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View the stories below to read about alumni in the news and extraordinary college-wide accolades!

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    Many members of the Lewis & Clark community have shared concerns regarding the new White House administration’s proposals as they relate to Muslims and also to possible changes in immigration laws and policies. Though we do not yet know what changes in policy and enforcement will occur, Lewis & Clark has always and will always support members of our community to the fullest extent possible.
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    For the fifth year in a row, Lewis & Clark has been named one of the top producers of Fulbright Award winners in the country, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. With ten Fulbright scholars in 2016–17, Lewis & Clark is in the top ten liberal arts college producers of Fulbrights in the nation, and the only top producer in Oregon.
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    In the few short years since graduating with a degree in international affairs, Matthew Rugamba ’13 has become a rising young star in African fashion. Rugamba’s Kigali-based fashion line House of Tayo was recently featured in the CNN series African Voices, with Rugamba recognized for his artistic innovation and nod to authentic African design.
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    Theatre alum Usman Ally ’04 has accumulated an impressive list of stage and screen roles since graduating from Lewis & Clark. The award-winning actor adds to that series of roles in his newest turn as the villainous Hook-Handed Man in Netflix’s new, widely-acclaimed original production, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
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    2016
    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Meet Niels in this video!

    Niels Marquardt has been the CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia since 2013. This position builds on a U.S. State Department career spanning administrations from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama and service as ambassador to four African nations and as consul general in Sydney.

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    2016
    Outstanding Young Alumna Award
    Meet Haben in this video!

    Haben Girma has earned recognition as a White House Champion of Change, in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” celebration, and as a subject in the BBC World Service series “Women of Africa.” The first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, she advocates for equal access to information for people with disabilities.

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    One of just 37 selected from among 1,800 applicants, poet Corey Van Landingham BA ’08 is a recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. One of her poems was printed in the Jan. 16 issue of The New Yorker.
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    2016
    Donald G. Balmer Citation
    Meet Michael in this video!

    During his influential 38-year career at the college, Michael Ford directed student activities, campus programs, alumni relations, annual giving, and residence life. He served as dean of students and as associate vice president for campus life, working with all three Lewis & Clark schools.

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    Portland Center Stage just concluded its run of an original production, The Oregon Trail, a comedic mashup of pop culture and American history. The staging shone a spotlight not just on the popular 80s computer game and the historic route west, but also on one of Lewis & Clark’s own, Alex Leigh Ramirez BA ’10.
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    Kristina Dill BA ’16 is the latest Lewis & Clark graduate to earn a spot as a finalist for the internationally regarded Rhodes Scholarship. If she wins, she will be one of 32 students honored nationwide and Lewis & Clark’s third alumni to attain this prestigious award, which funds pursuit of a graduate degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
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    In Memoriam
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    Cynthia Scharf B.A. ’84
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    Paul Zorner B.S. ’76
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    In today’s highly competitive job market, employers value internships more than ever.
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    Last spring, several Lewis & Clark students and young alumni claimed a bounty of national awards and honors in recognition of their academic excellence and commitment to global service.
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    The recipe for an award-winning documentary about Portland’s vibrant food truck scene? Take one experienced documentary film-making professor. Add two dozen students. Mix in 400 food trucks and carts. Stir consistently for 3 years. Serve at international film festival. Read the full story in the new issue of the Chronicle.
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    Rhodes Scholar Tamma Carleton BA ’09 has progressed from earning her bachelor’s degree in economics to publishing original research in the premiere global science weekly. Her newest work connects climate change to societal impacts.
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    Professors Kathy FitzGibbon, Michael Johanson, and Mary Szybist—along with Provost Jane Atkinson and Dean Anna Gonzalez—want the entire Lewis & Clark community to help in creating a new college song.
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    History major, Sam Bussan ’18 recently discovered a rare 1599 English Bible in the basement of Watzek. This Oregonian story includes some great pictures and briefly interviews him and our new Head of Special Collections, Hannah Crummé. 
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    LC Alum Tamma Carleton ’09 is a current PhD candidate at UC Berkeley. She recently published a review of her research on climate change.
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    Campaign finance reform is not a topic for the faint of heart. But recent graduates Maya Gold BA ’14 and Walker Davis BA ’15 are intrepid researchers, and the result of their labors is an academic paper, just published in Election Law Journal, that explores the often-convoluted world of Oregon’s campaign finance laws.
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    Since starting at Lewis & Clark, Joe Williams BA ’16 (Theatre) has had an unlikely companion on his journey – CBS affiliate KPIX. In its recurring segment, Students Rising Above, KPIX followed Williams as a first-generation college student and now as an early-career professional. KPIX spoke with Williams earlier this summer about his plans for the future.
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    Lily Clarke BA ’15 grew up in the tiny town of Condon, Montana—population: 343. She’s now a Fulbright fellow studying ethnomycology in Nepal, pairing her interest in ecology with her passion for giving back to the communities in which she works. Clarke shared her inspirational story with the Missoulian newspaper earlier this month.

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    Sasha Bishop BA ’15 has been awarded first place in a highly competitive poster presentation session held by the International Congress of Arachnology, which draws nearly 400 students from around the world to compete and share original research. Bishop heads to the University of Michigan this fall to pursue her PhD in biodiversity. 

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    With a renowned commitment to international education, and a focus on nurturing curiosity, social consciousness, and critical thinking, Lewis & Clark is an ideal training ground for a career as a foreign correspondent. From the latest issue of The Chronicle, meet a few alumni making the journey.
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    A team of five Lewis & Clark students have qualified for the final rounds of the 2016 Cleantech Challenge. The competition, held at Portland State University, invites student entrepreneurs to showcase their inventions and compete for a $10,000 grand prize.

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    An interview with Professor Janet Steverson, Lewis & Clark’s first dean of diversity and inclusion.
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    Karissa Tom B.A. ’16 is the first Lewis & Clark alumnus to secure a John Lewis Fellowship through the international nonprofit organization Humanity in Action. She joins her colleagues from Europe and the United States in Atlanta this summer. 

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    Lewis & Clark young alumni receive prestigious awards and scholarships. 

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    Four biology alumni have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The awards are investments in the education of outstanding students who have the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.