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Alumni Weekend Creates L&C Family Legacy

April 29, 2014

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    Reunion Assistant Parissa Jaseb '15 and her stepfather Paul Jorgensen '85
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    Parissa Jaseb '15 and her stepfather Paul Jorgensen '85 with family at Reunion Weekend.

As alumni are preparing to return to campus for Alumni Weekend, a small army of students are preparing to welcome them back to campus for the June festivities. Among these reunion assistants, as they’re known, is one rising senior who has a very special connection to Alumni Weekend.

Parissa Jaseb ’15, a Maryland native, was exploring small liberal arts colleges on the East Coast in 2010 when her stepfather, Paul Jorgensen B.A. ’85, brought the whole family to campus for his 25th reunion.

“I was 17 at the time and didn’t think the reunion was going to be much fun but, it turned out to be an awesome weekend,” Jaseb said. During her visit, she was inspired by the deep connection alumni felt to their alma mater, and was impressed by the built-in community her stepfather was a part of, and decided she wanted to be a part of that, too. “I loved that many of them still kept in touch over the years. It definitely seemed like they created a strong community while at Lewis & Clark, which is something I really value.”

By the end of the weekend, Jaseb knew she wanted to apply to L&C. “If I hadn’t gone to my stepdad’s reunion, I would have never applied and ended up here, which now seems crazy to me.”

This summer, Jaseb will be revisiting the Alumni Weekend experience as a student employee, decorating campus and dorm rooms, greeting guests as they check in and arrive at events, and serving as a friendly face for visitors to campus. And, in the not-too-distant future, she expects she’ll be one of those alumni returning to campus herself.  


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