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Pacific University in Forest Grove honors faculty and staff during a ceremony last week.

More than a dozen Pacific University employees were honored for their outstanding service during the university's faculty and staff awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 8.

Phil Ruder, a longtime economics professor at the university, received Pacific's distinguished university professor award. Ruder joined the faculty at Pacific 25 years ago, according to Pacific spokesman Joe Lang. Gail Aamodt received the president's award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in dental hygiene studies; Amanda Stead received the president's award for excellence in graduate teaching in communication sciences & disorders; Michelle Larkins received the outstanding contribution to the university award with the Center for a Sustainable Society; Wilber Ramirez Rodriguez received the university diversity and justice award in dental hygiene studies; Nicola Carter received the provost's junior faculty award for teaching in pharmacy; Marina Suzuki received the provost's junior faculty award for scholarship in pharmacy; and Anita Cleven received the provost's junior faculty award for service in pharmacy.

Several Pacific staff members were also recognized for exceptional service, Lang said, including Danny Kambel who received the dedication to students award for his work in intercollegiate athletics; Adam Fein who received the splendid audacity award for innovation for his work in marketing and communications; Breanna Hugon who received the boxer spirit award for teamwork in the office of scholarship and sponsored research; and Suzie Schwab who received the outstanding leadership award for her work in the School of Occupational Therapy.

Recently retired employee Lois Hornberger and her husband Dan Hornberger, who graduated from Pacific in 1969, were honored with the university's community service award, given to an individual or individuals who have significantly contributed to the cultural or educational development of the university or the city of Forest Grove, Lang said. Pacific's spring commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 18, where retiring faculty will be recognized. A complete list of 2019 Pacific faculty and staff honors can be found on Pacific's website.

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