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 – 18 award recipients
Marie LeJeune (2018)
Dr. Marie LeJeune is a professor of education in Western Oregon University’s Division of Education and Leadership. She teaches classes in children’s and young adult literature, literacy methods, and action research. She came to WOU in 2007 after graduating with her Ph.D. in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to her doctoral studies, Marie was a high school language arts teacher and later an elementary and secondary literacy coach in public schools.
Marie’s research interest areas focus on literature based education and issues in contemporary literature for children and young adults. She has served on the national Orbis Pictus Committee for quality nonfiction for children, the Amelia Walden Award for adolescent literature, and the Oregon Readers’ Choice Award for middle grade literature. She has published widely on topics in children’s literature and presented alongside Newbery and National Book Award winning authors. Her greatest professional passion is growing readers and writers and encouraging future teachers to understand the power of literacy in young people’s lives.
A lifelong reader and writer, Marie has always been passionate about books and spent most of her childhood with ‘her nose in a book.’ She knew early on she wanted a career that involved reading and writing and considered being a journalist before realizing her passion for teaching. She continues to work in elementary and secondary classrooms, working with young readers and writers and exploring research on the impact of authentic literature experiences on students’ literate identities. One of her favorite aspects of this work is that it allows her to continue to work with former WOU students, partnering with them in their own classrooms.
Other than surrounded by books, Marie’s other ‘happy places’ include the coast, Lake Tahoe, and any place she is able to travel with her family. Marie and her husband, Nathan, have four children.
Peter Callero (2018)
Peter Callero was born in Seattle and raised in a large Catholic family with nine brothers and six sisters. After graduating from Seattle University in 1977, Peter married Kathleen DeFuria, and moved to Bellingham, Wash. where he earned his M.A. in Sociology from Western Washington University. Peter then entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he specialized in the study of research methods, altruistic behavior, and the sociology of identity. His dissertation research was based on a collaborative study of more than 3,000 volunteer blood donors in Wisconsin and Iowa, and resulted in his first book (with Jane Piliavin): Giving Blood: The Development of an Altruistic Identity (Johns Hopkins University Press).
After a brief stint as an assistant professor at the University of California – Riverside, Peter and Kathleen decided to leave the smog and congestion of Southern California and return to the Pacific Northwest, where Peter accepted the challenge of establishing a degree program in sociology at WOU (then Western Oregon State College). While at Western, Peter has taught courses in social theory, research methods, quantitative data analysis, self and society, deviant behavior, and community organizing.
Peter’s research and writing on the social construction of self and identity appears in more than 30 journal articles and chapters, and has resulted in several books, including The Self-Society Dynamic, edited with Judith Howard (Cambridge University Press), The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives, 3rd edition (Roman and Littlefield), and most recently, Being Unequal: How Identity Helps Make and Break Power and Privilege (Rowman and Littlefield).
Peter’s scholarship has also received international recognition. In 2006 he was honored as the keynote speaker for The International Conference on the Dialogical Self, Braga, Portugal. And in 2012, he received an invitation from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) to present at an interdisciplinary lecture series on The Problems of the Self.
At WOU Peter has been active in the faculty union, and Faculty Senate, serving in several leadership positions over the years, including Faculty Senate President, President of WOUFT, WOUFT VP for Political Action, AFT-Oregon Executive Council, and Oregon Public Employees Benefit Board.
Peter and Kathleen have four adult children (Nicholas, Emilia, Patrick and Samuel), three children-in-law (Megan, Jake, and Jenny), and three grandchildren (Roman, Lucia, and Mia).
Staff Excellence 2018
Jeanie serves as the Facilities & Program Coordinator for the Creative Arts Division and joined the Western community in 2013.
|2018||Marie LeJeune||Peter Callero||Jeanie Stüntzner|
|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|