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Tour Guides

Tour guides will give you a chance to see aspects of academic and residential life from a current student’s perspective. Tours are available Monday-Saturday throughout the year and serve as the central piece of every campus visit.


Alec Ballweg ’18 

Majors: English 

Hometown: Madison, WI

Your favorite professor or class and why: My favorite professor is Kristin Fujie (English) and she is the goddess of the English department. She is super knowledgable about modernism, which is my favorite period of literature, really accessible and open, and a lovely person. 

What clubs are you involved in and why:  I play ultimate frisbee on our women’s club team, Artemis, and play intramural soccer in the spring.





Alex Olsen ’20

Majors: Chemistry and Foreign Language

Hometown: Elmira, OR

Your favorite event at LC: I had such a great time at the first LC football game. Everyone came out, and it was so empowering to see so many students come together to support LC football!

Why did you choose LC: I chose LC for the wonderful, accepting community. I love the positive atmosphere and eccentric people. 







Ana Sundvall ’21

Majors: Classics/International Affairs

Hometown: Boulder, CO

What you like to do in your free time: In my free time I love to get outdoors. You can either find me exploring Tryon Creek, on a College Outdoors trip, or wondering around the Estate Gardens looking for a sunny patch. I also love to spend my time on the field with the Women’s Club Lacrosse team and in the pool with the Paddle Club.

What advice would you give to an incoming student: For incoming first year students, I would recommend participating in a New Student Trip! Before my first year, I participated in a New Student Trip and the trip allowed me to make great connections with returning students and amazing friendships to start off the new school year! Some of my best friendships have evolved from that first week, and it was so exciting to explore Oregon! I would also advise to get involved with campus clubs and activities!

Anna Lyubinina ’18

Major: Psychology and Mathematics/Computer Science

Hometown: Concord, CA

What you like to do in your free time:  I love sitting by the reflecting pool! Rain or shine, there are both covered and open well-lit areas to sit in, and I enjoy seeing friends walking by. It is also very close to the library and on a clear day, Mt. Hood is visible!

Reasons for choosing L&C: What you like to do in your free time: I like to play the piano, sing and compose music with my friends, dance, make cheesecake and sushi, go on nature walks through Tryon Creek and explore downtown Portland’s food carts.







Anna Vizcarra-Barton ’20

Majors: Political Science

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Your favorite professor or class and why: I loved my Congressional Politics class taught by Professor Seljan! Not only did I learn about theory and current politics, but my class only had 12 students and we all became good friends!

What clubs are you involved in and why:  I love to sing so I’m in the a capella group Section Line Drive. I’ve made so many amazing friends through this group and it’s definitely the thing I look forward to most every week!


Annika Clunk ’20

Majors: Economics and German

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

Reasons for choosing L&C: What truly drew me was a combination of the golf team’s camaraderie and friendliness with challenging academics. The fact that I can build relationships with professors and not feel meaningless in an intro class with 200 other students is very appealing. I’m not lost; but when I am, I can always go straight to a professor for help. I wanted a place where I can be both an avid outdoorswoman and a city shopper. Fortunately for me, Portland has all of that plus great food. 

What you like to do in your free time: When I’m not golfing or in class I often find myself in local coffee shops. It’s so convenient having the Pio shuttle students downtown. Although I do frequent the Starbucks the shuttle stop is right next to, I have begun discovering the multitude of local coffee roasters. Everything downtown is so concentrated that I can walk 10 minutes and find a new place to try. It’s great getting off campus for a while to study alone or catch up with friends over a cup of Stumptown. Plus when I’m done with my coffee, I have the energy to shop around at the mall or find a nearby boutique.


Dara Reckard ’18

Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies

Minor: Theater

Hometown: Kula, Hawaii

Your favorite event at LC: Bounce-a-palooza. Who doesn’t like bouncy castles? It’s a great way to have fun and workout at the same time.

What do you like to do in your free time: I like to play video games/board games, watch movies, go hiking/camping, go swimming, eat food and hang with my friends. 





