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

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    Cailin O’Brien-Feeney BA ’07 has been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to serve as the first associate director of the State of Oregon’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation. His charge: preserve Oregon’s environment and promote widespread access to the state’s abundant natural beauty.
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    Bradley Davis BA ’18, Caia Jaisle BA ’18, and Kelley Koeppen BA ’18 have been chosen to participate in the Fulbright program, a highly competitive award which fosters international scholarship and understanding through travel and research.
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    Kim Stafford, associate professor and founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute, has been chosen to serve as Oregon’s ninth poet laureate, Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 announced this morning. Stafford will serve a two-year term as “an ambassador of poetry across the state.”
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    Matthew Nelson BA ’08 has turned a passion for language and literature into a career as an English language fellow with the U.S. Department of State in Nepal. Going beyond the traditional framework of language instruction abroad, Nelson incorporates filmmaking, digital storytelling, and coding into his teaching.
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    Andrea Dean BA ’17 fell in love with mathematics and computer science at Lewis & Clark and is now using her knowledge at Amazon. She’s solving problems in machine learning at a new prototype store. Our Chronicle magazine caught up with her in Seattle for this profile.
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    The Lewis & Clark College Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to divest from all fossil fuel holdings in the endowment.
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    2017
    Distinguished Alumnus Award
    Meet Brian in this video!
    Brian’s award-winning films reduce stigma and reveal the humanity of people living on the
    margins. His recent film, Mothering Inside, helped inspire the Oregon Legislature to fund the Family Preservation Project and to make Oregon the first state in the U.S. to pass a bill of rights for children of incarcerated parents. Last year, he was awarded the Media Arts Fellowship by Portland’s Regional Arts & Culture Council.
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    2017
    Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
    Meet David in this video!
    After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, David was ordained in 2014 to work at Broad Street Ministry, a progressive faith community, in Philadelphia. He started a spirituality group for LGBTQ+ youth, along with creating an LGBTQ+ Fellowship. He is currently pastor of Maryland Presbyterian Church in Towson, Maryland.
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    2017
    Donald G. Balmer Citation
    Meet Steve in this video!

    Beloved by hundreds of students during his tenure as professor of history, Stephen was named Oregon Professor of the Year in 1994. More than just the resident expert on all things Pacific Northwest, he has been the heart and soul behind preserving the college’s history and telling our story. He has authored several books, chaired committees, and made countless presentations on the college’s behalf.
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    2017
    Pioneer Alumni Leadership Award
    Meet Carol in this video!
    Since her graduation, Carol has represented Lewis & Clark in a variety of capacities. Among other roles, she has served as a member and president of the Board of Alumni, and member and chair of the Hall of Fame committee; has helped organize special reunions; and has spoken at opening convocation, commencement, alumni honors banquets, and Black and Orange parties.

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    On January 1, Cassie Franklin BA ’93 was sworn in as mayor of Everett, Washington, a city of 108,000 residents about 25 minutes north of Seattle. Franklin is the first female mayor to be elected in the city’s 124-year history.
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    Gifts Announced by John and Susan Bates, Stephanie Fowler MA ’97 and Irving Levin, and Pat Mahaffy BA ’85. And the Center for Entrepreneurship gains a new name.
  • Paige Sanders BA ’18 and Ashley Garber BA ’17  started the Portland Panty Project to address the lack of clean, size-appropriate undergarments for homeless women in the Portland metro area. Their passion project has become a social enterprise.
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    Trustee Paula Hayes BA ’92 has been named a recipient of a Portland Business Journal Small Business Innovation Award for her cosmetics company Hue Noir, which develops makeup designed for women of color.
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    Danial Afzal BA ’12, who studied theories behind the way media influences our lives, is now shaping lives himself with his award-winning short film, The Survivor. The documentary tells the story of a young student who escapes the 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Pakistan and the grief that follows.
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    The new 2018 U.S News & World Report Best Colleges rankings identify Lewis & Clark’s Overseas and Off-Campus Programs as among the best in the nation. The peer rankings also feature Lewis & Clark on the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” list, a select group of 30 liberal arts colleges where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
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    International affairs alumna Lyla Bashan has turned an expansive career in diplomacy into a handbook for those who want to change the world for the better. Now her lessons in foreign service from Tajikistan to Armenia are in the pocket of students everywhere with the release of her first book Global: An Extraordinary Guide for Ordinary Heroes.
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    Sierra magazine has named Lewis & Clark one of its top 5 “Cool Schools” for 2017, an annual ranking that assesses 200 of North America’s most sustainability-minded colleges and universities. Lewis & Clark is the only liberal arts college on the West Coast to make the top 10.
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    For Adam Merino BA ’05, the path to the top of Forbes Magazine’s list of 500 next-generation wealth managers started with studying economics at Lewis & Clark. Merino continues to employ and sharpen his critical-thinking skills now as a managing director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.
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    Lewis & Clark has selected Wim Wiewel (pronounced Vim VEE-vel) to lead the institution forward as its next president. Wiewel, who has just completed a nine-year run as president of Portland State University, will start in his new role on October 1.
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    Environmental studies majors and varsity track and cross country runners, Frances Swanson ’17 and teammate Kori Groenveld ’18 linked their passions for environmental sustainability and social justice. Their partnership yielded a project to help combat gentrification and the unequal distribution of renewable energy infrastructure in downtown Portland.
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    Physics graduates honored
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    Friends of Lewis & Clark Remembered
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    Student-athlete Katie Kowal BA ’17, winner of Lewis & Clark’s highest academic honor—the Rena Ratte Award—earned degrees in both physics and political science. As the Boulder, Colorado, native heads off to begin a two-year fellowship at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, Katie shares some of her favorite and formative Lewis & Clark memories.
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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.