful, responsible student, athlete, tutor, and mentor. This June won’t be the last time I am on campus. I plan to have a long relationship with Oregon Tech and come back for alumni events in the future,” Gould said.


Most Dedicated Student Award

Caitlin Remington with Chris Frazier, student activities presenter

Caitlin Remington

The Most Dedicated Student Award was established in 1967 by alumnus Jessee Barker. The award is presented by the faculty to the student or students whose loyalty to the university, involvement in campus and community activities and commitment to higher personal and moral standards, form a role model for others. This year, the Student Awards Commission selected Caitlin Remington.

Caitlin Remington graduates cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is well-known for her dedication and service to campus life at Oregon Tech.

Remington began her career with Campus Activities as a volunteer, attending events and assisting with the events.  When a position opened, she was welcomed as part of the Campus Activities team after her demonstrated commitment as a volunteer. Her natural leadership abilities and dedication to her work soon earned her the position as Director of Campus Activities. She held the position for the last two years, winning praise from faculty and staff and the admiration of her team.

Remington served as the Entertainment Coordinator of Hootie’s Halloo (New Student Orientation) for Fall 2009. She was a founding sister of the Theta Iota Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority at Oregon Tech. She was a member of the Sustainability Club and served as club president. She also worked as a volunteer for numerous activities on campus, including the Associated Students of Oregon Tech Blood Drive.

Caitlin Remington’s dedication to student life at Oregon Tech has earned her the reputation as a campus leader, dependable employee, and dedicated student.


Student Achievement Award

David Clarke with President Chris Maples

David Clarke & Joel Sprunger

The Student Achievement Award is presented by the faculty. It recognizes an outstanding work, which is judged to have made a significant contribution to the student's area of academic interest. This year, two students have been selected to receive this award. The recipients are David Clarke and Joel Sprunger.

David Clarke, an international student from New Zealand, graduates cum laude with a dual degree in Applied Psychology and Communication Studies. Clarke’s academic accomplishments include making the Dean’s List five times and the President’s List three times over the course of his studies at Oregon Tech.

Clarke was the starting point guard on the Hustlin’ Owls Men’s Varsity Basketball team. He was named to the Cascade Collegiate Conference and NAIA Scholar Athlete teams. He was an outstanding volunteer at local schools, helping with the physical education program and reading to children. He served as Administrative Officer for the Associated Students of Oregon Tech, worked as an office aide for the Center for Learning and Teaching, and worked as a student ambassador for the Admissions Office. He also assisted with Danny Miles Summer Basketball Camps and has helped with Oregon Tech graduation ceremonies.

Joel Sprunger, a graduate in Electronic Engineering Technology, is from the Oregon Tech Portland Campus. He graduates today summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Sprunger accomplished this impressive feat while working full-time as an application engineer with ESC Automation.

Sprunger is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer, a student member of ASHRAE, an international organization with a mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

His senior project focused on the development of a complexity metric, or indicator, which is correlated with classical complexity metrics such as Lempel-Ziv complexity and Sample Entropy. The fast complexity metric proposed is correlated with the classical complexity metrics yet it is much faster due to the increases in computational efficiency. It has applications in biomedical signal processing and data compression. Sprunger’s work has been praised by faculty as an original contribution beyond the expectation of undergraduate scholarship.

He received his award at the Portland commencement the previous week.


Hiram M. Hunt Award

Brady Gibson with President Chris Maples

Brady Gibson

The Hiram M. Hunt Award is eponymously named for a former Oregon Tech faculty member and presented to a student or group who, in the opinion of the faculty, has completed a project that is judged to have made a significant contribution to their field. This year's recipient is Brady Gibson.

Brady Gibson graduates with bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gibson is recognized for his design and fabrication of a Flow Demonstrator that is a state-of-the-art, small piece of laboratory equipment. The apparatus has been used in the Fluid Mechanics lab experiments for the Spring 2011 Term.

Gibson’s instructor, Svetla Stoilova, describes the Flow Demonstrator as a small scale water tunnel which comes as a replacement of the Interactive Flow Studies, LLC Flow Ex demonstrator that was previously used by the department. The Flow Ex was very expensive, difficult to operate, and is currently out of commission. Gibson exercised critical thinking skills and identified the Flow Ex disadvantages. He designed and fabricated the entire project on his own, using multiple skills learned in other classes, and only used recycled or donated parts.


Outstanding Student Veteran Award

Jimmy Abarca with Dr. C.J. Riley, faculty presenter

Jimenez “Jimmy” Abarca

The Outstanding Student Veteran Award was established in 2010 by the Student Awards Commission to recognize a student veteran who has been involved on campus or in the local community, and has helped make a positive difference for students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Oregon Tech student to receive the award is Jimenez “Jimmy” Abarca.

Jimmy Abarca served in the United States Marine Corps for more than four years. He served one tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom as the senior enlisted engineer equipment chief. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Today, he graduates from Oregon Tech magna cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He has been on the Oregon Tech Dean’s List and President’s List. He completed his degree in only three years.

As a student, Abarca served as vice president of the Veterans Club and vice president in Engineers Without Borders. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and International Code Council.