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Elana Freeman-Lobovits ’19

Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies

Minor: Studio Art

Hometown: El Cerrito, California (Bay Area)

Study Abroad: Fall 2017, New York; Spring 2017, New Zealand                    

What you like to do in your free time: You can either find me with my film camera getting lost in Portland (literally not metaphorically), hiking through Tryon, working in the ceramics studio, eating excessive amounts of sushi, sorting through different thrift stores, binge watching a show on Netflix, giving a tour on campus, or petting every cat I see! 

Your favorite place on campus: Although, it is not technically on campus I love hiking in Tryon.


Gwen O’Connor ’20

Majors: History/Rhetoric and Media Studies 

Hometown: Bend, OR

Study Abroad: Spring 2018, Ireland

What advice would you give to an incoming student: Lewis & Clark has so much to offer its students so long as they try to get involved. Some of the most fun or enriching experiences to be found on campus are when you try something new. Don’t just wait for good times to come to you, create them.  

What clubs are you involved in and why:  I am involved with the Improv club, which meets every Friday. Improv Comedy is so much fun to do, and it is one of the best parts of my week when I can get together with some properly funny people and make others laugh.







Helena Loftus ’20

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Minor: French

Hometown: Ashland, OR

Reasons for choosing L&C:  One of the main reasons I came to Lewis and Clark is because it seemed like a school with a great community.  It’s big enough to have plenty of diverse opportunities (two I was really excited about were being able to participate in research with professors and studying abroad), but it’s small enough so you can form personal relationships with professors and staff. Plus, I just really love Portland.

What do you do in your free time: I like to explore downtown with my friends, watch Grey’s Anatomy and Gilmore Girls, bake cookies, and obsess over pictures of dogs.



Isabel Betsill ’20

Major: Sociology/Anthropology and Studio Arts

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Reasons for choosing L&C:   I loved that L&C offers a little bit of everything, and that it’s a super accepting environment in which you can be anyone you want to be!

What clubs are you involved in on campus and why: Rugby! I’m also involved in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Fit Club, Pioneer Log, and the Random Acts of Kindness Club. 




Isak Keller ’19

Majors: Rhetoric and Media Studies, and Theater

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

What was your favorite class so far: I’m a huge twitter fiend so taking Interpersonal Media last spring was super awesome. Daena Goldsmith, the prof, continually blew my mind. In addition to exploring new media we had to keep a blog and consistently tweet for class which was a refreshing way to mix it up as far as assignments go.

What clubs are you involved in on campus: I’m involved with Pause Board which puts on Once Upon A Weekend each semester. Once Upon A Weekend is just an unreal experience. One theme. 7 days to write. 5ish plays are chosen. 1 day to cast. 2 hours to rehearse. It gets crazy, and since I’m on Pause Board I get to read all the submissions and help select which plays will get performed. It’s super lit.


Katelyn Nicholson ’21

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Minor: Chinese

Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Why did you choose LC:  I went to a small high school (graduating class of 45) so I knew that I wanted to go to a small college. I value small class sizes because it gives me the opportunity to have a more personalized learning experience, as well as a chance to really connect with my professors. At LC, I am very close with my professors (all of mine ask to be called by their first names) and I feel comfortable going to them in office hours if I have any questions. Another reason for choosing LC was the campus. I wanted a campus that was beautiful physically but also supportive. The second I stepped onto the campus, I felt at home, a feeling that still exists today.

What do you do during your free time: I like to do a variety of things in my free time, most of them involving being with friends. I always try to get off campus at least once a week, whether that be exploring Portland or doing a College Outdoors trip. If I’m not off campus, I am enjoying the endless events that LC has to offer (my favorite being Waffle Wednesday in the Stewart/Odell/Akin residence halls). If you’re bored while going to LC, you’re doing something wrong.   


Lali Guevara- Hernandez ’21

Majors: Biology and World Languages

Minor: Political Science

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Why did you choose LC: I chose LC for the very welcoming atmosphere and because the students were all so passionate about learning. I also love the many opportunities there are to explore new things. Plus, the school is so beautiful and green!

What do you like to do in your free time:  In my spare time, I like to write and listen to playlists my sister sends me. I also love dancing and singing, and I try to perform as much as possible. I also love stand-up paddle boarding!





