The Office of Equity and Inclusion has announced winners of the inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest and winners of the University of Oregon's 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Awards.
In this first year of the essay contest, materials were solicited from undergraduate and graduate students in two categories: written and video essays.
“We were delighted with the response to the first annual OEI essay contest,” said Vice President Yvette Alex-Assensoh. “The essays showed a deep appreciation of the life and work of Dr. King and how his teachings apply to our community.”
Among the winners was Abhinav Vats, a graduate international student from India, who is currently completing a master's degree in early childhood intervention.
His essay entitled You Must Not Lose Faith In Humanity was awrded third place in the graduate student essay category.
The essay contest winners are:
Undergraduate Student Category
First place, Eva Bertoglio
Second place, Justin Daniels
Third place, Chynna Miley
Graduate Student Category
First place, Tori Taylor
Second place, Danielle Seid
Third place, Abhinav Vats
The UO's 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Award winners have also been selected. The awards recognize university classified staff, faculty and officers of administration whose contributions to the campus community, beyond typical job expectations, also uphold and exemplify ideals supported by Martin Luther King, Jr.
This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards winners were selected based on nominations from campus colleagues.
The winners are:
Professor H. Leslie Steeves, School of Journalism and Communication
Julie Dewsnup, University Health Center
Tim McMahon, Center on Diversity and Community, and Holden Center
Peg Rees, Physical Education and Recreation
Gail Unruh, Teaching and Learning Center
Lorri Nelson, Department of Landscape Architecture
Robin Seloover, Department of Landscape Architecture
UO President Michael Gottfredson will present the awards to recipients at the Dr. King Award luncheon in the EMU Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The award ceremony and luncheon are free and open to all members of the campus community. The Duck Store has donated prizes for the essay contest award winners.