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Honors Banquet

Please join us for this special event to honor and celebrate outstanding members of the Lewis & Clark community.

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 6 p.m.
Stamm Dining Room, Templeton Campus Center
Reception followed by dinner and awards program

Event Registration
Registration is now closed and the event is sold out. To add your name to the wait list, please call Alumni and Parent Programs at 503.768.7950 or email us at 

Event cost: $45 - regular ticket; $22.5 - recent graduates (2009 or after); faculty and emeriti; staff, students. Event cost includes reception, dinner, awards program, and open bar for the night.

Call for Nominations

Do you know of someone who is deserving of an award? Please take a moment to complete a nomination form. Nominations for the next round of awards are due April 1, 2014. Award winners will be announced in July and honored at the Alumni Honors Banquet in February 2015. 

Read detailed bios of past award recipients here.

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2013 Award Recipients

imageDistinguished Alumna Award for rendering superior performance in her career field and superior service to her community.

Margaret Coker ‘93

Coker has been a foreign correspondent since 1996, with postings in the former Soviet state of Kazakhstan, Moscow, Afghanistan, Jerusalem, and Baghdad. She has covered events and trends including the transformation of former Soviet bloc states into independent nations, the rise of globalized finance, and the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. She earned a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2011. In 2012, she was part of a team at the Wall Street Journal whose reporting earned the Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence.


imageOutstanding Young Alumna Award for rendering superior performance in her career field and service to her community within 15 years of graduation.

Nicolle Rager Fuller ‘99

Fuller is a science illustrator whose artwork helps the general public recognize and navigate the science inherent in our daily lives—from new medical therapies, to environmental issues, to emerging knowledge about our universe. Through her business, Sayo-Art, she works with clients including Science News, the National Science Foundation, the American Association for Cancer Research, and several universities. She recently won the Research and Knowledge Communication category in the Association of Illustrators’ annual international competition.


imageOutstanding Young Alumnus Award for rendering superior performance in his career field and service to his community within 15 years of graduation.

Isaac Holeman ‘09

A cofounder of social enterprise Medic Mobile, Holeman has earned wide recognition for the company’s innovative work using communication technologies to improve the health of underserved communities. A member of the Pamplin Society of Fellows, he has also been recognized as a Compton fellow, Echoling Green fellow, mHealth innovator of the year, and a member of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs list. He is earning a Ph.D. in management studies at University of Cambridge on a highly competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship.


imageDonald G. Balmer Citation for rendering outstanding voluntary service to the College. Originally called the “Alumni Citation,” this award was renamed in 1991 to recognize Don Balmer’s selfless support of the college and to encourage others to follow his example.

Dr. Dell Smith

Smith’s tenure with Lewis & Clark began in 1967 when he started as professor of health and physical education, head wrestling coach, and assistant football coach. During his time at the college, he has held a variety of positions, including assistant dean of faculty, head of the natural sciences division, director of a Murdock grant in the sciences, and registrar for the College of Arts and Sciences. Since retiring, Smith has remained a fixture on campus, serving in a variety of formal and informal volunteer positions and leading overseas study programs.


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Alumni awards to be made by local alumni artist

imageA Portland native, Michael Metz ’78, is one of many ceramicists trained by Professor Emeritus Ken Shores. But Metz, a full-time artist known for shapely vases and bowls adorned with metallic blooms, has maintained a closer relationship with his former teacher than most: “He now uses my kilns, and I fire and help glaze his recent work,” Metz says of his 84-year-old mentor. Metz, who lives across the river in Vancouver, has earned kudos of his own, including an award for Best of Show for New Members at the Oregon Potters Association showcase—the largest such show in the country.

Metz has mastered one of the most technical glazing methods in ceramics, the crystalline glaze. It is a unique glaze that produces metallic blooms during firing, and requires a high degree of precision in firing and mixing of the glaze. Metz achieves rare color combinations through constant experimentation. For the 2013 alumni award honorees, he is making four vases, each in a different color scheme, representing colors of the Pacific Northwest.


Enjoy beer from Arbella, a student- and alumni-run brewery

imageAt the Honors Banquet, you’ll have a chance to enjoy beer made by Kevin Cassidy ‘14, Devin Owen ‘14, Henry Schmidt ‘14, Daniel Shaver ‘13, and Greg Soto ‘14, who founded the Arbella Brewing Company. The microbrewery works toward developing groundbreaking new alcohol education models while promoting responsible and conscious consumption of alcohol. The founders hope to enact this vision by developing a close relationship with the Lewis & Clark and Portland communities through the creation of the highest quality, exciting, and experimental beer. They state, “We believe that beer can change the world. We believe that beer is inherently conversational, and strive to give consumers something to talk about while bringing together friends and communities in the mutual pursuit of bettering the world around us.” You can find brewer bios, more background information, and get in contact with them at You will also have a chance to meet the brewers at the Banquet and tell them what you think of their IPA!


Would you like to nominate somebody for an award? Please fill out the nomination form here. Please note that nominations for the Donald G. Balmer Citation can include faculty, staff, and friends of Lewis & Clark in addition to alumni.

For lists and short bios of past honorees, visit this page.