Abarca is a licensed helicopter pilot, active member of the Leatherneck Club and American Legion Post 44.  A proud husband and father of three boys, he coaches little league baseball in his spare time.


Pride of OIT Award

Pride of OIT Award

Adrienne Busch & Mackenzie Garton

The Pride of OIT Award, introduced in 2003, is bestowed upon recommendation of the Student Awards Commission to the student or students whose academic excellence, scholarship, service or other creative endeavors bring outstanding recognition and pride to Oregon Tech.

This year's co-recipients are Adrienne Busch and Mackenzie Garton.

Adrienne Busch with Dr. Roger Lindgren, faculty presenter

Graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Adrienne Busch participated in Engineers Without Borders, played on the Oregon Tech Women’s Varsity Soccer team all four years, and worked for the Oregon Tech Foundation, Development Office at the university. In the classroom, on the soccer field, or working with an international organization, Busch exemplifies the best and the brightest at Oregon Tech.

Working with Engineers Without Borders, Busch traveled to Tanzania, Africa, in June 2010, to repair and install new pumps into existing wells in rural villages. She also helped gather information to help design a water treatment system for an existing water resource.

She has worked with the Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC) at Oregon Tech, conducting research for design and implementation of “Living Lightly” house in Klamath Falls.

This Fall, she will begin her graduate studies in Structural Engineering at the University of California, Berkley.


Mackenzie Garton with Dr. Roger Lindgren, faculty presenter

Mackenzie Garton graduates summa cum laude in Civil Engineering with a 4.0 GPA.

Garton played on the Oregon Tech Women’s Varsity Basketball and Women’s Varsity Soccer teams her freshman year. She continued playing on the Women’s Soccer team for her remaining three years at Oregon Tech. She served as the Oregon Tech team captain for two years and was named CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American and Cascade Conference Honor Roll Mention.

She was a member ASCE Chapter, on the Steel Bridge Team, and captain of the Oregon Tech Concrete Canoe Team. She was also involved in Engineers Without Borders(EWB) and the Tanzanian Clean Water Project. Garton traveled to Tanzania, Africa in the summers of 2009 and 2010 with EWB and served as vice president and president of the EWB student chapter.

Mackenzie Garton plans to continue her studies in Geotechnical Engineering at Texas A&M starting Fall 2011.



President’s Senior Cup

Mackenzie Garton & Kelsie Flynn

Outstanding Scholars Awards honor those students appointed by their respective department chairpersons or program directors who, in the opinion of the faculty, have demonstrated academic excellence in their majors. These outstanding scholars in turn comprise a group of candidates for the President's Senior Cup.

The President's Senior Cup is awarded to baccalaureate students - generally one from each school - who, in the opinion of the faculty, have achieved academic excellence and fostered increased respect and prestige for the university. This year's recipients were selected from among many high-achieving students named Outstanding Scholars by academic department chairperson and program directors.

This year's recipients are Kelsie Flynn from the College of Health, Arts, and Sciences; and Mackenzie Garton from the College of Engineering, Technology, and Management.

Kelsie Flynn accepting her award with Dr. Angela Amoia, faculty presenter & President Chris Maples

Kelsie Flynn graduates summa cum laude in Biology with a 4.0 GPA from Oregon Tech. A motivated student, Flynn started at Oregon Tech with her math requirements through calculus completed.

Along with her academic and technical abilities, Flynn has contributed to Oregon Tech and the community in numerous ways. She has been involved with Red Cross blood drives and volunteers with HEART, using equine therapy to work with children with special needs. She also works with SMART by reading to elementary children and is very active in her church, and raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

In the Spring of 2010, Flynn participated in the Miss Klamath County Pageant and placed first runner up, utilizing her experiences in HEART as her platform. She was awarded the Soroptimist Academic Excellence Scholarship.

She plans to attend Oregon State University School of Pharmacy in Fall 2011. Flynn hopes to open a pharmacy in her hometown of Lakeview, Oregon, in the future.


Mackenzie Garton accepting her award with Dr. Sean St. Clair, faculty presenter & President Chris Maples

Mackenzie Garton graduates summa cum laude in Civil Engineering with a 4.0 GPA.

Garton played on the Oregon Tech Women’s Varsity Basketball and Women’s Varsity Soccer teams her freshman year. She continued playing on the Women’s Soccer team for her remaining three years at Oregon Tech. She served as the Oregon Tech team captain for two years and was named CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-American and Cascade Conference Honor Roll Mention.

She was a member ASCE Chapter, on the Steel Bridge Team, and captain of the Oregon Tech Concrete Canoe Team. She was also involved in Engineers Without Borders(EWB) and the Tanzanian Clean Water Project. Garton traveled to Tanzania, Africa in the summers of 2009 and 2010 with EWB and served as vice president and president of the EWB student chapter.

Mackenzie Garton plans to continue her studies in Geotechnical Engineering at Texas A&M starting Fall 2011.



Outstanding Scholars Awards

Honoring those students appointed by their respective department chairpersons or program directors who, in the opinion of the faculty, have demonstrated academic excellence in their majors. These outstanding scholars in turn comprise a group of candidates for the President’s Senior Cup.