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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.


Brenda Kay Barnum ’15

Major(s): Economics

Minor: Mathematics

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

What is your favorite place on campus?

“My favorite place on campus would probably have to be the library! The library here is beautiful and it’s the only place that I can study. It’s open 24 hours a day, which is great when I’m cramming for a test or trying to finish up a paper. I like finding new spots to study in- my favorite study spot right now it the second floor reading room. My other favorite place on campus is the lawn near the reflecting pool, because you can see Mt. Hood when the weather is nice, and at night you can see glimpses of the skyline.



Kara Batdorff ’14

Major(s): Environmental Science

Hometown: Portland, OR

Why did you choose LC? “I chose Lewis & Clark College because everyone is unique and open to new ideas. The campus is gorgeous.

What are you involved in? “I am involved in the animal club because animals are awesome and we get to travel to forums and various animal sanctuaries.”



Faith Bendelow ’16

Major(s); Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and French Studies

Hometown: Chicago, IL

What was your favorite event at LC? “I love poetry-slams and open-mic nights. I am consistently awed by the creative energy on Lewis & Clark College campus.”

What advice would you give an incoming freshman/transfer student? “Don’t be afraid to talk to new people. I have yet to meet anyone who has not been open to a new friendship.”

 imageArthur Borden-Heilman ’17

Major: Undeclared but interest in Political Science and Economics

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Who is your favorite professor and why?

“Susan Glosser in the History department has been one of my favorite professors so far.   She is super knowledgeable and willing to help students whenever they need it.”

What clubs are you involved in and why?

“Rock Climbing!  In high school, I was an avid rock climber, and it was great to discover LC’s rock climbing team.  LC is conveniently located close to a bouldering gym, so being able to go climb whenever I want is super easy.”


Allie Correll Buss ’14image

Major(s):International Affairs

Minor: Latin American Studies

Hometown: Denver, CO

What advice would you give an incoming freshman/transfer student?  Make a space for yourself here. Whether that means decorating your room or climbing a tree. If you can find a place here where you’re totally at east, it will be that much easier to transition.


Monique Calfe-Smith ’17image

Major: Undecided

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

What is your favorite class and why?

“I enjoy my Exploration and Discovery class, called ‘Defining the Self’ because of the engaging conversations we have together.”

What advice would you give an incoming freshman/transfer student?

“Always keep lots of snacks in your dorm room if you’re a snacker like me!”



imageOlivia Davis ’16

Major(s): History

Minor: Religious Studies

Hometown: Oren, UT

Why did you choose LC? “I applied to 22 schools my senior year, nearly driving myself crazy by the end of December. After college decisions were sent out, I visited several schools on the West Coast and Lewis & Clark College was one of them. I instantly fell in love with the campus- the students and faculty were all so kind and interesting! (I highly recommend sitting in on a class) I attended an on-campus symposium and after that I knew it was the right place for me!”

What do you like to do in your free time? “At L&C it always feels like there is something to do. I like to check out the different events going on-campus, but I also like to just sit outside and listen to music or read a book. I love discussing things with my friends and exploring the areas around campus and in Portland.”

imageMia Freiberg ’16

Major(s): Psychology

Minor: Art

Hometown: San Diego, CA

What is your favorite place on campus? “The trails that lead out from all sides of the Rose Gardens have to be one of my favorite places on campus.  It’s so beautiful there and it all the easier to ‘get away from it all’ without going too far.”

Reasons for choosing LC?: I find Lewis & Clark to be an incredibly inclusive and open-minded environment, intent on every individuals growth, academically and otherwise.

imageJulie Jacobs ’16

Major(s): Undecided

Hometon: Stowe, VT

Why did you choose LC? “I chose L&C for the strong academics, the beautiful campus and the close proximity to Portland.”

What is your favorite place on campus? “My favorite place on campus is the lawns on South Campus and by the law campus. It’s the perfect place to do homework on a beautiful day and watch people slack line.”


imageDaniela Lopez ’16

Major(s): Political Science & Economics

Hometown: Hillsboro, OR

What do you like to do in your free time? “I attend the fantastic lectures and events on campus, practice in the Platteau dance studio, or hop on the Pio to explore downtown Portland.”

What clubs are you involved in? “Political Science Club because that is what I love. Ukulele Orchestra because it is so much fun and we get to play in awesome venues. Community Relations Committee because the LC community is so involved and connected inside and outside of campus.”

Peter McCormick ’16image

Major(s): Undecided

Hometown: Tigard, OR

What would say to incoming students?: “Get Involved! LC really does have something for everyone. Play a sport or join a club that interests you.”

What is your favorite place on campus? “The bridge across the ravine is my favorite place on campus because I feel like I’m lost in another world every time I cross it.”


imageRobert Pirtle ’14

Major: Physics

Hometown: Harwich, MA

What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

I am a professor’s lab assistant, a physics tutor and a tour guide.  I am also involved in Lewis & Clark’s mixed choir, Cappella Nova, and one of the campus’ student-led a cappella groups, Momo & the Coop.

What aspect(s) of physics are you most interested in?

I am an aspiring astrophysicist, and I’m currently writing a thesis in galaxy kinematics.



Eva Ramey ’15

Major(s): Environmental Studies

Hometown: Nederland, CO

What clubs are you involved in?

I am involved with the College Outdoors program because I love being outside and exploring the natural world. It is also a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Overall it is a lot of fun!

Where is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the reflecting pool. It is a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the view and study.


Jessica Rosenblatt ’17image

Major: Rhetoric & Media Studies

Minor: International Affairs

Hometown: Denver, CO

Why did you choose L&C??

“I wanted a small school where everyone knows your name and you are a face as oppose to a number in the classroom. I also love the big city so close.”

What was your favorite event at L&C and why?

“Slam Poetry open house. It showed how talented the students are here. Beautiful poetry and my very first event at L&C.”


imageKatrina Staaf ’16

Major(s): Art History, Rhetoric and Media Studies

Hometown: Danvers, MA

What do you like to do in your free time?: “Explore Portland on bike, run through Tyron Creek State Park, play around on the keyboards, crafts with friends.”

What would say to incoming students?: “Don’t be afraid to get involved with student groups that interest you because you will meet great people and learn unique things.”



Erik Wilhelm ’15

Major(s): Psychology

Hometown: Bend, OR

What was your favorite event at LC? “Well, the Luau is stuffed to the rafters with good food and some awesome performers (you know, like fire arts club and stuff) so I think that will be my vote.”

What clubs are you involved in? “Historical Fencing-like I need an excuse to play with swords. Gaming Society-good place to chat and blow off steam with a good game. Capella Nova (choir)-I can’t stop singing. It’s a problem. This is my fix.”

**Current Students: If you are interested in being a tour guide, learn more about the job and application process here.