TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound will award honorary degrees to four exceptional individuals at the 2014 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18. The four honorands, who have excelled in their professional fields and in public service, are named below, with fuller biographies following.
Amitav Ghosh is an internationally acclaimed writer, professor, and winner of numerous literary awards, whose work explores the nature of national identity. His book Sea of Poppies, about life in Calcutta and on the Ganges River, was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize.
Rachel Martin ’96 is a former National Public Radio national security correspondent and current host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. A Puget Sound graduate, she has reported on critical social and political issues in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Mark C. Pigott, KBE, executive chairman of global truck-maker PACCAR, was named one of Harvard Business Review’s top 50 CEOs in the world in 2009. He is a prominent business leader, philanthropist, supporter of the arts in the United States and abroad, and an advocate for higher education and environmental stewardship.
James L. Walton, former Tacoma city manager, is a respected civic leader and pioneer. He was a leader in the 1960s civil rights movement and a founder of Tacoma’s Black Collective. He has spent a lifetime advocating for improved health services, education, and equality for people in the region.
Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas will present Ghosh and Martin with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, Pigott with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, and Walton with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Rachel Martin will be the Commencement speaker. The Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held in Baker Stadium on campus, Sunday, May 18, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“The achievements of these four individuals have the common thread of promoting human dignity, of surpassing expectations, and of inspiring others to support important causes,” said Thomas. “It is our pleasure to be able to recognize Amitav Ghosh, Rachel Martin, Mark Pigott, and Jim Walton for their meaningful lives of accomplishment.” Read on to learn about some of the contributions and previous recognitions of the honorands.
Amitav Ghosh is an internationally acclaimed writer and author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and Sea of Poppies, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Born in India, Ghosh currently splits his time between Goa and New York. His work, which explores the nature of national identity, has garnered numerous literary awards and been translated into more than 20 languages. Ghosh also has written for The New Yorker, New Republic, and The New York Times. He has been a fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta, and Centre for Development Studies in Trivandrum, India. In 1999 Ghosh joined the faculty at Queens College, City University of New York, as distinguished professor of comparative literature. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University since 2005. Ghosh was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi; Delhi School of Economics; and University of Oxford.
Rachel Martin ’96
Rachel Martin ’96 began her career at public radio KQED in San Francisco, and later served as NPR’s foreign correspondent, reporting from Afghanistan, Iraq, London, and Berlin. Prior to hosting Weekend Edition Sunday, from fall 2012, Martin was NPR national security correspondent, covering defense and intelligence issues, and traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan. She began reporting from Afghanistan in 2003, and has covered everything from the U.S.-NATO fight against the insurgency to women’s issues in the military and in the Middle East. As a foreign correspondent for NPR and for ABC News (2005–07), she covered the London terrorist attacks, German federal election, and 2006 World Cup. Martin also reported on the changing demographics of the U.S. military, including the debate over whether women should fight in combat units and the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. While serving as NPR’s religion correspondent (2006–07), her piece on Islam in America was awarded Best Radio Feature by the Religion News Writers Association. Martin graduated from Puget Sound in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in politics and government and earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Mark C. Pigott, KBE
Mark Pigott is a business leader and philanthropist. Currently executive chairman of PACCAR, he is the fourth generation of the Pigott family to lead the world’s third-largest maker of medium-and heavy-duty trucks, headquartered in Bellevue. Wash. He was named by Harvard Business Review as one of the top 50 CEOs in the world in 2009 and as Washington State CEO of the year in 2003. He is also among this region’s most prominent philanthropists and advocates for higher education and the fine arts. Pigott has supported environmental stewardship and promoted innovation and quality control, leading to new aerodynamic designs and hybrid vehicles at PACCAR. For his business and philanthropic leadership he was awarded Knights Cross of the Order of Merit (Hungary), Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and numerous honorary degrees. At University of Puget Sound, the PACCAR Foundation supported the construction of Harned Hall and Wyatt Hall, in addition to funding an endowed scholarship and faculty research in the sciences. Pigott graduated from Stanford University with two bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and humanities, and a master’s degree in business.
James L. Walton
James L. Walton was Tacoma’s first African-American city manager, and has earned a reputation as a distinguished citizen, public servant, human rights activist, and volunteer. Walton entered public service in 1970 as director of Tacoma’s Human Relations Department, and rose to city manager in 2003. His leadership has been critical in addressing issues of equality, in establishing health programs for the underprivileged, and in encouraging and rewarding student achievement in our community. A leader in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, he attended San Diego Community College, University of Puget Sound, and Tacoma Community College, establishing himself as one of the core leaders of the African-American community and one of the founders of Tacoma’s Black Collective. He continues to contribute to community businesses, government, education, and the arts.
