MONMOUTH – Spend five minutes with Dr. Emily Vala-Haynes, an assistant professor of community health education at Western Oregon University, as well as a volunteer assistant cross-country and track and field coach, and it’s obvious why she was chosen to receive the 2017-18 Faculty Mentor Award, presented by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

As head coach Mike Johnson puts it: “She’s a rock star that doesn’t necessarily like to be on stage.”

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