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    We are excited to announce that this year’s 2017 commencement speaker will be MICHELE NORRIS, journalist and host of NPR’s longest-running national program, All Things Considered, until 2012. 

    The 2009 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, Norris has received many of journalism’s highest honors such as a Peabody Award, duPont Award, and an Overseas Press Club Award. Before joining NPR, she served as a correspondent for ABC News, where she reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the national drug problem, and poverty. While at ABC, she earned an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to the network’s coverage of 9/11.

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    Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Janet Steverson offers an overview of the most pressing diversity and inclusion efforts underway on campus right now.
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    Interim President David Ellis, on behalf of the Lewis & Clark community, has issued a statement in response to President Trump’s travel-ban executive order. A community gathering of support will be held on Tuesday, January 31. For more information, click through to the story.

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    Lewis & Clark faculty voted unanimously to approve a new minor in Middle East/North Africa studies. Lewis & Clark is the first liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest to offer such a program. The program formally begins in the fall of 2017.
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    The National Endowment for the Humanities has named Dawn Odell, associate professor of art history, the recipient of a fellowship for her project, “Chinese Art in Early Modern Europe and America.” A former Fulbright Scholar, Odell specializes in Chinese and early modern European art.
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    The Society for Classical Studies has awarded Associate Professor With Term in Humanities Gordon Kelly a 2016 Teaching Excellence Award. Kelly is one of just three recipients to be granted this award honoring professors in the United States and Canada who have set themselves apart in the quality and innovation of their teaching.
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    We share a look back at some of our biggest stories of the year.
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    Highlighted by Jacob Wisda’s second consecutive win of a prestigious Northwest award, Lewis & Clark’s forensics team ended the fall semester with historic performances at the Linfield College tournament held November 18-20.

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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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    On Friday, November 11, Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez was recognized at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Western Regional Conference Awards Luncheon.
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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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    The Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the academic year on Friday, October 28.
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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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    Update from Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Janet Steverson
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    Biology professor Greg Hermann has been awarded a nearly half-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, his third NSF grant since joining Lewis & Clark. His three-year project on the development of lysosome-related organelles in nematodes will engage between 25 and 55 undergraduates each year in mentored, investigative, and original research.

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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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    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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    The Welfare Intervention Network supports students, faculty, and staff who may be at risk to themselves or others.