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Job Openings at OSU Foundation
The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking experienced development professionals to join its staff and build a best-practices fundraising program. The foundation offers nationally-competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Current openings include:
Associate Vice President, Portland Center: Located in the OSU Foundation’s Portland office as a member of the Foundation’s management team and reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Associate Vice President, Portland Center, will serve as the foundation’s key fundraising leader in the Portland Metro area. He or she will lead the process to create an updated Portland fundraising plan, will execute the plan and will support the university’s Portland efforts in general.
Senior Writer for Executive Communications and Principal Gifts: Reporting to the Senior Director for Communications and Stewardship, the Senior Writer for Executive Communications and Principal Gifts is responsible for providing compelling content for internal and external communications for the foundation’s CEO and Executive Vice President and for the President of Oregon State University. Additionally, this position is responsible for conceptualizing, writing and editing principal gift ($5M+) proposals that will inspire potential donors to make transformational gifts to Oregon State University.
Director of Development Communications for Athletics: Reporting directly to the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Development, this position manages the strategic communications for all development initiatives within Athletics. These initiatives include annual giving, capital projects, endowments and marketing efforts.
Assistant / Associate Director of Development for the College of Engineering: Based in the OSU Foundation’s Portland office, this major gift development officer will report to the Senior Director of Development for Division of Business and Engineering and devote 75-80% of work time to fundraising activities and 20-25% of work time to administrative responsibilities.
Learn more about these job opportunities.
With 11 months to go in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, Oregon State University has achieved its $1 billion goal. The January 31 announcement noted that The Campaign for OSU is the state’s first $1 billion fundraising effort and that only 35 public U.S. universities have reached this milestone.
While many billion-dollar campaigns are built on the generosity of a handful of donors, more than 102,000 donors have contributed to The Campaign for OSU, including 160 donors who have given $1 million or more.
“It’s wonderful to see such broad-based support and enthusiasm for a university’s very first campaign,” says Mike Goodwin, OSU Foundation president and CEO. “In the remaining months of 2014 we’ll continue to reach out, inviting as many people as possible to be a part of this historic effort. At the same time, we are planning several exciting new initiatives that will become our focus after the campaign, building the momentum we’ve achieved. We’re just beginning to see what philanthropy can do at Oregon State.”
A key strategy that has driven the campaign’s success is Oregon State’s “maniacal focus” on major ($25K+), leadership ($1M+), and principal ($5M+) gifts. This emphasis carries through all parts of the OSU Foundation, including its organizational structure and innovative discovery program. Even its annual giving program has a pipeline focus, in contrast to programs that primarily emphasize participation.
The Oregon State community will celebrate the campaign’s success on October 31 during Homecoming 2014.
As you know John Lippincott will be stepping down at the end of this year. As the CASE District VIII Board of Trustees representative I have been asked to share with you the following attachment. The District Board will be discussing this at their May meeting in Seattle. If you have any further insights, suggestions or comments about or next President please send them to me at email@example.com.
The 2014 CASE VIII Conference was a great success!
More than 415 attendees enthusiastically gathered in Vancouver Feb. 12-14, 2014 to participate in this wonderfully enriching and inspiring conference experience. Whether or not you could attend, you’ll want to check out these useful links:
1. The three conference videos are available here to view and share;
2. Congratulate your CASE VIII Leadership Award Winner Dr. Edward J. Ray, president of Oregon State University, Distinguished Service Award Winner Phil Akers, Pacific University, and Rising Star Award winners;
3. Browse the award-winning work of our district’s communications professionals, including the 2014 Virginia Carter Smith Grand Crystal Award recipient, Montana State University for Mountains and Minds Magazine.
Finally, mark your calendars for the 2015 CASE VIII Conference in Seattle at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, Feb. 4-6, 2015. You won’t want to miss out on another fantastic opportunity to connect with colleagues and grow your personal and professional skills!
See you in Seattle!
With the 2014 CASE VIII Conference now a memory, the Conference Committee takes this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates for helping to make it a great success. Behind the scenes, there was a tremendous effort and hundreds of hours invested by our dedicated CASE VIII members to ensure the conference experience was the best it could be. We salute you and say “bravo!” for a job well done.