Maggie Beutler ’21

Majors: Rhetoric and Media Studies

Minors: English, Chinese

Hometown: Portland, OR

What you like to do in your free time: In my free time I enjoy hiking with friends, visiting the Oregon coast, and spending quality time with my family. I am also very passionate about travel, photography, and every animal I encounter.

What was your favorite event at LC and why:  My favorite event on campus would have to be the movies put on in Council Chambers. Nothing beats getting a group of friends together on a Friday night and seeing the newest block buster!





Mc Miller ’18

Major: History

Minor: Religious Studies 

Hometown: Santa Fe, NM

What clubs are you involved in and why: I like to train with some of the martial arts groups here on campus, especially Pugilism Club and historical fencing. I started martial arts in high school and sport fencing when i was six, so I’m trying to stay involved. I also love College Outdoors because of all the adventures they offer. 

What was your favorite event at L&C and why: I love Fall Ball. Crystal Ballroom downtown, all-you-can-eat buffet, lots of dancing and friends, even a fancy photo booth! What’s not to love. 


Peter Huizenga ’20

Major: Computer Science & Mathematics

Hometown: Norwich, VT

What clubs are you involved in:
Ultimate Frisbee, Ski and Snowboard Club! I love intramural sports, and I like to get outside and have fun with friends.

What advice would you give an upcoming freshman/transfer student: Take advantage of office hours! It is a great way to get help and build a relationship with a professor.




Olivia Matthews ’20

Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies andTheater

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

What has been your favorite class: Everyone should take Acting I with Rebecca Lingafelter! It changed my idea of acting, my worldview, and my trajectory at LC.

What advice would you give an upcoming freshman/transfer student: Take one class (at least) every semester that scares you! It’s important to challenge yourself, and you will feel so proud when you conquer it.








Quinn Murley ’20 

Major: English

Minor: Rhetoric and Media Studies

Hometown: Bellingham, WA

What clubs are you involved in and why: Fire Arts Club, because of the fun, the energy, the people, but mostly because we get to spin fire!

What was your favorite place at L&C and why: Anywhere with trees! They make it feel like I go to school in a forest, and make me feel at home. 







Robert Rodriguez IV

Major: Undeclared (possible Economics major and Theater minor)

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

What do you like to do in your free time: I like to spend my time writing music and poetry, hanging out with friends, and also playing board games with people.

What clubs are you involved in and why: I am a part of the KLC Radio because music is a passion of mine, and I want to give artists from around the community a place to perform.






Sofia Marks ’21

Major: Theater and Biology

Hometown: Bellingham, WA

Reasons for choosing L&C:I chose Lewis & Clark for its small, tight-knit welcoming community. I liked L&C’s personable classes and the opportunity to get to know, and get help, from your professors.

My favorite place on campus and why: My favorite place on campus is the Platteau because there is a practice room and dance room that I love to use. My fellow VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) spend a lot of nights playing games together or dancing,


Zack Hart ’21

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Jewell, OR

What do you like to do in your free time: I love to read, write, play drums and guitar, and listen to music. I also love to play games with my friends, see plays, and go on adventures through Portland.

What advice would you give to an incoming student: Don’t be complacent. Overcome your fears. This is the time when you will find your true self!! During your first week you’ll be scared, but so will everyone else. Spread your wings and fly! 


Zara Kazi ’20 

Major: Psychology

Minor: English

Hometown: I was born in Bangladesh but raised San Diego, Singapore, and Dubai.

Who is your favorite professor: This is a tough one because honestly all my professors are incredible. But my two favorites would probably have to be Pamela Zobel-Thropp and David Galaty. Both these professors were excellent at engaging us and making sure the material was catered to each of us individually depending on our unique learning styles. They were both great professors because they were present with their students who are struggling or just wanted some help on a paper. My favorite class was probably my Perspectives in Biology class With Pamela because we looked at a lot of ethics that go into biology which was a new way of looking at Biology. I loved it.

What do you like to do in your free time: I love to run in Tryon Creek Natural Park which is right next to campus. I love to go downtown with friends and explore. I enjoy watching random documentaries and binge watch the Mindy Project or New Girl when I have a chance. I also love playing Frisbee with our women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and reading near the reflecting pool if it’s a nice, sunny day. 


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