About the Pastega Award
The Mario & Alma Pastega Awards represent Western Oregon University’s highest recognition for faculty and staff excellence. Two awards are given each year to faculty: The Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship recognizes significant and enduring scholarly or creative achievement; the Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching honors teaching that engages, inspires and educates students in the greatest possible learning. The Pastega Staff Excellence Award recognizes classified or administrative staff members who demonstrate exceptional service to the university. Each award provides a $1,000 honorarium.
Ongoing distinguished faculty awards were established at Western in 1979 when Dr. J. Morris Johnson, professor of biology, received the Western Oregon State College Faculty Honors Award for his work cloning carrot cells. Beginning in 1985, three awards for scholarship, teaching and staff excellence were created through generous annual gifts from Mario Pastega (1916-2012), an Oregon soft drink bottler and one the state’s leading philanthropists and benefactors of education, serving as a trustee on the foundation boards of both Oregon State University and Western Oregon University. In 1986, the first paired Pastega-funded awards in scholarship and teaching went to philosophy professor, Dale Cannon, for his work in philosophy for children, and Pat Gallagher, professor of education for her work in early childhood literature. The first recipient of the staff excellence award in 1985 was Forrest Hiner, lead painter with the Physical Plant. In 1997, Mario Pastega and his wife, Alma, donated an additional $40,000, matched by the Oregon State System of Higher Education, to permanently endow the three annual awards in their name: the Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Pastega Staff Excellence Award.
Faculty award recipients are honored at a ceremony in May, during which each recipient makes a presentation about his or her work. Staff award recipients are traditionally recognized at the commencement breakfast in June. Candidates for all Pastega Awards are considered through nominations by colleagues, students and coworkers. The faculty award recipients are selected by a committee comprised of past Pastega recipients and one student appointed by student government. Final selections are subject to approval by the university president. The Pastega Staff Excellence Award is coordinated through Human Resources and a committee of past staff award recipients who recommend three candidates to the university president for final selection.
2017 award recipients
Dr. Eliot Dickinson is a professor of Politics, Policy and Administration at Western Oregon University. He earned a doctorate in political science from Purdue University and worked at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and at Hope College in Michigan before moving to Oregon. His areas of expertise include comparative politics, international relations and political theory. He is author of Copts in Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2008) and, most recently, Globalization and Migration: A World in Motion (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). He has worked in the German parliament and was a visiting scholar at the University of Vienna’s Department of Government in 2014-15. His publications include a number of articles and book chapters on politics in Austria, Germany and South Africa.
Dr. Vivian Djokotoe is a professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. She started her university education in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Ghana in 1993. She transferred to Western Oregon University in 1996, where she earned a B.S. in Social Science (Sociology and Political Science) in 1998. She earned her masters and doctorate from Oregon State University in Family Studies with a sub area in Deviant Behavior in 2004. She joined the WOU faculty in the same year as an assistant professor of Criminal Justice and was subsequently promoted to full professor in 2015. Dr. Djokotoe worked with street children through a UNICEF program in Ghana before moving to the United States, and spent seven years working at Trillium Family Services, a residential facility for at-risk youth before working at WOU. She was instrumental in an overhaul of the Criminal Justice degree in 2006 and started online course offerings in the Criminal Justice program. She then invited her colleagues to join her, leading to a complete online option for students in the program and a graduate program that is completely online. Her current research focuses on risk and protective factors for family and youth violence prevention and on restorative justice in criminal justice, focusing her cross-cultural research on indigenous groups in Ghana, as well as on Native Americans and Aboriginals in Canada. She has conducted restorative justice research in Ghana and won a grant from the Canadian government to conduct research in Canada. Her research in the United States has occurred through her involvement with Polk County Victim Offender Reconciliation Program. Dr. Djokotoe’s recent publications include a book on street children in 2012 as well as articles on children’s lives and fo eign aid in Africa.
Bruce Tuma serves as a welder in the Physical Plant and has been at WOU for 30 years. He’s the one we can thank for the star that’s lit on our giant Sequoia tree each year!
|2017||Eliot Dickinson||Vivian Djokotoe||Bruce Tuma|
|2016||Darryl Thomas||Cheryl Beaver||Sharyne Ryals|
|2015||Kevin Walczyk||Maureen Dolan||Kellen Hendrickson|
|2014||David Doellinger||Katherine Schmidt||Sue Thompson|
|2013||Tom Bergeron||Julia Smith||Linda Kunze
|2012||Henry Hughes||Maria Dantas-Whitney||Kathy Hill|
|2011||Kim Jensen||Chloe Hughes||Nathan Sauer|
|2010||Mark Girod||Karie Mize||Ann Barton-Brown|
|2009||Henry Bersani||Jessica Henderson||Jon Tucker|
|2008||Marita Cardinal||Kit Andrews||Teresa Hutchinson|
|2007||Gavin Keulks||Dean Braa||Alice Sprague|
|2006||Eduardo Gonzalez-Viana||Sharon Oberst||Lori Pagel|
|2005||Rob Winningham||Diane Baxter||John Henslee|
|2004||Lonnie Guralnick||Martha Sargent||Twila Domine|
|2003||Sarah Boomer||Lowell Spring||Patrick Moser|
|2002||Richard Davis||Kimberly Jensen||Jeanne Deane|
|2001||Victor Savicki||Jerry Braza||Gary Jensen|
|2000||H. Del Schalock
|Curtis Yehnert||Rudolfo Rodriguez|
|1999||Marion Schrock||Kevin Walzyk||Tina Fuchs|
|1998||Dennis Eddings||Denis Moran||Rick DeMars|
|1997||Kim Hoffman||Ray Brodersen||Don Boderman|
|1996||Peter Callero||George Cabrera||Martha Smith|
|1995||Thomas Ferte||Sandra Gish||Darin Silbernagel|
|1994||Richard Meyer||Joe Soldati||Randy McCauley|
|1993||Diane Baxter||Gary Huxford||Ligoy Gamaney|
|1992||Narasingha Sil||Ajmer Singh
|1991||Robert R. Ayres
Eric J. Cooley
|Cornelia Paraskevas||Larry Spani|
|1990||Ross R. Cotroneco||Erhard Dormund||Mona K-Hinds|
|1989||Kenneth Holmes||Lewis Pennock||Jill Summers
|1988||David McCorkle||Roshani Shay||Dori Beeks|
|1987||Donald H. White||Bonnie Staebler||Betty Hoyt|
|1986||Dale W Cannon||Pat Gallagher||Neal Werner|
|1985||James T Mattingly||Forrest Hiner|
|1984||Neal R Bandick|
|1983||A. Laurence Lyon
Lloyd T. Hansen
|1982||C. David Jennings|
|1979||J. J. Morris Johnson|