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Distinguished Alumni Awards

As we celebrate our 2013 Distinguished Alumni, consider nominating an alum for recognition in 2014. 

Nomination deadline: July 21, 2014.

Submit your nomination(s) to:
Office of Development and Alumni Relations 
Marylhurst University 
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43) 
Marylhurst, OR 97036

Nomination for Distinguished Alumni Awards
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Nomination for Distinguished New Graduate Award
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2013 Recipients

Sister Mary Rita Rohde

Service to Society Award
SIster Mary Rita Rohde, SNJM '62

Sister Mary Rita taught and served as a high school principal in Seattle, Washington, and went on to teach at Fort Wright College in Spokane, Washington. After missionary work in Nicaragua, she participated in the founding of Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington, on the Yakama Indian Reservation, its mission to provide quality, accessible higher education to multicultural populations which have been educationally isolated. She served for several years at Heritage as both a professor and the Vice President for College Advancement. In 2002 Sister Mary Rita founded Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside, Washington, an educational ministry serving the needs of immigrants, and annually educating hundreds of Latina immigrant women.

Sister Jane Ellen Burns

Service to Marylhurst Award
Sister Jane Ellen Burns, SNJM '48
Sister Jane Ellen entered the Holy Names Sisters in 1946. She taught high school in The Dalles, Salem, Portland, Spokane and Seattle. She came to Marylhurst College in 1959 as a professor in the Department of English. She taught a variety of writing and literature courses, served as department chair, and guided journalism students on the college newspaper and yearbook. In 1974 she left Marylhurst to teach English in Kagoshima, Japan, Hong Kong and Honolulu. Returning to the U.S., she worked at Mt. Angel Seminary in the public relations office. Now retired, she continues to contribute her writing talents to the quarterly newsletter of the Sisters' Development Office. She lives at Mary's Woods where she volunteers, prays for her former students and welcomes visitors.

Tina Admire

Distinguished New Graduate Award

Tina Admire, '13

Tina, an Interdisciplinary Studies graduate, deepened her understanding of psychology and business while at Marylhurst and shares her knowledge through service. A full-time single mother, she understands the importance of education and being a role model. While at Marylhurst, she helped develop the Marylhurst Psychology Association. Tina is pursuing her MA in Counseling-Psychology, Ecopsychology and works as horticultural therapist. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Family to Family, the Willamette Falls Hospice and serves on the board for the American Horticultural Therapy Association. 


Nancy Wilgenbusch Distinguished
Professional Award
Linda Clarry Barber '63
After 31 years with Portland Public Schools as a teacher and administrator, Linda co-authored a how-to book for teachers on classroom management and presented workshops for educators and parents on handling difficult behaviors. She contracted with PPS to write grants to provide in-home training for parents in low income areas focusing on language development for preschool children. After postgraduate training she served as principal in an adolescent psychiatric treatment. Returning to her teaching roots she taught U.S. government and history, and African-American literature in an alternative high school. Since her third retirement in 2010 she continues serving as a volunteer at several non-profit agencies.


Award Description & Past Recipients

Distinguished New Graduate Award 
Honorary Alumni Award
Nancy Wilgenbusch Distinguished Professional Award
Service to Marylhurst Award 
Service to Society Award
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