Mario & Alma Pastega Award
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& Alma Pastega Faculty Award for Research
Marita Cardinal, Ph.D., professor
of health and physical education, has spent her career trying to impact
others lives in a positive way. Cardinal found a way to combine her love
of dance and movement with her academic interests and has carved a niche
for herself that has provided her with a variety of research paths.
This year’s winner of the Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence
in Scholarship, she has been a dancer since the age of five. Her father,
a physical educator, introduced her to kinesiology during elementary school.But
when she reached college she saw other sides to dance culture –
she saw students going through the extreme requirements of college-level
dance such as over-use and extended use. Cardinal believes that students
face problems with conditioning, weight management, and how to stay thin
without neglecting proper nutrition.
“I want students to feel empowered that they have the power and
knowledge to take care of themselves and be healthy,” said Cardinal.
“I don’t want them to let stereotypes affect their self-identity.”
Cardinal said that this kind of support was lacking when she was in college
and she realized that she wanted to provide it for her students. “Coming
from a family of educators, I knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps,”
said Cardinal. She designed a dance wellness curriculum model for dance
programs as her dissertation, earning her doctorate of education from
Temple University in 1993. Since then her research has branched into several
She has developed a screening program to determine where dancers are and
what they need. Freshmen especially face overwhelming emotional issues
that add to the pressures of dance. She’s also planning studies
to look at the bone density of dancers because osteoporosis is typical
in dancers, especially ballet dancers.
Dance and movement integration in the classroom is another research focus
of Cardinal’s. She wants to provide resources for elementary school
teachers to teach their students through movement. A third research focus
of Cardinal’s is physical activity promotion for the general public,
finding ways people can use physical movement to be healthy.
Linda Stonecipher, Ph.D., chair of the Health and Physical Education Division
is a strong advocate of Cardinal’s research interests. “Marita
has an international reputation in dance education and wellness. Marita’s
colleagues around the country have recognized her contributions to the
Cardinal was also recently named the National Dance Association Scholar/Artist
Award recipient for 2009 and the 2008 Faculty Academic Advisor of the
Year. This fall Cardinal will begin teaching class for both the Health
and Physical Education Division and the Theatre and Dance Department.
& Alma Pastega Staff Award for Excellence
staff and students hear Teresa Bybee’s voice everyday, but not everyone
has had the opportunity to get to know her. As the telecommunications
coordinator for Western Oregon University, she is the voice for the phone
and voicemail system and is the one to go to with any telecommunication
Those who may have visited her in person, either while she was located
in the Business Office or after her recent move to University Computing
Services, would recall her generous nature and colorful M&M collection.
Bybee, this year’s winner of the Mario and Alma Pastega Award for
Staff Excellence, joined WOU in 1995 after working at Oregon State University.
She wanted to work in a smaller, more close-knit community. “It’s
like an extended family,” said Bybee. “You get to hear about
things going in people’s lives. And I like the way everyone works
together here to make Western a better place.”
Bybee is an integral part of WOU’s day-to-day operations. She works
with departments on campus to meet their telephone needs and puts together
the annual campus directory, including getting photos of employees. Recently,
her projects have included helping implement a new emergency notification
system for campus, wireless access and support for other computing projects.
Bybee is often called upon to provide expertise for the Oregon University
System when they are testing programming software for telecommunications
across the seven campuses.
She said she loves all of the projects she gets to work on and sees herself
retiring in this role. “I love working with people, finding out
their needs and how to provide options and solutions to meet those needs,”
“She’s always been very personable and pleasant,” said
Darin Silbernagel, director of business services. “Teresa has always
done a super job of meeting the needs of the client and the office staff.
She’s very deserving of this award.”
A Mario and Alma Pastega award has significant meaning to Bybee. A native
Oregonian having grown up in Corvallis, she witnessed the work that the
Pastegas did for the Corvallis community. Bybee said: “It’s
amazing to me that I’d get an award linked to the Pastegas. It means
a lot to me because I’ve always admired them and the great things
LouAnn Vickers, employment and recruitment specialist, believes that it’s
Bybee’s approachability that leaves a lasting impact on the campus
community. “Because of her calm and caring demeanor, Teresa manages
to make the individual feel that their situation, or perhaps crisis, is
worthy of her time. I believe it would be a challenge to find someone
on campus who would not agree with the selection of Teresa Bybee for this
& Alma Pastega Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
Andrews, Ph.D., associate professor of English, has brought a global perspective
to the classroom. Throughout his 25-year teaching career, he taught for
the Peace Corps in West Africa, was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, a
visiting professor in London, and recently taught in Kassel and Ludwigsburg,
Germany. Before he became a teacher, he worked on a dairy farm in Switzerland
and taught English at a Club Med in Tunisia.
Andrews received his doctorate in comparative literature from the University
of Oregon in 1992, his dissertation titled, “Resistance through
Mourning: Pater after Adorno.” Receiving this year’s Mario
and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching wasn’t the first
honor he has received for teaching ability. In 1987, the year he received
his master’s in comparative literature, he was cited for Excellence
in Teaching English Composition.
He joined WOU in 1998 and says he’s stayed because of the faculty
and students. “I’m always amazed at the level of commitment
to students, research, and to the university. Also the flexibility of
the English department and the Humanities Division has allowed me to teach
a range of courses that keeps me from becoming stale,” said Andrews.
His courses have covered topics ranging from world literature to mythology
to philosophy of history to the modern novel.
Many of his students are very supportive of his teaching, including Taisa
Efseaff. “Dr. Andrews is the epitome of what a teacher ought to
be: passionate, engaging, knowledgeable, well-prepared, challenging, and
fair. Dr. Andrews as a teacher has helped me to be more successful in
my other classes because he’s taught me how to think about literature,
what questions to ask, and really to just apply myself to what I’m
Andrews thrives off of the success and enjoyment of students. He appreciates
that students acknowledge the work of the faculty, and let their professors
know when they’ve helped the students. He also respects the student’s
intelligence, hard work, and efforts to improve. He said students tend
to care about each other and help out their classmates, adding that there
is a class atmosphere at times at WOU that is humane and intellectual
Not only has Andrews inspired his students to learn, he has inspired many
to become teachers themselves. “Dr. Andrews deserves this award
because he has been an inspiration for me and encouraged my desire to
become a teacher,” said student Onest Robert. “He wants every
student to succeed and works hard to help students in every way he can
to achieve that goal.”
For the future, Andrews looks forward to incorporate available technology
into the classroom and tackle his reading list of German philosophy and
British writers influenced by German philosophy. Andrews also plans to
maintain the demanding level of his courses, and looks forward to being
challenged by his students to read things in a new way.
Marissa Clausen, WOU
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