To the Conference Committee and CASE VIII Board of Directors, my personal thanks for your unwavering support, leadership and commitment to our District and its annual conference. What a pleasure it is to work with you all!
I look forward to the CASE VIII 2015 Conference with great anticipation. See you all in Seattle next February!
Chair, CASE VIII 2014 Conference
Director, Alumni & Development, SAIT Polytechnic
Portland State University President Wim Wiewel named CASE District VIII’s Leader of the Year for 2014.
The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII Board would like to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Leadership Award is Portland State University’s (PSU) President Wim Wiewel.
The Leadership award recognizes a district member institution president or head, chancellor, educational system head, or CEO for outstanding efforts to promote the understanding and support of education. The nominees must have demonstrated the following:
· Created a vision for an institution and inspire others to accept that vision,
· Established a positive image for the institution, and/or successfully led an institution through turbulent times,
· Increased an institution’s stature in its community and its educational service to the community,
· And be innovative and encourage an institution’s personnel to be innovative and take risks.
In just five years at the helm, President Wiewel has transformed PSU into a nationally-recognized urban university with a clear vision for civic leadership, student access, global excellence, educational opportunity and effective resource management. He received a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, a national nonprofit, in 2013 for demonstrating innovative and advanced leadership in education related to sustainability and climate mitigation and adaptation.
Dr. Wiewel played a key role in 2013 in convincing Oregon lawmakers to restructure higher education, creating independent accountability and flexibility for PSU through its own Board of Trustees. He has succeeded in raising the university’s profile and performance and its growing reputation is resonating with constituents. Private gifts to the university have more than doubled in the past three years.
Co-nominators, PSU Vice President (Advancement) Francoise Aylmer and Executive Director (PSU Alumni Association) Tom Bull, have said, “President Wiewel is an inspirational and innovative leader. We believe he is exactly the type of leader for whom the CASE District VIII Leadership Award is designed.”
CASE VIII Board Chair Cheryl Nations echoes these comments saying, “Dr. Wim Wiewel is an well deserved recipient of the CASE Leadership Award. It is always an honor to recognize outstanding achievements that exemplify standards by which we (CASE VIII member institutions) compare our work, and educate and inspire ourselves to greater success.”
Dr. Wiewel will receive his award at the 2014 CASE District VIII Conference in Vancouver, BC in February.
Mary Gresch has joined the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She joins the UW as chief marketing and communication officer, University Marketing & Communications, from principal, Mary Gresch & Associates, Moscow, ID.
The CASE District VIII Board of Directors and the Opportunity & Inclusion (O&I) sub-committee are pleased to announce the 2014 CASE District VIII Conference Scholars. A number of strong applications were received from across the region and a note of appreciation to the time and effort put in by both the applicants and review committee is extended.
Sambriddhi Nepal, Marketing Assistant
St. John’s School
Heidi Reeley, Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Jyoti Roy, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Portland State University Alumni Association
Mark Ruffo, Director of Development
Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation
Scholars will be acknowledged in Vancouver, BC (Canada), February 12-14th during the conference.
The purpose of the O&I scholarship program is to encourage diverse professionals and those who have less than 4 years experience in the field of Advancement/Communications to attend the annual district conference. The district conference and regional programs are great resources to further your professional education and broaden your network. The 2014 conference theme, “Crossing the Line” THE ADVANCEMENT OF YOU will be an outstanding opportunity to think beyond the ordinary, contemplate the possible and open our minds to our personal and collective potential. We look forward to meeting the scholars next month.
2014 Rising Stars awarded to Jennifer Chesney, Taylor White, Vivian Cheadle-Manning, and Teresa Koeppel
The Rising Star Award will be presented to four outstanding members at the CASE District VIII Annual Conference in Vancouver BC. The District is please to announce that Jennifer Chesney of University of Alberta will be awarded for Advancement Services; Taylor White of University of Washington will be awarded for Alumni Relations; Vivian Cheadle-Manning of Clark College Foundation will be awarded for Philanthropy; and Teresa Koeppel of the Washington State University Foundation will be awarded for Communications and Marketing.
The Rising Star Award honors district members with three to five years experience in the advancement profession of Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Philanthropy, and/or Communications and Marketing, recognizing the accomplishments of those whose early success bodes well for future leadership and achievement. This year, in addition to be acknowledged at the Professional Awards Luncheon, the District is pleased to offer complimentary conference registration to these recipients. Please join us at the “Crossing the Line: The Advancement of You” conference’s Professional Awards Luncheon, scheduled for Friday, February 14, 2014, to help us applaud these outstanding individuals.