GSE students receive PSU 2018 President’s honors

Each year PSU students are selected for Presidential Awards that celebrate the exceptional work they have done during their time at PSU. These awards include all PSU students, not just those who are graduating this spring. GSE is proud to have two of the top recipients.

University Service

img_rileylakosRiley Lakos, ’18, is a graduate of the Educational Leadership Master’s program. They received the University Service Award for involvement, initiative, and leadership in activities that benefit and enhance PSU students’ experiences. They specialized in Postsecondary, Continuing, and Adult Education (PACE) and hold a certificate in Student Affairs in Higher Education. PACE is the second PSU master’s degree for Lakos, who earned an MSW from the School of Social Work in 2017.

After helping to coordinate the University Studies freshman and sophomore mentor program as a Graduate Assistant, they now work full-time as an Office Specialist for the department. They are on the advisory board of the Queer Resources Center and have been closely involved in the PSU food pantry.

Community Engagement


Amie Riley, a student in the Educational Leadership Doctoral program, has received the President’s Community Engagement Award. Recipients of this award are celebrated for their participation, initiative, and leadership in off-campus community engagement activities.

She has a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Sustainability Education.

She has worked as a graduate assistant supporting community-based learning (CBL) in the Office of Academic Innovation. Riley has been working to advance the CBL efforts at PSU through support for the ongoing Engaging Exchanges discussion series, the CBL Institute for Japanese Faculty, and the PSU CBL Faculty Summer Institute, as well as development of numerous pedagogical and administrative CBL resources.

She is an active member of many community-based organizations and nonprofits, including the ACLU, Audubon Society, International Nonprofit Collaboration Network, the Willamette Riverkeepers, and Standing Up for Racial Justice. She founded the international nonprofit Casa Verde in Nicaragua that focuses on global citizenship and sustainability.

She is a current student in the GSE’s doctoral program working toward an EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy.


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